Who Can Submit a Proposal
2.3 Who Can Submit a Proposal for Externally Sponsored Activity?
PI/PDs assume the primary leadership role in externally sponsored activity in order to ensure that research is conducted by those who have the requisite training and skill as well as the appropriate relationship to Boston University. Faculty who serve more than 50% of their time in faculty positions as defined in the faculty handbook (except those defined as Instructor [on the CRC] or in any of the Visiting Professor categories) can represent the University as PI/PDs on grant and contract applications. In addition, faculty who serve less than 50% of their time in faculty positions as defined in the faculty handbook may assume, with prior approval, the role of PI/PD on a Boston University grant, and long-term employees in some non-faculty research positions and those holding the title of Lecturer or Instructor or Clinical Instructor (on the MED Campus only) may be a PI/PD on an external grant with specific written approval.
Determination of PI/PD Status: http://www.bu.edu/research/information-for/researchers/policies/