Reviewer Non-Disclosure Agreement

We receive research proposals in confidence and are committed to protecting the confidentiality of their contents through the Non-Disclosure Agreements.

We receive research proposals in confidence and are committed to protecting the confidentiality of their contents through the Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Our Non-Disclosure Policy

The Non-Disclosure Agreement outlines our policy on the confidentiality of information disclosed to Advisory Council members or External Peer Reviewers during the proposal review process. Reviewers must review and sign this form each time they review a FFAR application.

Specifically, this agreement prohibits a council member or reviewer from, among other actions, either during or after the review process:

  • Sharing applications, proposals or meeting materials with anyone who has not been officially designated to participate in the review;
  • Granting anyone who has not been officially designated to participate in the review access to any FFAR secure computer system, Advisory Council/Review Panel meetings or their password or credentials;
  • Disclosing, in any manner, information about the review deliberations, discussions, evaluations or documents to anyone who has not been officially designated to participate in the review meeting;
  • Disclosing, in any manner, information about the review deliberations, discussions or evaluations related to an application or proposal to another member who has declared a real or apparent conflict of interest with that application;
  • Using information contained in an application or proposal for his/her direct or indirect personal or financial benefit, making such information available for the direct or indirect personal or financial benefit of any other individual or contacting the applicants being reviewed concerning any aspect of their proposal(s);
  • Disclosing procurement information prior to the award after participating in FFAR review without signing the Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Reviewers complete the Non-Disclosure Agreement as part of their application reviews in our Grants Management System.

We may take steps in response to a violation of the above policy to preserve the integrity of our review process. This includes, without limitation, terminating an Advisory Council or Peer Review Panel member’s relationship with FFAR.

Download a Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement

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