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I helped writing some project/grant applications. In those applications, I am not the PI and not a funded member. Still, I am listed as an external collaborator, or a person of interest, or potential hire. So, my involvement is as "co-author" of the application (although only the PI is listed) and as "person to be involved". I guess this is the case of several other researchers.

Is it usual to put those instances on an academic CV? If so, how?

  • I have just found this question. It is closely related, but perhaps my questions is more specific. Just to bring it out so you peers can decide whether to mark mine as duplicate or not. – user7112 Dec 11 '15 at 17:36
  • At the very least, the US NSF requires acknowledgement in the grant of all participants in the writing process. That's come up here before. – Bill Barth Dec 11 '15 at 17:48
  • It is not the case of the grants I collaborated to, apparently. Those have all been national (abroad for me) grants, by the way. – user7112 Dec 11 '15 at 17:51
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In my mind, this will depend on how much you contributed to the grant, and what stage of your career you're in. I'll also ignore things like the NSF or NIH requiring reporting research support even if you aren't the PI for biosketches and the like.

If you're a graduate student or (depending on the grant) a postdoc, it's reasonable that you wouldn't be the PI, because you can't be the PI by institutional rules, or because in the current funding climate, or with the scope of the grant, etc. there's just no way a postdoc-PI grant is going to get funded. Never the less, putting it on your CV shows that you're thinking about funding and participating in the process, even if you aren't heading it up. It's the grants equivalent of being a middle author on a paper as an undergrad.

What's important though is, as with every element of your CV, that you be able to cogently talk about what it was about, and how you contributed to the writing of it. It's one thing to say "My supervisor was the PI, but I did the bulk of the writing and planned out the grant" and something else entirely if you were just along for the ride.

  • Absolutely agree: my CV makes this distinction by noting PI, co-PI, and "author" status. Doesn't matter so much any more, but mattered a lot when I was a grad student and postdoc and had gotten two NSF grants funded with professors acting primarily as paper-PI and editor. – jakebeal Dec 22 '15 at 0:19

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