Skip to main content

Conflict of Interest

Research &
Transfer &
& Invention

Our office works to promote and maintain research objectivity and public trust in research and entrepreneurial activities based on intellectual property developed at Purdue. We assist the university community in finding appropriate research and collaborative frameworks that ensure ethical and productive engagement of faculty- and student-entrepreneurs with their industrial partners. We reduce administrative burden by creating modern tools for disclosure and management of research related financial conflicts of interest (FCOI).

Overview: Financial Interest (FI) Disclosure and FCOI Management

Disclosure of FIs


Event Based

  • Proposal
  • Protocol
  • Licensing
  • Contracting


Administrative Review and FCOI Determination


FCOI Manageable

  • Execute FCOI Management Plan

FCOI Unmanageable

  • Eliminate conflicts or reduce FIs

FCOI Management


  • Monitoring: OM
  • Project based COI reviews: EVPRP
  • Contracts with employee-owned companies: SPS, EVPRP, VPEC
  • Licensing: OTC and EVPRP
  • Annual Reporting of Compliance: OM and RO
  • Quality Assurance/Audits: as needed

Reporting and Disclosures

Investigator/ Employee

  • Discloses FIs in publications and presentations
  • To students, trainees, collaborators, and Human Subjects

Purdue/ EVPRP

  • Submits FCOI reports to sponsors
  • Responds to public requests for information

Acronyms: EVPRP – Executive Vice President for Research, FI – Financial Interests, FCOI – Financial Conflicts of Interest, OM – Oversight Manager, OTC – Office of Technology Commercialization, RO – Responsible Official in EVPRP, SPS – Sponsored Programs Services, VPEC – Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

New and Notable

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a new Interim Conflict of Interest Policy that impacts Investigators and Institutions applying for funding from DOE and its agencies. For DOE Investigators, main changes include the requirement to complete FCOI Training before engaging in DOE sponsored research and a requirement to complete a Travel Disclosure (in addition to the Significant Financial Interest Disclosure) before proposal submission to Sponsor. Purdue implemented the new regulation as described HERE.

Click on the topic of interest below to display the specific page.

Financial Interests and Outside Activities Disclosure Portal

Tools, Resources, Guidance, and Procedures

Relevant Policies and Regulations

FCOI Training Requirements

FCOI Management and Reporting to Federal Agencies


Questions about:

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

© 2024 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Office of Research

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact Office of Research at