Conflict of Interest

Legitimate research interests can create competing responsibilities and lead to what is commonly called conflicts of interest. Special steps are needed to ensure that perceived or actual tensions between personal interest and adherence to the fundamental values of honesty, accuracy, efficiency and impartiality do not occur. Conflicts of interest are particularly crucial in three key areas: financial gain, work commitments, and intellectual and personal matters.

Additional Resources

Grand Valley State University

Department of Health and Human Services

National Science Foundation Conflict of Interest Policies

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Conflict of Interest Statement

National Academy Press Responsible Research: A Systems Approach to Protecting Research Participants

Association of American Universities Managing Financial Conflicts of Interest

American Council on Education Working Paper on Conflict of Interest



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