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Conflict of Interest Lists

The Conflicts of Interest list is used by the Office of Scientific Quality Review to determine which individual cannot peer review a project due to their relationship with one or more scientists assigned to the project. The list is not distributed by the Office of Scientific Quality Review.

You may use either the OSQR format (below) or submit similar lists used for grants/proposal processes, such as the NRI, providing that the guidelines for who to include are like OSQR's.

For the OSQR Format, use the Template or create a separate two-column table for each Category 1 or 4 scientist on the project, as well as any cooperating investigators not employed by ARS who will be considered an investigator on the project.  The tables should have one column for the full name and the other column for defining the relationship with the individual. Lists should include those individuals with which the scientist has co-authored papers, conducted or planned research (including that planned in grant proposals), or supervised or been supervised in the past four years (all student and postdoctoral relationships apply that occurred during the past eight years). Other possible conflicts of interest such as individuals who have a financial stake in the research, should be discussed with the OSQR. Please state each person's full name.

The Conflicts of Interest lists are contained in one combined file for the project and are submitted separately from other documents. See Schedule of Peer Reviews for date when these lists are due to OSQR.

Conflicts of Interest List Example


Last Modified: 10/28/2011
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