Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD) Responsibilities

A Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for overseeing the sponsored program/project. Examples of programmatic activities that would fall under the purview of the PI are: adhering to CUNY, RFCUNY and campus specific policies, monitoring the budget and submitting budget modifications if needed, recruiting and hiring staff, certifying academic year or summer salary effort, purchasing and procuring goods and services, submitting periodic reports to sponsors, communicating with Grants Office staff as needed as well as the ethical and financial stewardship of their sponsored award.  Note that depending on the type of award, additional activities may be required on the part of the PI to effectively carry out the scope of work as described in the proposal. 

The Office of Grants and Research Administration encourages all PI's and staff that are recipients of sponsored funds and/or engaged in research to review the The CUNY Office of Research webpage as it offers a wealth of information for PI's that will guide the management of their awards.

Principal Investigator/ Project Director Responsibilities