A primary objective in forming the Steering Committee for the MRC Regional Partnerships Program was to ensure broad representation from: a) academic units with an interest in health research; and b) potential partners who, along with the MRC, might jointly fund such research through this partnership program. Given the relatively small size of the research community in Newfoundland and Labrador, from which committee members can be selected, it is inevitable that some members will wish to submit proposals to the Steering Committee; the first step in the evaluation process for funding through the Regional Partnerships Program.
To ensure that decisions by the Steering Committee are not only fair and objective, but are also seen to be so, the following conflict of interest guidelines will apply:
All committee members who are about to submit a proposal to the Steering Committee, either as principal or co-investigators, must declare their conflict of interest as soon as they have made a firm decision to apply. These members will be required to withdraw from the committee for the duration of the competition in which their proposals are being considered. Committee members required to withdraw for reasons of conflict of interest may be replaced (as deemed necessary by the Steering Committee) for that competition. Individuals involved with proposals as partners must declare their conflict of interest and may be required to withdraw from the committee for the relevant period of time.
Please direct inquiries to:Dr. Verna M. Skanes
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