Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest & Commitment Office

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  • Management Plan Infographic

    Management Plan Considerations Infographic

    This Infographic outlines the Management Plan process. In most cases, a real or perceived conflict of interest (COI) can be managed through a management plan that addresses potential conflicts between your role at the university and your interests/activities external to the university.

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    University Resources & Start-Up Guide

    This Infographic provides guidance regarding prohibitions of the use of university resources that are typically related to start-up companies. This includes examples related to university employees, facilities, equipment, association, and addresses.

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    What to Know - External Interests

    This infographic covers the reporting requirements for disclosing external interests and activities. This includes when, how, and what to report, as well as, the next steps in the process.

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Who needs to complete the ADF?

Effective October 1, 2017, the Attestation and Disclosure form must be completed, at least annually by:

  • All University of Louisville Employees.
  • All individuals participating in research under the auspices of U of L, regardless of compensation. This includes all individuals with a research appointment.

External investigators (consultants/collaborators/etc.) named on Public Health Service (PHS) and National Science Foundation proposals must have statements submitted to the COIC Office prior to proposal submission if they are not affiliated with organizations that are federally assured. Statements are available via the form for proposals. Please see the above tip-sheet regarding the investigator descriptions.

Additional requirements are required upon award for all external investigators (consultants/collaborators/etc.) on projects with FCOI PHS requirements. Contact the COIC Office for assistance.

How do I complete the ADF requirement?

The Attestation and Disclosure Form (ADF) is available upon logging in to the iRIS system. The instructions for completing the ADF are available for download. Please follow the instructions for the successful completion of your ADF.

DO NOT use Safari to complete any form in iRIS!

Travel Disclosure Form

The Travel Disclosure Form is used ONLY to report any paid or reimbursed travel from an external entity (not UofL) that exceeds $5,000 annually from October 1 - September 30.

This form will not fulfill your annual Attestation and Disclosure Form (ADF) requirement.

If you need to complete your annual Attestation and Disclosure Form (ADF), please see those instructions in the section above.

The Travel Disclosure Form is available in iRIS.

How do I complete the COI training course in CITI?

Effective October 1, 2015, the ADF now also contains the Conflict of Interest training element; however, the Conflict of Interest training Course will remain available on the CITI training platform.

Download the instructions for completing the free, online Conflict of Interest training course.

Any individual that has completed the ADF on or after October 1, 2015, as a covered individual involved in research, has completed the COI training requirement, but can access the additional COI training on CITI.

How can I request information on identified conflicts of interest for PHS-funded awards?

Please fill out the request form.