When preparing a proposal and approaching partners or other organisations, research teams should be mindful of the College’s Conflict of Interest Policy, in which a College Member has an interest or relationship with a proposed partner, organisation or body that may compromise their obligations either to the College or to the third party, and may detrimentally affect the project outcomes. Examples of a Conflict of Interest include:

  • An Interest – having a financial or non-financial interest with a College Member or Connected Person
  • A Connected Person - anyone with whom the College Member has a relationship that may influence the College Member’s objectivity.

If a College Member has a Conflict of Interest (actual, perceived or potential), they have a duty to disclose it and to take such actions as may be appropriate at Pre-Award stage, gaining the relevant approvals before proceeding with the relationship.