Guidelines for Determining Conflict of Interest (COI)

AG2PI follows COI guidelines from USDA to ensure that no one included in or affiliated with a proposal is involved in its review. This includes both in the initial review or in the steering group discussion of the proposal.

AG2PI considers a reviewer to have a conflict of interest with a particular proposer or proposal, based on USDA's conflict of interest policy, if they:

Any member of the Seed Grant Steering Committee who has a COI on a proposal will be temporarily sequestered during discussion of that proposal and will have no input on whether it is awarded.