Who is an Investigator?

An Investigator is any person who shares the responsibility of Conducting Research.  

This includes, but is not limited to, the Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, Co-Investigator, Project Director (PD), Co-PD, Senior/Key Personnel, and any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for Conducting Research performed by or under the auspices of the University.

This does not, however, include individuals whose performance is purely ancillary.  For example, office staff who provide ancillary support or hospital staff who provide intermittent care and do not make contributions to the research data are not Investigators.

The Office for Responsible Outside Interests relies on Principal Investigators to identify the Investigators who are participating in their research and will help Principal Investigators identify such individuals.  For assistance in making this determination, you can review the Who is an Investigator? resource document or contact OROI.

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