I'm curious what happens to grants when you move institutions. Do they follow you, or does your former institution keep the grant? Because grants are made to colleges/universities with faculty identified as PI or Co-PI, I'm not sure what happens when someone changes jobs. Finally, does it matter if you are PI vs Co-PI/Co-I? Thanks in advance for any insights.
Date: 21 Sep 2013 19:30
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When this happens, the university will usually appeal to the funding agency and try to justify that they can still conduct the research without the PI, usually by assigning other researcher(s) already at the institution as the new PI. I've seen this get especially ugly when a person takes a new job and there are hard feelings from the department or university's end. But, I also know plenty of PIs who were able to justify to the funding agency that THEY were the central important piece of the project and that they can do the research just fine, if not better, at the new job (and in these cases, the grant moved with them). So, it depends on the agency, the universities involved, the strength of the PI, and how dirty the people on either side fight over the money.
You are correct, though, that the grant goes to the university, not the PI, so in all fairness the grant should stay at the university no matter what. But, as I hinted above, if the university can't prove they can do the work without the PI, the agency more often (in my knowledge) seems to move the grant with the PI.