We ask those reviewing Open Call applications to disclose any conflict of interest, maintain the confidentiality of what they learn, and let us know if/when doing so will compromise their integrity.
When joining our team, reviewers commit to follow and abide by Reset's Conflict of Interest and Non-Disclosure policies. Together, these two policies help ensure that the Open Call review process remains unbiased and that applicants continue to trust Reset with non-public, proprietary, or confidential information.
Reviewers commit to disclose any financial interest or fiduciary relationship with applicants or organisations applicants may be affiliated with – this includes, but is not limited to, the receipt or holding of honoraria; educational grants; membership; employment; consultancies; stock ownership or other equity interests; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements.
Personal or professional relationships with applicants or organisations applicants may be affiliated with that are non-financial and non-fiduciary in nature do not need to be disclosed. When reviewers are unsure of the nature of their relationship with an applicant or organisation an applicant is affiliated with (and whether or not it may need to be disclosed), reviewers commit to disclose.
Due to the nature and size of the niche, civil society space in which Reset operates, we understand that personal and professional relationships between applicants and reviewers are common. For this reason, this Conflict of Interest Policy is focused on excluding reviewers from reviewing applications only where relationships with applicants are financial and/or fiduciary in nature – that is, where delivering a positive review could result in material gain for the reviewer from the applicant.
Reset awards support to applicants based on an application’s merit and the alignment of the applicant’s projects and ideas with the purpose and goals of the specific Open Call. Accordingly, Reset has established its Conflict of Interest Policy in order to ensure grants are awarded on this basis and that the review process remains unbiased.
For each application, each reviewer must disclose the details of existing relationships with any applicants, individuals, or organisations presented in the application.
In order to preserve the integrity of the review process, when a reviewer has a financial interest or fiduciary relationship with an applicant or organisation the applicant is affiliated with, Reset will, following an investigation (where required) and at its discretion, disqualify the reviewer from reviewing the application.
Reviewers commit not to disclose any of the non-public, proprietary, or confidential information contained within an application, whether or not labeled as such, without prior written consent from Reset. If disclosure of application information will occur in the future, reviewers commit to notify Reset and the relevant applicant at least 30 days in advance. If disclosure of application information occurs without notice, reviewers commit to notifying Reset and the applicant as soon as they realise a disclosure has been made.
Reset wants applicants to trust us and our reviewers with non-public, proprietary, or confidential information. We understand the importance and utility of keeping some objectives non-public for the sake of accomplishing bigger goals. We also believe responsible knowledge sharing increases the efficacy of those working towards shared aims. We very much hope the application information shared with reviewers who are serving the public interest (such as journalists, government officials, policymakers, etc.) will augment their own work and in the process, advance the shared aims of applicants, reviewers, and Reset. We also understand that for these people, signing a standard non-disclosure agreement may compromise their integrity and ability to serve the public interest. What we ask for and how we ask it in this policy is an attempt to balance these needs.
For each application, each reviewer must affirm their agreement to abide by this Non-Disclosure Policy.
In order to preserve the integrity of the review process and maintain applicant trust, where a reviewer has been found to have disclosed application information outside of the public interest and against this policy, Reset will, following an investigation (where required) and at its discretion, remove the reviewer's access to application information, remove any publicly stated affiliation with the reviewer, and apologise to affected applicants.