Research Service Center

Who May Serve as a Principal Investigator

USM regular tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty members (including emeritus and research faculty) and regular professional staff members are eligible to serve as principal investigators (PIs) on sponsored projects. Other University employees may serve as PIs if properly qualified and with the approval of their department chair and college dean or equivalents (e.g., director or vice president). Authorizing officials must confirm the eligibility of a PI prior to the initiation of any proposal and so notify the Office of Sponsored Programs. Students, postdoctoral appointees, adjunct or visiting faculty who are not University employees, and temporary employees may serve as co-PIs as sponsor/program guidelines encourage or permit. In such cases an eligible PI must be assigned to supervise the co-PI’s role within the project.