Code of Practice

Experts acting in an advisory capacity for the Foundation agree to be bound by the following Code of Practice. Should an expert fear being in breach of this Code of Practice, participation in the review process in question must be declined. This may ensue without the need to give grounds.

(1) Peer review follows the rules of good research practice and academic integrity. All statements must be truthful and in no way impinge on the intellectual property of others, nor must they constrain the research activities of others.

(2) Acceptance of an invitation to participate in a peer review process is a declaration of competence in important aspects of the application in question. Should experts feel insufficiently competent to join in the assessment process they must inform the Foundation correspondingly and destroy any documentation concerning the application in question.

(3) Should reviewers feel they may be in any way biased they must withdraw from the peer review process and destroy any pertinent documentation in their possession. This shall also be the case in the event of a potential conflict of interest.

(4) Experts acting in an advisory capacity for the Foundation agree not to submit any applications on their own behalf for the duration of their participation in the peer review process and not to become involved in other applications which may be submitted to the Foundation by third parties. 

(5) Besides scientific considerations, both negative as well as positive appraisals are to take into account the requirements, objectives and constraints set out in the "Information for Applicants" for the respective funding initiative.

(6) Experts acting in an advisory capacity for the Foundation agree to treat applications in strict confidentiality and not to pass any details or documents on to third parties.