I’m a grant manager, if my PI didn’t tell me which personnel on their grant proposal should be marked as an investigator, can I figure it out by the role they play on the grant? Is there guidance about which roles are investigators and which aren’t?

 

You should always ask the PI which personnel on their grant proposal should be marked as an investigator as, ultimately, it is the PI’s responsibility to identify other investigators on the project.

You can find additional information about who is considered an investigator under the PHS regulations in the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the NIH website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/coi_faqs.htm#D). According to the NIH, investigators are any individual, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research. Titles that indicate a role as an investigator include principal investigator and project director, but could include collaborators, consultant or Other Significant Contributors (NIH).