Who may serve as a Principal Investigator?

The Principal Investigator (PI) does not need to hold an advanced degree nor do they need to be one of the researchers for the project, so long as the research team as a whole has the capacity to complete the proposed research project. Two PIs may be listed in the application for a proposed research project, but the structure of the team is not limited to these two individuals.

 Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories, however; submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members (PIs, Co-PIs included) are eligible, but the lead applicant must be based in the United States. The PI does not need to be based at the lead organization, but in such a case the relationship between the PI and the organization should be described.

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