Principal Investigator Guide


Research is central to MIT’s core mission, and its principal investigators (PIs) are central to the definition, conduct and reporting of research. The PI is ultimately responsible for all aspects of sponsored research, including compliance with Institute and federal policies. The Institute is committed to making every effort to assist PIs with this responsibility.

We have identified several key topics in research administration today and provided a brief explanation of each topic, summarized the PI’s key responsibilities, and provided links to resources where you may find additional information.

As you navigate the research environment, I hope that you will find this information helpful.


Maria T. Zuber, E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics & Vice President for Research