Some sponsors allow a Department chair to sign an eGC1 and proposal on behalf of a PI in her or his department. This requires an Escalation of PI Certification which is indicated on the Certify & Route page of the eGC1.
When the reviewer approves the application for their own node, the system will also approve the PI node. The reviewer will have to mark the checkbox for the PI Assurance statement on the PI’s behalf.
For information on the approval of applications in the PI’s absence, contact your department administrator/chair.