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Proposals: Eligibility to Serve as Principal Investigator

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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 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 Director of Research.

Signed by:  Susan K. Avery, President and Director
Date:  May 6, 2009

Last updated: April 22, 2013

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