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Consulting Agreements

The Conflict of Interest Committee (COIC) may review consulting agreements in connection with its review of potential conflicts of interest involving research funding.

A consulting agreement is an agreement between a faculty member and a company, nonprofit entity, or governmental entity. A consulting agreement can be (a) a letter (signed by an officer of the company or nonprofit entity and the faculty member); (b) a short statement of consulting activities that is signed by the faculty member and an officer of the company or nonprofit entity; (c) a lengthier agreement signed by both the faculty member and an officer of the company or nonprofit entity, or (d) a verbal agreement. If there is no written consulting agreement, the COIC may ask the faculty member to obtain a written consulting agreement that specifies the nature of the consulting activities in detail.

The COIC review is limited to whether there is a conflict between (a) the consulting activities for a company or nonprofit entity and (b) the research being done under a sponsored research agreement from the same company or nonprofit entity. No overlap of research activities and consulting activities is allowed.

The consulting activities should not use any UCSB resources, such as personnel or space.

The COIC does not review the consulting agreement for compliance with UC policies or California law, but sometimes recommends that the consulting agreement be reviewed by the appropriate person(s) at UCSB for compliance with UC policies and California law.

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