NH-INBRE faculty and investigators may engage in a variety of scholarly and academic activities, some of which may take them outside the realm of their institutions. The experience and knowledge gained through outside consulting and service on advisory committees is valued for its synergistic return to research and student training. Real or potential financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) may arise from such collaborations. An FCOI may occur when an outside financial interest compromises or has the appearance of compromising, the professional judgment of a researcher when designing, conducting, or reporting research.
In 1995 NIH issued regulations to promote objectivity in research “by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded under Public Health Service (PHS) grants or cooperative agreements will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest.” NH-INBRE partners must develop and implement a policy conforming to the NIH requirements. In August of 2011 issued final rule for the amended the 1995 ruling. (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-109.html)
Committed to academic integrity and research objectivity, NH-INBRE has required Partner Institutions establish annual and ad hoc processes for the reporting and evaluation of research-related significant financial interests, and the identification and management of real or potential FCOI. These processes are outlined in each Partner Institutions Financial Conflict of Interest Policies.
NH-INBRE Partner Policy links:
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth http://www.dartmouth.edu/~osp/resources/policies/dartmouth/cofinterest.html
Keene State University http://www.keene.edu/grants/fcoi.cfm