Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Broken Promises

The following question was posed to a grant writing expert:

"A grant proposal names a particular individual as "consultant" and lists their credentials to perform consulting work.  The grant is awarded.  To what extent is the PI obligated to hire that individual?  Could another consultant be retained without repercussion?  Does the proposal constitute a contract between the institution and the consultant? What if the would-be consultant becomes seriously ill, or has a "falling out" with the PI before the grant work starts?"

What do you think?  What if the individual in question was an associate PI (among several PIs), but did not make a significant contribution to the proposal preparation?

Give your opinion in the poll to the right.

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