Qualifying as a Principal Investigator

As set forth in Academic Senate policy S18-5, faculty members at SJSU on the tenure-line having the rank of assistant, associate or full professor as described in their letter of appointment are eligible to be a PI on sponsored projects.
Additionally, individuals in the following groups may serve as PI upon approval:

  • Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP),
  • Emeriti, temporary (lecturers),
  • Adjunct, visiting, and volunteer faculty,
  • University or auxiliary employees

For academic personnel in these groups, the relevant department and college will make a recommendation regarding their expertise. The dean or designee will make a recommendation regarding the stated willingness of the potential PI to comply with administrative and fiduciary requirements. Non-academic personnel will use a parallel recommendation process. The recommendations are forwarded along with a curriculum vitae or resume to the associate vice president for the Office of Research for final decision. This approval may provide limited eligibility for a specific proposal or provide status for submissions for a specified period.
If the associate vice president for the Office of Research does not approve the request, the dean or unit head will be notified and alternative PI solutions will be discussed.

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Principal Investigator Responsiblilities

Academic Senate Policy S18-5 Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity