Amsterdam UMC aims to stimulate the scientific careers of talented researchers by the ‘Principal Investigator’ system. This system stimulates excellence by putting the professional in the lead. The status ‘Principal Investigator’ challenges researchers to take up leadership, develop their own lines of research and gain visibility. Currently, there are approximately 600 Principal Investigators within Amsterdam UMC.
Principal Investigators are appointed annually. The Executive Board requests all heads of departments to nominate candidates. Subsequently, based on advice from the Amsterdam Research Board concerning the nominees, the status ‘Principal Investigator’ will be granted to eligible candidates by the Executive Board.