Actions required through the research lifecycle
Steps to take on conflict of interest at each stage of a project
The confirmation questions in X5 include:
- Will the acceptance of the grant or contract lead to potential or real conflict of interest (eg do you hold related consulting arrangements, financial interests, such as equity holding in the sponsor, fiduciary responsibility towards the sponsor, such as board membership)?
- Has any actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest been brought to the attention of the HoD/ HoDiv/ Conflict of Interest Committee (as appropriate) and have agreed safeguards been put in place, where necessary in accordance with the University's policy?
The department will work with the principal investigator to prepare the X5 costing and will record the answers to these questions. Please note that through X5 workflow, the head of department (or their delegated authority) and Research Services will review the costing and the answers to these questions online. The head of department will be asked to consider the issues raised in the X5 costing, in accordance with the University policy on conflict of interest, and to advise Research Services in writing that the appropriate action has been taken prior to acceptance by the University of the proposed research grant or contract.