Conflict of Interest
Faculty and non-faculty EHRA staff are encouraged to engage in outside relationships with commercial companies, the nonprofit sector, and federal and state governments if the activities are consistent with the mission of the University. Such partnerships in support of the University’s three-fold mission of teaching, research, and service are encouraged when they produce mutual benefits to participants as well as benefits to society. Facilitating the transfer of technology to improve the health and productivity of society is an important goal of cooperative university-industry and faculty-industry relationships.
The number and complexity of relationships between universities and public and private organizations have grown substantially in recent years, which has increased the concern about conflicts of interest and commitment. All members of the University community are expected to avoid conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment that have the potential to compromise their objectivity in carrying out their institutional responsibilities.
The purpose of UNC Charlotte’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment is to provide guidelines for those relationships that will help to ensure academic integrity and ensure compliance with federal and state requirements.
Resources & Contact Information
Disclosure and Training Resources
Training for investigators is now integrated into the Conflict of Interest disclosure form.
Access these links for disclosure assistance and locating the Niner Research portal.
Related Policies and Guidelines
- Procedures Supplemental to University Policy 101.24
- University Policy 102.1, External Professional Activities of Faculty and Other Professional Staff Exempt from the State Personnel Act
- University Policy 101.24, Conflicts of Interest and Commitment (Updated May 2016)
- University Policy 103.3, Secondary Employment of Employees Subject to the State Human Resources Act
- University Policy 101.4, Concurrent Employment of Related Persons
- University Policy 204, Textbooks and Instructional Materials
- University Policy 301, Patent Policy
- University Policy 315, Copyright Policy
- UNC Policy Manual, Chapter 302.2.2, Conflict of Interest and Commitment
Public Health Service (PHS) 2011 Revised Regulation Resources
- NIH Summary of Major Changes to the 1995 Regulations
- NIH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- List of agencies following PHS COI rule
Other Useful Information
- Notes on COI
- NSF COI Policies for Grantee’s
- Financial Relationships and Interests in Researching Human Subjects
Sherry Loyd – Associate Director of Research Protections and Integrity and COI Officer, 704-687-8270