The University of San Francisco: Office of Sponsored Projects
Karentz, Austin Gajewski
Austin Gajewski collecting samples in Antarctica under the guidance of NSF-funded Professor/Researcher Deneb Karentz.
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Undergraduate researchers with Claire Castro/William Karney present posters on their work at regional and national conferences. Project funded by the National Science Foundation.
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Undergraduate researchers with Claire Castro/William Karney present posters on their work at regional and national conferences. Project funded by the National Science Foundation.
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Teacher Resident, Carrie Sanderson, at work in the classroom under the guidance of Prof. Peter Williamson. Projects funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education and AmeriCorps.
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USF students Carolyn Tu & Cendy Valle Osegura harvesting cells in centrifuge in the NIH-funded lab of Prof. Juliet Spencer.

Role of the Principal Investigator

University of San Francisco Guidelines:

Role of the Principal Investigator or Project Director

 The Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD) should be familiar with the terms and conditions of the award, particularly the guidelines relevant to hiring personnel, monitoring subrecipients and procuring goods and services with federal funds.

The PI will consult the University’s policies on travel, purchasing and reimbursements before expending grant funds. 

The PI will work collaboratively with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) when a budget reallocation is needed.  OCG will help the PI to prepare revised budgets and the request to the funder.  OCG will submit the requests to the funder.

The PI will prepare a statement explaining the rationale for a no cost extension, if it is required.  The PI will discuss this request with OCG and OCG will submit the request to the funder.

The PI will monitor the progress of subrecipients and consultants and 1) ensure that they perform the work according to the schedule in the agreement or contract; 2) review and approve invoices submitted to USF, and 3) review and approve time and effort reports from staff and subrecipients.

For multi-year grants, the PI is required to prepare budgets annually.  He/she will also work collaboratively with the subrecipients to prepare their budgets and adjust their statement of work, if required. 

The PI will review the monthly financial reports from the OCG.  He/she will submit expenses in a timely manner, in accordance with the grant budget and with the appropriate receipts, approvals and financial back-up.