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Multiple Principal Investigators

All Federal research agencies are currently preparing for the implementation of policies and procedures to formally allow more than one Principal Investigator (PI) on individual research awards. This presents a new and important opportunity for investigators seeking support for projects or activities that clearly require a “team science” approach. The multiple-PI option is targeted specifically to those projects that do not fit the single-PI model, and therefore is intended to supplement, and not to replace, the traditional single PI model. The overarching goal is to maximize the potential of team science efforts, responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The “General Information” section of this site presents the essential background and features of the multiple-PI policy, frequently asked questions as well as the major issues to be considered during implementation. The remaining sections on this page focus on implementation strategies beginning in February 2007, the results from the Requests for Information through which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) solicited advice and comments from the scientific Community, and information uncovered during the Pilot Phase of the Initiative between May and December 2006.

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Comments from the Community in Response to the NIH Request for Information (October 2005)

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