Lesbian Health Fund
Conflict of Interest Policy
LHF Advisory Board members, LHF Grants Committee members, GLMA Board members and GLMA staff are prohibited from:
- submitting any applications for grants to LHF, in whole or in part, in the capacity of principal investigator, key personnel or sub-contractor;
- participating in any applications and grants awarded by LHF, in the capacity of principal investigator, key personnel, consultant (paid or unpaid) or sub-contractor, provided, however, that members may (a) serve as mentors/advisors to prospective applicants and/or (b) may participate in a non-substantive capacity (providing access to subjects, data, tissue samples, for example), provided they are not named in the application.
LHF Advisory Board members, LHF Grants Committee members, GLMA Board members and GLMA staff shall declare a conflict of interest and shall absent themselves from discussion of an application when any of the following conditions exist:
- when member or member's spouse, domestic partner, children or professional partner holds an ownership interest exceeding five (5) percent, or has recieved income exceeding $10,000.00 in the most recent year, from an entity who is being considered for a grant;
- when member's spouse, domestic partner, children or professional partner are principal investigators, mentors/advisors, key personnel or consultants named in the grant application;
- the member serves as an officer, director, owner or trustee (with or without compensation) of the entity submitting a grant application;
- the member is an employee, member, expert, advisor or consultant (with or without compensation) of the entity submitting a grant application;
- the member or member's spouse, domestic partner, children or professional partner is in the process of negotiating or has an arrangement for prospective employment with the entity submitting the grant application.
Failure to comply with any of the conflict of interest requirements shall result in the disqualification of the application from funding.
Members shall avoid any actions that might give the appearance that a conflict of interest exists or could be viewed as affecting the member's objectivity to evaluate. Examples of this behavior include, but are not limited to, participation in the deliberations and actions on any grant application submitted by a recent student, recent teacher, a professional collaborator with whom the member has worked closely, a close personal friend, or a scientist with whom the member has had a longstanding scientific or personal difference.