Conflict of Interest in Research

 

 

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the University of Iowa's Conflict of Interest in Research site. Chances are that if you are here, it is because you have some questions about what a conflict of interest in research is, how it may effect your research, and what the next steps might be.

As described in the University Operations Manual, University policy and regulations places the responsibility for deciding whether a financial conflict of interest in research exists on the institution rather than the investigator. The primary responsibility of researchers is to disclose all financial interests in the eCOI Disclosure System. The Conflict of Interest in Research Office will review disclosures in the context of research conducted at the University.

The policy applies to all individuals involved in research at the University, regardless of job title, who contribute significantly to the planning, performance, and reporting of research, and who are granted considerable freedom in using independent judgment.

Here you will find more information

  • for researchers about how to disclose financial interests and how these interests might impact research
  • what to consider if you are contemplating starting a business to commercialize an invention or other intellectual property
  • what to expect when a financial conflict of interest has been identified in research you are conducting at the University

Our staff are also available for educational presentations, small group meetings, and other consultations that individuals and departments may need.

Questions regarding the UI policy or the federal regulation should be directed to Martha Hedberg, 319-384-4256, or Christopher Taylor, 319-467-1012.

Submit Disclosures

Complete your Annual Certification or submit disclosures for your external activities.

We're here to help

The COIR Office is here to safeguard the subjects of research, University of Iowa investigators, and the University's research enterprise.

We seek to promote objectivity in research by identifying financial and fiduciary conflicts of interest and advising faculty and staff on how to mitigate, manage, andif necessaryeliminate those conflicts.
 

Learn about the COIR Management process

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Our Committee

Learn more about the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee.

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Report a Concern

Contact COIR Office staff or find more institutional resources.

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Upcoming COIR/HSO Events

Summer 2024 Office Hours

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Virtual
Office Hours: IRB Office Hours are for all UI faculty, staff, and Investigators, HawkIRB delegates, and research team members involved with Human Subjects research. No appointment necessary. First come, first served; HSO Staff will be available to: Answer questions about conducting human subjects research. Provide guidance and answer questions about the electronic application forms in the HawkIRB system. Provide suggestions and guidance about study procedures that are in compliance with federal regulations and the UI IRB policies. Provide guidance and answer questions about the submission of industry-initiated and industry-sponsored research projects to Western IRB (WIRB).

IRB Efficiency Initiative Information Session

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
IRB Efficiency Initiative Information Session The Human Subjects Office invites the UI research community to attend monthly information sessions about the IRB Efficiency Initiative on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m. We will discuss the changes and demonstrate HawkIRB enhancements being implemented to streamline the IRB review process. The monthly session will cover upcoming enhancements and their expected rollout dates. Please join us to learn more about the IRB Efficiency Initiative.

Summer 2024 Office Hours

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Virtual
Office Hours: IRB Office Hours are for all UI faculty, staff, and Investigators, HawkIRB delegates, and research team members involved with Human Subjects research. No appointment necessary. First come, first served; HSO Staff will be available to: Answer questions about conducting human subjects research. Provide guidance and answer questions about the electronic application forms in the HawkIRB system. Provide suggestions and guidance about study procedures that are in compliance with federal regulations and the UI IRB policies. Provide guidance and answer questions about the submission of industry-initiated and industry-sponsored research projects to Western IRB (WIRB).