Committees

University Research Board

The University Research Board (URB) establishes the policies and regulations that govern research activities. Responsibilities include:

  • Setting policies for the solicitation, acceptance, and administration of research grants and contracts
  • Monitoring the implementation of research policies
  • Approving requests for principal investigator status

A detailed report of the University's research activities, including sponsored research expenditures and technology transfer activities, is available. URB REPORT

URB Membership

Chair
Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research. Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science. Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Administrative Officer
Elizabeth Adams, Director, Office of Research and Project Administration

Secretary
Annette Tate, Assistant Director for Finance and Administration, Office of the Dean for Research

Committee Members
Sigrid Adriaenssens, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rachel Z. DeLue, Professor of Art and Archaeology

John T. Groves, Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry. Professor of Chemistry

Tullis Onstott, Professor of Geosciences

Paul Prucnal, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Jacob Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Matthew Kent, Interim Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, ex officio

Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School. Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy, ex officio

Also Meets with the Board
Sanjeev R. Kulkarni, Dean of the Faculty. William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Electrical Engineering
(Alternate Alice Seneres, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs)

Deborah A. Prentice, Provost. Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
(Alternate Jed Marsh, Vice Provost for Institutional Research)

Kevin Heaney, Vice President for Advancement, Office of the Vice President for Advancement
(Alternates Thomas Roddenbery, Associate Director, Fundraising Initiatives; Laurie Russen, Senior Associate Director, Fundraising Initiatives)

Ramona Romero, General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Robin Izzo, Director, Environmental Health and Safety

PI Status Requests

Requests should be submitted to the Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti  (pdebene@princeton.edu) with a copy to Annette Tate, assistant director for finance and administration in the Office of the Dean for Research (atate@princeton.edu).  Annette Tate will notify the department of all committee decisions. 

Sponsored Research Grants

Requests must be made for each grant application prior to submission. Approval to serve as a PI is granted only for the specific proposal(s) identified. The approval letter should be submitted by the department with the proposal to ORPA.

The request should include:

  • The name and department of the PI, all co-PIs and any other Princeton collaborators
  • Letter of support from department or program chairperson providing justification for the individual to serve as PI
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Agency/sponsor and specific program initiative to which the proposal is being submitted
  • Title of the project
  • Amount requested, and budget when possible
  • Deadline date for the proposal
     

Human Subject or Animal Subject Research

Requests must be made for each protocol after consultation with the IRB or IACUC administration. Approval to serve as a PI is granted only for the specific protocol(s) identified. The approval letter should be submitted by the department to the IRB or IACUC.

The request should include:

  • The name and department of the PI and all key personnel on the protocol
  • Letter of support from department or program chairperson providing justification for the individual to serve as PI
  • Applicant's CV, including experience and training with conducting human subject or animal subject research
  • Title, summary and duration of the research project

PI Qualification Chart

PI Qualification Chart (download as .pdf)

Rank

Qualifies as Principal Investigator PI/co-PI

Requires Approval 

MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY

President and Academic Officers

X

 

Professor

X

 

Associate Professor

X

 

Assistant Professor

X

 

Instructor (full-time only)

X

 

Lecturer with rank of Professor (full-time only)

X

 

Lecturer (full-time only)

X

 

Lecturer with Continuing Appointment (full-time only)

X

 

Senior Lecturer (full-time only)

X

 

Senior Scholar

X

 

All other faculty / visiting faculty ranks

 

X

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH STAFF

Professional Research Staff – CAMPUS

Senior Research Scholar 

X

 

Research Scholar

X

 

Associate Research Scholar (1)

X

 
Professional Research Staff – PPPL

Principal Research Physicist, Senior Managing

X

 

Principal Research Physicist, Managing

X

 

Principal Research Physicist

X

 

Research Physicist

X

 

All other research staff ranks–Campus or PPPL (4)

  X

Visiting Professional Research Staff

  X

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING STAFF–PPPL

Senior Managing Engineer

X

 

Managing Engineer

X

 

Principal Engineer

X

 

Senior Engineer

X  

PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL STAFF

Senior Professional Specialist (2)

 

X

All other tech. staff ranks – Campus or PPPL

  X

PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY STAFF (3)    

University Librarian

X

 

Deputy University Librarian

X

 

Associate University Librarian

X

 

Associate University Librarian without continuing appointment

X

 

Senior Librarian

X

 

Librarian III

X

 

Librarian with continuing appointment

X

 

Librarian II

X (co-PI only)

 

Librarian without continuing appointment

X (co-PI only)

 

Associate Librarian

X (co-PI only)

 

All other Librarian Staff Ranks

  X
(1) If graduate students are involved in the project, a faculty member or other individual authorized to supervise graduate students must fulfill the appropriate advising responsibilities. The submitting department is obligated to assure compliance with this policy.
(2) If the appointing department specifically requests PI status at the time the appointment/promotion request is presented to the Committee on Appointments and Advancements for the Professional Researchers and Professional  Specialists (C/7), and it is approved by the C/7, these individuals may serve as PI or co-PI without special URB approval. In all other situations, special URB approval must be requested and obtained.
(3) All eligible Librarians must first receive approval from the University Librarian to serve as a PI or co-PI on a funding proposal. 
(4) It is the longstanding practice of the University that if PI or co-PI status is granted and the requested funding is then awarded, the awardee must be promoted to a PI-eligible rank.

 

Meeting Schedule

Meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room, 91 Prospect Avenue

October 16, 2018
February 5, 2019
March 7, 2019


Animal Research Advisory Group

The Animal Research Advisory Group (ARAG) advises the Dean for Research regarding the program of animal care. Key leaders meet with the directors of Laboratory Animal Resources and Research Integrity and Assurance to review compliance, welfare, financial, and operational matters relating to research involving the use of animals.    

ARAG Membership

Chair
Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research. Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science. Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Secretary
Annette Tate, Assistant Director for Finance and Administration, Office of the Dean for Research

Committee Members
Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology. Chair, Department of Molecular Biology

Laura Conour, Executive Director, Laboratory Animal Resources. University Attending Veterinarian. Senior Scholar, Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Asif Ghazanfar, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Lars Hedin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary biology and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Yibin Kang, Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology

Stuart Leland, Director, Research Integrity and Assurance

Kenneth Norman, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Chair, Department of Psychology

Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Director, Program in Environmental Studies

David Tank, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology. Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Co-director, Princeton Neuroscience Institute


Conflict of Interest in Research Panel

The Conflict of Interest in Research Panel oversees the University's processes for disclosing and addressing conflicts of interest in research. It makes determinations and recommendations concerning the management of potential conflicts of commitment, conflicts of resources, and financial conflicts of interest according to University policy and federal regulation. 

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C/7 Committee 

The C/7 Committee, known by its full name as the Committee on the Appointments and Advancements for the Professional Researchers and Professional Specialists, reviews the appointments and promotions of academic professionals, specifically individuals with the rank of senior research scholar, research scholar, and senior professional specialist. The Office of the Dean of the Faculty lists the rules and procedures that govern professional researchers and specialists. Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing all positions carrying continuing appointment
  • Reviewing salaries of professional researchers and specialists
  • Advising the Dean of the Faculty on policies relating to the appointments, promotions, salaries, and terminations of professional researchers and professional specialists

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Reporting to the Dean for Research

 

Dean for Research Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Dean for Research Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a standing committee that guides and oversees a living plan to ensure that our work environment is positive and welcoming, appreciative of a diverse population of staff, and sensitive to the needs of our larger campus community. The committee guides the continual development and growth of a diverse and inclusive culture in the Dean for Research unit to ensure that all personnel feel that they belong, are treated equitably, and are an integral part of the functioning of the unit. Five pillars of focus:

  • Building our employment brand and improving our ability to recruit candidates of diverse backgrounds
  • Focusing on managing performance and developing people internally
  • Engaging multiple layers of leadership and creating performance accountabilities
  • Creating additional and comprehensively applied educational opportunities focused on diversity
  • Maintaining a satisfactory experience for all employees by building our inclusive culture

DFR Diversity and Inclusion Committee Membership

Co-chairs
Robin Fitzgerald-Frink, Administrative and Project Assistant, Office of Research and Project Administration

Laurie Tzodikov, Associate Director, Office of Technology Licensing

Committee Members
Davina Brittingham, Grant and Contract Administrator, Office of Research and Project Administration

Alvin Daniel, Technical Support Specialist, Office of the Dean for Research

Jill Jahn, Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Michael Hodges, Associate Director for Foundation Relations, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Jessica Pilotti, Research Accounting Specialist, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Robert Scalese, Senior Compliance Administrator, Research Integrity and Assurance

Maureen Thompson-Siegel, Senior Grant and Contract Administrator, Office of Research and Project Administration


Advising the Dean for Research

 

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures the appropriate care and use of animals involved in the University's research, educational, and training activities. 

 

Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for the review and approval of research that involves biological materials. 

 

Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects

The Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB) reviews research projects involving human subjects to ensure the protection of the subjects' rights, privacy, and welfare. 

 

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee ensures that radioactive research materials are used in a safe and responsible manner.