In compliance with federal and state policies, and Academic Personnel Manual (APM) Section 028, the Conflict of Interest Committee (COIC) reviews financial interest disclosures as they relate to research on the UC Merced campus.
Financial interests can be classified into several categories, including income, equity, gifts, loans, travel reimbursement, management or employment and intellectual property rights.
Conflict of interest disclosures may be solicited through Sponsored Projects for projects sponsored by PHS, NSF, private industry/business and other nongovernmental agencies, as well as projects sponsored by the UC Discovery Grant and clinical projects referred by UC Merced's Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The COIC comprises faculty from a cross-section of the campus. COIC meetings are held at least once during the semester. Once an investigator discloses a positive financial interest, the COIC reviews the disclosure and any applicable information.
From there, the COIC forwards a recommendation to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. If the Vice Chancellor accepts the COIC's recommendation of approval, the investigator is notified of the approval. If the Vice Chancellor determines that an interest must be eliminated, reduced, or managed, the investigator and the unit head are notified.
As part of its review, the COIC considers the type and breadth of the financial interest, the amount of the financial interest, support history, and any research subjects risks, if applicable.
Other risks considered are compromise of scientific integrity; misuse of university facilities; improper direction of student's or university employee's work; unbalanced allocation of faculty member's time and effort; failure to recognize the university's intellectual property and related financial interests; improper channeling of research funds; inappropriate delay or restriction on publications; and appearance of impropriety.
Conflict of Interest Policies and forms
- Form 700-U (2016-17)
- UC policy on disclosure of financial interests and management of conflicts of interest, public health service research awards
- UC Merced policy on conflict of interest in gifts
- Academic Personnel Manual (APM) Section 028
- Disclosure requirements
- List of nongovernmental sponsors exempted from disclosure requirements
- Conflict of commitment