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Guidelines for Industry Sponsored Research

College of Agricultural Sciences guiding principles for industry sponsored research.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to helping foster robust partnerships between researchers and industry partners. Industry-sponsored research is a way to address the needs of industry, fund work that is not within the scope of federal agencies, and drive research commercialization. It is important however, for scientists engaged in industry-sponsored research, to avoid research bias and conflict of interest, as well as the appearance of both. These guiding principles for industry-sponsored research have been taken verbatim from Rowe et al.1, and copies of this paper are available from the CAS Office of Research and Graduate Education.

In the conduct of public/private research relationships, all relevant parties shall:

  1. Conduct or sponsor research that is factual, transparent, and designed objectively; according to accepted principles of scientific inquiry, the research design will generate an appropriately phrased hypothesis and the research will answer the appropriate questions, rather than favor a particular outcome;
  2. Require control of both the study design and the research itself to remain with scientific investigators;
  3. Not offer or accept remuneration geared to the outcome of a research project;
  4. Prior to the commencement of studies, ensure that there is a written agreement that the investigative team has the freedom and obligation to attempt to publish the findings within some specified timeframe;
  5. Require, in publications and conference presentations, full signed disclosure of all financial interests;
  6. Not participate in undisclosed paid authorship arrangements in industry-sponsored publications or presentations;
  7. Guarantee accessibility to all data and control of statistical analysis by investigators and appropriate auditors/reviewers;
  8. Require that academic researchers, when they work in contract research organizations or act as contract researchers, make clear statements of their affiliation; require that such researchers publish only under the auspices of the contract research organizations.

In conjunction with a strong peer review system, open declarations of research sponsorship, and the enforcement of Penn State University COI policies, these guidelines provide a framework for conducting industry-sponsored research that is beyond reproach.

1Rowe et al., Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:1285-91

Updated 10/1/2013