Federal regulations, state laws and University policies related to research conflicts of interest recognize that faculty may have financial interests in sponsors of their research and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research. A conflict of interest in research refers to a situation in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator’s professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.
How it Works: Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee
Faculty members must submit financial disclosure forms at the time of proposal submission for research funding, when research gift funding is received, and when an application for protocol is submitted for a clinical study. In situations where a financial interest and possible conflict of interest are disclosed, an independent substantive review committee must review each disclosure on a case-by-case basis. At NMSU, that committee is under the Vice President for Research. This website contains information regarding the Committee, this process, and the regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines that govern disclosure of conflicts of interest.