COI Toolkit

Recommendations, tools, and resources for the conduct and management of financial relationships between academia and industry in biomedical research




Guiding Principles

1. Investigators must conduct research activities objectively.

2. Investigators must operate with transparency.

3. Investigators must be accountable to all stakeholders.


"Biomedical research and researchers should exceed the public's sense of integrity and propriety in their research" -- Leo T. Furcht

Practices and Tools

There are many ways these three principles - objectivity, transparency, and accountability - can be achieved by investigators in their professional responsibilities that include complying with policies, conducting research, disseminating research results, participating in technology transfer, and mentoring trainees. The following describe subsets of practices that may be used. They are grouped according to the major professional responsibilities of investigators.