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 Office of Technology Development.

The PI's grant administrator will submit the proposal on the PI's behalf. The grant administrator will route the proposal appropriately and help to obtain all of the necessary signatures/approvals.

Proposals must be submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Sponsored Programs five (5) business days before they are due to the sponsor, per Harvard’s Proposal Submission Policy. For more information about the review process see Review and Submission. Complete support with the proposal submission process is provided to departments in the Social Science Division that do not have a designated sponsored research administrator and all faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division. If planning a submission, faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division should contact Katherine Zuccala (kzuccala@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627) and faculty in the Social Science Division should contact Jimmy Matejek-Morris (jmatejek@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-6216) as early as possible.