Berkeley Lab is bound by a variety of conflict-of-interest policies, some of which emanate from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contractual requirements (DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, also known as Contract 31) and some of which are founded on University policies, California law, and federal regulations. These policies pertain to a broad range of employee activities, including compensated outside business and professional activities, hiring procedures, sponsored research, human subjects research, licensing, and technology transfer. An employee who fails to comply with Laboratory conflict-of-interest policies may incur disciplinary action by the Laboratory and prosecution under state law. These policies apply to all Berkeley Lab employees regardless of percent time of appointment at the Laboratory, including rehired retirees and University of California faculty associated with the Laboratory.
- Commonly asked questions, and answers, can be found here.
- Additional in-depth resources on various conflict of interest topics.
- Berkeley Lab requires employees holding certain designated jobs — designated officials — to disclose financial interests related to their position. Designated officials are subject to certain limitations concerning income, gifts, loans, honoraria, and travel payments from nonpublic sources.
- A variety of financial disclosures are required for research sponsored by the Public Health Service/National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, many other federal sponsors, and research sponsored by private companies/organizations.
- Common sample scenarios to help guide you.
- Outside activity opportunities are extremely varied and include, but are not limited to, outside employment, consulting, and service on a Science Advisory Board or Board of Directors.
- It is the policy of the University to separate the University’s interests from the private interests of its employees, and to avoid favoritism and self-dealing in the acquisition of goods and services.
- Berkeley Lab’s master contract states..."the contractor shall conduct technology transfer activities with a purpose of providing benefit from Federal research to U.S. industrial competitiveness.”