User proposals are created and submitted through the Foundry’s User Portal. Draft and submitted proposals may be viewed and modified by any user listed on the proposal form by logging in to the User Portal with that individual’s user account.
It is possible to request the following modifications to approved proposals, before or after activation.
- Add a new user: Discuss request with Assigned Scientist, then submit request on User Portal.
- Remove an inactive user: Email request to the User Office.
- Add a support facility: Discuss request with Assigned Scientist, then email the User Office.
- Request an extension to the activation deadline or expiration date: Discuss request with Assigned Scientist, then email the User Office. In particular, users requiring parental or medical leave are encouraged to request extensions.
Identifying Users on Proposals
The proposal form provides fields for up to five users: a Principal Investigator, a Primary Researcher, and three Co-Researchers.
The Principal Investigator (PI) is the project leader. Usually, the PI is a faculty member or a senior-level scientist who is head of a scientific organizational unit such as research group, program or laboratory. The PI is expected to make final decisions about the project and supervise scientific work. The PI cannot be a student or postdoctoral scholar.
The Primary Researcher (PR) is the individual performing most of the research on the proposal. For proposals in which users are working on-site at the Foundry, the PR is the lead researcher performing hands-on work.
Co-Researchers (CRs) are any additional users who will be performing work on the proposal, either on-site or remotely.
After a proposal is approved, it is possible to request that additional users be added to the project as CRs. These requests should first be discussed with the Assigned Scientist and then submitted through the User Portal, either by the new users themselves or by another user on the proposal. The request is subject to review and approval by the Lead Facility Director, and may require execution of a new User Agreement if the new user has a different affiliation.