Information About Mandatory PI Certification

The mandatory Principal Investigator (PI) certification module will go live on December 31, 2014. PIs and Co-PIs will have to complete the module by March 31, 2015, and annually thereafter. Completing the module should take approximately 15-20 minutes and does not have to be completed in one sitting; PIs may start and stop as best suits their schedule.

The PI certification module serves as both a means of verifying that a PI understands her/his role as PI at the University of Oregon and as an overview of important concepts and procedures regarding compliance and accountability that are vital to the PIs role as primary steward of his/her project. The PI certification program was developed to meet the recommendations of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies. The program takes into account feedback we received from UO faculty members who indicated that the institution needed to provide more specific guidance on the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of Principal Investigators.

As part of the roll-out, Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) will be hosting several informational sessions on campus during January, February, and March. These sessions will provide an opportunity to meet SPS staff, ask any questions regarding the new requirement, and complete the module (computers will be set-up). More information on the dates and locations for the sessions will be announced soon.

Starting December 31, the required module can be accessed through the Electronic Proposal Clearance System (EPCS) on the Sponsored Projects Services website.