If an OCI is identified as being related to a funding proposal or ongoing research, the conflict must be managed to mitigate or remove the conflict. The applicable management measures may be outlined in the OCI Avoidance Plan that is shared with the sponsor. Common OCI management options include, but are not limited to:
- Notification by OSP of the OCI to the funding sponsor
- Recusal of the conflicted individual from certain research activities
- Application of specific data security measures to maintain confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, or sensitive data
- Review of the research/work by an independent third party.
An OCI Avoidance Template is available by request. All OCI Avoidance Plans must be finalized and approved through the Export Control team email@example.com
Conflicts of Interest (COI) represent financial or other situations where an individual has an outside interest (e.g., equity in a company, intellectual property, consultant activity with a company) that could affect the design, conduct or reporting of their research. Also referred to as personal or individual COI.
Institutional conflicts of interest (ICOI) represent financial or other situations where the University, as an institution, has an outside interest (e.g., equity in a company doing business with the University) that could affect the design, conduct, reporting, review or oversight of research conducted by its employees or students.
Organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) represent situations where an individual's service or work on behalf of a U.S. government agency or other funding sponsor may provide the University, as an institution, an unfair competitive advantage when other University members apply for a funding opportunity with that agency or sponsor.