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SFI Investigator Titles

SFI Investigator Titles

The Lead Applicant will be responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the research programme and the submission of reports to SFI.  The Lead Applicant has primary fiduciary responsibility and accountability for carrying out the research within the funding limits awarded and in accordance with the terms and conditions Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).  The Lead Applicant will serve as the primary point of contact for SFI on the award and during the review process.

The Co-Applicant has a significant, critical and continuing role in leading the proposed investigation.  For the purposes of reviewing and monitoring, a co-applicant applying for funding under a SFI programme will receive equal evaluation as the lead applicant and will hold equal accountability for the delivery of the proposed research objectives.

Both Lead and Co-Applicants will be named on the Letter of Offer and are contractually responsible for delivery of the research programme.

An SFI Principal Investigator (PI) is an independent researcher who holds an award from SFI under any of the following SFI programmes, including: Principal Investigator, Investigator Project or Award, Research Frontiers, Research Professorship, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, Industry Fellowships, US-Ireland, ERC Development, TIDA, Starting Investigator Grant, Career Development Award, Partnerships, Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), Strategic Research Clusters (SRC) and Research Centres (referred to collectively hereafter as ‘Centres’).

An SFI Co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) is an independent researcher who co-holds an award from SFI under any of the following SFI programmes: Principal Investigator, Investigator Award, Partnerships or Centres award.

An SFI Funded Investigator (FI) is an independent researcher who is undertaking a management role in a research project within a Centre. It is anticipated that SFI Funded Investigators have budgetary responsibility for a research project within an SFI Centre. SFI Funded Investigators will serve under the direction of the lead applicant (PI) or one of the co-applicants (co-PIs). The definition of an SFI Funded Investigator is also relevant to awards made under the SFI Partnerships Programme.

SFI Principal Investigators, Co-Principal Investigators and SFI Funded Investigators are designated as “SFI Funded Researchers”

Any proposed changes to the official list of PIs, co—PIs and FIs associated with an award and as agreed by SFI, must be approved in advance by the Foundation. Please click here for more information. 

Collaborator is an individual who is committed to providing a focused contribution for a specific task.  The collaborator will serve under the direction of the Lead Applicant, and may or may not, receive funding through the award.  Collaborators are not designated as SFI-funded researchers.

SFI Stokes Lecturers and SFI Stokes Professors will be designated as SFI funded researchers upon receipt of SFI funding as Principal Investigator, SFI Co-Principal Investigator or SFI Funded Investigator.

UREKA Site Applicant/Co-Applicant/Mentor are funded under the UREKA site programme.  Such investigators are not designated as SFI-funded researchers.

E.T.S. Walton Fellows are visiting researchers;  such investigators are not designated as SFI funded researchers