Principal Investigator Effort on Industry-Supported Clinical Research Policy Announced

UB Seal on Crosby Hall.

Published May 27, 2021

The Principal Investigator Effort on Industry-Supported Clinical Research Policy, approved and signed by President Tripathi, is available in the University Policy Library



Principal investigators (PI), with a paid University at Buffalo (UB, university) appointment, working on industry-sponsored clinical research are required to reflect PI oversight of clinical activity with an appropriate charge of at least 1% of the individual’s university appointment (up to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) salary cap) on each agreement. The balance of effort spent on the project beyond this amount will be voluntary uncommitted time, unless otherwise negotiated with the sponsor. The effort will be charged over a maximum of one year or over the total life of the project for projects less than one year in duration.

Principal investigators may seek an exception through their department chair and dean. However, if an exception is granted, the effort must be charged to the award prior to account closure if funds are available.


This policy applies to all faculty and staff who provide effort in support of the industry-sponsored clinical research mission at the university. Federal awards will be managed per federal regulations and policies.


Questions can be directed to the Clinical Research Office at