Conflicts of interest - MRC

We consider that a conflict of interest exists where:

  • the applicant is a close friend or relative
  • you are directly involved in the work the applicant proposes to carry out
  • you may benefit financially from the work (for example if you are involved with a company acting as a project partner)
  • you work in the same research organisation as an applicant, co-applicant or project partner
  • you work closely with the applicant, for example, as a co-author or PhD supervisor, or have done within the last five years.

This is not an exhaustive list. So if you believe you may have a conflict of interest or are in any doubt as to whether or not you should review a proposal, please contact us. It is important that you ensure you are eligible to review the proposal before undertaking the review.

If you have been invited to submit a review, you can email peer.review@mrc.ukri.org to discuss with the board or panel team involved.

Last updated: 20 July 2022

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