Harvard Policies and Guidelines for Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Researchers

The table below provides information regarding research policies, along with designated organizations or staff members who can provide assistance or clarification with specific policies and guidelines. For a printable version, click here.

 

 

Policies and Guidelines

Contact

General research policies

What do I need to know before starting a research project at Harvard?

FAS Principles Governing Research

Denise Moody

 

Do I need to sign any agreement when I do research at Harvard?

Harvard University Participation Agreement

Office of Technology Development

Where should I share a copy of my publications resulting from Harvard research?

FAS Open Access Policy (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard - DASH)

Office for Scholarly Communication

 

How do I proceed to share Harvard research materials, papers, or data with third parties?

FAS Policy on Use of University-Based Research of Materials, Papers or Data

Office of Technology Development

Where should I share a copy of data resulting from Harvard research?

Dataverse

Harvard Library, Harvard University IT, and IQSS

 

How do I manage my research data – whether it’s my own data or I receive it from another collaborator?

Harvard Research Data Security Policy;

An Investigator’s Guide to Research Data Management Practices

RDSAP@harvard.edu

Are there restrictions for the use of Harvard’s name or logo in a research project?

FAS Policy on the Use of Harvard Names and Insignias

Office of the Provost Trademark Program

Are there any lab safety measures or training requirements to consider?

FAS Environment and Safety Plan

 

Environmental Health and Safety

I would like to involve undergraduate students in my research.

 

Noël Bisson or Greg Llacer

What do I have to do if I suspect research misconduct?

Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Research

Tiffany Blackman

 

Policies regarding consulting, industry collaborations, and international research

What should I consider when I engage in professional activities outside of Harvard?

FAS policy and University policy on outside professional activities

Relevant Dean (appointment-related) or

Denise Moody (financial interest-related)

What if I get compensated directly by an outside organization for consulting, speaking, or advisory board service?

FAS policy and University policy on financial conflicts of interest (fCOI)

Denise Moody

What do I have to be aware of when collaborating with industry or engaging in commercial activities?

University Principles Governing Commercial Activities

Relevant Dean (project approval) or

Denise Moody (conflict of interest)

I have a non-Harvard visitor working with me in my lab.

Visitor Participation Agreements

Patrick Fitzgerald

I plan to send material or information to or travel outside of the US.

Export Controls Policies and Procedures;

Export Control Policy Statement

Katrin Duevel

I plan to participate in international research.

Guidance for International Projects

Multiple (see Guidance)

Policies regarding federal or non-federal sponsored research

What policies apply to externally-funded research?

Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides a comprehensive list of policies

OSP Policies

Policies regarding intellectual property and non-funded legal agreements

What do I have to know if my research results in an invention?

Intellectual Property Policy addresses inventions, copyright, royalties, licensing

Office of Technology Development IP Team

What do I need to do when I want to receive or share materials?

Material Transfer Agreements (MTA)

Office of Technology Development MTA

I have been asked to sign a non-funded agreement (e.g., confidentiality, data use, non-disclosure).

Legal Agreements Workflow provides the contact information for each type of agreement

Multiple (see Workflow)

Policies regarding research with human participants, animal subjects, or biohazardous material

What do I have to do before starting a project that involves human subjects?

Use of Human Subjects in Research

 

Committee on the Use of Human Subjects

I intend to use non-human vertebrate animals in my research.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Policies (PIN-protected access)

IACUC

What is the approval process for research involving embryonic stem cells?

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Oversight (ESCRO) Committee – Policies and Procedures

ESCRO or Melissa Lopes

My work involves recombinant DNA (rDNA) or biohazards.

Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) includes policies and link to submit new registration or amendment requests

COMS Staff Listing