SAGES Research Grants Frequently Asked Questions

1. One of the investigators of our grant application is reviewing grants. Is this grant application eligible for review?
Any grant application with any collaborating investigator who is on the Research Grant Review Committee is a direct conflict of interest. In this situation, two options exist (1) the investigator will not be involved in reviewing of ANY grant applications or (2) the grant application will not be reviewed.

2. Last year, I worked with a member of the Research Grant Review Committee. I have a grant application that this member is not involved with. Can I submit this grant application?
You may submit your grant application. The member you worked with will not be involved in your grant application review and he/she will be excused from the room during any discussion of your grant application.

3. There is a member of the Research Grant Review Committee at my institution that I do not work with and is not on my grant application. Can I submit this grant application?
You may submit your grant application. Even though you do not work with the member and he/she is not on your grant application, the member will not be involved in your grant application review. He/she will be excused from the room during any discussion of your grant application.

4. I am working on a project with a member of the Research Grant Review Committee at another institution. Can I submit a grant application that the member is not involved in?
You may submit your grant application. Even though member is not at your institution and he/she is not on your grant application, the member will not be involved in your grant application review. He/she will be excused from the room during any discussion of your grant application.

5. I left my fellowship two years ago. My old fellowship director is a member of the Research Grant Review Committee this year. Can I submit a grant application that my old fellowship director is not involved in?
You may submit your grant application. Even though your fellowship director is not on your grant application, the member will not be involved in your grant application review. He/she will be excused from the room during any discussion of your grant application.

6. For the last 5 years, one of the members of the Research Grant Review Committee has said the science of my area of my grant application contradicts his/her work. This member has publicly denounced my work. Will he/she submit be able to review my grant application?
Please contact the Research Grant Review Committee chair to discuss this potential conflict of interest. In such cases, a discussion with the chair will help determine if there is a conflict of interest. If one may exist, the chair will ask the member not to review your grant application. He/she will be excused from the room during any discussion of your grant application.

7. A collaborating investigator on my grant application is on the Research Committee. Can I submit this grant application?
Any grant application with any collaborating investigator who is on the Research Grant Review Committee is a direct conflict of interest. In this situation, two options exist (1) the investigator will not be involved in reviewing of ANY grant applications or (2) the grant application will not be reviewed.

8. I am on the Research Grant Review Committee and want to submit a grant application. Can I submit my grant application?
No. You will not be allowed to submit any grant application if you are on the Research Grant Review Committee. If you want to submit a grant application, you have to resign your position on the Research Grant Review Committee.

9. I may have a conflict of interest with a member of the Research Grant Review Committee but I am not sure. What should I do?
Any potential conflict of interests must be declared by the reviewers. If you have any concerns when submitting a grant application, please contact the Chair of the Research Grant Review Committee.