Can a student serve as Principal Investigator?
Not Human Subjects Research and Exemption Requests: The Principal Investigator of these requests must be a Harvard affiliate; however, a faculty appointment is not required. Any member of the faculty, staff, and/or student body may serve as PI for such protocols.
Initial Applications: The Principal Investigator of such protocols must be a Harvard faculty member. The IRB may make an exception to this policy on a case-by-case basis with appropriate justification. To request an exception, submit a cover memo outlining why this arrangement is appropriate and the qualifications of the proposed PI.