Effective April 17, 2002
A formal plan to manage conflict of interest will be developed for each inventor by the Conflict of Interest Committee and the inventor, with concurrence by the Vice Chancellor for Research. This plan will be reviewed annually or updated earlier if deemed necessary.
Increasingly, universities are collaborating with industry as they seek to fulfill their research mission and deliver new technologies for public benefit. The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 allows and encourages the realization of financial gain to individual researchers and institutions as a result of their partnerships with industry. However, undisclosed and unmanaged conflicts of interest created by these collaborations pose a significant risk to professional and public trust in research findings. Specific concerns about conflict of interest arise when faculty members take part in research on their own inventions. Ideally, researchers without conflicts of interest would be recruited to serve as principal investigators on studies of university-owned technologies. If circumstances justify an exception, then the safeguards outlined in this policy would strengthen data integrity and the welfare of research subjects.
The Conflict of Interest Committee will initiate development of a management plan in adherence to the following guidelines and practices.
Conflict of interest: A conflict of interest occurs when the divergence between an individual's personal relationships or interests and his/her professional obligations to the university is so close that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the individual's professional actions are determined by considerations of personal benefit, gain, or advantage.
Inventor: An inventor is an employee who has made independent, original, and conceptual contributions to an invention and to at least one of the eventual claims in the patent application. Requirements to disclose inventorship related to research also apply when the inventor is in the employee's "immediate family" (spouse and dependent children).
All faculty and unclassified staff members who invent a technology in their field of expertise while employed at the KUMC are subject to this policy.
Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form – Contact the Research Administration
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