Each year, a panel of at least three members will evaluate responses to the approach to market. Two of the three panel members are senior criminologists selected by the Criminology Research Advisory Council from among those recommended by the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.
Panel members evaluate all responses independently of each other. Their evaluations are then discussed with the academic adviser to the CRG program, who submits final recommendations to the Advisory Council for consideration.
Funding applications and the selection panel’s evaluations are strictly confidential. They are to be used only for the purposes of the CRG program. To preserve confidentiality, Panel and Advisory Council members must not, without the prior written approval of the AIC Director, allow any non-public material contained within a funding proposal to be made public or disclosed to any person other than the Advisory Council and the staff of the Australian Institute of Criminology who provide advice to the Council. Panel and Advisory Council members must not discuss assessments with any other parties at any stage.
Further, to comply with ethical standards, material contained in proposals must be used or disclosed by Panel and Advisory Council members only for the purposes of assessing funding applications. It is unethical and possibly unlawful for Panel and Advisory Council members to use any intellectual property contained in a proposal.
Conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest may arise from time to time when Panel or Advisory Council members, acting in their official capacities in support of the CRG program, have interests that could improperly influence the performance of their official duties and responsibilities. For example, a conflict of interest arises when a Panel or Advisory Council member employed by a university is asked to consider a proposal associated with that university.
Under the conflict of interest guidelines:
- Conflicts of interest, or potential conflicts of interest, must be disclosed to the Advisory Council and Director AIC.
- Panel and Advisory Council members must not be involved in the assessment of any proposal for which they have, or may reasonably be perceived to have, a conflict of interest.