Responsibilities of Principal Investigator
The Principal Investigator (PI) is an individual who assumes full responsibility for a research study, including but not limited to, the oversight and training of research assistants, administration of informed consent, and protecting participant confidentiality.
The Responsibilities of the PI
- Conduct the IRB approved research protocol
- Obtain informed Consent
- Effectively train and mentor student researchers in the ethical conduct of human subjects research
- Obtain approval for any changes, additions, or deletions to the study from the IRB prior to implementation
- Retain research records for 3 years after study completion date
- Promptly report all unanticipated problems or injury to the IRB
- Follow all University of Texas at Austin procedures for the ethical conduct of human subjects research
- Respond promptly to all participant concerns and questions.
- Maintain subject confidentiality.
- Inform subjects if risks or benefits of study change.
- Maintain cultural sensitivity
- Design research methodology appropriate to your desired research setting.
- Obtain permission to use intellectual property and/or private data.
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