Office of Research, UC Riverside
Office of Research Integrity

Frequently Asked PRO Questions



1. What is a Research-Related Conflict of Interest (COI)?


2. What is the Promoting Research Objectivity (PRO) committee?

3. How are Research-Related COIs and Conflict of Commitment (COC) related?

4. What is a Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)?

5. How are FCOI’s managed?

6. What are some general principles to keep in mind when starting a company?

7. Can I start a company?

8. Can I serve on a board of advisors/directors?

9. Can I serve on a scientific advisory board?

10. Can I participate in research sponsored by a company that licensed technology I invented at UCR?

11. What are some examples of mitigation or management plans to address COIs?

12. I serve as consultant to a company and want to test a product from that company. Does having non-conflicted investigators and the study being blinded assist in mitigating the conflict?

13. May I own stock in a publicly traded company and serve as an investigator on a study for that company’s products?

14. Through the university, I am an inventor on a patent. May I serve as an investigator testing its effectiveness?

15. I’m a co-founder in a company that would like to provide funds to my lab at UCR through an industry-sponsored research agreement, am I allowed to do that? What should I be concerned about?

16. I’m a consultant to a company that would like to provide funds to my lab at UCR through an industry-sponsored research agreement, am I allowed to do that? What should I be concerned about?

17. I own stock (have equity) in a company that would like to provide funds to my lab at UCR through an industry sponsored research agreement, am I allowed to do that? What should I be concerned about?

18. I have a positive disclosure for my project that will be sent to PRO for review. When will I receive the results of the review, so my study funds can be released?

19. When not reporting COIs, what are some of the potential risks?



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