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National Science Foundation
Grant Proposal Guide
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Proposal Preparation Instructions
III. NSF Proposal Processing and Review
IV. Withdrawals, Returns and Declinations
V. The Award and Continued Support
VI. Grant Administration Highlights
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
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NSF 04-23 September 2004
Appendix B - Potentially Disqualifying Conflicts of Interest

Unless a waiver has been granted by NSF, a reviewer cannot review a proposal if:

  • the reviewer, the reviewer's spouse, minor child, or business partner,

  • the organization where the reviewer is employed, has an arrangement for future employment or is negotiating for employment, or

  • the organization where the reviewer is an officer, director, trustee, or partner,

has a financial interest in the outcome of the proposal.

Unless a waiver has been granted by NSF, a potential reviewer also may be barred from reviewing a proposal, if it involves individuals with whom he/she has a personal relationship, such as a close relative, current or former collaborator, or former thesis student/advisor.

Unless a waiver has been granted by NSF, a disqualifying conflict may exist, if a proposal involves an institution or other entity with which the potential reviewer has a connection. Such potentially disqualifying connections include:

  • a reviewer's recent former employer,

  • an organization in which the reviewer is an active participant;

  • an institution at which the reviewer is currently enrolled as a student, or at which he/she serves as a visiting committee member, or

  • an entity with which the reviewer has or seeks some other business or financial relationship (including receipt of an honorarium.)



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