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Process for changes to PI and FI personnel in CSET/SRC and Multi-investigator PI Awards

Process for changes to PI and FI personnel in Research Centre, CSET and SRC awards and multi-investigator PI awards

As per SFI Terms and Conditions the Foundation must be notified if there is any change in the status of Principal Investigators who hold active SFI awards. In addition SFI must be notified in advance if a researcher is to relinquish or assume control of SFI funds. SFI Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) and SFI Funded Investigators (FIs) within SFI multi-investigator awards are designated as SFI Funded Researchers. Any change to SFI Funded Researchers must be approved by SFI in advance of assuming responsibility for overseeing research and/or research personnel supported by the Foundation.

It is the responsibility of the award holder to inform SFI in advance if:

1: PI, co-PI or FI is departing from an SFI award
2: a PI, co-PI or FI is joining an SFI award and will be overseeing research funded by SFI
3: a PI, co-PI or FI will be changing status within an SFI award.

For changes involving a PI, co-PI or Director, the Vice President for Research of the lead host institution for the Centre award submits a written request to SFI to consider the change. This request will typically be submitted by email to the relevant Scientific Programme Manager within SFI and/or programmatic email address (e.g. cset@sfi.ie, centres@sfi.ie, etc.). The lead institution’s submission will, at a minimum, contain the following information:

a. The background for the request, providing an explanation as to why the existing Director/co‐PI is stepping down

b. A description of the impact that his/her departure will have on the operations or research activities of the Centre, as well as any steps being undertaken to manage or mitigate this impact

c. The CV of the proposed replacement

d. A description of the role and responsibilities of the proposed replacement within the Centre, if different from the incumbent

e. A statement from the proposed replacement that he/she is prepared to act as Director or co‐PI in the Centre, and will assume the responsibilities for the Centre award that are attached to that role

f. Process for the replacement of the Director which includes an assessment of the need to advertise internally and externally in order to obtain the calibre of candidate required to lead the Centre, and assurance of the presence of an international panellist on the selection committee, who has been approved by SFI

g. Any additional pertinent information

For changes involving a Director, additional information will be required. In this case, please contact the relevant SPM in SFI.

For changes involving an FI, the Centre director submits a written request to SFI to consider a change/addition of FI in a Centre. This request will typically be submitted by email to the relevant Scientific Programme Manager within SFI and/or programmatic email address (e.g. cset@sfi.ie, centres@sfi.ie, etc.). The Director’s submission will, at a minimum, contain the following information:

a. The background for the request, providing an explanation as to why the existing FI is stepping down or why the proposed FI should be added to the Centre

b. A description of the impact that the FI replacement / addition will have on the operations or research activities of the Centre, as well as any steps being undertaken to manage or mitigate this impact, if required

c. The CV of the proposed replacement / addition

d. A description of the role and responsibilities of the proposed replacement / addition within the Centre, if different from the incumbent, including the amount of budget to be managed and the number of research staff or students to be managed or supervised

e. A statement from the proposed replacement / addition that s/he is prepared to act as FI in the Centre, and will assume the responsibilities for the Centre award that are attached to that role

f. Any additional pertinent information

The SPM will, at his/her discretion, seek additional information that is considered to be relevant and appropriate. Depending on the nature of the change, award holders may be asked to submit a revised budget and work plan for approval by SFI.