The One CGIAR Investment Advisory Groups (IAGs) serve an advisory role to the System, working closely with Science Group Directors to provide guidance to the Executive Management Team (EMT). Their aim is to advise on the research and innovation portfolios within the three Action Areas of the CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy. ISDC recognizes that member participation in IAGs might raise potential criticism. Its involvement in multiple stages of research design may create perceptions of real or potential conflict of interest. To prevent any conflict of interest and address perceptions of IAG involvement, guidelines on ISDC contribution to IAGs were adopted to maintain ISDC’s ability to provide an independent assessment of CGIAR Research Initiatives in the full proposal stage.