Definitions of Categories of Personnel

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The personnel categories listed on parts A and B of the proposal budget (NSF Form 1030) are defined as follows:

A. Senior Personnel

(1-5) (co) Principal Investigator(s) – the individual(s) designated by the grantee and approved by NSF who will be responsible for the scientific or technical direction of the project. If more than one, the first one listed will have primary responsibility for the project and the submission and signing of reports.

Faculty Associate (faculty member) – an individual other than the Principal Investigator(s) considered by the performing institution to be a member of its faculty or who holds an appointment as a faculty member at another institution, and who will participate in the project being supported.

B. Other Personnel

1. Postdoctoral Associate – an individual who received a Ph.D., M.D., D.Sc. or equivalent degree less than five years ago, who is not a member of the faculty at the performing institution, and who is not reported under Senior Personnel above.

2. Other Professional – a person who may or may not hold a doctoral degree or its equivalent, who is considered a professional and is not reported as a Principal Investigator, faculty associate, postdoctoral associate or student. Examples of persons included in this category are doctoral associates not reported under B1, professional technicians, physicians, veterinarians, system experts, computer programmers and design engineers.

3. Graduate Student (research assistant) – a part-time or full-time student working on the project in a research capacity who holds at least a bachelor's degree and is enrolled in a degree program leading to an advanced degree.

4. Undergraduate Student – a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a bachelor's or associate’s degree.

5.& 6. These categories include persons working on the project in a non-research capacity, such as secretaries, clerk-typists, draftsmen, animal caretakers, electricians and custodial personnel regardless of whether they hold a degree or are involved in degree work.

Any personnel category for which NSF funds are requested should indicate, in the parentheses provided on the NSF Form 1030, the number of persons expected to receive some support from those funds and, where called for in the budget format, person-months to the nearest tenth.

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