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 (CoI) Officer is UMB’s designated official to administer the review and management process for such conflicts.

UMB Conflict of Interest in Research and Development

University employees also are state employees, and as such, in addition to University System of Maryland (USM) and UMB CoI policies in research and development, the State of Maryland’s Public Ethics Law governing conflict of interest 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 a financial relationship with an entity that also is sponsoring your research at UMB.

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

UMB COI Exemption Forms
These forms concern UMB CoI policy in research and development, and not U.S. PHS regulations. Please contact Alison Watkins, UMB CoI Officer, at athom001@umaryland.edu before completing these forms.

Annual Reports for COI Exemptions
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 the 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
athom001@umaryland.edu
410-706-1266

UMB CoI Policy for PHS-Funded Research and List of PHS Agencies

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 (SFI) forms to the Conflict of Interest Office. Where investigators have disclosed that they have no SFI related to their institutional responsibilities, the University’s Policy and Procedures on Financial Conflict of Interest to Promote Objectivity in Public Health Service-Funded Research requires Investigators to certify that no SFI exists.

UMB 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)
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR, includes BARDA)
Office of Global Affairs (OGA)

For PHS questions, please contact:

Shilene Johnson, MPH
Research Compliance Specialist
Office of Accountability and Compliance
Shilene.johnson@umaryland.edu
410-706-4934

Erin Burch, MS
Research Compliance Specialist
Office of Accountability and Compliance
erin.burch@umaryland.edu
410-706-6951

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
UMB Conflict of Interest Officer
Director, Research Integrity Office
athom001@umaryland.edu
410-706-1266

UMB PHS Training module and SFI Disclosure Form (PHS Requirements)

Conflict of Interest (COI) Training

*Please note the COI Training is now completed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program*

To proceed to the Conflict of Interest Training in compliance with US Public Health Service Regulations, please click on the link below.

The link will automatically take you to the CITI website. Once you have logged into the CITI website, please add the course titled “Conflicts Of Interest” review all content provided in module 1-3 and take the quiz at the end of each module. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shilene Johnson at 6-4934 or Erin Burch at 6-6951.

www.citiprogram.org

Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Disclosure Form

You can download a copy of the SFI Disclosure Form by clicking on the link below. Submit disclosures to: Disclosure@umaryland.edu. Questions concerning your disclosure may be submitted by email with your disclosure.

   SFI Disclosure Form

SFI Disclosure Frequently Asked Questions

‌‌   SFI Disclosure FAQs

UMB Training and Disclosure database for PHS-Funded Research

The database includes dates for individuals who have completed training and provided SFI disclosures.

** As of May 31, 2018, the PHS Training and SFI disclosures database has transitioned from UMVibe to SharePoint.  If you are a school administrator and need access to the database, please contact Shilene Johnson at 410-706-4934 or shilene.johnson@umaryland.edu.

 

 

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.

PolicyUMB Institutional CoI Policy

 

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

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
UMB Conflict of Interest Officer
Director, Research Integrity Office
athom001@umaryland.edu
410-706-1266

Presentations

If you would like the CoI Office to give a presentation to your group, please contact us:

Alison Watkins, JD, MS
UMB Conflict of Interest Officer
Assistant Vice President
athom001@umaryland.edu
410-706-1266

Shilene Johnson, MPH
Research Compliance Specialist
Office of Accountability and Compliance
Shilene.johnson@umaryland.edu
410-706-4934

Erin Burch, MS
Research Compliance Specialist
Office of Accountability and Compliance
erin.burch@umaryland.edu
410-706-6951