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PI Eligibility

Faculty automatically eligible to serve as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator:

  • Emeritus Faculty
  • University Professor
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Professor
  • Associate Research Professor
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence
  • Associate Professor-in-Residence
  • Assistant Professor-in-Residence
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Scholar
  • Extension Educator

Professional staff normally eligible to serve as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator:

  • Dean
  • Associate or Assistant Dean
  • Director
  • Associate or Assistant Director
  • Extension Professor
  • Associate or Assistant Extension Professor
  • Curator
  • Program Director
  • Selected University Staff Professionals, Specialists, and Educational Assistants

Employees normally considered ineligible to serve as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator:

  • Instructor
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Post-Doctoral Appointees
  • Research Associates, Assistants and Fellows
  • Visiting and Other Short-Term Appointees

In special cases, exceptions may be made. These special cases require the Request for Approval to Serve as Principal Investigator Form be completed by the PI Applicant, signed by the PI Applicant, Faculty Sponsor, Department Head and/or Dean and submitted to SPS for review prior to proposal submission. A Curriculum Vitae should be attached.

For additional information, please refer to the University’s policy on Eligibility for Principal Investigator Status.