Conflict of Interest in L&S (COI)
A brief overview of the concept of conflict of interest and links to more detailed information for individuals within the College of Letters & Science.
A Conflict of Interest (COI) may exist when an investigator has significant financial interests, including compensation, ownership, or leadership, that could lead an independent observer to reasonably question whether the design, conduct, or reporting of research might be influenced by the possibility of personal gain to the individual or his or her immediate family.
In order to identify potential conflicts of interests, faculty and academic staff must annually disclose outside activities and financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities at UW-Madison via an Outside Activities Report (OAR). Federal, State and University regulations and policies require this annual disclosure.
UW-Madison has developed mechanisms to assess COI by collecting Outside Activities Reports (OAR), evaluating these reports for the existence of significant financial interests (SFIs), and, if conflicts of interest exist, to manage or eliminate these conflicts in a transparent and effective manner.
UW-Madison also requires all investigators engaged in federally funded and/or human subjects research to receive training in conflict of interest. This training must be completed every 4 years and is offered online through Learn@UW.
Additional Information:COI in L&S: Who Must Report
COI in L&S: How to File an Outside Activities Report (OAR)
COI in L&S: What to Report
COI in L&S: Updating Your Outside Activities Report (OAR)
COI: L&S OAR Review Process
COI: Instructions for L&S OAR Reviewers
COI in L&S: Conflict of Interest Committee
COI in L&S: Management Plans
COI in L&S: Sub-Recipients for PHS-Funded Research
COI in L&S: Frequently Asked Questions
COI in L&S: Conflict of Interest Training
COI in L&S: Detailed Guidance Documents
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Rebecca Dunn, Ph.D.
Conflict of Interest
College of Letters & Science