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Request for Information Relating to Research Awards

Federal Register, July 18, 2005, Page 41220-41222


Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM).


Request for information relating to the use of multiple Principal Investigators (PIs) on awards made under Federal research and research-related programs


Many areas of today's research require multi-disciplinary teams in which the intellectual leadership of the project is shared among two or more individuals. To facilitate this team approach through recognition of the contributions of the team leadership members, OSTP issued a memorandum to all Federal research agencies on January 4, 2005, requiring them to formally allow more than one PI on individual research awards. The Federal agencies are now seeking input from the research community--scientists, research administrators, and organizations that represent components of the scientific research community--on how best to implement this policy. The current Request  for Information (RFI) poses a series of questions around core elements that may comprise each agency's implementation plan. These elements include:

    (1) Statement of what constitutes a PI;
    (2) designation of contact PI;
    (3) application instructions for listing more than one PI;
    (4) PIs at different institutions; 
    (5) access to award and review information, and
    (6) access to public data systems.


Comments must be received by September 16, 2005


Comments should be addressed to Beth Phillips, Office of Federal Financial Management, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; telephone 202-395-3993; FAX 202-395-3952; e-mail

Further Information

For information on the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee see the RBM Web site at, or contact Geoff Grant at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; e-mail; telephone 202-456-6131; FAX 202-456-6027