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(a) Principal Investigator(s) are individual(s) so designated by the grantee institution.
(b) A Faculty Associate (faculty member) is an individual, other than the Principal Investigator, who is considered by the performing institution to be a member of its faculty, and who will participate in the project being supported.
(a) A Research Associate (postdoctoral) is 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 of the performing institution; and who is not reported as a Principal Investigator.
(b) A Nonfaculty Professional (doctoral) is an individual who received a doctoral degree five or more years ago, and who is not reported as a faculty member or Principal Investigator.
(c) A Nonfaculty Professional (other) is a person who is considered as a professional but does not hold a doctoral degree or its equivalent and is not reported as a Principal Investigator, faculty member, or student. Examples of persons included in this category are research technicians, computer programmers, and design engineers.
(d) A Graduate Student (research assistant) is a part-time or full-time student who holds at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and is enrolled in a degree program leading to an advanced degree not generally regarded as a professional degree.
(e) A Professional School Student is a graduate student who is pursuing a first professional degree such as M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M., not including engineering.
(f) A Pre-Baccalaureate Student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a bachelor's degree.
(g) Other personnel also include persons working on the project in a nonresearch capacity such as secretaries, clerk-typists, and custodial personnel, regardless of whether they hold a degree or are involved in degree work.
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