Eligibility to Serve as a Principal Investigator on Human Research Projects

The principal investigator of a human research study is the individual with ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the activities described in the IRB submission and for protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in the research. The principal investigator must be available to devote adequate time and attention the study to ensure its responsible conduct.

The table below denotes specific roles at the university and eligibility to serve as a PI.

Status/TitleEligible PI (automatic in UTRMS-IRB)Eligible to be PI with Dean/Dept. Chair approvalUnder the direction of a PI – listed as PI Proxy in UTRMS-IRB
Tenure-track FacultyX
Research-Assistant, Associate or Full ProfessorX
Non-tenure-track Faculty who are paid UT employeesX
Directors, Chairs, Deans, VPs, AVPsX
Affiliate or Clinical Faculty when all of the research will be conducted in a UT, Dell, or Seton facilityX
Research ScientistsX
Research AssociatesX
Emeritus FacultyX
Adjunct FacultyX
LecturersX
Visiting Faculty and ScholarsX
Full Time InstructorsX
LibrariansX
ResidentsX
Postdoctoral FellowsX
Research AssistantsX
Graduate StudentsX
Undergraduate StudentsX
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