The IRB recognizes one Principal Investigator (PI) for each study. The PI is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the entire study and all study team members. Protocols that require skills beyond those held by the PI must be modified to meet the investigator's skills or have one or more additional qualified faculty as Co-investigator(s).

OSU unclassified employees with the following appointments may serve as a Principal Investigator (PI), if they are otherwise sufficiently qualified to conduct and oversee the research:

  • Academic Teaching and Research Faculty: Assistant, Associate, Professor (includes Clinical, Extension, Practice, Senior Research, Endowed Chair); Faculty Research Assistant; Instructor (includes ALS, ELS, PAC); Lecturer; Research Associate; Research Associate (Post Doc); Senior Faculty Research Assistant I or II; Senior Instructor I or II; paid Visiting Faculty.
  • Previously tenured faculty members who have relinquished tenure and who hold academic wage appointments (not to exceed three years past the date of tenure relinquishment.)
  • Non-teaching Administrative and Professional Faculty
  • Federal

OSU unclassified employees with the following appointments are not permitted to serve as the PI on a study involving human subjects:

  • Unclassified hourly
  • Academic wage appointment other than those associated with tenure relinquishment

The following additional classifications are not permitted to serve as the PI on a study involving human subjects:

  • Classified employees
  • Temporary Support Staff
  • Training and Student Appointments: Student, Graduate Assistant, Postdoctoral Scholar, Clinical Fellow
  • Unpaid: Affiliate, Courtesy, Emeritus, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Fellow, unpaid Visiting Faculty