Identifying NSF Investigators


NSF Definitions of Categories of Personnel are based on titles not responsibilities in the funded project. However, the NSF COI Policy requires Principal Investigators/Project Directors identify individuals as Investigators based on their responsibilities on the project. All Investigators, which may include senior personnel and other personnel, are required to submit Annual Disclosures (KC COI).  Investigators with significant financial interests (excluding travel) will also need to complete teh NSF Disclosure in KC COI.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for accurately classifying the individuals on their project based on their roles, and collecting financial disclosures from all project participants that meet the definition of “Investigator.”

Investigator means the principal investigator, co-principal investigators/co-project directors, and any other person at the organization who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research or educational activities funded or proposed for funding by NSF.

Senior Personnel
• (co) Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD)- Annual Disclosure always required
• Faculty Associate (faculty member)

Other Personnel
• Postdoctoral (Scholar, Fellow or Other Postdoctoral Position)
• Other Professional
• Graduate Student (research assistant)
• Undergraduate Student
• Persons working on project in a non-research capacity

*For any non-UCI Investigators on the UCI proposal/award and any subrecipients following UCI's NSF COI policy, all individuals who meet the definition of an Investigator must complete the Form 900SR.

NSF Definitions of Categories of Personnel


For Non-UCI Investigators following UCI's NSF COI Policy:

  • NSF Subrecipient/Non-UCI Investigator Disclosure (Form 900SR)
  • Addendum for Non-UCI Personnel (Form COI-3)

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