Conflict of Interest (COI)

The increasing involvement of academic researchers, research teams and educators with industry and private entrepreneurial ventures has raised the potential for conflict of interest. These conflicts arise from an individual’s opportunities to benefit financially from the outcome of his/her research or other activities conducted as a University researcher, educator, or as part of a University research team.

The University of Miami (UM) COI policy is designed to promote objectivity in research, scholarly and educational activities funded under external grants, contracts or cooperative agreements. By requiring the review of disclosures of interests made by our investigators (faculty, trainees, students, staff and subcontractors) relating to their institutional responsibilities, the policy establishes standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of such activities will be free from bias resulting from individual financial and obligatory conflicts of interest.

The role of the Office of Disclosures & COI Management and the UM COI Committee (COIC) is to determine whether an investigator’s relationship with an external entity creates a situation that could introduce bias into a research project conducted at UM or by UM investigators, and, where this occurs, to manage it. Click the link below to see examples of relationships that the COIC may consider as a potential COI, and a description of components that, based on the nature of the COI, describes stipulations that could be included in COI management plans in order to mitigate the COI.

Training

The Office of Disclosures & COI Management (DCM) offers seminars on COI in research. Discussion focuses on the federal policies that apply to research and externally funded scholarly activities performed at UM. Additional information including a schedule of seminars to be held on the Gables, Medical and RSMAS campuses can be found on the DCM website.

Contacts

If you have specific questions or would like to arrange a presentation for your group on UM’s COI policy and disclosure review process, please contact Dr. Lory Hayes, Director of DCM at l.hayes@miami.edu or call the UDisclose System help line (305-243-0877).

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