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To change the principal investigator (PI) on a grant.
When a PI will be absent from a project for three or more consecutive months or reduce effort by 25 percent or more, grantees must request NIAID approval to appoint a permanent replacement or an interim PI who will step down when the original PI returns.
They must also request approval to change from a single PI to a multiple PI award, or remove PIs from a multiple PI award. NIAID may approve this change without peer review of the new leadership team and Leadership Plan.
If NIAID denies a request, it gives its justifications for the rejection. Grantees can either fix the problems with their proposed new PI or nominate another investigator, but if they can't find an acceptable replacement, they must ask NIAID to terminate the grant.
In response, NIAID issues a revised Notice of Award with a project period end date that coincides with the PI's departure date.
Check the NIH Grants Policy Statement for more information on change in PI status.
For more information, read the Change of Principal Investigator section of the OER’s How-To Topic: Change of Institute/Center.
Grantees with questions should contact the program officer or grants management specialist specialist listed in the eRA Commons. For more information, read Communicating With NIAID—How to Get Help.
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