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KUMC Principal Investigator Eligibility


To set forth the requirements for Principal Investigator Eligibility

Applies to: 

The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc., (KUMCRI), and each of their affiliated entities engaged in the conduct or administration of research supported by KUMC or KUMCRI.

Medical Center, Kansas City
Policy Statement: 

Research is an integral component of KUMC’s mission and a portion of all faculty responsibility. As such, PIs and co-PIs are required to be faculty of the University with all of the privileges and obligations associated with such an appointment.  The KUMCRI manages all funded research and extramurally funded programs, and monitors compliance with this requirement.

Faculty and emeritus faculty of KUMC and the University of Kansas-Lawrence may be named by the Vice Chancellor for Research to serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD) on all extramurally funded projects.

Directors, Research Associates, and Unclassified Professional Staff may be named as Principal Investigator with the approval by the appropriate chair, dean, and Vice Chancellor for Research. 

Nonresident alien individuals employed by KUMC who meet the criteria may serve as PI or key personnel on a research project as long as:  1) The funding agency does not have a citizenship requirement; and 2) The individual possesses, or is in the process of renewing, a visa that will allow him or her to remain in the United States long enough to be productive on the project.

Principal Investigators must comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as those policies implemented by the University and KUMCRI.  Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that their staff are aware of and comply with all applicable laws and policies. The PI is responsible for compliance with all the specific requirements of both the sponsoring agency and KUMC.

In accordance with NIH guidelines, multiple KUMC faculty members may be designated as co-PIs who share the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the projects, intellectually and logistically.  Each faculty co-PI is responsible and accountable to the applicant organization, or, as appropriate, to a collaborating organization, for the proper conduct of the project or program including the submission of all required reports. The presence of more than one identified faculty PI or co-PIs on an application or award diminishes neither the responsibility nor the accountability of any individual PI. 

Institutional approval - In all cases, institutional approval must be obtained prior to the submission of the application to the funding agency.  Signature approvals at the department, school, and administrative levels - must be obtained prior to the submission of the proposal to the funding agency.   See the Signature Approvals Process. 


Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration: 913-588-5436

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor for Research
Approved on: 
Friday, November 9, 2007
Effective on: 
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Eligible PIs
Review, Approval & Change History: 

05/06/2016: Removed Date Last Reviewed
04/18/2016: Uploaded into Policy Library
7/29/2015: Revised
10/06/2009: Revised
09/23/2009: RAC Approved
11/15/2007: Effective Date
11/09/2007: RAC Approved

Research and Sponsored Projects Category: 
Research and Sponsored Projects

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