There are some fundings which support early-career researcher by letting him to work/visit another institute/university for few months. Those fundings normally pay for travel and accommodation expenses (not living expenses) and require a candidate to be affliated of one organisation, e.g. to be a post-doc.

My question is that if a researcher who wants to apply for those fundings should let his boss, whose funding is paying his salary, know before applying or after knowing that his application is successful.


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Absolutely let them know before you apply. At my university, postdocs can't PI projects without a special exception from the university anyway, so you would need a support letter from your boss to apply in the first place. These kinds of rules probably don't apply to the kind of funding you are seeking since the money will go to you directly rather than being funneled through your current institution. However, if you are going to leave the group for a few months during your time there, your current boss needs to know this. Also, they should be glad to have you go and spend time with another group where you will undoubtedly get additional training and/or facilitate connections between your current group and the remote one. As such, your current boss might be able to help you write the funding application.


Your PI has a grant that's paying your salary as a post-doc. You can't just take off some number of months without OKing it with them. They need you to make progress during the grant timeline and publish it so that they can get more grants for future projects. Sometimes a grant can be extended for one year at no cost and it will be fine for you to do this sort of thing. Some time they can't, or maybe your progress is already really slow and you aren't getting the work done that they need to show productivity.

Either way you'll need to ask their permission for a leave of absence, so why not earlier, rather than later?

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