What is the CIRB?
The CIRB provides oversight for the identification and management of financial conflicts of interest related to research.

What is the purpose of the CIRB?

The mission of the Conflict of Interest Review Board is to maintain public trust in the research and sponsored programs of the University, by ensuring that these programs are objective and not influenced by financial conflicts of interest.

What does the CIRB do?

  • Determines whether there is a conflict of interest  or no conflict of interest
  • Determines what actions should be taken if there is conflict of interest
  • Develops a management plan, which may include but is not limited to reducing or eliminating the conflict of interest
  • Monitors for compliance
  • Conducts non-compliance reviews and institutes corrective actions as indicated

What is disclosed to the CIRB?

Any financial interest related to an individual, his/her spouse, or his/her dependents’ institutional responsibilities not held in an investment vehicle in which the owner does not directly control investment decisions whether or not the value is readily ascertainable.   Examples of financial interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-UAB salary, consulting, gifts, honoraria, etc.
  • Stock, stock options, proprietary interest, or equity interests
  • Licensed, optioned, or revenue-bearing intellectual property

Who must disclose to the CIRB?

Investigators are required to disclose all financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities.  An investigator is any individual, regardless of title, position, or employment, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of proposed or active research.  Principal Investigator identifies responsible personnel on the RPL, HSP, 1572 form, device agreement, or sponsor’s form.

What are some important things to remember about conflicts of interest?

  • Not every financial interest represents a conflict
  • Conflicts are not just about personal ethics
  • Make required disclosures in a timely manner
  • When in doubt, ask for advice
  • If you feel the integrity of the project has been compromised, contact your advisor, CIRB, University Compliance, or the UAB Ethics hot line (1-866-362-9476)

Contact Information:

  • Office telephone number:  (205) 975-9691
  • Email:  cirb@uab.edu
  • Blank disclosure forms, UAB’s Conflict of Interest Guidelines, and Frequently Asked Questions are posted at http://www.uab.edu/cirb

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