Issue No 10: August 2005
Will a CERG project be terminated if a PI goes on no-pay / professional leave exceeding 183 days within the project period?
The spirit of the leave arrangement is to safeguard against PIs going on no-pay / professional leave exceeding 183 days within the project period and getting into paid employment (part-time / full-time) with a non UGC-funded institution. In these cases, we consider the PIs are no longer eligible for their CERG projects. Therefore, PIs who have taken no pay / professional leave for more than 183 days within the project period should apply for a temporary waiver of eligibility requirements from the RGC. If such application is turned down, the project will be terminated.
What will be the CERG project termination date if a PI is no longer eligible under the183-day no pay / professional leave rules?
PIs and institutions must submit a request
for temporary waiver of eligibility requirements in good time to allow
the RGC sufficient time to consider the request.
As a matter of policy, no change of PI will be approved within the first six months of a funded project including the period before the start of the project. However, a change of PI after the first six months of the project may be considered when justification is sound.
What are the requirements for a Co-I to become a PI if the need for a change of PI arises?
To take over as PI, a Co-I must have been involved in the project from the beginning. This is compulsory. However, meeting this requirement does not guarantee approval for change of PI. Approval is still subject to the responsible panel member being satisfied on the Co-Is qualification, research track record and capability.
of a relationship with nominated external reviewers
The list of relationship categories that need to be declared is long but, as a matter of principle, PIs or Co-Is are advised to declare if in doubt. Declaring a relationship will not harm an application. The responsible panel member will need adequate information to choose the appropriate external reviewers.
of submitting similar proposals in the same CERG exercise
It is the judgment of the RGC rather than the PIs
or Co-Is which decides whether two proposals are similar. It is
therefore always advisable for the PI or the Co-I to declare similarity.
Even if they believe the proposals are not substantially similar, they
should still make the declaration but elaborate the difference in the
proposals to avoid any unnecessary misunderstanding.