Conflict of Interest in Research Committee

The objective of the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC) is to provide perspective on whether investigators' declared SFIs present actual, potential, or apparent financial conflicts of interest in the design, conduct, and/or reporting of sponsored research. The COIRC is also charged with determining whether and how conflicts can be adequately managed. The University of Oregon’s COIRC is composed of representative faculty members and administrative leadership from a variety of campus affiliations and backgrounds. The COIRC meets on the third Thursday of each month.

When convened to consider specific financial conflicts of interest for any investigator, the COIRC reviews the investigator's SFIs, their institutional responsibilities, and their associated sponsored projects. If the committee determines that a financial conflict of interest in research exists, the committee then determines whether or not, and how, the conflict can be managed. If the committee determines the conflict can be managed, it must approve a management plan with steps that serve to manage, reduce, or eliminate the conflict or elements of it. The committee's determination regarding the conflict is communicated to the investigator by Research Compliance Services (RCS). The COIRC has final financial conflict of interest in research determination and management authority. In instances of non-compliance with the UO's Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Policy, the COIRC is also charged with conducting a retrospective review of circumstances and recommending mitigation steps and, if necessary, sanctions.

Questions about the COIRC may be directed to Research Compliance Services at coi@uoregon.edu.