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 ( We are here to help you.

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A few “Bright Lines” to remember from the COI policy:

Investigators may not:

  1. accept research sponsorship or gifts, in support of the Investigator’s Institutional Responsibilities from a for-profit privately-held Related Entity;
  2. subcontract to a for-profit privately-held Related Entity;
  3. negotiate with MIT on behalf of a Related Entity, or negotiate with the Related Entity on behalf of MIT;
  4. involve a student for whom the Investigator is a thesis supervisor in the Investigator’s Outside Professional Activities;
  5. divert research opportunities to a Related Entity, which are more appropriately undertaken at MIT, such as research sponsorship or other projects;
  6. promote the use of products or services of a Related Entity in the course of the Investigator’s Institutional Responsibilities; or
  7. engage in research involving human subjects that could reasonably be expected to affect the financial condition of a Related Entity.

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    Streamlining the COI Disclosure Process

    1. Are some buttons grayed out on your MyCOI landing page? Here’s why! 
    2. If an entity does not meet the definition of an SFI, be sure to inactivate it from the “View” box by choosing “SFI Entity (incl. INACTIVE)” before you begin revising your disclosure. This way, you only need to provide relationship details on those entities which are current SFI’s. Read more... 
    3. The new COI regulations require the investigator to provide detail on how an SFI entity does or does not have a relationship to each research project so that the COI officer or another designated official, can make a determination of relatedness. In the past, that determination had been left to the investigator, therefore, if you had specified “none” or “no relationship” then there were no further questions, now, more details are required.
    4. Each of the following trigger points will require a COI disclosure revision and will reset the 12-month expiration date
      • When you add or revise an SFI – (within 30 days of acquiring the new financial interest (PHS Investigators only), 90 days for all others); or
      • At time of award – if you didn’t complete a COI disclosure at proposal time; or
      • Annually –  if neither of the above occurs in a 12-month period

    You will receive an e-mail notification at least 2 months prior to the expiration date of your disclosure. 

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