For guidance on maintaining continuity of research and sponsored program activities during the COVID-19 crisis, please see ORSP’s Keep Discovering page.

Objectivity in Research

These guidelines define general University policy and procedures regarding conflicts of interest in relationship to research or educational sponsored projects. Their purpose is to protect the credibility and integrity of the University’s faculty and staff so that public trust and confidence in the University’s sponsored research and educational activities are ensured.

The University has a responsibility to manage any actual or potential conflict of interest that may be presented by a financial interest of an investigator. Thus, the University requires that investigators disclose significant financial interests that may present an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship with a sponsored project.

This policy applies to ALL sponsored projects — research, educational, and service. The disclosure of a potential or actual conflict in the application process will not delay the processing of a proposal.

UM Objectivity in Research Policy

Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Guidelines and Form

Guidance on Developing Your Conflict of Interest Management Plan

Mississippi University Research Authority Act (MURA)

Mississippi Conflict of Interest Statute