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
General research policies
What do I need to know before starting a research project at Harvard?
Do I need to sign any agreement when I do research at Harvard?
Where should I share a copy of my publications resulting from Harvard research?
How do I proceed to share Harvard research materials, papers, or data with third parties?
Where should I share a copy of data resulting from Harvard research?
|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?
Are there restrictions for the use of Harvard’s name or logo in a research project?
Are there any lab safety measures or training requirements to consider?
I would like to involve undergraduate students in my research.
What do I have to do if I suspect research misconduct?
Policies regarding consulting, industry collaborations, and international research
What should I consider when I engage in professional activities outside of Harvard?
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?
What do I have to be aware of when collaborating with industry or engaging in commercial activities?
Relevant Dean (project approval) or
Denise Moody (conflict of interest)
I have a non-Harvard visitor working with me in my lab.
I plan to send material or information to or travel outside of the US.
I plan to participate in international research.
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
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
What do I need to do when I want to receive or share materials?
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?
I intend to use non-human vertebrate animals in my research.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Policies (PIN-protected access)
What is the approval process for research involving embryonic stem cells?
My work involves recombinant DNA (rDNA) or biohazards.
Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) includes policies and link to submit new registration or amendment requests