PI Eligibility

Per UCSD's PPM 150-10, on or before the start date of a proposed project, the Principal Investigator and, if applicable, the Co-principal Investigator(s) must have formally accepted an appointment at UCSD in an eligible title, or qualify by exception approved by the Vice Chancellor.

Eligible employees include Principal Investigators with the following academic titles:

  • Professor- all ranks
  • Professor in Residence- all ranks
  • Professor of Clinical X- all ranks but instructor
  • Research Professor
  • Professor Emeritus- all ranks
  • Adjunct Professors- all ranks if salaried at 50% or more time
  • Clinical Professors- all ranks if salaried at 50% or more time
  • Research Scientist

Additional PI Eligibility requirements are covered in PPM 150-10: Eligibility to Submit Proposal for Extramural Support.

Employees with appointments not in this list may request an exception to serve as Principal Investigator using the UCSD PI Exception Form. A PI Exception Request consists of the form signed by the PI and the department chair, a brief description of the project, a written response to the questions on the cover page (normally prepared and signed by the faculty sponsor or division chief), and the PI's Bio Sketch or CV. The PI Exception should be routed to the appropriate HS SPPO Analyst at least two weeks before the proposal deadline.

Please see the Review Priorities document which outlines both the department's and HS SPPO's responsibilities in reviewing PI Exceptions.

PI Exception requests are not automatically approved. Approval may depend on the proposed PI's current appointment, proposed future appointment, and the appropriateness of the project to the individual's current stage in their career development.

Effective September 1, 2010, in an effort to reduce department and ORU administrative workload associated with PI Exceptions, the following appointment types will no longer require a PI Exception at the time of submission but instead, at time of award. Additionally, blanket PI Exceptions will be approved for Assistant Project Scientists for a duration of one fiscal year.

  • Assistant Project Scientist
  • Adjunct Professor (without salary or less than 50% salary)
  • New Appointments*

*Confirmation of a new appointment means the offer letter has been signed by the incoming PI and has been returned to the appropriate hiring office.