Frequently Asked Questions

What administrative support is available for the preparation, submission and management of grant proposals and awards?

Faculty in the Science Division, SEAS, and some Social Science departments have designated sponsored research administrators. For the Arts & Humanities Division and Social Science departments that do not have a designated sponsored research administrator, FAS Research Administration Services provides full support with proposal preparation, budget preparation, submission of grant applications, managing an award, and preparing and submitting grant progress reports. Faculty and administrators in the Arts & Humanities Division may contact Katherine Zuccala at kzuccala@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627 for advice and assistance. Faculty and administrators in the Social Science Division in a department without a designated sponsored research administrator may contact Jimmy Matejek-Morris at jmatejek@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-6216. These sponsored research administrators can answer all of your questions about applying for funding and will provide support for these activities as well.

Who can help me create a budget for my proposal?

Faculty in the Science Division, SEAS, and some Social Science departments have designated sponsored research administrators. Research Administration Services offers support for administrative aspects of the proposal preparation and submission process for departments that do not have a designated sponsored research administrator, including construction of proposal budgets and coordination of the University’s review and submission process. Faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division may contact Katherine Zuccala (kzuccala@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627) and faculty in the Social...

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What is the proposal submission process at Harvard?

In FAS, all requests for funding to be submitted to an external sponsor must be reviewed and approved by the following entities prior to submission:

  1. The PI’s Department Chair;
  2. the Dean of FAS or his/her designee;
  3. and, on behalf of the President and Fellows of Harvard College, by and Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) at the Office for Sponsored Programs or, for industry sponsored agreements, the ...
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Do all proposals require institutional review prior to submission?

In most cases, proposals to external sponsors require institutional authorization. They are therefore submitted through Harvard’s Office of Sponsored Programs and are subject to institutional review. Some opportunities, such as fellowships and certain sabbatical opportunities, may be submitted directly by faculty to the sponsor without institutional review. If you are planning a submission, please contact your sponsored research administrator as early as possible with an indication of your intention to apply to receive support with the review and submission process and for...

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