Conflict of Interest in Research (COIR) Committee

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The objective of the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC) is to provide perspective on whether investigators' declared SFIs present actual, potential, or apparent financial conflicts of interest in the design, conduct, and/or reporting of sponsored research. The University of Oregon’s COIRC is composed of representative faculty members and administrative leadership from a variety of campus affiliations and backgrounds. The COIRC meets monthly and is responsible for the review of investigators who have disclosed an SFI determined to potentially be an financial conflict of interest in sponsored research.  

The COIRC reviews the investigators' SFIs, their institutional responsibilities, and their associated sponsored projects. If a financial conflict of interest  in research (FCOIR) is identified, the committee determines whether or not a management plan can be created with steps to manage, reduce, or eliminate the FCOIR.  The  committee's determination regarding an FCOIR is communicated to the investigator by Research Compliance Services (RCS). The committee has final determination and authority regarding FCOIR management. In instances of non-compliance with the UO's Financial Conflict of Interest in Research policy, the COIRC is also charged with conducting a retrospective review of circumstances and recommending mitigation steps and, if necessary, sanctions.