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Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) reviews are assessments required by sponsors for certain funded research or contractual scenarios to determine any overlap in the University’s activities. An Organizational COI review is only required in sponsored research situations under the following parameters:

  • Uniform Guidance:  In accordance with 200.318(c)(2), the University maintains a code with a process to address certain situations where the University would be unable to be impartial in a procurement action involving a related organization.  These requests are generated directly by OSR to the COI Office.
  • Contract Requirement:  Where the sponsoring organization requires a review to determine if the University has a related entity or has current or prior work which creates any:
    • Impartial assistance
    • Impaired objectivity
    • Unfair competitive advantage

These reviews are completed by request of the Office of Sponsored Research, either at proposal or upon award. Certification or response is returned to OSR as needed.

NOTE:  If an OCI review is required at proposal, the COI office needs five business days to complete a review.  The IPF should be submitted to OSR no later than 7 business days prior to the submission deadline to ensure a timely review.