The research teams must be led by two project leaders also called principal investigators, one from Québec and the other from Luxembourg, to meet the requirement of imputability respectively to the FRQ and FNR.
The part of the team from Québec must also include a minimum of one co-researcher also called co-investigator in addition of the principal investigator, each coming from a sector covered by a different FRQ (FRQNT, FRQSC or FRQS).
Then a research team must be composed of a minimum of three persons, that is to say two principal investigators AND one co-investigator from Québec.
3.1 Eligibility of the two project leaders
3.1.1. Eligibility of the principal investigator from Québec
The person responsible for the application must have one of the following statuses defined in the Common General Rules (CGR):
university researcher ;
clinical university researcher ;
He/she must also meet all general eligibility requirements set out in the CGR.
A project leader who is a college researcher, with or without a PhD, must be employed full-time by a college recognized by the FRQ to manage funding or a college centre for technology transfer (CCTT). He/she may also hold a full-time or part-time position as a CCTT researcher.
Retired researchers may assume the role of principal investigator and hence lead the project, provided they can prove that they are still active in research (publications, grants, student supervision, etc.). A letter from the university with which the researcher is affiliated must be provided, clearly indicating that 1) before retirement, the researcher was a regular professor; 2) for the term of the grant, he/she will have access to the facilities and logistical support required to carry out research activities and 3) he/she will continue to train/supervise students, where applicable.
Researchers with the status of university researcher or clinical university researcher and who receive a salary as a contracted professor (non-tenure track position) in a university recognized by the FRQ to manage funding must attach, in the "Other documents" section of the letter of intent form and, where applicable, the application form, a document from their university certifying that they will retain this position throughout the duration of the grant.
3.1.2. Eligibility of the principal investigator from Luxembourg
In order to be eligible as principal investigator (PI), researchers must comply with the FNR requirements for principal investigators and supervisors http://bit.ly/PIandSupervision.
3.2 Team configuration
The team members from Québec must include a principal and a co-investigator and the team members from Luxembourg must include at least one principal investigator. In addition to these three members, the research team shall consist of an unlimited number of co-investigators from Québec or Luxembourg.
3.2.1. Eligibility of co-investigators from Québec
In order to be eligible, a project must be headed by a team of one principal investigator AND at least one co-investigator from Québec each must work in a sector covered by different FRQ (Nature et technologies, Santé, Société et culture) and have one of the following statuses as defined in the CGR :
clinical university researcher;
Any additional co-investigator must have one of the following research statuses as defined in the CGR:
status 1 : "university researcher" ;
status 2 : "clinical university researcher"
status 3 : "college researcher" ;
status 4 : "other research statuses" different from statuses related to status 1, 2 and 3 mentioned above :
Retired researchers and university and clinical university researchers who receive a salary as a contracted professor (non-tenure track position) in a university recognized by the FRQ to manage funding must provide a letter from their university as described in Section 3.1.1 confirming their eligibility. If a researcher's status cannot be validated in the absence of documents required under the program rules, that researcher will be removed from the list of team members before the letter of intent is presented to the relevance committee.
3.2.2. Eligibility of co-investigators from Luxembourg
In order to be eligible as co-investigator also called co-PI by the FNR, researchers must comply with the FNR requirements for principal investigators and supervisors http://bit.ly/PIandSupervision.
3.3 Participation in more than one project
A principal investigator from Québec cannot be responsible for more than one funding application under this bilateral program while a Luxembourg based applicant may only be named as principal investigator on up to two proposals to this call.
A principal investigator from Québec or Luxembourg may participate as co-investigator in an another application submitted to the present call for proposals.
It is possible to have the role of co-investigator in several projects submitted to this call for proposals. However, the relevance and feasibility of this type of multiple participation will be subject to evaluation.