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Conflicts of interest (COI) in research may occur when an investigator's private interests (such as outside professional or financial relationships) may compete with his or her professional obligations to UNM.
Conflicts of interest are inevitable part of conducting research and do not necessarily suggest any impropriety on the part of the principal investigator. Most conflicts can be successfully resolved without impeding research activities. A COI may exist despite the principal investigator's adherence to the highest standards of conduct. >> more
Investigators must complete their FCOI Annual Disclosure if they expect to participate in ANY research activities (funded or unfunded) in the upcoming academic year.
The FCOI disclosure is a confidential disclosure. Only the FCOI Program Specialist and FCOI Committee will have access to your information.
The annual disclosure will focus on how an investigator's outside professional interests related to their institutional responsibilities* and research activities. An investigatorâ€™s institutional responsibilities are defined as:
" An investigators professional responsibilities on behalf of the institution, including but not limited to, activities such as research, research consultation, teaching, professional practice, institutional committee membership, and administrative appointments"
Each disclosure will receive an initial review where it will be reviewed for completeness and will be assigned a corresponding risk color.
- RED- High Risk
- YELLOW- Medium Risk
- GREEN- Low Risk
- BLUE- Family Member Collaboration
- PINK- Incomplete Disclosure
- GRAY- No disclosure related to IR
The initial review done by the FCOI Program Specialist will be additionally reviewed by the Chair and Vice Chair for approval prior to going to full committee review.
The Full FCOI Committee will review each case that has been assigned a RED and/or YELLOW risk factor. NOTE: **All GREEN cases will be block voted as they pose the lowest risk and do not present an actual or potential conflict of interest. **
If after a Committee review a management plan is deemed necessary; one will be created by the FCOI Program Specialist. In order to manage, reduce or eliminate the potential or actual conflict of interest. If you disclosed interest related to your institutional responsibilities you will be notified of the Committee's decision via e-mail.
If you have any questions while submitting your disclosure send an e-mail to Adelicia Gunn at email@example.com and she will get back to you as soon as the e-mail is received.