Principal Investigator Guide

100.00 Introduction

This Guide is designed to assist new and established investigators in conducting research at Montana State University (MSU or University) and in complying with research-related regulations.  This Guide is designed to provide a quick reference to answer general questions about research and to alert researchers to resources available to help them meet their research responsibilities. This Guide provides an introduction to important research topics and includes links to relevant policy websites for easy access to current information. 

110.00 Purpose

  • To provide guidance to investigators about how to develop and administer sponsored research projects;
  • To inform investigators (particularly Principal Investigators (PI)) and research staff of their roles and responsibilities in research administration and compliance.
  • To collect and organize all information about sponsored research projects administration in one document, including linked websites.

Generally, the Guide does not constitute MSU policy; either it summarizes existing policy and provides links to policy websites, or it provides guidance and instruction on various topics relevant to MSU research.

120.00 Contents

This Guide addresses: standards for conduct of research at the University; sponsored project administration from proposal development through post-award administration; financial and other compliance responsibilities; intellectual property administration and technology transfer; and other research related policies, issues, and resources.

Table of Contents

200.00 Standards for Conduct for Research

300.00 Overview of Sponsored Research Administration

400.00 Proposal Development

500.00 Proposal Review, Processing and Approval

600.00 Award Acceptance

700.00 Post-Award Administration

800.00 Research Regulatory Compliance

900.00 Intellectual Property, Research, and the Technology Transfer Office

Appendix A - Institutional Use of F&A Funds

Appendix B - MSU Cost Sharing Policy

Appendix C - Electronic Proposal Clearance Form

**Contact OSP to access the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePcf)**

Appendix D - Who Can Serve as a PI

Appendix F - MSU Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Plan

Printable version of complete PI Guide