Deputy Director & Vice President for Research

Proposals: Eligibility to Serve as Principal Investigator

Who May be a Principal Investigator at WHOI

All Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators must have an official appointment at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

  • All Resident Scientific Staff, Senior Technical Staff, Directors of administrative units, and the President/Director and Vice Presidents of the Institution may be Principal Investigators.
  • A Postdoctoral Scholar, Postdoctoral Investigator, Visiting Investigator, Adjunct Scientist or Oceanographer, or Joint Program Student may not be a Sole Principal Investigator, but may be the Primary (A1) PI.  The WHOI Co-PI on these proposals must be willing to accept default responsibility for any reporting or other requirements of the award, whether or not they have salary support on the award.
  • Institution Visiting Scholars and Guest Investigators may not be the Primary or Sole Principal Investigator. They may be a Co-Principal Investigator with a WHOI Primary Principal Investigator, provided that the WHOI PI will be responsible for the completion of the proposed work and will receive salary support for his/her efforts.
  • Any other person with an official appointment (e.g., including Scientist Emeritus, Oceanographer Emeritus) must have permission from his/her Department Chair or Center Director to be a Principal Investigator. The Chair's decision will be based on the person's ability to complete the proposed research or provide the proposed services without supervision or mentoring.

Exceptions to the above may be made when there are specific funding agency requirements. 

Exceptions must be approved by the Department Chair or Deupty Director & Vice President for Research.

Signed by:  Susan K. Avery, President and Director
Date:  November 26, 2014

Last updated: October 11, 2016