Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser.

This website may not display properly with Internet Explorer. For the best experience, please use a more recent browser such as the latest versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and/or Mozilla Firefox. Thank you.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Managing Conflicts of Interest

Managing real and apparent conflicts of interest is important, both to protect the integrity of NIH programs, and to protect the individual employee. Some financial interests are exempt from causing a conflict. If the regulatory exemption does not apply, then other options are available. Mechanisms to manage conflicts range from your disqualification from participation in official matters because of the conflict for you, to waiving the conflict because it is more important to the Government that you participate, despite your conflict. It is important that employees discuss real and apparent conflicts of interest immediately with their supervisor or with their IC's ethics staff. Specific information about conflicts and mechanisms to manage conflict is provided below. In addition, you may contact your  Deputy Ethics Counselor  or  Ethics Coordinator/Specialist for assistance  for assistance.

to Top