Postdoctoral research assistants (or equivalent) ineligible to be principal or co-investigators in their own right should be named as a researcher co-investigator in the application if they:
- have made a substantial intellectual contribution to the formulation and development of the project
- will be engaged with the ensuing research.
This status can be used by the postdoctoral research assistant as evidence of their involvement in acquiring research funding.
A researcher co-investigator will be:
- named on the proposed research project as the postdoctoral research assistant or equivalent
- identified in the application as a key intellectual contributor to the project
- employed on the project by, and based at, the institutions of either the principal or any co-applicants.
The institution is responsible for all matters in relation to an employee’s contract of employment including the procurement of work permits where necessary. See RGC 8 of the terms and conditions for research grants, which are the terms held between the awarding research council and the institution in receipt of the grant. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has no restrictions or requirements on residency, nationality or citizenship in relation to research support staff funded from a grant.
Studentships or student resource may not be requested, or included, on BBSRC research grant applications. BBSRC studentships are only available through application to the various BBSRC training award schemes.
Last updated: 28 September 2022