Conflict of interest

UC addresses the various aspects of financial conflicts of interests in research through a number of principles, guidelines and policies intended to promote the conduct of research without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards.

The University and the Fair Political Practices Commission maintain a list of non-governmental entities whose support for a research project does not trigger a requirement for a PI to file a 700-U form (sometimes referred to as "exempt organizations").

In addition, UC maintains a list of sponsors that follow Public Health Services (PHS) conflict of interest disclosure requirements.

Contact: Timothy Miller at or (510) 987-0647.

Policies & Guidance

Department of Energy Interim Conflict of Interest Policy Requirements for Financial Assistance PDF

FAL 2022-02, Issued 12/20/2021

This letter implements interim DOE policy to address financial and organizational conflicts of interest, which will be incorporated into Special Terms & Conditions for DOE financial assistance awards.

Interim Guidance on Requirements of the Department of Energy (DOE) Interim Conflict of Interest Policy

Interim guidance on the Department of Energy (DOE) Interim Conflict of Interest Policy as of August 3, 2022.

Compendium Of Conflict Of Interest And Integrity Policies – Guidance PDF

Conflict of interest policy and compendium of specialized university policies, guidelines and regulations related to conflict of interest.

Disclosure of Financial Interest in Private Sponsors of Research PDF

Form 700-U COI Policy

The University of California policy on disclosure of financial interest in private sponsors of research, issued on October 23, 2018

Academic Personnel Manual (APM-028) Link

Conflict-of-interest policy for PHS-funded research PDF

August 23, 2012

Policy on the disclosure of financial interests and management of conflicts of interest in Public Health Service research awards

RPAC Memo 13-03: Sponsored Travel Disclosure Threshold Link | NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Policy Page Link

Conflict-of-interest policy for NSF and other UC-funded research Link

Effective December 23, 2014

Policy on disclosure of financial interests and management of conflicts of interest related to sponsored projects.

NSF Conflicts of Interest Page Link

Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research: Principles, Policies and Guidance Link

RPAC Memo 11-05: June 1, 2011

Information pertaining to currently existing systemwide University principles, guidelines, and policies pertaining to institutional conflicts of interests in research.

Guidance for Review of 700-U Forms Link


This Memorandum provides guidance to the campuses for the review of 700-U forms in light of the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s 2015 changes to its regulations.

FPPC: Current Form 700-U & Instructions PDF | List of Non-governmental Entities Exempt From Disclosure Requirement

Public Access Requests for PHS Investigators’ COI information