Conflicts of Interest Policy

Pancreatic Cancer Action’s conflicts of interest policy in research

Scientific Advisory Committee

Pancreatic Cancer Action believes that its Scientific Advisory Committee should have a significant number of non-beneficiaries in order to avoid potential bias (i.e. researchers who are not in receipt of a grant from Pancreatic Cancer Action).

Members of Pancreatic Cancer Action’s Scientific Advisory Committee have agreed to follow these Guidelines to manage potential conflicts of interest:

  1. The Chairman of the SAC cannot apply, as primary applicant, for funds for research grants during his/her tenure.
  2. SAC members, other than the Chairman, are eligible for funding from Pancreatic Cancer Action. However, when an application from a SAC member is received, either as an applicant, co-applicant or collaborator he/she would need to be absent from the meeting room while his/her application is being discussed. He/she would also not be shown the reviewers’ reports on his/her application in advance of a decision for funding. In cases where the decision regarding funding is not clear-cut the individual must not be in a position to influence the decision on competing applications and will therefore take no part in the discussion about prioritising applications for funding.
  3.  SAC members are required to declare at the beginning of a meeting if they have a conflict of interest with any agenda item. If there is a conflict of interest the same criteria as described in point 2 would apply.

Examples of conflicts of interest to declare: