With the acceptance of a full-time appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, an individual makes a commitment to the University that is understood to be full-time in the most inclusive sense. Every member is expected to accord the University his or her primary professional loyalty, and to arrange outside obligations, financial interests, and activities so as not to conflict or interfere with this overriding
This policy is intended to clarify when payments to fellows should be treated as gross income, as qualified payments for tuition or fees for a degree program, or as reimbursements for bona fide University business expenses that the individual incurred on Harvard’s behalf.
In 1974, a Report of a Committee on Criteria for Acceptance of Sponsored Research in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences was presented to the Faculty. It consisted of a preamble, a set of principles governing the conduct of research, and commentary on these principles. Read more about Principles Governing Research at Harvard
The complete and final proposal, accompanied by the necessary School-level approvals, as well as any other attachments or approvals required by the sponsor or the University, must be received by the submitting office at least five (5) full business days prior to the sponsor's due date. Read more about Proposal Submission Policy
For each sponsored award, it is customary to designate as PI one person who bears ultimate responsibility for academic decisions as well as for financial, administrative, and compliance matters relating to the project. Only teaching members of the Faculty and a select number of other academic appointees are accorded Principal Investigator rights and may seek external research support on a continuing basis. Read more about Principal Investigator Eligibility
Investigators working with new sponsors should attempt to clarify whether funding will be made available to them in the form of a gift or a grant. Gifts and grants are handled by two separate Harvard units and each carry their own distinct sets of policies and procedures. Read more about Gift vs. Grant
The Harvard University policy on export controls should be consulted before carrying, shipping or otherwise sending materials outside of the United States, traveling to countries that may be the subject of sanctions, collaborating with a foreign national outside of Harvard University or any person or entity outside of the United States, or presenting research at an international conference.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest (fCOI) Disclosures outlines the detailed FAS fCOI disclosure reporting, review, and determination procedures. For a PDF-printable copy of this policy, click here. Read more about Financial Conflicts of Interest Disclosures