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Conflict of Interest

West Virginia University encourages its Faculty, Students and Staff to participate in research activities and to do so with the highest ethical standards. While the potential for Conflicts of Interest to arise is understandable, Investigators must strive to limit introduction of bias into their research. The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance has created guidelines that serve to educate the WVU academic community about Federal and institutional requirements concerning conflict of interest in research with the following objectives in mind:

  • Provide information for identifying and addressing perceived, potential, and actual Conflict of Interest in Research (COIR);
  • Maintain the highest standards of objectivity, freedom from bias, and integrity of research data;
  • Protect human subjects who participate in research from risks and provide them with information they can use in reaching decisions about entering or remaining in research protocols;
  • Provide clear guidance on responsibilities and procedures to investigators and employees to assist them in reaching decisions about the activities in which they engage, in view of their research and commitment to the University;
  • Assist employees and agents with the management of potential COIR in a way that facilitates and encourages the full professional and personal development of investigators through their research, as long as their relationships with industry and their personal financial and other rewards do not adversely affect their objectivity, integrity, or professional commitment; and
  • Reduce or eliminate COIR wherever possible.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like to submit a form, please contact:

Joy Edwards, COIR Director
(304) 293-5475