Definitions

  • Conflict of interest in research ("COIR", as defined in the UO's FCOI policy): means a Significant Financial Interest that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored activity, as determined by the university. Note: COIR, FCOI (Financial Conflict of Interest) and FCOIR (Financial Conflict of Interest in Research) are used interchangeably.

  • Conflict of commitment (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): A situation where an individual engages in outside activities, either paid or unpaid, that substantially interfere with the individual’s duties to the University of Oregon.

  • Conflict of interest (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy):  Any action, decision, or recommendation by a person acting in their capacity as a University employee that would (for actual conflicts) or could (for potential conflicts) have a private financial impact on the person or their relative, or any business with which either is associated. ORS 244.020(1), (13).

  • Consulting (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Providing expert knowledge or advice to an entity or person. It does not include conducting research and development or the creation of technological improvements, inventions, or software.

  • Consulting entity (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Any business, company, or other organization, including (but not limited to) any partnership, corporation, limited liability corporation, or other institution whether public, for-profit, or not-for-profit that provides expert knowledge or advice to an entity or person.

  • Duties (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Responsibilities expected and performed on behalf of the University for which people are employed by the University, as described in a position description, unit-level workload policy, assigned by a supervisor, or otherwise required of an employee by the University.

  • Employee (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Any employee, official, or agent as defined by state law.

  • Entity (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Any business, company, or other organization, including (but not limited to) any partnership, corporation, limited liability corporation, foreign government or agent, or other institution whether public, for-profit, or not-for-profit.

  • Investigator (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) means the project director or principal Investigator, and any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored activity. Investigator can include but is not limited to: professorial faculty, research associates, emeritus faculty, research collaborators, post-doctoral students, graduate students, visiting scientists, and individuals with courtesy appointments, external collaborators, or outside consultants, regardless of whether paid or unpaid. The term Investigator does not usually apply to, but does not preclude, departmental grant administrators or financial staff.

  • Institutional responsibilities (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) means an Investigator's professional responsibilities on behalf of the Institution, and as defined by the Institution in its policy on financial conflicts of interest, which may include for example: activities such as research, research consultation, teaching, professional practice, institutional committee memberships, and service on panels such as Institutional Review Boards or Data and Safety Monitoring Boards.

  • Key personnel (as defined in EPCS) means the program director/principal investigator (PD/PI) and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they request salaries or compensation. Key Personnel is sometimes referred to as Senior Personnel.

  • Manage (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) means taking action to address a financial conflict of interest, which can include reducing or eliminating the financial conflict of interest, to ensure, to the extent possible, that the design, conduct, and reporting of research will be free from bias.

  • Management plans are agreements between University of Oregon employees (or subrecipients of UO awards) and the University designed to manage, reduce, or eliminate the individual's existing, potential, or apparent conflicts with their UO duties and/or research. Generally, management plans reiterate University policies and establish mechanisms to help ensure that an individual's existing, potential, or apparent conflicts with their UO duties and/or research do not have an adverse impact on their UO duties and/or research. Individuals who have outside interests or activities that must be approved under the UO's COI-COC policy will have a COI-COC Management Plan. Sponsored researchers who have a financial conflict of interest with any of their sponsored projects will have a FCOI Management Plan for the specific project/s with which they have conflicts, developed in accordance with federal FCOI regulations and UO's FCOI policy. Some sponsored researchers may have both a COI-COC Management Plan for their outside activity or interests, and FCOI Management Plans developed to manage their conflicts with specific projects to help ensure objectivity in the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

  • Outside activities (as defined in the UO's COI-COC policy): Things that an employee does which are not duties and are not performed on behalf of the University.

  • Public Health Service (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) means the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and any components of the PHS to which the authority involved may be delegated, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Relative (as defined in Oregon State Statute): (a) the spouse, parent, stepparent, child, sibling, stepsibling, son-in-law or daughter-in-law of the employee or official; (b) the parent, stepparent, child, sibling, stepsibling, son-in-law or daughter-in-law of the spouse of the employee or official; (c) any individual for whom the employee or official has a legal support obligation; (d) any individual for whom the employee or official provides benefits arising from the employee’s public employment or from whom the employee or official receives benefits arising from that individual’s employment.

  • Research (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) means a systematic investigation, study or experiment designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. The term encompasses basic and applied research (e.g., a published article, book or book chapter) and product development (e.g., a diagnostic test or drug). It includes any activity for which research funding is awarded through grant, award, fellowship, training, project, or research resources award.

  • Significant financial interest (as defined in federal FCOI regulations) is a financial interest consisting of one or more of the following interests of the Investigator (and those of the Investigator’s spouse and dependent children) that reasonably appears to be related to the  Investigator’s institutional responsibilities:

    • With regard to any publicly traded entity, a Significant Financial Interest exists if the value of any remuneration received from the entity in the twelve months preceding the declaration and the value of any equity interest in the entity as of the date of declaration, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000. For purposes of this definition, remuneration includes salary and any payment for services not otherwise identified as salary (e.g., consulting fees, honoraria, paid authorship); equity interest includes any stock, stock option, or other ownership interest, as determined through reference to public prices or other reasonable measures of fair market value;

    • With regard to any non-publicly traded entity, a Significant Financial Interest exists if the value of any remuneration received from the entity in the twelve months preceding the declaration, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000, or when the Investigator (or the Investigator’s spouse or dependent children) holds any equity interest (e.g., stock, stock option, or other ownership interest); or

    • Intellectual property rights and interests (e.g., patents, copyrights), upon receipt of income related to such rights and interests.

    • Any reimbursed or sponsored travel (i.e., that which is paid on behalf of and not reimbursed to the Investigator), that, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000 per individual entity and that is related to the Investigator’s institutional responsibilities, including the purpose of the trip, the identity of the sponsor/organizer, the destination, and the duration; but not including travel reimbursed or sponsored by a Federal, state, or local government agency, an Institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute affiliated with an Institution of higher education. 

    • Significant Financial Interest does not include the following types of financial interests:

      • Salary, royalties, or other remuneration paid by the university, including intellectual property rights assigned to the university and agreements to share in royalties related to such rights; 

      • Income from investment vehicles, such as mutual funds and retirement accounts, as long as the Investigator does not directly control the investment decisions made in these vehicles;  

      • Payment from a Federal, state, or local government agency, an Institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute affiliated with an Institution of higher education for seminars, lectures, or teaching engagements; or service on advisory committees or review panels.

  • SFI declaration (as defined in UO's FCOI policy) means an Investigator’s formal or explicit statement disclosing Significant Financial Interests (SFIs) to the University.

  • Subrecipient (as defined in UO's FCOI policy) means any Investigator outside the university community receiving research funds from the university through subaward, subcontract, or consortium agreement.

If you have questions, please contact Research Compliance Services at coi@uoregon.edu.