Conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest are those, whether of a financial or non-financial nature, that could influence or undermine the objectivity, impartiality, and/or integrity of the Crick, as well as an individual.
Examples of conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest may be in relation to financial and/or research interest, and/or a close personal relationship. It is not possible to define all circumstances, but the following examples are intended to provide you with some guidance. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and the examples would also apply to any interest of a member of your immediate family or another person with whom you have a close personal connection:
|Close personal relationships|
|Staff supervision and teaching|
Declaring any potential or perceived conflict of interest at the Crick
All Crick managers with management responsibilities and anyone applying for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding are required to disclose activities and relationships that might give rise to a conflict of interest or the perception of a conflict.
By disclosing these, the Crick can ensure that such real or perceived conflicts are appropriately managed or avoided. If properly managed, activities or personal circumstances can usually proceed as normal whilst at the same time upholding the manager’s obligations to the Crick. Appropriate management of any risks or perceived risks will enable the Crick to meet regulatory (i.e. Federal Financial Conflict of Interest) and other external requirements and protect the integrity and reputation of the institute and its founding partners (MRC, CRUK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London, King’s College London).
By contrast, conflicts which are not managed effectively may jeopardise the Crick’s public standing and may cause serious damage to the reputation of the institute and of the individuals concerned.
Managers are required to declare any potential or perceived conflicts of interest upon starting their role at the Crick, and thereafter on an annual refresh basis. It is also the responsibility of managers to disclose any further interests as and when they arise, without delay to the Chief People Officer.
Anyone submitting an application for NIH funding will also be required to declare any potential or perceived conflicts of interest, and thereafter on an annual refresh basis for the period of the award. Additionally, the applicant will be required to undertake Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) awareness online training.
The information provided in the Declaration of Interest form will be processed in accordance with Crick’s Employee Privacy Statement and all current Data Protection legislation.
Save as permitted or required by law, information will not be shared outside the Crick without the individuals’ permission, although the details will be included in a Register of Interests, which will be open to inspection by the Crick’s auditors and other authorised parties.