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Panelist Conflict of Interest Training

You have an institutional conflict with a proposal when you…

  • Hold a position, such as professor, adjunct, visiting scientist, or similar
  • Are seeking employment
  • Have a re-employment agreement
  • Are serving on a Visiting Committee or similar body
    • Conflict is with part of the institution that is advised by committee

You have an institutional conflict with a proposal when you…

  • Own stock worth over the de minimus
    • $15,000 or less in each proposal
  • Serve as an Officer, Governing Board, Councilor, Trustee
    • Fiduciary positions
  • Received $ within the last year
    • Honoraria or travel expenses

You have an individual conflict with a proposal which involves a…

  • Spouse or family member
  • Business or professional partner
  • Former employer (within one year)
  • Present or past PhD advisor/student
  • Collaborator within the past 48 months
  • Co-editor within the past 24 months

You may also have a conflict with a proposal involving …

  • The employer/school of spouse or child
  • A person living in your household or their employer
  • Your parent’s employer (except solely receipt of honoraria)
  • “catch all”

“Catch All”

  • Any other circumstances where your impartiality could be questioned
    • Use “Reasonable Person Test” – Would a reasonable person with all the relevant facts question your impartiality?
  • Please contact the managing program director if you think you may have a conflict or impartiality issue

Please review the material supplied at the links below in order to obtain a complete understanding of all the conflict of interest statutes, standards of conduct and NSF's supplemental regulation.


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