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Research Integrity and Conflicts of Interest

Research Integrity

The Faculty Handbook contains critical information regarding research conduct and expectations of faculty at William & Mary.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is the National Science Foundation's implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act. The intent is to train future generations of scientists to perform their research in an ethical fashion that upholds the highest integrity level. All institutions certify that they implement responsible research conduct training for undergraduates, graduates, and Post Doctoral researchers supported by NSF funding at the time of proposal submission. The second piece of NSF's implementation was to create Ethics CORE, a public library of resources to support ethics training. William & Mary employs the CITI training module on Responsible Conduct of Research as a beginning review of RCR. When accessing the CITI modules, we ask that participants list their affiliation as "William & Mary."

Financial Integrity
Commonwealth Financial Conflict of Interest

Though the Commonwealth of Virginia conducts an annual statement of economic interest through the Office of Administration, the management of research conflict of interest requires an additional layer of oversight. Disclosures related to potential conflict of interest are completed at the time a proposal Routing and Review form is submitted to OSP. In the case where a potential conflict of interest exists, the Vice Provost for Research will assist in determining actions necessary to conduct the research while avoiding a full-blown conflict. 

DHHS Financial Conflict of Interest

Updated NIH Financial Conflict Of Interest Policy

PHS Federal Conflict of Interest Regulations

Federal Register (pdf)

42 CFR Part 50 and 45 CFR Part 94
Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which Public Health Service Funding Is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors; Final Rule

NIH site on Financial Conflict of Interest

NIH FAQ on Financial Conflict of Interest

NIH Tutorial

NSF RCR Requirements

NIH Research Integrity