Conflict of Interest • Stanford Policy – Faculty • Mission: Promote public good by transferring knowledge • Consulting • Technologies arising from research • These activities can give rise to CoI – possible compromise of academic values, research integrity or Stanford’s mission • Conflicts may be manageable; e.g. minimize or eliminate • Unmanageable = When actions or decisions made in the course of faculty’s University activities are determined by considerations of personal financial gain. • Conflict of Commitment - conflicts regarding allocation of time and energies (e.g. consulting) • Institutional Conflict of Interest • Licensing Activities • Investments • Gifts
Conflict of Interest certifications - PDRF • Who must disclose? • PI or other participant who has responsibility for design, conduct or reporting of research • (incl. spouse/dom. Partner/dep. child of PI or other participant) • What to disclose? • Any relationship; e.g. unpaid consulting, founder or employee • Paid services; e.g. consulting, advisory board, giving talks • Stock or stock options • Gift funds
Conflict of Interest cert – PDRF (cont’d) • When must it be disclosed? • Relationship or $ interest is related to company sponsoring research • Relationship or $ interest indirectly related: • Company supplying product being studied (MTA, drug only CTA) • Purchasing materials, supplies or equipment from company in which there is a relationship • Results of research would be of interest to company in which there is a relationship • @Application or Renewal: when there is a new reportable interest
General Obligations re: CoI • Faculty: • Submit annual certification of compliance to school Dean • outside professional activities • any financial interests in outside entities that they, and their immediate family members have • Faculty, Staff, Post-Docs & Students: • Current or prospective situations which may raise questions of conflict of interest • sponsored research • gifts • human subject protocols • licensing of intellectual property • procurement or • other relationships with outside companies. • Made on ad hoc basis to school dean's office as soon as the individual becomes aware of such situations.
Resources • Stanford Dean of Research Office http://www.stanford.edu/dept/DoR/Resources/coi.html • Sponsor CoI Policies PHS and NSF Requirements Regarding Financial Disclosures and Agency Notifications (RPH 4.2) http://rph.stanford.edu/4-2.html Other sponsor certifications, assurances, etc. via terms of the award.