University of Southern California

Research

Key Personnel

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All USC key personnel must be entered in this section of the Proposal Record. 

Name:
The full name of the USC Key Personnel.

Role:
The designated role of the person specified on the project.

Principal Investigator: The USC employee responsible for the scientific, technical and administrative conduct of the proposed project.

Co-Principal Investigator: The investigator sharing equal responsibility with the PI for the direction of a sponsored research award.

Co-Investigator: An individual who makes significant contributions, but does not have overall responsibility and authority for the project. They are NOT considered PD/PIs.

Investigator: An individual performing various tasks related to the conduct of human subjects research activities, such as obtaining informed consent from subjects, interacting with subjects, and communicating with the IRB etc.

Fellow: An academic research position in which an individual serves as an independent investigator or under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path.

Graduate Research Assistant: A graduate student who, in the course of their academic training, is employed in part-time or under a temporary research position, where the student’s academic training is based in part on the research performed.

Undergraduate Research Assistant: An undergraduate student who, in the course of their academic training, is employed in part-time or under a temporary research position, where the student’s academic training is based in part on the research performed.

Other Participant: An individual who is participating in the scientific development or execution of the project but not committing any specified measurable effort (in person months) to the project.

Association:
The designated unit responsible for the application and administration of the proposed/awarded sponsored project. This field is integral to the routing process as it dictates which unit will be responsible for approving the proposal under the specified PI.

Note: In instances where a PI or Co-PI has a dual appointment, you will be able to see all of the unit associations to which the person is connected and select the one that is appropriate for the proposal.

Credit:
This field currently serves no function in terms of proposal routing and is slated to be removed from the system in a future update. It should not be used as a system field for capturing effort. Until the field is removed, the system requires that between all listed USC Key personnel, the credit add up to 100%.

Multiple Schools
This checkbox is used to identify whether the proposal involves multiple USC Schools. If selected, a new proposal section called “Multi School/PI Project Breakdown” populates on the left side of the screen that will need to be completed.

Multi-PI
This checkbox is used to identify whether the proposal involves multiple Principal Investigators (i.e. PI, Co-PI or Multi-PI). If selected, a new proposal section called “Multi School/PI Project Breakdown” populates on the left side of the screen that will need to be completed.

Is the Association identified above for the Principal Investigator, the Cost Center responsible for the administration of the project, if awarded?

If “No” is selected, the proposal preparer will be requested to identify the appropriate Cost Center for the project.

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