Principal Investigator Eligibility

Who is eligible to be a Principal Investigator?

A PI normally must have a full-time appointment at CUNY SPH and one of the following titles:

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate professor
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Distinguished Lecturer

Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may not serve as the sole PI without the approval of their Department Chair and the Associate Dean for Research, Michele Kiely.


Adjunct faculty, staff, students, or other school community members who would like to apply for sponsored activities through the school should request approval. To request PI status, the Associate Dean for Research must receive: 1) the Department Chair’s approval; 2) the Individual’s CV, and 3) responses to the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between the individual and the institution? How long is that relationship expected to continue?
  • Who is the sponsor? What is the funding opportunity number?
  • What is the project/purpose of the activity to which the individual will be applying?
  • Does the individual have the necessary expertise and access to resources to be competitive in an external funding request?
  • Throughout the project, will the individual supervise staff/students?
  • How is the project in line with the department/school interests?
  • What departmental/school resources (e.g., space, equipment, staff, administrative support, supplies, etc.) will be required for the project? Will the award fund these resources directly or indirectly?
  • If the individual leaves the institution, what will happen to the project?

Please email your request to the Associate Dean for Research at Michele Kiely will review the request and relevant grant requirements and then communicate with the Department for an appropriate plan.

Conditional PI status may be granted based on the details of the request. Examples of conditional status are

  1. allowed to submit to multiple solicitations related to the project within a time frame,
  2. allowed to submit and act as PI for one specified proposal,
  3. allowed to submit and act as PI for one project with multiple funding sources,
  4. allowed to submit as Co-PI but not Lead PI.

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