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5. Research

5.1 The ABSG benefits from the presence of one or more members who are, or have been, active researchers in the safer gambling area. There is no objection, and some advantage, to such members continuing their research activities while members of the Board.

5.2 It is important, however, that Board members tendering for projects do not derive, nor are perceived to derive, an advantage from their role as Board members. Board Members, therefore, should not bid to carry out work from the research programme they had a role in advising upon.

5.3 As a further protection, all discussion of the research agenda is reserved to a private session of ABSG meetings, from which members who are active researchers in safer gambling are asked to withdraw. They will not have access to meeting papers on this element of Board business.

5.4 We also note that ABSG has on record stated that gambling research should not be funded through voluntary contributions. Therefore, ABSG members are not expected to bid for research contracts where the source of funds is voluntary contributions from the gambling industry.

5.5 As identified in paragraph 11 below, arrangements for the funding of research in safer gambling is in transition. In recognition of this, Board members with existing contracts to undertake research that was allowed under the previous terms of reference of RGSB/ABSG but which would not be acceptable under this policy will be able to fulfil their contracts.

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