Teachers College
Columbia University

Principal Investigator Status on External Grants

PROJECT DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR POLICY

 

Teachers College, Columbia University

 

It is Teachers College (TC) policy that only full-time academic appointees on an appointment in an academic department or institute may act as Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs) on externally sponsored projects.  

 

This policy ensures that proposals emanating from TC are central to its mission, and serves to integrate extramural programs with academic program priorities.  It also helps assure maximum accountability for expenditures of funds, due to the employer/employee relationship.

 

It is understood, however, that from time to time it may be necessary to have an individual who is not a full-time academic appointee named as the PD/PI on a particular project.  This may be because he/she is working in tandem with an Institute Director or a full-time faculty member at TC.  There are scientific and programmatic reasons why a Department or Institute may support the designation of such an individual as a PD/PI.

 

In order to name an individual as a PD/PI on an externally sponsored project at TC, the following items must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs for transmittal to the Provost, who has final approval of this designation.

 

1)                  A copy of the individual's CV.

2)                  An explanation of how this particular individual's qualifications suits them for the designation of PI/PD.

3)                  Signed approval for this request by the Department Chair or Institute Director under whose auspices this project will take place. 

4)                  Signed agreement by the individual to abide by the grant terms and conditions and college policies and procedures for the conduct of the project, should it be funded. 

 


 

Teachers College, Columbia University

Project Director/Principal Investigator Designation Request

 

Name of proposed Project Director/ Principal Investigator:

 

(Last)________________________, (First)_______________________(Initial) ____

 

Title of Project:

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Project Period: _____/_____/_____ - _____/_____/_____

 

If approved, will the proposed Project Director/ Principal Investigator maintain the designation for the duration of the Project?           Yes       No

 

If No, indicate the period in which the designation will be active?

_____/_____/_____ - _____/_____/_____

 

Project Funding Agency or Sponsor Name: __________________________________________

 

Department, Institute or Center Housing the Project: __________________________________

 

 

Attach a current CV to this request.

 

Please answer the following questions.  Additional pages may be attached as necessary.

 

1.      What characteristic(s) of the above referenced individual qualify(ies) them for the designation of  PD/PI on this project? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.      What is the mission of the sponsoring TC Department/Institute/Center?  How does this project relate to that mission?

 

 

 


 

Signatures:

I request that the above-named individual be designated as Project Director/Principal Investigator for the project and period indicated above.

 

_________________________________________              _______________

Department Chair/Institute or Center Director                       Date

 

As Project Director/Principal Investigator for the referenced project, I agree to abide by the terms and conditions specified by the Project sponsors, as well as Teachers College policies and procedures for the conduct of sponsored projects.

 

_________________________________________              ________________

Project Director/Principal Investigator                                   Date

 

APPROVED:  _____________________________             ________________

                        Dean                                                                Date 

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