Principal Investigator Eligibility
A principal investigator or co-principal investigator is an individual designated by the University to submit proposals to external sponsors. She/he is responsible and accountable to the University and Sponsor for the proper programmatic, scientific, or technical conduct of the project and its financial management.
- Any individual who holds one of the following positions can be identified as PI or Co-PI:
- Tenure-track faculty (Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor)
- Nontenure-track research faculty (Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor)
- Clinical faculty (Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor)
- Adjunct faculty
- Faculty Affiliate
- Professor Emeritus
- Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students may not serve as PIs or Co-PIs.
- All proposal applications for external sponsorship must indicate the approval of the appropriate department chair and dean, indicating the availability of resources necessary to carry out the project.
- RFUMS requires at least 1% Full Time Equivalent (FTE) commitment (or the minimum required by the program if greater than 1%) on the part of the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator during the period of the project. RFUMS expects that the associated salary is requested and funded by the sponsor. This minimum requirement does not apply to equipment grants; dissertation support, training grants or other awards intended as “student augmentation”; or limited-purpose grants such as travel grants or conference support.