All RUSH employees, faculty and staff are expected to conduct their affairs in ways that exemplify the RUSH mission and ICARE values. Identifying relationships that are conflicts of interest (COI), perceived or actual, helps safeguard the work and reputations of RUSH employees, faculty and staff and underscores excellence in what we do. The COI Office is located within Corporate Compliance to support and maintain a comprehensive COI program.
For additional information about the COI Program at Rush, please visit the COI Program Website:
RUSH requires its employees; faculty, clinician/physicians, researchers, and in some cases, vendors and contractors whom it does business with, to follow policies and procedures related to conflicts of interest. The following are COI related policies:
Conflicts of Interest and Commitment (includes Vendor Guidelines)
External Relationships and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research
Disclosure and Management of Conflicts of Interest by IRB members
Intellectual Property Policy
IRB Member Conflict of Interest Disclosure Agreement
Prevention of Conflicts in Assessment and Promotion (Rush Medical College)
Procurement of non-Capital Goods and Services
All of these policies are located in full and can be accessed, downloaded, and/or printed from PolicyTech.
Federal Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Training for Federally Funded Researchers
A Rush specific tutorial has been created that covers Rush policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) and federal requirements on FCOI at 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, Promoting Objectivity in Research. This training is now offered through the Rush Learning Hub, effective January 2021.
Click the link below to access the FCOI module within the Rush Learning Hub. Once accessed, click “Register” and then “Launch”. The video will be available for you to view.
It is important to store your training completion date for future reference and to provide proof of completion to the Rush Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) Office and COI Office.
Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Study staff & Key Personnel are required to make annual financial disclosures via the RRP by completing the Annual COI Survey and disclosing ALL outside professional activities. See Annual COI Tip Sheet for guidance on how to complete and submit your annual COI disclosure.
Protocol Specific Conflict of Interest (PSCOI) Disclosures
Key Personnel are required to make a Protocol Specific Conflict of Interest (PSCOI) disclosure via RRP in the study’s Master Project (MP) at the creation of the MP to capture those activities that are related to the specific MP. Researchers will submit a PSCOI for every MP in which they are considered key personnel. See PSCOI Tip Sheet for guidance on how to complete and submit your PSCOI disclosure.