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Conflict of Interest in Research Projects

Ferris State University is committed to maintaining objectivity in research by ensuring that the design, conduct and reporting of research will not be biased by any conflicting interests. Federal regulations require institutions to have policies and procedures in place to ensure investigators disclose any significant financial interest that would reasonably appear to affect the activities of proposed or funded research by external sponsors. As such, a Conflict of Interest Policy for Investigators has been set forth to provide guidance for investigators to help them avoid conflicts and potential accusations of misconduct. Reference the Policy for key definitions.

Investigator Responsibilities

  1. Become familiar with the federal regulations (revised in 2011) and Ferris' Conflict of Interest Business Policy and Academic Affairs Conflict of Interest Policy for Investigators.
  2. Complete online training on Conflict of Interest via CITI Program, as required per external sponsors.
  3. Disclose Significant Financial Interests (SFI) to the University annually or prior to proposal submission. Disclosures must be made within 30 days of discovering or acquiring a new SFI.
  4. Comply with any management plan issued by the University and retain documentation to demonstrate compliance

University Responsibilities

  1. Establish review and enforcement mechanisms; maintain appropriate records to show compliance.
  2. Make public disclosure of a significant financial interest if requested by a funding agency.

Disclosure Forms should be submitted to:

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE)
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive, FLITE 410D
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2547
[email protected]