PI Roles and Responsibilities
A principal investigator (PI) is the individual who assumes full responsibility for completion of a funded sponsored project by directing the project work and reporting directly to the funding agency. Below are some of the key responsibilities undertaken by a PI at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Originates the idea for research or project.
- Determines possible funding sources.
- Understands institutional policies and procedures as they relate to sponsored projects.
- Studies sponsor guidelines and submission instructions.
- Plans research or project.
- Determines personnel needed for project and corresponding effort requirements.
- Works with department for salary projections.
- Collects applicable proposal materials such as biosketches, letters of collaboration, current and pending support, etc.
- Completes research plan, abstract, budget and budget Justification, and all other components of proposal.
- Enters project proposal into grants management system, InfoEd, including all required internal forms (Transmittal eform, SP-11, etc.) and routes proposal for internal review and approval of the PI, other key personnel, chairs/directors and deans/VPs and Sponsored Projects.
- Allows a minimum of five business days for Sponsored Projects pre-award proposal review.
- Is available for feedback and requests for revisions from the Sponsored Projects representative.
- Edits proposal as needed after receiving suggestions and comments from Sponsored Projects staff.