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Conflict of Interest

In accordance with Federal regulations, SUNY Canton requires that a researcher disclose any potential conflict of interest due to a significant financial interest in a sponsored activity to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs before a proposal for that activity may be submitted to a sponsoring agency.

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York (RF) has adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy (COI) effective March 15, 2013. The State University of New York College of Technology at Canton’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has adopted and incorporated the RF's COI policy as its own. View Conflict of Interest Policy

This SUNY Canton COI policy applies to all investigators, co-investigators, and anyone with significant decision making authority for the grant.

In accordance with Federal Regulations, the RF adopted a separate policy on August 24, 2012, for all research grants sponsored by the Public Health Services (PHS) and/or National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For PHS/NIH grants, COI rules and the accompanying policy applies to all investigators, which includes the following: the project director, principal investigator, or anyone responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research results. It can encompass a collaborator, consultant, or subgrantee/subcontractor/subrecipient.

In addition, PHS/NIH grants require all investigators to complete Conflict of Interest training. This training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

A potential conflict of interest exists when the personal or private interests of an individual, their spouse, or child might lead an independent observer to reasonably question whether the individual's professional actions or decisions are influenced by considerations of significant personal interest, financial, or otherwise, particularly if those interests or commitments are not disclosed.

In order to provide assurance that any potential conflict is disclosed, all investigators must submit an annual grant disclosure form before:

  • Submission of an application to an external sponsor, or
  • Acceptance of award where there was no prior disclosure submitted for that work
  • On an annual basis once a grant is awarded

In addition, a revised disclosure must be filed whenever an investigator's significant financial interests and obligations change materially.

The completed disclosure statement(s) should be placed in a sealed envelope, marked Confidential, and sent to Betsy Rohr Adams, Coordinator of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, MAC 614.

The office of Research and Sponsored Programs will not submit your sponsored programs application until your annual disclosure form or PHS Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form, whichever one is required, has been submitted.

Executive Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Betsy Rohr Adams
SUNY Canton
MAC 602
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617


Administrative Assistant I
Rebecca Blackmon