Conflict of Interest

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 UMB procedures, which fulfill the requirements of the University System of Maryland (USM) Policy, specify what financial conflicts of interest are and how they are managed at UMB.

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

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
Conflict of Interest Officer
Director, Research Integrity Office
410-706-1266

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


PHS-Funded Investigators

In compliance with the new 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 University.

You can access the Research Integrity Office's online training by clicking on the link below.

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

PHS Database (requires UM ID log-in)

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


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)



August 25, 2011 – NIH Issues Final Rule on Objectivity in Science

The U S Department of Health and Human Services issued its final rule on conflicts of interest in research (Objectivity in Science) covering research funded by the Public Health Service, including the NIH.  Institutions such as the University of Maryland are required to comply with the final rule no later than August 24, 2012.  Information concerning the University's plans to transition from its current policy to one that fully complies with the final rule will be forthcoming to the research community.  Click here to link to the Federal Register notice of the final rule.


July 1, 2011 – UMB Institutional COI Policy

A new policy, "University of Maryland Policy on Identifying and Addressing Institutional Conflicts of Interest to Preserve Integrity of Research and Other Academic Activity," has been developed and is in effect.  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.

Please contact this office with questions regarding the policy and its implementation.


Recent Presentations

Graduate School Orientation (August 13, 2013)
Conflict of Interest and the IRB - May 6, 2013
Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Management (Nursing) - April 19, 2013
The Regulatory Envirornment (GASP) - April 9, 2013
Conflicts of Interest (CIPP 909)
Conflict of Interest in Research (School of Pharmacy)
Conflict of Interest Policies (Dental School)
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest (SOM Faculty Career Development Services)
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations (RAC)

COI Forms

Please contact Alison Watkins, Conflict of Interest Officer, at athom001@umaryland.edu or 410-706-1266 before completing a COI form, and before forwarding the form for review.

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 (All other Schools' version)

University Policies and Procedures

UMB Policy and Procedures on Financial Conflict of Interest to Promote Objectivity in Public Health Service-Funded Research
USM Policy on Conflict of Interest in Research Development [III-1.11]
UMB Procedures Implementing Board of Regents Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research or Development
University of Maryland Policy on Identifying and Addressing Institutional Conflicts of Interest to Preserve Integrity of Research and Other Academic Activity [III-1.11(A)]

Other Policy Links

Maryland Public Ethics Law
UMB Position on Management of Researchers' Conflicts of Interest
USM Policy on Professional Commitment of Faculty
UMB Policy on Professional Consulting and other External Professional Activities
NIH Regulations on Objectivity in Research
NSF Conflict of Interest Policies
SOM Policies on Faculty Interactions with Industry

Conflict of Interest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)