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Principal Investigator Status

Normally, all faculty at the rank of assistant, associate, and full tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as Research Faculty in the ranks of research scientist, senior research scientist, project director, and research assistant, associate, and full professor are automatically eligible for PI status.  

Faculty professionals and research faculty ranks not listed above, may be considered for approval for PI status by submitting a completed Principal Investigator Status Request form provided below. 

The request may be made for continuous PI status of an active employee or approval  of PI status for a specific proposal submission.  Criteria for approval is indicated on the form. 

Please complete the PI Status Request Form and submit it, along with the person’s most current CV to Kamala Upadhyaya in the Office of Sponsored Programs at ukamala@vt.edu or the mail code 0170. 

Note:  Requests for PI status for non-university faculty should be submitted using the P-85 form.


Documents and Policies:

 

 

Only individuals holding permanent faculty rank above instructor, or research scientist/project director or higher position may normally accept the role of a Principal Investigator. If the faculty member is a Lecturer with an instruction or public service type proposal, then the department head/director will need to serve as the principal investigator. 

Rank

Can Serve as PI?

Can Serve as Co-PI?

Retired Faculty

Yes *

Yes

Research Assistant Professor

Yes

Yes

Research Associate Professor

Yes

Yes

Research Professor

Yes

Yes

Project Associate

No

Yes

Sr. Project Associate

Not Eligible but Exceptions may be approved by V.P. for Research

Yes

Project Director

Yes

Yes

Research Associate

No

Yes

Sr. Research Associate

Not Eligible but Exceptions may be approved by V.P. for Research

Yes

Adjunct Faculty

Not Eligible but Exceptions may be approved by V.P. for Research

Yes

Postdoctoral Associate

w/ Dept Head, Dean, V.P. for Research approval

Yes

Research Scientist

Yes

Yes

Sr. Research Scientist

Yes

Yes

Instructor / Lecturer

No

Yes

Admin Prof Faculty

Yes

Yes

Visiting Professor

Yes

Yes

Graduate Student

No

No

* A retired faculty member may continue to conduct research and serve as a co-investigator on a sponsored program if the principal investigator is a regular faculty member. A retired faculty member may serve as a principal investigator if the following conditions are met:

  1. Faculty member must be awarded emeritus status
  2. Faculty member must have the concurrence of his/her department head. The department head will consider such items as available space and importance of the research program to the department.
  3. The department head must agree to be responsbile for both the fiscal and technical aspects of the research effort should the retired faculty not perform in accordance with the sponsor requirements. The department head may be required to sign a statement to this effect each time a retired faculty member submits a proposal.
  4. The retired faculty member, if required by the department head, must report to the department annually on the work accomplished during the past year.
  5. The rate of pay a retired faculty member may charge a sponsor is limited to the rate of pay received at time of retirement. This base rate will be adjusted by the average faculty salary increase each year in which faculty receive increases. Annual compensation cannot exceed the base salary.