Researchers are promoted to engage in collaborative research with the inter departments, other constituent institutions of Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Pune. This could be inter-departmental/ inter-institutional or international and also multi center involving public and/or private research centers and agencies.
Collaborative R&I ranges from international projects, potentially involving institutions from countries both in the developing and developed world, to mid-range collaborations involving several institutions within one country, through to projects involving two researchers from different disciplines. Collaboration includes R&I projects between researchers from different disciplines in the University, and R&I projects between the University and other institutions in India and/or in other countries.
The main ethical issues surrounding collaborations pertain to sharing techniques, ownership of materials and data, IPRs, joint publications, managing research findings, managing COI and commercializing research outcomes. All these issues must be addressed by collaborating Institutes/investigators through a contract or MOU.
Researchers should familiarize themselves with all aspects including local, national, and international requirements for research collaboration including necessary approvals, memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and material transfer agreements (MTA) and IEC approval of collaborating institutes.
Conflict of Interest
Conflict of interest (COI) is a set of conditions in which professional judgment concerning a primary interest such as patient’s welfare or the validity of research tends to be or appears to be unduly influenced by a secondary interest such as financial gain or non-financial (personal, academic, or political) considerations have the potential to compromise or are perceived as compromising the exercise of professional judgment. COI can be at the level of researchers, IEC members, institutions or sponsors and the types that can occur in research include conflicts of commitment, conflicts of conscience, and institutional conflicts of interest which vary from each other.