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External Activities That Generally Require Disclosure Because of Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest

The following list of potential or actual conflicts of interest is not inclusive but is provided as guidance. All examples are assumed to include both for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

  1. Using University resources to conduct research that is sponsored by an entity in which the faculty member or his/her immediate family member has a significant financial interest.
  2. Serving in an executive or managerial capacity or holding significant financial interests in an entity doing business with the University.
  3. Serving in an executive or managerial capacity or holding significant financial interests in an entity in one’s field of research.
  4. Serving on the board of directors or a major advisory committee of an entity that sponsors the faculty member's research or provides gift funds for the use of the faculty member’s department.
  5. Conducting consulting or other non-University income producing activities involving students or staff members.
  6. Utilizing students or employees in the faculty member’s University activities supported by gift funds from an entity in which the faculty member has a significant financial interest.
  7. Utilizing students or employees in the faculty member’s University research sponsored by an entity in which the faculty member has a significant financial interest.
  8. Conducting testing or clinical trials of products, devices, or services owned or controlled by an entity in which the faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family has a significant financial interest.
  9. Diverting research opportunities from the University to any external entity, e.g., another academic institution, non-profit organization, federal laboratory, business, or consulting entity in which the faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family has a significant financial interest, managerial, or executive role.
  10. Owning an entity from which the University may seek to procure goods or services.
  11. Influencing the University’s decision to procure goods or services from an entity owned by one’s immediate family member.
  12. Submitting proposals or making sub award arrangements involving the purchase of goods or services from an entity in which a faculty member or a member of his or her immediate family has a significant financial interest.
  13. While acting in the context of his/her University duties, making professional referrals to an entity in which a faculty member or a member of his/her immediate family has a significant financial interest.
  14. For PHS-funded researchers, travel paid for or reimbursed by outside entities.  Click here for more information on travel-related disclosures required of PHS researchers.
  15. Providing Scientific Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA), Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) or similar support servicesto the Federal government.