July 1, 2005
To All Campus Researchers
The responsibilities for principal investigators of sponsored research projects continue to grow due to ever changing government requirements. Many of these regulations are associated with the government’s desire to protect the public interest when the research involves human subjects, animals, hazardous chemicals or biological substances, radiation, or other important compliance matters. Additional restrictions have been imposed due to national security requirements, privacy concerns, and new accounting procedures. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator to assure compliance with all requirements and regulations governing their sponsored research agreements as well as providing the intellectual leadership for the project.
The purpose of this Handbook for Principal Investigators is to assist faculty and staff members in performing their duties as Principal Investigators of sponsored projects. In addition, the university has established individual compliance offices to provide support for the principal investigators as they carry out their responsibilities. The various policies and procedures discussed in this Handbook allow the University to provide appropriate institutional oversight for its sponsored research program. However, only Principal Investigators can provide the day-to-day supervision to assure compliance with all regulations.
If you have any questions or suggestions concerning compliance issues, please contact the Research Office or the individual compliance office.
Leslie P. Tolbert, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development