New online database reveals corporations’ ties to academic research

Professors and researchers at colleges around the country areincreasingly accepting corporate money to perform their research– often from the same companies that could benefit from the resultsof those studies.

A new resource aims to expose those contributions, offeringa database of researchers with apparent conflicts of interestfrom corporate contributions. The site,,is funded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, agroup that tracks research in health sciences and nutrition.

Journalists can search the database by school or researcher’sname and find specific information about the research in questionand the source of corporate funding. Directors of the projectsaid the site aims to encourage journalists to question researchfunded by corporations and inform the public of those conflicts.