Leadership Plan

Training grant PD/PIs are responsible for selecting and appointing trainees as well as the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. Rational and organizational structure must be described in the Multi PD/PI Leadership Plan.

The NIH encourages multiple PD/PIs, especially when each PI brings a unique perspective and skill set that enhances the training environment and comes from diverse backgrounds.* Since program leadership and mentor roles are intricately linked administratively, it is recommended that these considerations are made very early within the submission process. 

Each PD/PI will be expected to:

  • Provide administrative and scientific leadership in program development and implementation
  • Have appropriate expertise in the following areas:
    • Scientific: record of rigorous research and active funding in the institute or center's focus area
    • Training: robust mentorship history in the proposed career stage (pre-doc and/or post-docs)
    • Administrative: experience overseeing complex grants or Centers
  • Monitor and assess the program
  • Submit required documentation and reports
  • Oversee day-to-day administration 
  • Appoint members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) 
  • Use Advisory Committee recommendations to determine the appropriate funding allotment 
  • Participate as a mentor on the project
  • Commit sufficient effort to ensure the program’s success (typically 10%)

*Visit our Diversity Supplement webpage to learn about NIH’s definition of Diversity 

Section-Specific Justifications

Justify in the following sections how the multiple PD/PI leadership approach benefits the training program and its trainees. Demonstrate strong and compelling roles and responsibilities, governance, and organizational structure consistent with training program’s aims and complementary of PD/PI expertise.