Where can I find CMU’s policy on conflict of interest?
CMU has two policies related to conflict of interest which are available on CMU’s website.
Details are discussed in COI Guidelines
Who is required to complete a Conflict of Interest Certification?
How do I know if I'm an Investigator and required to complete a COI Certification?
For research sponsored by a Public Health Service (PHS) agency the term Investigator also includes key personnel identified in the grant application, progress report or other report submitted to the funding agency by the Institution.
If you are a master’s degree or undergraduate student, you generally do not need to disclose unless you have been asked to do so by your PI or the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC).
How do I complete a COI Certification?
Who can help me if I have questions about completing a Certification?
What is the difference between a Certification and a Disclosure?
A Disclosure is a set of questions you will answer within SPARCS, relating to your financial interests. Disclosures are embedded within Certifications. However, it may be useful to understand that the term "Disclosure" when used in SPARCS refers specifically to the financial information you have provided.
When do I need to file a Certification?
Research Certifications are made prior to submission of a proposal for funding. When the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), via Sponsored Programs EXchange (SPEX), is made aware that you are submitting a proposal, you will receive an e-mail from SPARCS prompting you to complete a Research Certification. This is a very quick process.
What if my information changes after I file my disclosure?
Disclosures must be updated annually or when your significant financial interests change. This can be done easily via SPARCS.
Who will see the information I disclose?
Staff in the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) will review all certifications that are flagged by SPARCS as having a Significant Financial Interest. Disclosures indicating there is a potential conflict of interest may be shared with the Vice President for Research, the Conflict of Interest Committee, legal counsel or the Investigator’s department head or Dean.
PHS requires the university to disclose information to the funding agency and the public in limited situations. If it is determined that a financial conflict of interest exists, CMU is required to provide certain information to the PHS funding agency. If it is determined that a financial conflict of interest exists, CMU is required to make certain information available to the public, upon request.
NSF requires the university to notify the NSF Office of General Counsel in the event a financial conflict of interest is identified and CMU finds that is it unable to appropriately manage the conflict.
Other sponsors' requirements vary, but are generally similar to the NSF's requirements.