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:
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. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.