Responsibilities of Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigator (PI) is an individual who assumes full responsibility for a research study, including but not limited to, the oversight and training of research assistants, administration of informed consent, and protecting participant confidentiality.

The Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator

  • Conduct the IRB approved research protocol
  • Obtain informed Consent
  • Effectively train and mentor student researchers in the ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Obtain approval for any changes, additions, or deletions to the study from the IRB prior to implementation
  • Retain research records for 3 years after study completion date
  • Promptly report all unanticipated problems or injury to the IRB
  • Follow all University of Texas at Austin procedures for the ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Respond promptly to all participant concerns and questions.
  • Maintain subject confidentiality.
  • Inform subjects if risks or benefits of study change.
  • Maintain cultural sensitivity
  • Design research methodology appropriate to your desired research setting.
  • Obtain permission to use intellectual property and/or private data.
  • Different sites have different rules and expectations.¬† Know your site and follow appropriate guidelines.


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