Sponsored Projects Administration      College of Science and Engineering (COSE)

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Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator


By SF State policy, the Principal Investigator (PI) is the individual who is primarily responsible for the overall conduct of a sponsored project. The PI has the dual responsibility for complying with the financial and administrative policies of the award (and cost-shared account, if applicable) while achieving the technical success of the project. Even though the PI may have administrative staff to assist in the management of sponsored projects, the ultimate responsibility for the successful completion of the scope of work and the management of research dollars rests with the PI.   

In addition to completing the scope of work as prescribed in the funded proposal, the PI must responsibly initiate expenditures on the award, insure timely submission of expenses for reimbursement, submit required progress reports and comply with applicable sponsor rules and regulations during the day-to-day operation of the project, and when making any changes to the scope of work or funded budget.  

The PI should have a good understanding of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) polices and procedures regarding the management of a grant or contract, including proposal submission, initiating financial transactions, and making budgetary changes. Please refer to ORSP policies and procedures, http://research.sfsu.edu/policylibrary/policylibrary.html.


The Sponsored Projects Administration office is committed to assisting PIs in all aspects of the administration of sponsored research and related activities.  

As well, the PI is responsible for retention and storage of all programmatic technical materials and reports. Satisfactory progress on individual grants and contracts is determined by the funding agency on a project by project basis.



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