Conflict of Interest in Research Panel

The Conflict of Interest in Research (COIR) Panel was established as a committee reporting to the Dean for Research. The Panel is charged with: 1) receiving and analyzing disclosure material 2) proposing to the investigator suitable adjustments in project arrangements when these are deemed necessary to remove or mitigate conflict of interest; and 3) developing policy recommendations on conflict of interest in research for consideration by the URB or other appropriate University bodies.

Where external sponsorship of research is involved, there can be extra sensitivities concerning the potential for conflict of interest and, especially in the case of government sponsorship conformity with agency regulations. For these reasons, the Panel periodically takes the initiative in actively soliciting disclosure statements from investigators involved in sponsored research.


COIR Panel Charter

The Conflict of Interest in Research Panel (Panel) promotes integrity in research by reviewing, identifying and managing disclosed conflicts of interest.    

Purpose and Scope
In accordance with University policy and Federal regulations, the Panel reviews investigator disclosures and determines whether a conflict of interest exists. If a conflict of interest exists, a management plan is developed for handling the identified conflict.

The Panel reviews the following types of conflicts:
Financial conflict of interest (FCOI)
Conflicts of commitment (COC)

Conflict of resources (COR):
      •  Involving the participation of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers or other Dean of the Faculty appointees
      •  Involving the use and allocation of equipment or space

You may also view the entire Conflict of Interest in Research Panel Charter


Panel Roster

  • Peter Schiffer, Chair
  • Andrew Bocarsly
  • Rodney Priestley, ex officio
  • Andrea Goldsmith, ex officio
  • Gene Jarrett, ex officio
  • Stuart Leland, ex officio
  • John Ritter, ex officio
  • Ramona Romero, ex officio
  • Jacob Shapiro
  • Anna Stilz
  • Naveen Verma