Conflict of Interest
Binghamton University is committed to promoting objectivity in research and to maintaining high ethical standards to ensure that the design, conduct, and reporting of research is not biased by the financial interests of Investigators. To ensure that research programs are not compromised, policies have been put in place, consistent with federal regulations and guidelines, that require the reporting and management of potential conflicts of interests (COI) of its Investigators.
The Investigator Conflict of Interest Policy applies to all awards administered by The Research Foundation for SUNY at Binghamton University and applies to all Investigators who apply for, receive, plan to participate in or are participating in sponsored programs.
Each Investigator engaged in a sponsored project must have a completed Investigator Disclosure Statement (You must download the file prior to filling it out in order to electronically sign and submit without error) on file at the time of an application for funding when required. An Investigator that has reported significant conflicts of interest will be asked to complete a Disclosure Supplement Form.
Note: “Investigator” is defined as the project director or principal investigator and any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research.
U.S. Public Health Service Sponsored Projects
The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) amended its conflict of interest regulation effective August 24, 2012. If you plan to apply for funding from PHS (directly or flowing thru another agency) you must comply with the new regulations. A full list of PHS Agencies can be obtained here.
Note: If you satisfy the requirements for PHS, you do not have to complete another disclosure for a proposal you may later submit to a non-PHS sponsor. However, the opposite is not true. If you file an Investigator Disclosure Statement and subsequently submit to a PHS agency, you will be required to satisfy the PHS requirements as stated above.
Conflict of interest training is recommended for all Investigators engaged in sponsored research activities. COI training is required for each Investigator involved in U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) funded research and other funded research when required by the sponsor. Required COI training must be completed:
- prior to engaging in the research and at least once every four years thereafter;
- when an Investigator is noncompliant with this Policy or with a management plan developed for the Investigator
Binghamton University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to facilitate this training requirement.
If you have any questions regarding the COI policy or procedures, please contact the Research Compliance Office at x7-6137 or x7-3532.