A number of guiding principles inform our approach to identifying and addressing Financial Conflicts of Interest. These include:
- An Investigator’s first and primary responsibility is to support and advance MIT’s mission, rather than to advance his or her personal financial interests.
- Research must be undertaken to advance scholarship and new knowledge and not an Investigator’s or the Investigator’s Family’s personal financial interest.
- Financial Conflicts of Interest must be identified and either managed or eliminated.
- Disclosure of Significant Financial Interests and Outside Professional Activities is integral to identification of Financial Conflicts of Interest.
- An Investigator must not attempt to influence the activities of colleagues and subordinates with the intent of enhancing the Investigator’s or the Investigator’s Family’s financial interests.
- Research results must not be withheld or provided on a preferential basis for the benefit of an Investigator's or the Investigator’s Family’s financial interest.
- MIT’s resources, names and trademarks may not be used for personal benefit.
- Investigators must disclose any actual Financial Conflicts of Interests and any Significant Financial Interests that may appear to give rise to a Financial Conflicts of Interest to students and staff who participate in their research.
- Extra scrutiny must be given to potential Financial Conflicts of Interest in research involving human subjects.
- An Investigator may not supervise directly or indirectly any member of his or her Family nor may an Investigator assume the role of advocate or judge regarding a Family member’s employment, salary, or promotion.