9. Proposals are welcomed from principal investigators affiliated with any UK Higher Education institution (or employees of other organizations eligible to apply for UKRI funding).
10. Applications from early career researchers and, in line with UKRI policy, applicants from underrepresented groups in the research community are encouraged, although investigators should have employment contracts for at least one year past the expected end date of the proposed work.
11. Proposals from principal investigators not from a UK institution will be accepted as long as one of these two criteria is satisfied:
(i) the proposal includes a collaborator who is from a UK university (or an employee of another UK-based organization that is eligible to apply for UKRI funding). This collaborator must have a significant role in the experiment or project.
(ii) The case is made in the application that the proposed experiment is part of establishing or expanding a substantial collaboration between the host institution and the external group. This can be evidenced by a clear commitment to joint publications arising and/or the access being the first stage in establishing a substantial new collaboration with benefits to the host institution.
12. We reserve the right to query an application where a perceived conflict of interest is a cause of concern.