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Financial Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest in research may occur when outside financial interests compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, the professional judgment of a researcher with responsibility for the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

Southeast Missouri State University’s Sponsored Projects Financial Conflict of Interest Policy (FCOI) is intended to maintain the appropriate balance among all competing interests that may have the potential to produce bias in the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

Policy
PI Certification and Proposal Information Form
Co-PI Certification Form
FCOI Disclosure Form

Externally sponsored research and educational activities are a vital part of Southeast Missouri State University’s mission. When accepting external funds for these projects, the University has a responsibility to promote objectivity in research and other sponsored programs by establishing standards to ensure that there is no reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, or reporting of research and project activities under grants and cooperative agreements will be biased by any conflicting financial interest of an investigator.

A potential Conflict of Interest occurs when there is a divergence between an individual’s personal interests and his or her professional obligations to the University, such that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the individual’s professional actions or decisions are determined by considerations of personal gain, financial or otherwise. A potential Conflict of Interest or the appearance of a Conflict of Interest may be complex and can include both ethical and financial considerations.  Federal and other regulations also address the roles of the spouse, dependent children, and other close relatives as potential sources of Conflict of Interest.  Even when the behavior itself is exemplary, the appearance or perception of a Conflict of Interest should be avoided.

Project personnel with an actual or potential Conflict of Interest are required to take Conflict of Interest training, however, anyone who is uncertain whether he or she may have a Conflict of Interest is strongly encouraged to take the training to help determine if a disclosure may be necessary.

To facilitate this training, Southeast Missouri State subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. CITI’s  web-based training materials  meet federal requirements and are used by millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Using this web-based training allows learners to work on their own time and at their own pace in completing the training requirements. The training consists of a series of modules, which do not have to be completed in one session. CITI training can be accessed at https://about.citiprogram.org/ . Once on the CITI homepage, users should

  • Click on the Register button.
  • Select an organizational affiliation by typing in the University’s name.  Hint:   by the time you type Southeast, the University name should appear in the drop-down list, and you can select it.
  • Follow the prompts to set up an affiliated account and username and password.
  • Select the required training, which, in this instance, will be the Conflict of Interest (COI) training modules. Project personnel should complete the course for Researchers; those with administrative responsibilities should take the course for Administrators and may also wish to take the course for Researchers as well.

Contact

573.651.2018
grants@semo.edu
920 Broadway, Room 104
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
One University Plaza, MS 0125
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701