All academics involved in the formation of a new spinout should complete a conflict of interest management plan, which is to be reviewed by Research Services and approved by the Head of Department before the initial investment can go through.
Guidance for departments on spinouts is also available (log in if not visible):
|Intellectual property||If a researcher has a financial interest in the licensee (or proposed licensee) of University intellectual property they should disclose this, and step back from the negotiations, which should be managed by the IP Rights Management Team and Oxford University Innovation.|
|Applying for grants and negotiating contracts||Staff and students should declare all conflicts when applying for grants, negotiating contracts etc. In particular, financial conflicts need to be declared to avoid doubts being cast over the validity of research, and subsequent potential reputational damage.|
|Publishing||Authors submitting a manuscript should disclose any ‘significant financial interest’ or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products or providers of commercial services discussed in the manuscript and any financial supporters of the research. The intent of such disclosures is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from publishing a paper, but rather to provide readers with information upon which to make their own judgements.|