FAS Policies

FAS and SEAS Policy on Assessments on Current Use Gifts and Sponsored Awards

  • Responsible Office: FAS Office of Finance/ SEAS Office of Accounting
  • Effective Date:   July 1, 2017
  • Revision Date:   November 16, 2018

Policy Statement and Reason for Policy

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) provide substantial academic facilities, including laboratories, libraries and information technologies, administrative support, and other resources that enable faculty to engage in innovative research and incomparable scholarly activities. The cost of providing the staffing and infrastructure necessary to support the programmatic activities of our faculty is borne largely by the FAS and SEAS; thus, it is critical that FAS and SEAS receive... Read more about FAS and SEAS Policy on Assessments on Current Use Gifts and Sponsored Awards

Policies Relating to Research and Other Professional Activities Within and Outside the University

 

  1. 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... Read more about Policies Relating to Research and Other Professional Activities Within and Outside the University

Principal Investigator Eligibility

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

Environment and Safety Plan

This Environment and Safety Plan identifies the roles, responsibilities, communications networks, training programs, and other mechanisms by which the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) seeks to ensure the safety of its personnel and the environment in all of the Faculty’s diverse activities.... Read more about Environment and Safety Plan

Effort Reporting Policy

Adherence to this policy is required for all effort related to federally sponsored grants and contracts as well as any non-federal awards where the sponsor requires effort reporting and/or salary certification.

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Sponsored Financial Reporting and Closeout Policy

Principal Investigators are responsible for managing expenditures on their grants and for working with administrators to project sponsored accounts and ensure that over-expenditures do not occur. If interest charges on deficits are significant, they are passed on from Harvard’s central bank to FAS departments and centers, which may in turn pass them on to non-sponsored fund(s) belonging to the PI. (Policy is being revised)

Cost Sharing

Cost-sharing commitments are generally discouraged in proposals unless they are required by the sponsor. If a proposal commits a quantified portion of a PI’s academic year effort or lists other direct costs that will be paid for by University or sponsored funds, this constitutes a commitment by the University to cost share. Cost shared effort needs to be certified annually, and companion accounts must be set up to track any other items committed.... Read more about Cost Sharing

Open Access Policy

This FAS policy, in effort to disseminate the fruits of research and scholarship as widely as possible, describes the permissions granted to the  President and Fellows of Harvard College to make available any scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles written while a person is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Cost Transfers

In accordance with OMB costing principles, it is necessary to explain and justify transfers of charges onto federally-funded sponsored awards, where the original charge was previously recorded elsewhere on Harvard's General Ledger.

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