Conflicts of Interest in Research
A conflict of interest (COI) arises in situations in which financial or other personal considerations have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity. Conflicts of interest are not unusual in a modern academic setting but must be addressed in order to provide transparency and protect research integrity. The COI in Research Program administers activities related to reporting, assessing, and managing financial and non-financial interests for the university research enterprise.
The Activity and Interest Reporting System (AIRS) is an electronic Research Administration Management System (RAMS) for the reporting of interests pertaining to research. 'COI Investigators', designated by the PI as having responsibility and independence in the design, conduct, and reporting of research, report interests in their Financial Interest Report (FIR).
The AIRS opens for the annual FIR update on May 10th.
- » Access the AIRS
- » AIRS How-to Guide
- » Who is a 'COI Investigator' for AIRS reporting purposes?
- » Annual FIR update in the AIRS
- » Additional AIRS Guidance and Training
Resources, Policies, and Regulations
- » What Interests Do I Report?
- » COI Considerations for Start-ups
- » VCU policy: Conflicts of Interest in Research
- » VCU policy: Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research
- » VCU policy: Research and Development Exception for the Virginia Conflict of Interests Act
- » Regulations and Other Resources
COI in Research Program
- » Potential Management Scenarios for COI Determinations
- » COI in Research Committee (COIC) Members
- » Updates
- » Non-technical help: AIRS@vcu.edu
- » Technical help with the AIRS: email@example.com
- COI in Research Program, Office of Research Integrity and Ethics
- » Alexandria Ashe, CCRP - Research Integrity Analyst
» Adora Parker, CIP - Assistant Director
- » Monika Markowitz, PhD - Director, COIC Chair