What does "Related To" mean?

“Relatedness” means that it may reasonably appear that decisions made by the researcher in the performance of their Institutional Responsibilities could directly and significantly affect the value of (or be in conflict with) their outside interest(s). Relatedness includes situations in which a researcher’s outside interest(s) would reasonably appear to affect, or to be affected by, the individual’s Research or other Institutional Responsibilities, as well as situations in which the Outside Interest involves an entity whose financial interests would reasonably appear to affect, or be affected by, the researcher’s Institutional Responsibilities.

Importantly, a finding of a FCOI is not a judgment on whether the researcher would deliberately make choices in the Conduct of Research or the performance of their Institutional Responsibilities based on considerations related to their outside interests. Rather, “Relatedness” refers to the condition in which it may reasonably appear that choices made in the performance of the researcher’s Institutional Responsibilities could be directly and significantly influenced by the existence of outside interests.

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