Academy-Industry Connections

This is an optional Innovation & Leadership credit. These credits recognize exemplary practices and performance above and beyond what is recognized in standard credits and may not be relevant to every institution. Scoring in the Innovation and Leadership section is capped at 4 bonus points total.


For details about this exemplary practice, including the criteria and reporting fields, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we earn points if our policies cover some, but not all of the bulleted items in the credit criteria.

No, in order for claim this credit, your policies or guidelines must address ALL of the following:

  1. Require that all significant consulting contracts (e.g., those worth $5,000 or more a year) be reported to a standing committee charged with reviewing and managing individual and institutional conflicts of interest;
  2. Prohibit faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, and other academic professionals from engaging in industry-led “ghostwriting” or “ghost authorship;”
  3. Prohibit participation in sponsored research that restricts investigator access to the complete study data or that limits investigators’ ability to verify the accuracy and validity of final reported results; and
  4. Ban confidential corporate research (i.e., research that cannot be published).

Ensure that your descriptive response provides details on each item. A best practice is to list each of these four items as a header in your descriptive response and then provide details under each one.

Example Responses

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • To count, the policies or guidelines must address ALL of the following: 1) Require that all significant consulting contracts (e.g., those worth $5,000 or more a year) be reported to a standing committee charged with reviewing and managing individual and institutional conflicts of interest; 2) Prohibit faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, and other academic professionals from engaging in industry-led “ghostwriting” or “ghost authorship;” 3) Prohibit participation in sponsored research that restricts investigator access to the complete study data or that limits investigators’ ability to verify the accuracy and validity of final reported results; and 4) Ban confidential corporate research (i.e., research that cannot be published).
  • Note: Check for keywords in documentation like “ghost,” “conflict,” “confidential,” etc.

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