PI Eligibility Waiver Request
Request waiver to meet compliance with University of Utah policy.
All Principal Investigators (PIs) who plan to be the project director or PI on a proposal or award.
Waivers are required under certain circumstances as part of University rule on eligibility to assume the primary leadership role in a sponsored project. The Handbook states that "A person who does not hold a faculty appointment may be designated as a PI if they are a University employee holding the position of 'Director' or with prior approval of the Vice President for Research."
- Request a waiver to the University rule on PI eligibility when a proposal PD/PI:
- Does not meet the required appointment status and rank for faculty permitted to be the PD/PI on a sponsored proposal and award, or
- Is not a student or postdoctoral fellow applying for sponsored funding specifically designed for students or postdoctoral fellows.
- To request a waiver:
- Make the request in writing via email.
- This language is a basic framework for the request. Alter the language to reflect
your particular circumstances. As you're putting together your request, consider whether
it should be an across the board exception or a one-time exception and modify accordingly.
- The complete request should come from the unit head (either the department chair, institute director, or center director) and be directed to the Vice President for Research with a copy to OSP.
- Include strong justification for the request.
- Include evidence that the school and/or department is committed to support the proposed PI by providing appropriate space, resources and administrative oversight in the event that the award is made.
- Attach a curriculum vitae of the proposed PI.
- Once a determination has been made, please check to see that OSP was copied on the VPR's reply.
- If approved, send OSP the investigator's uID so that he/she can be added to eProposal; without it, he/she can only be named on the application externally.
Related Policies and Procedures
- Research Handbook > Roles & Responsibilities > Principal Investigator