Outside financial interests facilitate and create opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and support. The Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee (COIOC) supports research and the pursuit of outside financial interests by reviewing financial disclosures to protect the objectivity of the research. Financial disclosures reviews also protect the researcher by
- Meeting the requirements set by Federal, state, and university regulations and policies;
- Obtaining approval on the financial interests and the research from the COIOC, an objective third party;
- Promoting transparency and accountability; and
- Demonstrating a commitment to scientific integrity.
The federal government's focus on conflict of interest as it relates to undue foreign influence concerns only emphasizes the need for researchers to fully and accurately disclose. For more information, please visit Undue Foreign Influence.