Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 569–582 | Cite as

Barking up the wrong tree? Industry funding of academic research

A case study with commentaries
  • Brian SchragEmail author
  • Gloria Ferrell
  • Vivian Weil
  • Tristan J. Fiedler
  • Gloria Ferrell
  • Vivian Weil
  • Tristan J. Fiedler


This case raises ethical issues involving conflicts of interest arising from industrial funding of academic research; ethical responsibilities of laboratories to funding agencies; ethical responsibilities in the management of a research lab; ethical considerations in appropriate research design; communication in a research group; communication between advisor and graduate student; responsibilities of researchers for the environment; misrepresentation or withholding of scientific results.

Key Words

Conflict of interest Industry funding of research laboratory management research design withholding scientific findings responsibility for the environment advisor-advisee communication 


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© Opragen Publications 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Schrag
    • 4
    Email author
  • Gloria Ferrell
    • 1
  • Vivian Weil
    • 2
  • Tristan J. Fiedler
    • 3
  • Gloria Ferrell
    • 5
  • Vivian Weil
    • 6
  • Tristan J. Fiedler
    • 7
  1. 1.Duke UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Illinois Institute of TechnologyUSA
  3. 3.University of MiamiUSA
  4. 4.Association for Practical and Professional EthicsBloomingtonUSA
  5. 5.Duke UniversityUSA
  6. 6.Illinois Institute of TechnologyUSA
  7. 7.NIEHS Marine & Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of MiamiUSA

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