Am I Eligible to be a PI?
All full-time, part-time, emeritus, and voluntary faculty of Icahn School of Medicine and its affiliates are eligible to serve as principal investigators/project directors. Other professional staff, who hold titles typically associated with independent work, and whose appointments are subject to a rigorous review of credentials, may also serve as principal investigators. The departmental chair and/or administrator approve the principal investigator in the InfoEd application submission routing process.
Questions: Contact the GCO at (212) 824-8300.
Human Research Studies
For human research studies any faculty member can serve as a PI. Medical School students and employees may also function as PIs as long as a faculty member joins the project as a mentor or co-investigator.
Questions: Check with your department for specific policies.
Animal Research Studies
The Animal Welfare Act Regulations (AWAR) state that a Principal Investigator (PI) is “an employee of a research facility, or other person associated with a research facility, responsible for a proposal to conduct research and for the design and implementation of research involving animals” (AWAR, p.23).
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and IACUC require a PI to be a faculty member. However, a Post-Doctoral fellow may be also be a PI on a grant and listed as such on the IACUC protocol as long as a senior faculty mentor is also listed on the Application.
- Animal Welfare Act & Animal Welfare Regulations. (2017) Title 9. Chapter 1. Subpart A. §1.1. p. 37.
- Silverman, J. (2007). The importance of being in charge. Lab Animal.36 (1). 16-18.
- Additional Information for Obtaining Approvals
Questions: Contact the IACUC office at (212) 241-0153, or email the IACUC Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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