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.
A few “Bright Lines” to remember from the COI policy:
Investigators may not:
- accept research sponsorship or gifts, in support of the Investigator’s Institutional Responsibilities from a for-profit privately-held Related Entity;
- subcontract to a for-profit privately-held Related Entity;
- negotiate with MIT on behalf of a Related Entity, or negotiate with the Related Entity on behalf of MIT;
- involve a student for whom the Investigator is a thesis supervisor in the Investigator’s Outside Professional Activities;
- divert research opportunities to a Related Entity, which are more appropriately undertaken at MIT, such as research sponsorship or other projects;
- promote the use of products or services of a Related Entity in the course of the Investigator’s Institutional Responsibilities; or
- engage in research involving human subjects that could reasonably be expected to affect the financial condition of a Related Entity.
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