Conflict of Interest Discussion
Responsible Conduct of Research and Participation
In many situations, it is impossible to completely avoid any conflict of interest. This is particularly true in smaller subfields where a limited number of people compete for the same pot of money. Funding agencies recognize that such conflicts are likely to exist.
Of primary importance is the disclosure of both actual and possibly perceived conflicts of interest. In this situation, it would be advisable to disclose to the party requesting the review that you may have a competing interest. It is then up to them to decide whether they still want your review, and if so, how to factor it in to their decision-making process.
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