Carnegie Mellon University
Conflicts of interest in research occur when university members are in a position to influence research and their extramural activities are such that they or their family may receive a financial benefit or improper advantage from the research.

For example, if you received funding for research and want to sub-contract a portion of the work to an entity where you, your spouse or dependent child have an ownership or other financial interest, a conflict of interest exists.
If it is determined that you have (or may have) a conflict of interest, you will be contacted by someone from the ORIC office.  Additional information will be gathered.    Depending on the circumstances the facts will be reviewed by ORIC, the Vice President for Research, the COI committee, legal counsel and your department head or Dean.   If appropriate, a management plan will be established.  You will be involved in this process.