For NIH no-pay consultants listed on the Senior/Key Person Profile form with a Consultant role, we highly suggest the role be changed from Consultant to Other with a description of "Other Significant Contributor." NIH defines an Other Significant Contributor as follows:
Individuals who commit to contribute to the scientific development or execution of the project, but do not commit any specified measurable effort (i.e., person months) to the project. These individuals are typically presented at effort of "zero person months" or "as needed." Individuals with measurable effort may not be listed as Other Significant Contributors (OSCs). Consultants should be included if they meet this definition.
For paid consultants, PI's should make sure the consultant falls under the definition of Senior/Key personnel. If they do, they will be required to follow MSU's FCOI policy and must complete a paper FCOI form prior to submission.