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Emeritus/Retired Eligibility Policy for SFI Programmes

SFI Grant Applicants (Pre-Award)

An Emeritus/’retired’ academic Professor can apply to SFI programme calls provided that the host Research Body provides a letter signed by the Vice-President of Research (or equivalent) which confirms that there is commitment from the Research Body that the following will be the case prior to an award commencing:

  • There will be a written contract of employment/statement of appointment (or similar) in place, which extends at least up to the expiration date of the award.
  • The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor will have full access to all facilities, labs, and other infrastructure necessary to successfully embark on the intended programme of research.
  • The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor will have full signing and approval authority, in order to manage the award appropriately, and to supervise students.
  • The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor will be bound by the rules and regulations of the institute, as is the case for other faculty colleagues.
  • The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor will be covered by the host body’s indemnity insurance.

This letter needs to be submitted to SFI in advance of the proposal submission deadline in order to receive approval.  Please email the relevant Programme mailbox (e.g. investigators@sfi.ie, centres@sfi.ie, etc.). If the applicant will attain Emeritus/ ‘retired’ status during the course of the award, a similar letter of support must be provided by the Research Body. Once approval has been received from SFI the applicant must include the letter of support in his/her grant application. Please check the relevant call documentation for call-specific details of this policy.

SFI Award Holders (Post-Award)

A retired member of staff can continue to hold SFI awards once the Research Body can provide a letter signed by the Vice-President of Research (or equivalent) which confirms that the following is the case:

•There is a written contract of employment/statement of appointment (or similar) in place, which extends at least up to the expiration date of the award.

•The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor has full access to all facilities, labs, and other infrastructure necessary to successfully continue the intended programme of research.

•The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor has full signing and approval authority, in order to manage the award appropriately, and to supervise students.

•The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor is bound by the rules and regulations of the institute, as is the case for other faculty colleagues.

•The Emeritus / ‘retired’ Professor is covered by the indemnity insurance of the Research Body.

This letter needs to be submitted by email to the relevant programmatic mailbox (e.g. investigators@sfi.ie, centres@sfi.ie, etc.), copying the relevant SFI Programme Manager, at least 3 months in advance of the retirement date, in order to receive SFI approval to the continuation of the specified SFI grants.