To submit your Conflict of Interest and Commitment Form, disclose an outside interest or activity, please visit the Disclosure Portal page.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please send an email to Conflict of Interest.
Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest exists when a researcher’s financial or fiduciary interests could directly or significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of research at UT Dallas. The presence of a conflict of interest does not mean that there has been or will be a misdeed; however, failure to disclose a conflict of interest may properly be viewed as a misdeed. An unreported conflict of interest may result from a failure to disclose a conflict of interest or, even more seriously, a false certification of the absence of a conflict of interest. Failure to report or providing a false certification of a conflict of interest constitutes noncompliance with the policy and may be cause for disciplinary action.
Research Integrity Committee
The Research Integrity Committee is responsible for the review and management of conflict of interests related to research on behalf of the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Committee’s primary function is to protect the integrity of UT Dallas’ research and education missions, as well as the integrity of the organization and the research investigator.
Where management of a research conflict of interest is required, a Conflict of Interest Management Plan Review Panel works with the faculty member involved to consider all facts available to it and develop a management plan. Once developed, all management plans will be acknowledged by the individual, tracked over time, and monitored.
The Research Integrity Committee is appointed by the Office of the Provost. The Committee consists of faculty members and such members of the UT Dallas administration as are needed to serve as resources for the committee.
Please contact the Conflict of Interest Manager if you have questions about the Research Integrity Committee.
Conflict of Commitment
A conflict of commitment is a situation in which an outside activity directly or significantly interferes with an employee’s judgment in performing his or her institutional responsibilities, or a situation in which an employee uses UT Dallas, U.T. System, or State of Texas resources without authority or approval in connection with an outside activity or interest. Generally, outside activities must not interfere with a faculty member or research employee’s performance of his or her institutional responsibilities.
Forms and Guidelines
Conflict of Interest Management Documents
Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest Related to Research
- Conflict of Interest Responsibilities for Engaging with UTD Startups
- Overview of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Policy for Faculty and Researchers
- NIH Office of Extramural Affairs: Financial Conflict of Interest Guidelines
- Office of Research Integrity (ORI): Conflict of Interest and Commitment Resources
Public Reporting of Conflicts of Interest
The public disclosure of conflicts of interest is part of UT Dallas’ commitment to ensuring its faculty an open and productive environment in which to conduct teaching and research. UT Dallas takes the position that faculty and researchers can participate in situations that create the possibility for a conflict of interest in conjunction with appropriate supervision, management, and reporting by UT Dallas. Please visit our Disclosure Requirements page for information on who needs to complete the COIC Form, what outside interests and activities need to be disclosed, and other policy requirements.
UT Dallas will make a good faith effort to provide information in an accurate and timely manner about conflicts of interest its faculty and staff have with outside entities. The information provided by this tool may differ from information in other public databases because of differences in reporting requirements. Inquiries about this tool or how UT Dallas manages collaborations with business entities should be directed to the Conflict of Interest Official.
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