Effective Date Jul 7, 2017
Principal investigators are responsible for the overall direction and management of their research programs. In this capacity, they have the authority to direct graduate students supported on their project, as well as that portion of other institution personnel whose time has been specifically budgeted to the program. The principal investigators monitor all expenditures on their grants or contracts, and are fully authorized to approve purchase orders that apply solely to their grants or contracts. Federal funding agencies generally regard the principal investigator as the primary individual to consult on all matters relating to carrying out the research objectives, keeping all expenditures within the research budget as negotiated and signed, and meeting the prescribed deadlines for filing administrative and technical research reports and project results.