Proposal Submission

PI Eligibility

For each sponsored award, it is customary to designate as Principal Investigator 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.

If a Harvard employee whose appointment type is not listed among those on the ...

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Proposal Submission Policy

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

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

Gift vs. Grant

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

Getting Started

The FAS Research Administration Services  Pre-Award Team (divisional contacts listed on the left hand side of this screen) helps FAS faculty and their department administrators seek and apply for sponsored funding opportunities. 

 

The following topics are covered in this section:

Proposal Planning
An overview of the application for a standard proposal. Proposals are due to OSP 5 business days...

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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.

See also:
Apply > Budget Preparation >...

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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

Submission Timeline

The 5-day review period


Proposal review and submission is a collaborative process between the Office for Sponsored Program (OSP), FAS Research Administration Services (RAS) and the Department / Principal Investigator (PI).  Below is an administrative overview of what happens during the 5-day review period.

  • Department locks and routes final proposal for approvals in GMAS, 5 business days before the sponsor's deadline per the University-wide...
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