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Principal Investigator Responsibilities

The Principal Investigator (PI) is an individual who assumes full responsibility for a research study, including but not limited to, the oversight and training of research assistants, administration of informed consent, and protecting participant confidentiality.

  • Conduct the CPHS-approved research protocol.
  • Obtain and document informed consent.
  • Effectively train and mentor student researchers in the ethical conduct of human subjects research.
  • Obtain approval for any changes, additions, or deletions to the study from the CPHS prior to implementation.
  • Retain research records for 3 years after study completion date.
  • Promptly report all unanticipated problems or injury to the CPHS.
  • Follow all UHD procedures for the ethical conduct of human subjects research.
  • Respond promptly to all participant concerns and questions.
  • Maintain subject confidentiality.
  • Inform subjects if risks or benefits of study change.
  • Maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Design research methodology appropriate to your desired research setting.
  • Obtain permission to use intellectual property and/or private data.
  • Different sites have different rules and expectations. Know your site and follow appropriate guidelines.