How Research Conflicts of Interest Are Managed
Details on COI management techniques
You may have received a disclosure indicating that someone you work with has a research conflict of interest that is being managed by OSU. Below are the types of management techniques OSU employs to address such conflicts. Not all will necessarily apply to the researcher you work with; specific requirements were likely listed in the disclosure you received. In addition, exceptions are allowed in some cases upon approval by the COI Officer.
- Independent Evaluation – Research: One or more members of OSU’s faculty-based COI Committee (“Evaluators”) will be tasked with reviewing research related to the involved entity to evaluate research integrity.
- Independent Evaluation – Personnel: One or more members of OSU’s faculty-based COI Committee (“Advocates”) will be tasked with periodically checking-in with research staff (based on which projects the staff are involved in) to ensure that degree and professional progress are not affected by the COI.
- Research Project Limitations: The researcher with the conflict cannot be responsible for decisions in research that is in some way financially tied to the involved entity; for example, in most cases, the researcher cannot be a principal or co-investigator on projects funded by the involved entity.
- Data Restrictions: Any data or results cannot be shared with the involved entity prior to public disclosure, such as a publication, presentation or website post.
- Personnel Disclosures: Individuals who work with the researcher are notified of the conflict of interest so that they are aware of the situation and can raise questions or concerns that the conflict may be affected the research.
- Proposal Disclosures: Proposals for funding that would support research related to the involved entity include a disclosure of the researcher’s affiliation with the entity.
- Publication Disclosures: Manuscripts, articles, and websites that present research related to the involved entity include a disclosure of the researcher’s affiliation with the entity.
- Presentation Disclosures: Any presentation that presents research related to the involved entity includes a disclosure of the researcher’s affiliation with the entity. This includes presentations, lectures or talks that are presented by the investigator or others (e.g., co-investigators, post-docs, students, etc.).
If you have any questions regarding these techniques or if you have concerns that a research COI may be affecting your or other’s research activities, please don’t hesitate to contact the COI office at 541-737-4692 or COI@oregonstate.edu.