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NIH policy aims to curb conflicts of interest in peer review

The National Institutes of Health has issued a revised policy about managing conflicts of interest (COI) in the initial peer review of applications for the agency’s grants and cooperative agreements.

NIH’s internal policy implements the reviewer COI aspects of its peer-review regulations, but the agency explained in a notice on 26 September that, given the “increasingly multi-disciplinary and collaborative nature of biomedical and behavioural research,” the revised policy is intended to facilitate reviews that involve multi-site or multi-component projects, consortia, networks, aggregate datasets, and multi-authored publications.

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