Grants for the NSF/NIH/many other government agencies often only allow people who are in "faculty-level" academic positions to be PIs and co-PIs*. When this is true, what is the best way of acknowledging a postdoc/student's contribution to the grant if they wrote large portions of it or made significant intellectual contributions? In addition, sometimes a postdoc/student has significant relevant experience that a PI lacks. What is the best way to highlight this, both to credit the postdoc and prevent reviewers from raising this as an issue? (I'm most interested in NSF here, but NIH/others would also be interesting.)
- including the postdoc on the grant as a co-author, but not a co-PI (I believe this is possible for NSF)
- Highlighting the postdoc's skills in the proposal itself/including postdoc's bio.
- Adding a "letter of collaboration" from the postdoc. (If, for instance, the postdoc is in a somewhat independent position and can't be listed as personnel.)
(* This of course depends on the agency, the institution, probably even the type of grant.)
This question is essentially the PI-side version of this one: What to do when an advisor takes credit for a grant proposal?