Conflicts of Interest and Research Grants

In accordance with the requirements of the federal government, Harvey Mudd College has established a policy concerning the disclosure of financial interest in research or other activities supported by grants from external sources or from college-sponsored grant programs.

This policy corresponds to the guidelines set forth in the NSF Grant Policy Manual and the NIH Grants Policy. These policies are specifically intended to apply to grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health with Public Health Service (PHS) funding, as well as grants from other sources. Please refer to the Financial Disclosure Policy in the Harvey Mudd College Faculty Notebook (PDF).

The gist of the policy is that grant seekers must disclose to the dean of the faculty any significant financial interest they have in the proposed grant-supported activity. This disclosure must be made in writing prior to the time of grant proposal submission.

In the absence of disclosure, release of the proposal to the Harvey Mudd College Office of Foundation Relations and Government Support or Office of Business Affairs for submission is implied to mean that no conflict of interest exists. Grant seekers indicate this by releasing the proposal to David Coons, director of foundation relations, and Scott Martin, assistant treasurer, for submission in electronic form, or by physical transfer of the proposal for mailing.

Conflicts of Interest Resources