The rules for conflict of interest

The rules for conflict of interest according to Neuro-Innovation Grant agreement are as follows:

  • A. A disqualifying conflict of interest for a specific PhD application exists if the reviewer
    1. was involved in the preparation of the application or
    2. stands to benefit directly should the candidate be employed.
      • The latter condition refers to the situations in which the evaluator:
        • Has a close family relationship with the candidate
        • Is employed by one of the legal entities mentioned in the application
        • Was employed by one of the legal entities mentioned in the application within the previous three years

  • B. A disqualifying conflict of interest exists if the reviewer is in any other situation that could compromise his/ her ability to evaluate a specific application impartially, such as when the evaluator:
    • Has close family ties or a personal relationship with the candidate of a specific application
    • Is a former supervisor of the candidate for a specific application
    • Is a close collaborator of the candidate for a specific application (up to ten years previously)

  • C. A potential conflict of interest may exist for a specific application, even in cases not covered by the clear disqualifying conflicts indicated above, if the evaluator:
    • Is already involved in a contract or research collaboration with an applicant as a legal entity or has been in the previous three years
    • Is in any other situation that could cast doubt on his or her ability to evaluate the proposal impartially or that could reasonably appear to do so in the eyes of an external third party