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Financial Conflict of Interest Related to Research

Cornell University is committed to overseeing the conduct of research in a manner that ensures the integrity of the research process and maintains the public trust and that of sponsors in the integrity and credibility of its faculty, its staff, and its research programs. This commitment requires the university to ensure that there is no reasonable expectation that research results are biased by the external commitments and financial interests of persons who are responsible for the design, conduct, reporting, or direct administration of university research. Such individuals are, for the purposes of this policy, referred to as "research personnel." Research, for the purpose of this policy, includes all sponsored projects, including research and extension, and all non-sponsored university research.

This policy identifies and addresses the real or apparent financial conflicts of interest presented by the intersection of research activities and personal financial interests, and defines the requirements of all research personnel to ensure that those activities are conducted objectively and without consideration of personal financial gain.

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Your college or unit administrative office or the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance or the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, WCMC

Revision History:

July 7, 2022: Added links to mandatory contract addendum.

April 16, 2019: Fixed typographical error.

May 3, 2018: Minor proofreading edits.

April 18, 2018: Updated hyperlinks, added trustee approval date to header.