Research Conflict of Interest

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") is committed to ensuring that financial interests of investigators and the institution do not affect, or appear to affect, the design, conduct or reporting of research or compromise the protection of human subjects. Therefore, members of the university community conducting research using public or private funding from any source must disclose potential conflicts of interest and, when appropriate, work cooperatively with the Senior Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs to develop and implement plans to manage, reduce or eliminate conflicts of interest.

A covered individual is an individual who, regardless of title or position, is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research, including a principal investigator, co-investigator, project director, any other person identified as senior/key personnel in a grant application, research protocol, or report, and others who direct or can materially influence the research.  The principal investigator is responsible for determining if other research staff (e.g., research nurses, research coordinators, data managers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) meet the definition of being responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the research. All covered individuals must certify whether or not they have a significant financial interest related to the research during the R&A submission process, IRB submission process and AWC submission process. 

Conflict of Interest Program Policies and Procedures

If you have any questions about the conflict of interest program, please email the COI Office.