2.1.1 PI/PD Eligibility

Policy No: RESEARCH 2.1.1 
Type of Policy: Administrative
Effective Date: September 2015    
Last Revised: July 2016

Policy Owner: VPR
Policy Contact: Jilda D. Garton, Vice President for Research, jilda.garton@gtrc.gatech.edu

1. Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Institute that the Project Director or Principal Investigator must be an employee of the Institute and hold a title of Academic Faculty or Research Faculty. Members of the Academic Faculty or Research Faculty who are retired but working on an hourly-as-needed basis may serve as PD/PI provided there is at least one School/Laboratory/Department willing to provide the necessary administrative commitment to permit the program to be carried out.

Externally funded sponsored projects at Georgia Tech are under the scholarly and administrative control of a member of the faculty, the Project Director or Principal Investigator (PD/PI or Co-PDs/PIs), who is responsible for the overall design, conduct and reporting of the research or other activity.

When a sponsor recognizes more than one Principal Investigators, one of them must be designated as the “Corresponding Principal Investigator” who shall be the individual who assumes institutional responsibility for the overall project and with whom the Office of Sponsored Programs will communicate for administrative matters.

At the recommendation of the appropriate School Chair/Department Head, a Post-Doctoral employee may be designated as a Co-PD/PI.

There are other requirements for the title of Principal Investigator on protocols reviewed by the Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee.  See the Office of Research Integrity Assurance website at http://researchintegrity.gatech.edu


2. Scope

This policy applies to all Georgia Tech faculty and staff members.

3. Definitions

PD/PI Project Director/Principal Investigator, individual responsible for the overall design, conduct and reporting of the research or other externally funded sponsored activity.

4. Responsibilities

The PD/PI is responsible for the design, conduct, and report – both scientific or technical and fiscal – of the research. In addition they are responsible for any additional regulatory and review requirements.

Unit Financial Manager: If a PD/PI should leave the Institute (employment is terminated), the individual is no longer eligible to be a PI/PD at Georgia Tech.   The unit must notify the appropriate Contracting Officer(s) prior to the PD/PI leaving Georgia Tech to determine what course of action needs to occur for each of the particular projects.  See also policy on Disengagement of PD/PI 2.1.4 which includes unpaid leave.

5. Enforcement

Cost incurred on a project in which a PD/PI is not eligible to serve, would be reviewed for allowability of costs.  If costs incurred are then considered unbillable, the school/unit/lab would be responsible for covering those costs.

6. Related Information

Resource Link
Office of Research Integrity Assurance http://researchintegrity.gatech.edu/
Institutional Review Board http://researchintegrity.gatech.edu/about-irb/
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Institutional Biosafety Committee http://researchintegrity.gatech.edu/about-ibc/
Disengagement Policy  
Transitional Faculty  
Academic & Research Faculty Titles


7. Policy History

Revision Date Author Description
12-30-2013 OSP Rev 1.0
07-28-2016 VPR Rev 1.1