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.
Research being conducted in alliance with industries/ commercial companies will strongly review the possible COI between scientific responsibilities of researchers and business interests at the beginning. The Standard Operating procedure of Institutional Ethics committee and Site management Office will be strictly adhered to that will help the Self-regulatory processes to monitor, prevent and resolve conflicts of interest.
The investigators shall declare conflicts of interest (financial interests, consulting fees or honorarium per participant, intellectual property rights from patents, copyrights, and royalties from such rights, etc.) in the application submitted to IEC for review. IEC members would declare the conflict of Interest before the review of the proposal and refrain from the deliberations and decision making on the specific proposal.
A declaration of a conflict of interest, with a brief written record of that declaration, will suffice in most situations. Sometimes, may require modification of the project’s plan.