About Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which an investigator’s outside financial interest(s) or obligation(s) (real or perceived) have the potential to bias a research project or cause harm to human subjects participating in a research project.

Investigators at UC Berkeley are subject to University of California systemwide policies, as well as specific State of California law and federal regulations.

Conflict of Interest Committee

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research, the faculty Conflict of Interest Committee is responsible for the review and assessment of all financial disclosures related to research projects at UC Berkeley and for determining any actions required to ensure that real or perceived financial conflicts of interest are managed or eliminated.

Research Administration and Compliance Office staff provide the operational support required to implement and administer COI Committee decisions.