The Principal Investigator (PI) is the lead researcher for a research project at a particular site (Trust), and have overall responsibility for the conduct of the project at that site. In practice, the PI may delegate specific tasks to members of the research delivery team.

The PI could be a doctor, nurse or allied health professional; we are always keen to hear from staff who are new to the PI role.

We can match clinicians to relevant research projects, and support with feasibility reviews and planning for study delivery and recruitment.

The research delivery team work closely with the PI and clinical team throughout the life of the study, and will ensure that the PI retains full oversight of all research activity.

We can offer mentorship and support for new PIs and the following training is also training available:

  • PI Essentials
  • PI Masterclass Training

These sessions can be accessed here:

To discuss the PI role further, please contact  Liz Glaves, Research Delivery Manager

To find out what it’s like to be a PI at MPFT, take a look at these two short videos of staff sharing their experience of being a Principal Investigator in the Trust.