Conflict of Interest

Thank you for visiting the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Conflict of Interest site. Chances are that if you are here, it is because you have some questions about what a conflict of interest in research is, how it may affect your research, and what the next steps might be.

As described in the University Board of Regent’s Policy University policy, all outside interests above a certain threshold must be disclosed to the University.  The primary responsibility of researchers is to disclose all financial interests either at time of submission through the SoonerTrack system or, if newly acquired, to disclose using the forms found here. All employees are required to submit any outside interests above a certain threshold.  The Conflict of Interest committee will review disclosures in the context of research and projects conducted at the University.

The PHS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy applies to all individuals at the University, regardless of job title, who contribute significantly to the planning, performance, and reporting of research, and who are granted considerable freedom in using independent judgement.  The PHS FCOI policy has more restrictive criteria and is also used by many non-federal sponsors.

Here you will find more information

  • for researchers about how to disclose financial interests and how these interests might impact research
  • what to consider if you are contemplating starting a business to commercialize an invention or other intellectual property
  • what to expect when a financial conflict of interest has been identified in research you are conducting at the University

Questions regarding the OUHSC policy or the federal regulation should be directed to Martha Ogilvie, Associate Vice President for Research, 405-271-2090.