Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Shall we increase the transparency of the grant review process to prevent potential biases?

Financial and intellectual conflict(s) of interest are common in academic medical sciences. Those conflicts could potentially bias decisions of study section members and change grant application outcomes. During the grant review process, financial and/or intellectual conflict(s) of interest disclosures of the study section members are not readily available to the grant applicants or the public. Should the NHBI increase the transparency of the grant review process by providing public access of these important disclosures?

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)?: Critical Challenge (CC)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC:

Increased transparency in the grant review process will provide a more plain level field for all applications, including new investigators with novel ideas.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC:

Public disclosure of financial (more than intellectual) conflict(s) of interest are becoming the standard in medical societies and scientific publications.


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Idea No. 782