- Will this person be essential to carrying out the scientific duties of the project? Will he/she bear some responsibility for it's progress? Or will he/she simply be advising on one aspect of the project?
- What type of time commitment is the individual willing to devote to the project?
- Is the individual employed by another institution, or your own? If located at another institution, will your budget allow room for a subcontract, including any indirect costs?
- If the person is located at your institution, will they be willing to devote measurable effort to the project? (NOTE: In most cases consultants are not able to be hired from one's own institution. Many universities, etc., do not allow this. In this case, if you want to budget someone from your own institution, he/she must be included in your personnel list, not budgeted as a consultant. )
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Consultant or Co-Investigator? How do I choose?
It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether an individual should be budgeted as a Consultant or Co-Investigator on a project. There are several factors to consider when making this decision.