Conflicts of Interest (COI)
University of Maryland Integrity Statement
The University of Maryland’s (UMD) reputation as a premier research institution depends on its reputation for research integrity. It is in this spirit that we expect all research undertaken at the institution to meet the highest standards for integrity in all areas of research endeavors (e.g., authorship and publication; data management and reporting; export compliance; conflict of interest and conflict of commitment disclosures and transparency; mentorship; use of human subjects or animals; laboratory, biological and radiation safety) as established by the international research community. To that end, we are dedicated to providing our faculty, students, trainees, and staff with the support, education, and resources necessary to ensure a culture of integrity in every aspect of their work.
Research Conflicts of Interest: how to manage them
Conflicts of interest occur when outside professional activities or other significant commitments, whether outside or within the University, interfere with an Employee’s (faculty or staff) ability to meet their primary job responsibilities to the University. Because University employees are also State employees, the Maryland State Ethics Law governing conflict of interest also applies.
University of Maryland Policy on Conflict of Interest in Research
University personnel and students who are covered by the University Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research share an obligation to conduct their professional affairs in a manner consistent with the University's mission and to conduct their relationships with each other and the University with candor and integrity. This policy requires individuals to identify and, when possible, avoid financial conflicts of interest. When conflicts cannot be avoided, covered persons must disclose outside financial relationships that create, or reasonably appear to create, conflicts of interest, and work with University officials to manage or resolve those conflicts. The UMD policy applies to all persons at UMD who are "Investigators" which includes anyone who is responsible for designing research, collecting research data or performing other substantive research activities, or reporting research. It has been developed in part to meet federal regulations, described below.
Conflict of Interest regulations vary slightly depending on the funding agency; however, completion of the following Conflict of Interest Disclosure should fulfill your obligation to the agency. You should read the agency's Guidelines for the specific Request for Proposal and the agency's regulations carefully to ensure that all requirements are met in this disclosure.
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An Open and Honest Campus Environment
The University of Maryland is committed to an open and honest campus environment, and we ask you to support this commitment. This ensures UMD is following the highest standard of ethics. In situations in which you prefer to make a confidential or anonymous report, you are encouraged to use the UMD Compliance Reporting System. It is a safe way to report problems or raise concerns, and each report will be reviewed appropriately. To anonymously report a conflict of interest research concern via the UMD online Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance Reporting system please visit UMD Compliance.