Conflict of Interest and Commitment

The UO encourages employees to engage in outside activities that advance the mission of the University. The UO has two distinct policies that require, under certain circumstances, disclosures of outside financial interests and outside activities to prevent or manage conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment. Sponsored researchers are subject to both policies. Research Compliance Services (RCS) supports compliance with both policies.

Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities - All UO Employees

UO policy on Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities ("COI-COC policy") - applies to all UO employees. This policy is tied to Oregon State ethics laws, and was developed to support the UO mission and its employees while ensuring compliance with state statutes.

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research - Sponsored Researchers

UO policy on Financial Conflict of Interest in Research ("FCOI policy") - applies only to individuals responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored research. This policy is tied to federal financial conflict of interest in research regulations, which have specific training and reporting requirements.

Attention DOE-sponsored researchers: Researchers applying for or receiving funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) should be aware that DOE issued an Interim Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy for Financial Assistance Dec. 20, 2021, that has additional conflict of interest disclosure requirements that apply to all Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) issued on or after that date. Researchers may encounter the new requirements at the time of proposal, after an award has been issued and over the course of a sponsored project. For more information, please read the Financial Assistance Letter (FAL), which summarizes the new requirements, and read FOAs closely, since requirements can vary across award types. Research Compliance Services (RCS) and Sponsored Project Services (SPS) are incorporating some changes into current processes, as necessary, to address some of the interim policy’s standard requirements. Do not hesitate to reach out to RCS or SPS with questions.

UO employees who are not seeking or receiving research funding  

Individuals who are not sponsored researchers, and who have an outside activity or interest that does or may require disclosure under the COI-COC policy, must complete a self-assessment form (available in Word and PDF). If you answer yes to any question or are unsure, submit the form to RCS at Click on the box below for more information about the policy and the disclosure process.

 Info for employees without funding

UO researchers applying for or receiving external research funding

Sponsored researchers must complete a Significant Financial Interest (SFI) declaration in EPCS. The COI-COC self-assessment form (available in Word and PDF) helps researchers determine whether they must also disclose an activity or interest under the COI-COC policy. Click on the box below for more information about both policies and instructions for how to satisfy requirements under both policies.

Info for sponsored researchers

For more information about state ethics laws that apply to all UO employees as public employees, visit the UO’s Ethics Office.

If you have questions, please contact Research Compliance Services at

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