Submit Information for a Research Initiated Certification

Overview

Upon reviewing your outside interest disclosure, the COI office may request additional information in the form of a Research Initiated Certification (RC) to help determine if a potential conflict of interest exists. This procedure outlines how to submit your responses to the COI Office via M-Inform after receiving an email notification of a Research Initiated Certification.

Navigation

The RC can be accessed via:

  • The Research Initiated Certification link in the email notification OR
  • M-Inform Home workspace > Action Required tab

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Click the link in the email to log into M-Inform.
    Note: You may need to enter your UMICH Login ID and password.

    Email from COI Reviewer to Discloser

OR

  1. If you are already logged into M-Inform, click the Name of the Research Initiated Certification under the Action Required tab.

    Home workspace Action Required tab

  2. Read the instructions and click Continue.

    Research Initiated Certification Introduction

The questions you see in the RC will vary based the type of information required to determine if there is a potential conflict of interest for the situation as reported in your outside interest disclosure. The potential conflict situation is created by the combination of the external entity, your activity with that external entity, and your sponsored research conducted at or through the University of Michigan. In general, the additional information may be about:

  • People‚Äôs roles and work on a project (e.g., you as the U-M Investigator, the outside entity, students/trainees, or junior faculty)
  • Details concerning the research project(s) involved, including specifics about intellectual property, small business innovation research (SBIR), small business technology transfer (STTR), or human subjects research

The following steps depict an example of the questions to demonstrate the system functionality. Not all possible questions on the RC are shown.

  1. Enter or select your answers to all questions.
    Note: Some 'Yes' answers may display additional questions.

    Additional Information page

  2. Click Continue.
    The Research Certification Workspace will display.
  3. Click Submit Response.
    Note: The system validates that all required sections have been completed. You must correct any errors before continuing.

    Research Certification workspace

  4. Enter comments (optional).
  5. Click OK to submit your response to the COI Office staff.