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Any individual who holds one of the following positions can be identified as a PI and submit proposals to external sponsors:
On a case-by-case basis, an individual who holds one of the following positions can be identified as a PI upon approval from the vice president for research :
In general, research associates may not serve as PIs, but may seek approval from the vice president for research. Postdoctoral fellows and research assistants (graduate students) may not serve as PIs.
When an individual without one of the above-listed automatically PI-eligible
positions considers submitting a proposal as a principal investigator,
a formal request must be prepared setting forth a rationale for the individual
to serve as principal investigator. The request should be forwarded to
the Executive Director of the Office for Sponsored Research (of the appropriate
campus) via email, and must include the following elements:
1) Individual's CV
2) Individual's current appointment period at Northwestern
3) Sponsor and funding mechanism or program
4) Abstract of research
5) Estimated budget and period of performance
6) Indication of support of the request from the department chair (or equivalent) and dean's office
Please note that approval for principal investigator status is on a proposal-by-proposal
basis. Additionally, it should be self-evident in a PI status request
that a salary increase or an appointment is not contingent upon the success
of any proposal.
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