Conflict of Interest

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Western University describes a conflict of interest as:

  • "A conflict of interest arises where a member of the Faculty or Staff has or could be seen to have the opportunity to use the authority, knowledge, or influence derived from his or her position to benefit improperly the member or another person."


  • "A conflict of interest arises if gifts, gratuities, or favors of any kind are exchanged between members of Faculty or Staff and any individual or company whose relationship with the University involves the member's sphere of responsibilities."

U.S. Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations

Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the primary U.S. agency dealing with, and the largest source of funding for, medical research in the world.

Please consult Western Research staff early for more information on submitting to the NIH, or other US funding agencies. For further information, please see below.

Additional Resources


For more information, please contact Erika Basile, Director, Research Ethics and Compliance, 519-661-2111 ext. 86764