3.    What if I still don’t want my funder (Steering Committee member) to know that we’re exploring these options at such an early stage?

All Steering Committee members recognize that confidentiality can play an important role in this process, especially during the early conversations. The Steering Committee will work with interested applicants to understand the confidentiality needs for each situation and address them accordingly.

Interested applicants may choose to contact any representative from the Steering Committee to schedule a preliminary consultation. This required first step of the application process can be kept confidential with the representative the applicant chooses to contact upon request.  However, once the applicant decides to submit a LOI (the second step of the application process), the entire Steering Committee will be made aware of the proposed collaboration.