Research Academic and scientific training (Junior) Principal investigators

(j)PI predicate

The Executive Board awards the title of Junior Principal Investigator (jPI) or Principal Investigator (PI) to excellent researchers who undertake a leading role in research.

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(j)PI predicate

(j)PI predicate
The Pl system has been established in 2008 to identify and support our best (upcoming) research leaders. Over the years, the system, based on strict criteria, has shown to be a useful instrument to identify successful and independent research leaders.

Research leadership will, even more prominently, be regarded as the leading criterion in upcoming rounds and is reflected by the (j)Pl group performance (to be explained in a narrative), which is mainly substantiated by performances on "impact" (societal impact and international esteem). The quantitative criteria are regarded as supportive to the application and ultimately used as additional argumentation to carry the decision to award the (junior) Pl predicate. Researchers may apply on an annual basis for the (j)PI predicate and bonus, which are then held for a period of five years.

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Criteria principal investigator


Research leadership

The investigator is leader of a research group. The research leadership is reflected by the PI-group performance, which is mainly substantiated by performances on “impact” (societal impact and international esteem) and quantitative criteria as supportive to the application.

  • The premium will be awarded for a period of five years
  • The evaluation period is 5 years
  • A PI can only reapply in the last year of her/his PI period


Main criteria Impact

Criteria for international esteem are:

  • Board member of scientific (inter)national committee
  • Member of editorial board or editor of international journal with an IF > 4 or in subject category Q1
  • Invited lecture at international top meeting
  • Personal prize and award of distinction
  • Personally invited review in a prestigious journal with an IF > 4 or in subject category Q1

Criteria for societal impact are:

  • Publication in newspapers and magazines, interview for television or radio, internet site that is accessible to a large audience
  • Author of manual for professionals, of policy formulated document, of policy instrument relating to healthcare or of guideline or quotation in guideline
  • Board member of important public (societal) organization
  • Wide and established implementation of product in health care and health care market

Criteria for leader of research group:

  • Within his/her research group, the applicant is the primary supervisor of at least 4 PhD candidates, postdocs or junior faculty (not external employees, master students or technicians)
  • Research achievements of this group, including collaborations, over the past 5 years. The applicant will be asked to write a "narrative" demonstrating his/her research leadership, which can be substantiated by the two most important papers from this group to the opinion of the applicant him/herself - irrespective of the impact factor or ranking

A maximum of two points can be granted by the Jury for each of the items, where two points stands for an above average score . To qualify for PI, at least ten points in total are needed, including a score of at least two times 1 point in category c (leader of research group).


Supportive quantitative criteria

A minimum of six peer reviewed publications

  • With a 5-Year Impact Factor ≥8 or in one of the 5 best journals in a subject category (ranked by 5-Year IF)
  • At least two of the six papers have a 5-Year Impact Factor ≥8
  • Only publications where you are first, second, penultimate or last author qualify
  • In a minimum of three of these six peer reviewed publications, you are first or last author
  • Maximally one paper of these six peer reviewed publications is a review paper
Please note
  • Papers in press or [Epub ahead of print] do not qualify
  • Proceedings should not be listed
  • Editorials should not be listed
  • Letters should not be listed unless these contain original work and have the size of a normal article (e.g. letters in Nature)

Personally obtained funding

  • A minimum of two personally, in competition obtained research grants (2e or 3e “geldstroom”) of at least € 200.000 that are, or will be, used for scientific research
  • In case of multi-applicant grants, the full amount of the grant can be attributed to each of the applicant research leaders
Please note: The covering letter of the funding body in which the funding was awarded should be dated within the last 5-year period.

Three PhD theses supervised as (co-)promotor


Extra credit

In case of underperformance on one of the criteria, the PI committee can advise the Dean to assign the predicate PI if there is exceptional overperformance on one or more of the other criteria, i.e.,

  • Prestigious personal grants
  • Substantial additional grants obtained as first/main applicant
  • Exceptionally important societal or scientific position
  • Coordinator of large international consortium

Criteria junior principal investigator


Research leadership

The investigator is leader of a research group. The research leadership is reflected by the PI-group performance, which is mainly substantiated by performances on “impact” (societal impact and international esteem) and quantitative criteria as supportive to the application.

  • The premium will be awarded for a period of five years
  • The evaluation period is 5 years
  • A junior PI can only reapply in the last year of her/his jPI period. A PI application can be done sooner.
  • Applicants reached PhD between 4 and 10 years ago (Radboudumc Extension Clause based upon NWO rules: see last page of application form)


Main criteria Impact

Criteria for international esteem are

  • Board member of scientific (inter)national committee
  • Member of editorial board or editor of international journal with an IF > 2 or in subject category Q1
  • Invited lecture at international top meeting
  • Personal prize and award of distinction
  • Personally invited review in a prestigious journal

Criteria for societal impact are

  • Publication in newspapers and magazines, interview for television or radio, internet site that is accessible to a large audience
  • Author of manual for professionals, of policy formulated document, of policy instrument relating to healthcare or of guideline or quotation in guideline
  • Board member of important public (societal) organization
  • Wide and established implementation of product in health care and health care market

Criteria for leader of research group

  • Within his/her research group, the applicant is the primary supervisor of at least 2 PhD candidates, postdocs or junior faculty (not external employees, master students or technicians)
  • Research achievements of this group, including collaborations, over the past 5 years. The applicant will be asked to write a "narrative" demonstrating his/her research leadership, which can be substantiated by the two most important papers from this group to the opinion of the applicant him/herself - irrespective of the impact factor or ranking
A maximum of two points can be granted by the Jury for each of the items, where two points stands for an above average score . To qualify for junior PI, at least eight points in total are needed, including a score of at least two times 1 point in category c (leader of research group).


Supportive quantitative criteria

A minimum of three peer reviewed publications

  • With a 5-Year Impact Factor ≥ or in one of the 5 best journals in a subject category (ranked by 5-Year IF)
  • At least one of the three papers has a 5-Year Impact Factor ≥
  • Only publications where you are first, second, penultimate or last author qualify
  • In a minimum two of these three peer reviewed publications, you are first or last author
  • In a minimum two of these three peer reviewed publications, your PhD supervisor(s) is (are) not included as second-last or last author(s)
  • Maximally one paper of these three peer reviewed publications is a review paper
Please note
  • Papers in press or [Epub ahead of print] do not qualify
  • Editorials and Proceedings should not be listed
  • Letters should not be listed unless these contain original work and have the size
  • of a normal article (e.g. letters in Nature)

Personally obtained funding

  • A minimum of one personally, in competition obtained research grant (2e or 3e "geldstroom") of at least €200.000 that is, or will be, used for scientific research
  • In case of multi-applicant grants, the full amount of the grant can be attributed to each of the applicant research leaders
Please note: the covering letter of the funding body in which the funding was awarded should be dated within the last 5-year period.

One PhD thesis supervised as co-/promoter


Extra credit

In case of underperformance on one of the criteria, the PI committee can advise the Dean to assign the predicate junior PI if there is exceptional overperformance on one or more of the other criteria, i.e.,

  • Prestigious personal grants
  • Substantial additional grants obtained as first/main applicant
  • Exceptionally important societal or scientific position
  • Coordinator of large international consortium
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