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University conflict of interest policy as outlined in the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) must comply with state and federal external requirements. In addition, the university provides operational policies to guide employees in disclosing outside activities, relationships, or interests and managing identified conflicts of interest and commitment.
U-M follows the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations outlined in 42 CR 50, Subpart F "Promoting Objectivity in Research" for the reporting of outside activity, review of potential confllicts of interest, and management of conflicts of interest, as expressed in the NIH policy below and other similar federal policies.
- NIH Conflict of Interest resources page - Public Health Service (PHS) regulation, which apply to grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health and other PHS agencies
- NSF COI Policy - National Science Foundation regulations for grants and awards
- DOE Interim COI Policy - Department of Energy Interim Conflict of Interest Policy Requirements for Financial Assistance
State of Michigan Policy
University of Michigan Policies
- SPG 201.65-1 Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment
- Policy for Identification and Management of Conflicts of Interest in Research, Sponsored Research, and Technology Transfer - [pdf] includes outside interest disclosure requirements for individual or personal COI, revised November 2021.
- Unit Policies - each school/college lists their policy on the U-M Office of the Provost website
- Policy for Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research - [pdf] U-M Office of President policy includes oversight requirements when U-M, as an institution, has financial interests that may affect/appear to affect research, revised October 2020, effective as of February 1, 2021.
Related Policies & Resources
The following lists U-M polices and resources by activities that have a conflict of interest component.
Work outside the university
- SPG 201.65-0 Work Outside the University
- SPG 201.85 Non-Appointment Related University Compensation (includes conflict of commitment policy)
- Regents Bylaw 5.12 Outside Employment
- SPG 303.04 University of Michigan Technology Transfer Policy
- SPG 601.07 Responsible Use of Information Resources
- SPG 507.01 Procurement General Polices and Procedures
- Regents Bylaw Sec. 1.13 Business Transactions
- Regents Bylaw Sec. 1.14 Regental and Executive-Senior Officer Conflict of Interest Policy (revised September 1994)
- Regents Bylaw Sec. 2.16 Gifts to Regents and University Employees
- Faculty Handbook - Section 9.G describes and links to various federal, state, and U-M COI policies and resources as it relates to expectations for U-M faculty.
For questions about COI policies, outside interest disclosure requirements for U-M, and U-M's COI review and management processes, email COI.Support@umich.edu.