Conflict of Interest

What Is It?

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in outside activities, share expertise, and transfer intellectual property to the private sector. Sometimes, your participation in outside activities may generate conflicts between the needs of the institution and the outside entity. UWGB understands that these conflicts are common, frequently unavoidable, and can often be appropriately managed. To avoid or appropriately manage any potential conflicts of interest (COI) when the outside activities or collaborations are funded with extramural funds, UW System, the federal government, and UWGB have policies and procedures that project key personnel must follow.

What Do I Need to Do?

  1. Policies of the UW System Board of Regents, federal government, and UWGB require disclosure of all outside activities related to your institutional responsibilities. All faculty, regardless of appointment, all academic staff with 50% or greater appointment, and all individuals listed as participants on human subject protocols or on federal grants are required to fill out an annual Outside Activities and Interests Form and update whenever new outside activities are undertaken.

  2. In practice, all project key personnel employed at UWGB who are submitting proposals through the OGR, federal or otherwise, need to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) COI training on an interval of no less frequently than once every four years. Key personnel are defined as those individuals essential to the project who would be named in the agency Notice of Grant Award.

  3. In practice, all key personnel on federal grant submissions must have a completed and signed the Outside Activities and Interests Form.