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Managing Compliance Challenges Associated with Research Gifts

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, March 29, 2018

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It’s every researcher’s dream… A gift is received from a company or private foundation, which is earmarked by the donor for that specific principal investigator and/or their research project. But, that dream can quickly turn into a compliance nightmare!

Proper management of funds relies heavily upon clear and concise university policy to correctly classify and process all gifts, and ensure acceptable levels of accountability and stewardship. It also requires that faculty have a clear understanding of COI and disclosure rules related to gifts, and that IP issues be clarified with the donor.

In short, gifts don’t come with no strings attached!

That’s why we’ve scheduled this important webinar being led by Rupinder Grewal, Conflict of Interest Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Shawna Vogel, Director of Grant & Contract Administration, MIT Office of Sponsored Programs:

Managing Compliance Challenges Associated with Research Gifts

This detailed, practical webinar will focus on:

  • Overview of the difference between a gift and other sponsored research arrangements
  • Defining  “gift” in university policy-making
  • Best practices for disclosing gifts to compliance and COI committees
  • IP licensing and ownership rights, as well as other ROI considerations
  • Potential COI with gifts and faculty consulting arrangements

PLUS: Here the original recorded Q&A portion of the program

Meet Your Session Leaders:

Rupinder Grewal
Conflict of Interest Officer 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rupinder has served as MIT’s (first) COI officer for over 5 years. Prior to that role, Rupinder spent 5 years in MIT’s Technology Licensing Office working on MTA’s, tangible property licensing and multi-party research collaboration agreements. Prior to joining MIT, she spent over 10 years in research management roles in both academia and industry with a focus on the development and implementation of high-throughput genomic platforms, tissue based research collaborations and molecular pathology processes for gene expression profiling which led to an NIST-approved method for submitting gene expression data to support IND filings. In her current role, her responsibilities include the day-to day management of MIT’s COI disclosure, review and management process; advises department heads, deans and other senior administrators on COI policy interpretations; provides extensive faculty outreach on the topic; works closely with the technology licensing office to improve IP policies and process which impact COI; designs new tools to facilitate information gathering while reducing administrative burden and speaks at national conferences on COI.

Shawna Vogel
Director of Grant & Contract Administration
MIT Office of Sponsored Programs

Shawna Vogel has been at MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs since 2011. She leads OSP’s Grants & Contracts Team as well as its Post-award Operations Team. She works on gifts vs grant issues, as a member of MIT’s Receipts Characterization Group. She also advises on international topics, as OSP’s liaison to international industrial sponsors and a member of MIT’s International Coordinating Committee. Before joining OSP, Vogel spent seven years at MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, where she was responsible for patenting, marketing and licensing a portfolio of several hundred life science inventions from MIT, the Broad Institute and the Whitehead Institute. She was also Executive Director at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Principal at Lantana Consulting. Vogel holds a B.S. in biology from MIT and an MBA from Babson College.

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