University of Delaware

Conflict of Interest

As defined in the University of Delaware's Policies and Procedures Manual, "a potential conflict of interest occurs when there is a divergence between an individual's private interests and his or her professional obligations such that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the individual's professional judgment, commitment, actions, or decisions could be influenced by considerations of personal gain, financial or otherwise. A conflict of interest depends on the situation, and should be evaluated on a case by case basis."


Involvement of faculty or professional staff with appropriate commercial enterprises is an important part of the transfer of knowledge and it is encouraged by the University to enhance both teaching and research programs. Association of faculty and professional staff with commercial enterprises should be such that it benefits all the parties involved including the University. All employees are expected to conduct their professional and personal duties with maximum integrity, and to avoid association with any activities that could diminish the effectiveness of their commitment to the University. It is the responsibility and obligation of faculty and professional staff to disclose all significant financial and commitment interests that may affect, or appear as if they could affect, their professional responsibilities.

Please read Policy 6-11 for more details >>

Additional information on UD’s COI disclosure and management procedures can be found in the UD COI training module.

The conflict of interest disclosure form is now available as a UD Web routing form. Please click on the link below, and login using your UD NetID and password. Look for "Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form" under the tab "Blanks".

Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Form

UD’s policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) stems from the regulations and guidelines published by Federal funding agencies. Further details on reporting requirements specific to PHS-funded research can be found in the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) tutorial provided by NIH.

The following examples are for guidance in the identification of potential conflicts of interest under the policy. The list does not cover all possible conflicts and is intended to be illustrative only.

Activities excluded from disclosure:

Potential conflicts of interest that need to be disclosed: