COI Management & Oversight Options

Investigators with potential financial conflicts of interest may need to complete the George Mason University Management Plan Template.

This page provides suggested options for investigators to consider when developing proposed management plans for financial conflicts of interest.

Management options

  • Investigator serving for the outside organization while another faculty member serves as PI for the university (who has no oversight from the conflicted investigator)
  • Modification/severance/divestiture/restructuring of financial interest
  • Reduction of financial interest
  • Public disclosure of relationship(s) at all presentations and when submitting publications
  • For research projects involving human subjects, disclosure of financial conflicts of interest directly to human subjects
  • Exclusion of investigator from all business transactions between the university and the organization in which the financial interest is held
  • Use of third-party for all negotiations between the university and the organization in which the financial interest is held
  • Removal of the investigator from all purchasing decisions
  • Reducing the percentage of the investigator’s contract to accommodate the outside interest
  • Placing the outside interest in a blind trust

Oversight options

  • Monitoring of research by an independent reviewer or review panel
  • Monitoring research by an administrative agent (such as a representative of the Dean’s office)
  • Disqualification of investigator from participation in part of the research that interacts with the outside organization in which the investigator holds a financial interest (project separation monitored)

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