Research Microscope Lab

Human Research Protection Program

Who can Serve as PI for Research

MCW defines an Investigator as any individual who

–leads or directs a research project involving human subjects
–performs activities that engage MCW, FH or BCW in anyone else’s research project
–uses MCW, FH or BCW resources; including lab equipment, physical space, or services
–brings research data onto the campus (MCW, FH or BCW space)
–performs any research activity on MCW, FH or BCW campus

A Principal Investigator has overall responsibility for the conduct of a research project, including all technical, programmatic, financial, compliance and administrative aspects.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for controlling the technical direction and academic quality of the project, and will ensure that the project is carried out in compliance with the terms, conditions, and policies of the College and the Sponsor when applicable

IRB SOP: Requirements and Qualifications to Serve as PI

Criteria for Principal Investigators

MCW currently recognizes the following classes of individuals to be eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator at MCW. Residents and fellows may not serve as Principal Investigators on projects. 

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MCW Faculty Paid

Pursuant to the rules of the Faculty Handbook, individuals with a faculty appointment are eligible to serve as investigators at MCW.

The individuals in this classification are employees of MCW.

The coordination of their faculty appointment and research is handled through the academic department through which they are appointed.

MCW Faculty Unpaid

Pursuant to the rules of the Faculty Handbook, individuals with an unpaid adjunct or voluntary clinical appointment are eligible to serve as investigators at MCW.

However, because these individuals are not employees of MCW, there are some additional administrative steps which must be followed related to their appointment and research work at MCW.

Individuals with this designation may receive their appointment and primary research support either through an academic department or through the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Blood Center of Wisconsin Investigators
This designation was specifically created for individuals from Blood Center of Wisconsin who are not MCW faculty, but for whom BCW has determined can provide value in conducting research at BCW.

Individuals in this category must be BloodCenter staff with a Master’s degree or higher.

Fellows may not be the PI on research projects. They may be co-Investigators collaborating with an eligible PI as identified per this policy.
Froedtert Hospital Nurses
This designation was specifically created for individuals with a nursing degree who do not meet the eligibility criteria to become faculty at MCW, but whom FH has determined can provide value in conducting research on the MCW, FH or BCW campus.

Individuals in this category must receive designation from the Froedtert Nursing Research Council, a PhD nurse researcher, and the Chief Nursing Officer.
Froedtert Hospital Pharmacists
This designation was specifically created for individuals with a pharmacist degree who do not meet the eligibility criteria to become faculty at MCW, but whom FH has determined can provide value in conducting research on the MCW, FH or BCW campus.

Individuals in this category must receive designation from the Froedtert Pharmacy Research and Professional Development Committee.
St Joseph Hospital West Bend Physicians
This designation was specifically created for individuals from St. Joseph’s Hospital who are not MCW faculty, but whom FH has determined can provide value in conducting research at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Individuals in this category must be a physician, hold a medical appointment at St. Joseph’s Hospital-West Bend, and receive designation from FH Corporate Compliance.
Community Memorial Hospital
This designation was specifically created for individuals from Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls who are not MCW faculty, but for whom FH has determined can provide value in conducting research at Community Memorial Hospital.

Individuals in this category must be a physician, hold a medical appointment at Community Memorial Hospital, and receive special designation from FH Corporate Compliance.
CTSI Scientist or Senior Scientist

This designation was specifically created for individuals without a terminal degree who do not meet the eligibility criteria to become faculty at MCW, but whom MCW has determined can provide value in conducting research on our campus.

Individuals in this category must receive their appointment through the CTSI office and seek administrative research support from them as well.