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:
- The Chairman of the SAC cannot apply, as primary applicant, for funds for research grants during his/her tenure.
- 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.
- 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:
- If there is an application for discussion that is similar to one prepared or in preparation by a SAC member.
- If the SAC member is closely related to the applicants (e.g. spouse, sibling, parent, etc.)
- If the SAC member is a member of the same department/research group as one of the applicants.
- If the SAC member has published and/or collaborated extensively with an applicant in the last three years.
- If the SAC member has a potential direct or indirect commercial interest in the same or competing research area, technology or approach.