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Principal Investigator Responsibilities


The principal investigator has primary responsibility for achieving the technical success of the project, while complying with financial and administrative policies and regulations. Your research officer is available to assist with many functions such as policies and procedures for rebudgeting, obtaining prior approvals, and no-cost time extensions. More information regarding the PI's responsibilities and other aspects of conducting research and creative activity is available in the Western Michigan University Research Handbook.

The PI's project administration responsibilities include:

  • Overall Management of the Budget
    • Understanding the sponsor’s general policies and specific terms and conditions covering the agreement
    • Authorizing only those expenditures which are reasonable and necessary to accomplish the project goals and are consistent with the sponsor’s terms and conditions
    • Spending no more than the amount authorized by the sponsor for the project period
    • Adhering to sponsor limitations on the amount of money that may be spent in any single budget category
    • Incurring costs only for goods or services that will be used or received during the project period
    • Charging project costs directly to the appropriate project account
    • Avoiding cost transfers because they are highly suspect during audit
    • Documenting cost share commitment
    • Invoicing
  • Hiring and Payroll Actions
  • Complying with purchasing regulations
  • Following travel authorization and expenditure procedures
  • Reporting
  • Complying with indirect costs, intellectual property, property management, and project extension and termination policies
  • Ethical conduct of research and creative activity
 
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