The Johns Hopkins University
Homewood Conflict of Interest and Commitment

Outside Interests and Financial Conflicts of Interest

The Johns Hopkins University maintains the highest principles of integrity in research, education, service, and clinical care.  Generating new knowledge or Intellectual Property (IP) and transferring it for the benefit of society often require interaction with commercial and other organizations outside the University.  To advance knowledge, promote licensed technology and further its academic missions, the University supports and encourages many types of relationships with a wide variety of outside organizations.  However, some arrangements can give rise to conflicts of interests in research and may create actual, potential, or perceived risks to research integrity, objectivity, or the safety of research subjects.  In order to ensure that these arrangements are consistent with institutional policies and applicable regulations, they must be disclosed to the University and reviewed under the institution’s conflict of interest policies.  This website contains information about the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research and disclosure and professional commitment as well as about the University’s online disclosure system, eDisclose.

HCOI Open Office Hours

The Homewood Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment (HCOI) office will be available to answer your questions about the basics of disclosing. This includes who, what, and when to disclose; help navigating the eDisclose system, HCOI training and/or annual certification; and assistance with existing disclosures, depending on the complexity. All disclosures are confidential, and we will utilize a waiting room when you log into the meeting, as there may already be someone in the meeting before you.

All academic staff required to report outside activities and financial interests are encouraged to use this time; however, disclosures with financial conflicts of interest under review with the Conflict Review Committee (CRC) are best suited for a planned meeting with the director and/or staff reviewer assigned to your disclosure.

Open office hours will be monthly on the first Thursday from 10-11 am EDT on Zoom. Please feel free to send questions in advance to [email protected].

Click here to access the Zoom meeting.