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Exhibit II-2: 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;
  • an organization where the reviewer is employed, serves as a consultant, 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 the potential reviewer has a personal relationship, such as a close relative, current or former collaborator, or former Ph.D. student/advisor.

Unless a waiver has been granted by NSF, a disqualifying conflict may exist, if a proposal involves an organization 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 or a member of the reviewer's household is currently enrolled as a student, or at which the reviewer serves as a visiting committee member; orĀ 
  • an entity with which the reviewer has or seeks some other business or financial relationship (including receipt of an honorarium).