Conflict of Interest and Research

Relationships between industry and Columbia researchers (and Columbia itself) are essential for advancing scientific frontiers and enabling the commercial development of academic discoveries for the benefit of the public. Nonetheless, such relationships cannot be allowed to compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of the University’s research or the safety of research participants. 

The University’s policies addressing conflicts of interest in research – the Policy on (Individual) Financial Conflicts of Interest and Research, and the Policy on Institutional Conflict of Interest in Research – are designed to maintain the trust of the public, research volunteers, and the University research community and to protect against risks to research integrity, research participants and the academic mission that may result from individual or institutional conflicts of interest in research.  Please also note Appendix 2: Compliance with Revised Public Health Service Regulations, which documents the policies and procedures adopted by Columbia University for compliance with the revised Public Health Service regulations, entitled Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought, 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F (“PHS Regulations”), effective Aug. 24, 2012..

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Individual Financial Conflict of Interest

An individual financial conflict of interest in research (FCOI) exists where a researcher’s outside interests or activities could improperly affect, or give the appearance of affecting, research activities at Columbia.  Read more...

Institutional Conflict of Interest

An institutional conflict of interest in research (ICOI) describes a situation in which the financial interests of an institution or an institutional official, acting within his or her authority on behalf of the institution, may unduly affect or appear to affect the conduct of research or other related activities of the institution.  Read more...

COI Policies and Resources

Links to University and external polices and resources are available here, including for Appendix 2: Compliance with Revised Public Health Service Regulations.

Request a Consult

The Office of Research Compliance and Training provides consultation and advice for Columbia's researchers.  Read more...