Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

CUNY’s Conflict of Interest policy establishes standards to ensure that there is no reasonable possibility that any conflicting interests will bias the design, conduct, reporting or review of research projects at the University, regardless of the source of funding or the commercial exploitation of the results of such projects.   

The information provided here summarizes CUNY policies and procedures as a reference for John Jay researchers; please refer to the CUNY website for full details and current information on CUNY’s Conflict of Interest policy.

Training Requirements: 

All investigators engaging in research related to any PHS funded grant or contract are required to complete online COI training provided by CITI.  The John Jay College Conflicts Officer (CCO) may require certain John Jay researchers engaging in research that is not PHS funded to complete training as well. 

Training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), www.citiprogram.edu.

Investigators should submit a copy of the CITI COI Completion Report to the CCO and attach it to any PHS-funded grant proposal or contract submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs. Detailed requirements and instructions are available here.

COI Disclosure Process:

CUNY uses separate Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Disclosure Forms for PHS Funded Research and for Research NOT Funded by PHS.  At the time that the PI submits a grant proposal or application, each investigator must complete the relevant (PHS or non-PHS funded) CUNY Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Disclosure Form and submit it to the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the CCO.

If the investigator answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the SFI Disclosure Form, then s/he must also complete the relevant CUNY Significant Financial Interest Supplement Form and submit it to OSP and the CCO.

Each investigator must submit an updated CUNY SFI Disclosure form to OSP and the CCO annually if PHS funded, prior to submission of annual progress reports regardless of funding, and within 30 days of any material change in the previously disclosed SFI or discovering/acquiring a new SFI regardless of funding.

John Jay College Conflicts Officer (CCO):

Each CUNY College has a designated Conflicts Officer (CCO) who is responsible for promoting the responsible conduct of research through training and education, and for implementing CUNY’s Research Misconduct policy.  

John Jay CCO:    Lynda Mules, MLA, CIP, CCRC
                                Associate Director of Research Compliance
                                lmules@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8914 / 601.06 BMW

CUNY Conflict of Interest Policy: http://www.cuny.edu/research/compliance/conflictofinterestpolicy.html