When Good Labels Go Bad
When uploading into eProp, it’s sometimes difficult to determine how personnel should be tagged. The most prevalent example of faulty tagging falls to PIs, and whether they are “multiple” or “co”. Be sure that your PI designation is correct, because this will affect distribution of funds and the School of Medicine ranking. Keep in mind that Co-PD/PI or Co-Investigator roles hold no special meaning within NIH and should not be used with a multiple-PD/PI application. The multiple-PD/PI model affects some administrative operations of both the NIH and the awardee institutions; for example, the NIH Departmental Ranking Tables that rank institutions and medical school departments by the amount of NIH funding they received were replaced with a web-based tool that allows users to determine dollars awarded to any one organization or department. With multiple PD/PIs from different departments, assignment of funds is not possible. Be sure your PIs are all getting the credit they deserve, or alternatively, not getting responsibility they didn’t intend!
UPDATE on 9/26/2013: The departmental credit information that is logged for our NIH ranking calculation is taken from the FACE PAGE of the submission. So, if you are/have a PI in CMMG, you would classify your FACE PAGE department as “Genetics.” If you are/have a PI in CVRI, you would choose your RETREAT department as your face page classification; a PI with a retreat department of Physiology who is submitting a grant for his/her work in CVRI would choose “PHYSIOLOGY” on the face page. Similarly, a PI with a retreat department of Emergency Medicine who is submitting a grant for his/her work in CVRI would choose “EMERGENCY MEDICINE” on the face page. The project in CVRI will still receive the funds.