Our colleagues at the ScienceInsider blog (like Science Careers, also published by AAAS) note that on Friday, NIH requested comments from the public to help write new conflict of interest rules.
Contained in a Federal Register notice, the request for comments covers the scope and definition of conflicts of interest and ways institutions report and manage conflicts. The subject has received increasing attention from Congress (subscription required) and from the Institute of Medicine, which issued a report on the subject last month.
A Science Careers article in November 2008 offers advice to researchers and looks at the response by professional and academic organizations to the conflict-of-interest issue.
Comments are due to NIH by 7 July.