Principal investigator: PI is the primary individual responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of a research grant, cooperative agreement, training or public service project, contract, or other sponsored project in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research. Only one PI should be selected per grant application: this is the individual that will be responsible for the contract, fund management and reporting. If other investigators will contribute equally to the execution of the research project, they should be entered as Co-Principal Investigators.
Co-principal investigator: Co-PI is a senior member of the key personnel team whose role is similar to that of the PI in determining the intellectual content, direction, and conduct of the research or program activities. A Co-PI may share equal responsibility with the PI for project oversight, budget management, and reporting as part of a multi-investigator team or may direct a particular portion of the project and retain limited administrative oversight over the award.
Co-investigator: Co-Is are key personnel who have responsibilities similar to that of a PI on research projects. While the PI has ultimate responsibility for the conduct of a research project, the Co-I is also obligated to ensure the project is conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research
Postdoctoral fellow: A person who is professionally conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies (typically a PhD). In South Africa, postdoctoral fellows are typically hosted at universities on tax-free stipends, rather than as salaried employees
Sponsor: Typically the head of department or equivalent (for example centre director or head of school) in your Faculty. Sponsors provide guarantees regarding the post held for the duration of a fellowship, such as confirming access to facilities required to perform the work
Supervisor: Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of a student's / fellow's / staff member's research project. Supervisors are expected to have an ongoing research programme and a strong track record in research, training and mentorship.
Reportable: A reportable role is a named role on a grant (i.e. a role to be carried out by a specific named UCT individual) for which the role’s percentage effort (e.g. % full-time equivalent salary or calendar months contribution) is reportable to the funder.
Other Project Staff: Other project staff are roles included on the grant where the specific individual is known, but where the person is not the PI, co-PI or Co-I. For any roles other than “UCT sponsor”, “Postdoctoral Fellow”, “Postgraduate Student”, or “Supervisor”, select “Other Project Staff”. Examples of other project staff may be: a clinical research manager, a chief medical technologist, a fieldworker, etc. Where a role is still ‘TBC’ (i.e. you don’t yet know who the specific individual is), do not add that role to the list.