Principal Investigator Eligibility Requirements for IRB Submissions

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Individuals who are named as Principal Investigator on NWHSU IRB applications must have sufficient authority, appropriate background, and accountability to oversee all aspects of the research, including assumption of fiscal responsibility.

Note that PI eligibility for IRB submissions is different than for sponsored projects (see table below).

Requirements

To be eligible to be named PI on an NWHSU IRB application, a person must be a faculty member paid by NWHSU with an academic appointment (clinical professor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, assistant scientist, associate scientist, senior scientist or instructor). PI eligibility must be met at the time the application is submitted.

Exceptions

The following individuals may be approved as a PI on IRB applications on a case by case basis by obtaining a letter from the NWHSU academic department head or director assuming responsibility for administrative issues, including all financial matters, and permission from the IRB Chair:

  1. Other NWHSU employees including licensed medical professionals employed by NWHSU when research activities are within the scope of the individual’s licensure/practice
  2. NWHSU faculty with affiliated appointments (e.g., emeritus faculty, adjunct faculty) who are not employed by NWHSU

Students

Students may not be named as PI on IRB applications, even if they act as PI on grant applications for funds specifically directed to predoctoral students. The student’s mentor or another individual must meet the requirements for eligibility as PI and be named the PI on associated IRB application.

Summary of Principal Investigator Requirements

Position at NWHSU

Eligible as PI on Grant/Contract/Award?

Eligible as PI on IRB submission?

Paid NWHSU faculty member

Yes

Yes

Affiliated faculty

Yes, with letter from Dept/Institute/Unit

Yes, with letter from Dept/Institute/Unit Director and permission of IRB Chair

Postdoctoral research fellow

No R01s

No

Senior research associate

Yes

No

Postgraduate resident

 Yes

 No

NWHSU licensed medical professionals (research activities within scope of licensure)

 Yes

Yes, with letter from Dept/Institute/Unit Director and permission of IRB Chair

NWHSU employees (research activities within scope of employment)

Yes, with letter from Dept/Institute/Unit Director

Yes, with letter from Dept/Institute/Unit Director and permission of IRB Chair

Students

Yes for grants/awards specifically directed to predoctoral students

No

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