Principal Investigators must meet the criteria under both of the sections below.
At the time of application, the Principal Investigator must either:
a) be employed by the Research Organisation submitting the proposal;
b) if not employed by the submitting organisation1, have an existing written formal arrangement with the organisation confirming that the research will be conducted as if the PI were an employee, ie that enables him or her to carry out research there and receive from the organisation all necessary management and infrastructural support, and that commits the organisation to take full responsibility for the research and its proper governance;
c) be scheduled to move to the submitting organisation before the proposed start date of the grant, whether or not the proposal is successful, in such a way that would ensure that criterion a) or b) is met by the time the grant starts2;
2) At the time of application, the Principal Investigator must have either:
a) a contract of employment that extends to beyond the duration of the proposed grant (or, if not employed by the submitting organisation, a formal arrangement as described in §1b above that extends to beyond the duration of the proposed grant);
b) an assurance from the submitting organisation that, if the proposal is successful, the contract of employment, or formal commitment to provide support if not employed at the organisation, will extend to beyond the end date of the grant.
1 That is, employed elsewhere and seconded to the submitting organisation; or not employed at all (for example, retired investigators)
2 In this case, the affiliation shown for the investigator should be the organisation that would hold the grant.