Conflict of Interest in Research
A conflict of interest is a situation in which an investigator’s outside financial interest(s) or obligation(s) (real or perceived) have the potential to bias a research project or cause harm to human subjects participating in a research project.
Investigators at University of Rhode Island (URI) are subject to URI policies, as well as specific Rhode Island State law and federal regulations.
Policies and Guidance
The URI Conflict of Interest in Research Policy and Procedure to compliant with the 2012 Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94). The federal requirements are intended to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of sponsored research will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest. For more information see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/
The Rhode Island Public/Private Partnership Act was developed to allow employees of the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island to enter into public/private partnerships in education that involve faculty and staff members from those institutions and encourage the marketing of inventions developed by faculty and staff for the benefit of both the inventor and the public, while continuing to ensure that Rhode Island’s public employees adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct, as embodied in the R.I. Code of Ethics.
The Public/Private Partnership Act authorizes the Rhode Island Board of Education to approve relationships between institutional employees and private entities in which there is an actual or perceived conflict of interest or conflict of commitment between the employee’s interests and the interests of the institution by whom he or she is employed. The Act therefore also obligates the Board of Education to impose such restrictions as are necessary to manage, reduce, or eliminate any actual or potential conflict.
Allegations involving possible conflicts of interest in research should be brought to the attention of Ted Myatt, Director of Research Integrity, 401-874-2636, firstname.lastname@example.org as promptly as possible.