Conflicts of interest guidance for committee members and peer reviewers

As a member of a Funding Committee, Expert Review Panel, or other peer reviewer, you must abide by our Conflicts Policy and Code of Practice.

Quick guide to our policies

You have a conflict of interest that prevents you from reviewing a grant application if you:

  1. Are the Lead Applicant, Joint Lead Applicant, Co-investigator or Collaborator on the grant application, even if you are a minor collaborator or someone who has provided a letter of support. If an individual is a lead applicant or joint lead applicant on an application, that individual will also be excluded from considering any other applications that directly compete for funding;

  2. Are based at the same institution as the Lead Applicant or Joint Lead Applicant, or have been in the previous 12 months (even if you don’t know the individual personally);

    • Being at the same institution as a Co-Investigator is not automatically treated as a conflict, but should still be disclosed and may need to be treated as a conflict on a case-by-case basis if there is a risk of perceived bias (for example if you have collaborated with the Co-Investigator).

  3. Have substantively collaborated with the Lead Applicant or Joint Lead Applicant in the previous 3 years, in the sense of providing intellectual input into a project;

    • Co-publication will generally indicate collaboration, but there may be exceptions, for example where a paper acknowledges a significant number of contributing authors who have not collaborated on the work in a substantive sense.

  4. Are a relative of the Lead Applicant, Joint Lead Applicant, Co-Investigator or Collaborator;

  5. Are a business partner of a Lead Applicant, Joint Lead Applicant, Co-Investigator of Collaborator, or have a financial interest in the grant application;

  6. Are in a supervisory relationship with the Lead Applicant or Joint Lead Applicant (now or in the previous 5 years);

  7. Have any other relationship which could compromise, or cause a reasonably-informed outsider to doubt, the objectivity of the evaluation of the grant application.

In detail

Our conflicts of interest rules are set out in full in our Code of Practice section 4.


Committees and reviewers must also comply with our Conflicts of Interest Policy.

Our funding committees

Our funding committees cover topics across the breadth of cancer research fields, from behavioural research and epidemiology to drug discovery and clinical trials.

Find out more about the committees