Obtaining PI Status

The primary purpose of PI status is to enable submission of proposals through the University of Washington as the lead investigator. A PI is an individual responsible for the conduct and reporting of research described in a proposal for an award.

I. Qualifications for Principal Investigator Status

  1. Any individual desiring PI status must have demonstrated research productivity, the ability to design and work independently on research projects, have managed projects, and contributed to the broader scientific community.
  2. The individual must be a Research Engineer/Scientist 4 Grade 9 or higher (See job description)
  3. The individual must have at least 3 years of professional research experience at CICOES or an equivalent institution.

II. PI Application Procedure

  1. An individual meeting the above qualifications shall apply in writing to the CICOES Council. This application shall include:
    • A statement from the applicant describing how he or she meets PI qualification, why PI status is desired, and how it will benefit CICOES and the University of Washington.
    • A current Curriculum Vitae.
    • A letter from a CICOES fellow supporting the application for PI status. The letter should comment on the professional standing of the applicant and the desirability of awarding PI status to the applicant.
  2. The Council will discuss and vote on the application. Approval will be by a minimum 60% majority.
  3. Upon Council approval, the application will be forwarded to the College Dean or designate for approval.

III. Appointment Period and Renewal

  1. PI status will be granted for 5 years. At the end of the 5-year period, every PI will submit a renewal package that will be considered by the Council.
  2. Renewal of PI status is based on continued research productivity, evidenced by proposal activity, publication record, scientific and outreach presentations, administrative duties, mentorship, and professional awards. If a PI has obtained a funded proposal whose lifetime extends past the 5 year limit, then PI status will be extended to the lifetime of the proposal.
  3. Renewal recommendations by the Council (minimum 60% majority) will be forwarded to the College Dean or designate for approval.

IV. Renewal Application Procedure

The CICOES Council and Director will review application materials. The renewal application package shall include:

  1. Letter from the candidate describing how professional activities contribute to CICOES research themes.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a CICOES fellow supporting the renewal that describes how the PI has contributed to the CICOES mission.
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Completed Activity Summary.

Policy for appointment to Principal Investigator status

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