Since the approval of the project has, to some degree, been based on the participation or qualifications of the PI and other key personnel, the sponsor requires notification whenever there is to be a significant change in the level of participation in the awarded project by the principal investigator (PI).   The sponsor has the option to either approve or disapprove of any proposed alternate plans related to the research

Significant change in the level of participation may be defined as:

  1. The PI not giving active direction of the project for a continuous period of time greater than three months, e.g. sabbatical leave, or
  2. a 25% reduction in time devoted to the project.

The program officer at the awarding agency must be notified in a letter signed by the PI and the OSU Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.   The letter should detail the reason for the change in key personnel and provide the replacement PI's vitae.  These requests must be made prior to implementing any changes.  OSU will make the appropriate changes to award files and financial records once written approval has been received from the sponsor.


Specific Federal Agency Information For Significant Change of PI

National Science Foundation

NSF's policy for change in key personnel
(Located under Chapter II. Section 2.c-g.)

National Institutes of Health

PHS/NIH's policy for change in key personnel 

U S Department of Agriculture

USDA/NIFA policy for change in key personnel
(Select Research Terms and Conditions-A)