Conflict of Interest

Welcome to UMB’s CoI Office. An important component of the Research Integrity Program at UMB is the management of financial conflicts of interest in research. The office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs oversees the management process for such conflicts. The Conflict of Interest Officer is UMB’s designated official to administer the review and management process for such conflicts.

UMB CoI in Research and Development

University employees are also State employees, and as such, in addition to USM and UMB CoI policies in research and development, the State of Maryland’s Public Ethics Law governing conflict of interest also applies. Faculty and staff are encouraged to inquire, through the Conflict of Interest Officer, whether specific relationships fall under the Law and require exemption under these Procedures in order to be lawful relationships. This includes financial relationships with an entity that is also sponsoring your research at UMB.

Annual Reports

For individuals with CoI Exemptions, annual reports are required from the date of your exemption.  Reports must be shared with your department chair or division head and UMB CoI Officer.

Questions concerning the policy and procedures and their application may be directed to:

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
UMB Conflict of Interest Officer
Director, Research Integrity Office

Also check out the answers to Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Related PolicyProcedures Implementing Board of Regents Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research or Development

Forms: please see CoI forms below

UMB CoI for PHS-Funded Research

In compliance with the 2012 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Financial Conflict of Interest regulations, each individual participating in PHS-funded research is required to participate in mandatory training on the new regulations, and to submit Significant Financial Disclosure Forms (SFI forms) to the Conflict of Interest Office.

Coming Soon:

MyCoI Software Application for handling PHS disclosures and annual reporting.

List of PHS Agencies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

PHS Conflict of Interest Training and Financial Disclosure (requires UM ID log-in)

PHS Database (requires UM ID log-in)

SFI Disclosure Form for Non-UMB Investigators

Related PolicyUMB Policy and Procedures on Financial Conflict of Interest to Promote Objectivity in Public Health Service-Funded Research

Questions regarding this policy may be directed to:

Shilene Johnson, M.P.H.
Research Complilance Specialist
410 706 4934

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
UMB CoI Officer

UMB Institutional CoI Policy

This policy is intended to address real and perceived conflicts of interest resulting from the financial interests of the University as an institution or of its senior leadership. By implementing a plan to manage potential bias in the research or other academic activity caused by the financial interest, the integrity of the activity will be preserved and enhanced.

Questions relating to this policy should be directed to UMB’s Conflict of Interest Officer.

UMB CoI Forms in Research and Development

These forms concern UMB CoI policy in research and development, and not U.S. PHS regulations. Please contact Alison Watkins, UMB CoI Officer, at before completing these forms.

Exemption Request Form Disclosing Conflict of Interest Related to Research and Development (School of Medicine version)
Exemption Request Form Disclosing Conflict of Interest Related to Research and Development (School of Pharmacy version)
Exemption Request Form Disclosing Conflict of interest Related to Research and Development (All other Schools' version)
Annual Report Form for Conflict of Interest Exemptions 2014

U.S. PHS SFI Disclosure Form

Please access link under PHS heading and submit to

Campus Presentations

If you would like the CoI office to give a presentation to your group, please contact us. Below is a list of recent presentations.

CoI Review (Pharmacy Faculty Assembly) May 7, 2014
The Regulatory Environment (GASP) April 8, 2014
CoI Disclosure and Management (Nursing) February 28, 2014
Ethics Workshop (Pharmacy) December 9, 2013Graduate School Orientation – August 13, 2013