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Governing Principal Investigator Status
of a Principal Investigator
Investigator has responsibility for the overall conduct of a sponsored
project, including all technical, programmatic, financial, compliance
and administrative aspects. The Principal Investigator is responsible
for controlling the technical direction and academic quality of the project
and ensures that a sponsored project is carried out in accordance with
the terms, conditions, and policies of the Sponsor and the University.
for Principal Investigator Status
Investigator status is granted to all regular full time faculty members,
including those with emeritus status, and those holding the designation
Research Professor. Employees of the University who hold director-level
administrative positions are also eligible to be Principal Investigators.
fellows, lecturers, adjunct faculty, instructors and other professional
staff may be eligible for Principal Investigator status in certain circumstances
as described below.
Investigator status will not be granted to Visiting Scholars or students.
for a Petition to Grant Principal Investigator Status
circumstances, individuals who do not meet University eligibility requirements
may be granted Principal Investigator status by the Vice Provost for Research
based upon the applicant’s experience, skills, research interests,
and project plans. The petition for Principal Investigator status must
be specifically approved on a case-by-case basis.
review package must include:
letter of endorsement from a tenured faculty member
• A space utilization statement
• The applicant’s curriculum vitae
• The applicant’s research plans and the proposed sources
for external support
• The approval of this package by the respective Chair/Head and
the respective Dean, Director, or Vice President
The completed package should be sent to the attention of the Vice Provost
for Research, Office of Research Compliance and Administration, 3201 Arch
Street, Suite 100.