Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

(revised 8/20/2013)

HSPH Policy on Conflict of Interests

To fully understand their obligations related to conflicts of interest, research scientists should consult the school’s policy found on the HSPH website: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty-affairs/outside-activities/hsph-policy-on-conflicts-of-interest-and-commitment/.  This policy is intended to serve as a guide for HSPH appointees in structuring their relationships with industry and other outside ventures in view of their academic responsibilities.

Research scientists should also be advised that permission to undertake outside activities such as consulting must be sought from and given by the research scientist’s department chair or supervisor.  At the beginning of each calendar year, research scientists will be informed if they are required to report on their outside professional activities and financial interests.  Further, the school’s grants administration officers must confirm that a current disclosure form has been submitted by each investigator, whether full- or part-time at the school, before signing off on a submitted proposal for federal funding.  Finally, if the research scientist’s department or program has additional reporting requirements, s/he will be informed of those requirements by the department or program.

HSPH Policy on Outside Professional Activities

Permission for research scientists to undertake outside activities such as consulting must be sought from and given by the research scientist’s department chair or supervisor.  If the department or program has additional requirements, the research scientist will be informed of these by his/her department or program.