The 2014 Research Disclosure Period Has Begun!

Per Federal Regulation and UT System policy, all individuals responsible for the design, conduct, and reporting of research are required to annually disclose financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities. At UTMB, any individual involved in research, from clinicians who draw blood used in research, to bench scientists, to each Principal Investigator, is consided a "covered individual" for the purposes of the research disclosure requirement. For the 2014 calendar year, the disclosure period will run from January 1, 2015, to March 31, 2015.

Of particular note for the 2014 Research Disclosure Period, UT System has added a new "No Activity" button to the Home Portal for those with no financial interests to disclose, simplifying the process for many users. A walkthrough for this process can be found both here and on the COI Walkthroughs page.

To complete your 2014 Research Disclosure, please go to the UT System Outside Activity Portal Portal, select UTMB as your institution, and log-in with your UTMB username and password. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the COI Office at coi.in@utmb.edu.

What Requires Disclosure

  • Compensation from outside activities such as part-time jobs, consulting, speaking engagements, etc.
    • This includes both direct payment and reimbursement for travel, lodging, or meals
  • Ownership interest (including stock) in organizations related to your job
    • Examples would be anything related to healthcare--pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, consulting firms, imaging centers, etc.
  • Intellectual property (copyright, patent, etc.) and any right to royalties
  • Gifts received in 2014, but only if the aggregate value is > $250
  • Board service, directorship, or officer of a non-UTMB organization, if compensated

 

What Doesn’t Require Disclosure

  • Any payments received from UTMB, even if not salary
  • Certain compensation from state, federal, or local government agencies; institutions of higher education; or academic teaching hospitals
    • This includes travel/meal/lodging reimbursement, income from teaching or speaking, or income from consulting/advisory committees
  • Income from investment vehicles such as mutual funds or retirement accounts where you do not have direct control over the investment decisions

 

Welcome!

UTMB is dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability in our conduct, whether it involves research activities, clinical practice, institutional decision-making, or engaging in outside activities by our faculty and employees.

The Conflict of Interest Program within UTMB's Office of Institutional Compliance supports outside interactions of UTMB faculty, professional staff, students and employees with federal, state, and local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations, and with business and industry as important parts of their research, education, and public service activities.

However, the ever-increasing complexity of our society and the various relationships between faculty members and outside institutions require attention to ensure the avoidance of real or apparent conflict of interest issues.

On this site you will find helpful information and links to relevant UTMB policies and guidance governing conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct, as well as educational and training resources.

For more information regarding new IHOP Policy 6.5.3, Individual Conflicts of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities, please click on the links below: