Researchers at MIT are subject to the Institute’s Conflict of Interest in Research Policy which supports compliance with Federal and sponsor-specific conflict of interest (COI) disclosure requirements. Anyone submitting a COI disclosure should first read the Institute's Conflict of Interest in Research Policy. Any questions about a potential COI or the COI policy should be discussed with the department, lab or center head or MIT’s COI Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are here to help you.
Helpful Hints about SBIR/STTR Phase 1 awards:
- Every "Investigator" needs to file a disclosure (e.g. be named as key people on the proposal). Remember, an Investigator is anyone responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of the research.
- MIT can only accept funding for the Phase 1 award, we cannot be involved in later phases... faculty often opt to create new relations with other researchers at other institutions so that the work can continue there.
- Department must to be willing to manage the oversight of any potential COI.
- MIT PI cannot also be the PI on the company's proposal, it needs to be a full time employee of the company.
- Company personnel cannot be appointed at MIT.
- The SFI and relationships need to be disclosed in the proposal to the sponsor.
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COI in the News
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- MIT’s Gruber—Billing referred to Vermont attorney general NEW!
- NY Times: Former Georgia Tech Engineering Professor Indicted on Racketeering Charges
- Former UK professor allegedly misused $400,000, required students to work privately for free
- Morgan State University professor convicted of fraud scheme
- Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science
- NYU Researchers Arrested
- MIT professor Moniz sits on corporate boards; critics see potential for conflicts of interest