Financial Conflict of Interest Related to Sponsored Programs Policy:
The University of Central Missouri (UCM) encourages employees and students to engage in creative activities and public service and to create and disseminate scholarship and research. However, these pursuits must not place the benefit of the individual above the benefit of the institution. Increased marketability of research related activities has resulted in conflict of interest regulations for many grant funding institutions including the Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Science Foundation. The University of Central Missouri is committed to assuring that financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) related to sponsored program activities be identified for the purpose of preventing members of its community from performing any act or participating in any decision in their institutional capacities which they or their relatives might derive substantial pecuniary or proprietary benefit.
Conflict of Interest is defined at UCM as “as any situation in which an employee's judgment or conduct in the performance of his or her official duties for the university, could be influenced, or would give the appearance of being influenced by the employee's familial, personal or business relationship with a third party, or any situation that would be deemed a conflict of interest under the laws of the United States or the laws of the state of Missouri” (Conflict of Interest or Commitment Policy for Employees Board of Governors Policy 2.1.050, 2004). The UCM Research Compliance Officer and General Counsel are collaborating on research specific reviews for financial conflict of interest.
If you have any questions regarding financial conflicts of interest, or if you are unsure if your research involves financial conflicts of interest, please contact UCM's research compliance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.