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Eligibility for Principal Investigator Status

All proposal submitted for external funding are expected to be consistent with the goals and objectives of the department, college or institution and should also assess the impact of the project upon the future resources of the organization and any changes in the level of institutional support which may result from the acceptance of an award.

The principal investigator (PI) is the individual designated by the University to be responsible for the preparation of the proposal and the research and scholarly work once the proposal is funded. The PI is also responsible for the administration and management of the sponsored project once awarded.

Tenure track individuals with the following titles are eligible to serve as a principle investigator:

  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Chancellor Professor
  • Research Professors

 Other full-time benefited employees with following titles are also eligible to serve as principle investigator:

  • Provost
  • Associate Provost
  • Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor
  • Dean
  • Associate Dean
  • Director of Centers

Eligible with the approval of the Department Chair and of the Dean
Their approval is indicated by their signature on the proposal routing form.  

  • Emeritus or other faculty positions
  • Research Associates

There should also be a Co-Principal Investigator from the appointment types above. Co-Principal Investigator accepts full fiscal and administrative responsibilities. In the event a Co-Principal Investigator is not named, the Department Chair and the Dean shall accept full fiscal and administrative liability and responsibility for the actions of the Principal Investigator included in this category.

Adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth must be approved by the Provost in order to serve as primary investigators or co-primary investigators on grants originating from UMass Dartmouth.

Approval requires the following:

1)  In order to be eligible to serve as a PI or co-PI an adjunct faculty member must have a sponsoring faculty member who will agree to take on the responsibilities of the grant in the event that the adjunct becomes unwilling or unable to do so.

2)  An adjunct who has a primary full time appointment elsewhere must provide evidence that his/her home institution approves of his/her activities as PI or co-PI on a grant at UMass Dartmouth.

3)  The Chairperson and the Dean must support the request for approval as a PI or co-PI.

The following positions are not normally eligible to serve as principal investigator:

  • Visiting and other short term appointees
  • Post Doctoral Fellows unless a fellowship award

Post-Doctoral Fellows with the approval of the department chair and dean are eligible for Fellowship awards.

Approval is indicated by signature on the Internal Routing Form.
The Post-Doctoral Fellow’s tenure track mentor must be listed as a co-principal investigator. The mentor assumes overall responsibility for the technical and fiscal management of the award.


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