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What can an Overseas Collaborator claim?

For a Co-Investigator the rules around claiming their time can be complex and can also vary by Research Council so you should always read the guidance provided for the scheme and if there is any doubt contact RGO for clarification.

For most Co-Investigators it will probably not be possible to claim their own salary costs. Some general cross Council principals however are detailed in the examples below:

Examples

  1. An international co-investigator (Professor A) is employed by University V on a contract which specifies that they are expected to teach and carry out research throughout the year. This is the norm in Professor A’s country and their national research funding agency therefore does not normally pay salary costs on its research grants. Professor A is not eligible for salary costs as an international co-investigator.
  2. An international co-investigator (Professor B) is employed by University W on a contract which specifies that they are expected to teach and carry out research for 10 months of the year. The other two months, they are expected to supplement their income with external contracts. Professor B is eligible for salary costs as an international Co- Investigator for the two months of the year they are not under contract from their institution.
  3. An international co-investigator (Professor C) is employed by University X on a contract that requires they obtain external funding for their salary to work on research projects. University X might be located in an OECD or developing country, either way without this funding, the institution will not allow them to carry out the work as salary costs for research are normally paid by the national research funding agency. Professor C is eligible for salary costs as an international co-investigator.
  4. An international co-investigator (Professor D) is employed by University Y on a contract which specifies they are expected to teach and carry out research. However, Professor D’s research time is already committed to other projects funded by the national research funding agency. University Y agrees that they can participate in the project if it includes teaching replacement costs to cover some of their teaching load. Professor D can claim these costs as an international co-investigator.

In general, most RCUK funded GCRF schemes will fund the costs incurred by the overseas collaborator as an exception ie. at 100%. This is because they do not operate under Full Economic Costing (FEC). Any direct costs associated with the collaborator will normally be funded (eg. project specific staff, project specific consumables, travel and subsistence, equipment etc) and overheads may also be requested. As with the UK costs, any costs associated with the overseas CoI must be fully justified in the Justification of Resources.