Conflict of Interest

East Carolina University and its employees develop relationships with external entities that may create actual, potential, or the perception of conflicts of interest and commitment.  Such conflicts are common in active academic enterprises. These relationships benefit the external entity, East Carolina, and the region.  Interests that conflict, have the potential to conflict, or create the perception of a conflict, must be identified, reviewed, and managed properly. Management of these interests maintains objectivity, the integrity of the academic and research process, and protects East Carolina and its members.

External Professional Activities for Pay (EPAP) is any activity that is 1) not included within ECU employment responsibilities; 2) performed for an entity, public or private, other than ECU; 3) undertaken for compensation; and 4) based upon the professional knowledge, experience, and abilities of the EPA employee.  Approval of all EPAP's is required prior to engagement.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors (UNC-BOG) and ECU Policy requires all EPA faculty and non-faculty EPA employees to complete and submit conflict of interest disclosures annually. UNC-BOG and ECU Policy also requires the submission of notices of intent to engage forms by all EPA faculty and non-faculty EPA employees engaging in external activities.  The Activities, Interests, and Relationships (AIR) management system enables these disclosures.

Federal regulations under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require institutions receiving federal funding to enforce policies and procedures ensuring investigators disclose interests that render an actual, potential, or perceived financial conflict of interest (FCOI).  Such disclosures are required at the time of proposal submission. ORIC will identify and review FCOI's and jointly work with investigators to develop specific management plans to reduce, or eliminate FCOI's prior to the expenditure of federal funds.  Please be aware that other federal agencies and non-federal sponsors may adopt NIH-FCOI regulations.

Quick Links


Revisions to the federal regulations governing human research are coming January 19, 2018. Please be on the lookout for more information and training on the ORIC website and notices of changes within ePIRATE

If you will be traveling internationally on behalf of ECU, please submit a completed International Travel form for export control review and approval. Please submit this form as soon as you become aware that you will be traveling internationally. Click here to access the form.

Staff Contacts

Norma Epley

Sierra Fountain
University Program Associate, COI

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