In order to ensure fair and unbiased reviews of applications, external reviewers are asked to disclose actual or potential Conflicts of Interest (COI) to Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) when they are invited to review an application.
OCE defines a COI in the OCE Reviewer Agreement using the definition:
“…a Conflict of Interest shall mean the existence of any circumstance where Reviewer has outside commitment, relationship or financial interest that could or could be seen to exercise or exert an improper influence over the objective, unbiased and impartial exercise of the Reviewer’s independent judgement of any Proposal submitted to Reviewer to review.”
If a COI is suspected, please contact OCE’s Review and Results team at email@example.com for clarification. If OCE deems a COI exists, the application will be assigned to another reviewer.