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.