Research Compliance

Guidance for Completion of NIH Other Support

Guidance document to help our research community better understand the agency’s regulations (NIH GPS) and expectations, and what resources should be reported in the NIH “Other Support” (OS).

Guidelines on Authorship and Acknowledgement

Determining authorship is an important component of upholding the integrity of the research and scholarly enterprise and serves as an explicit way of assigning responsibility and giving credit for intellectual work. Only by honestly reflecting the contribution of all members of the research team can there be sustained growth in the discipline and proper credit directed to scholars for their efforts.... Read more about Guidelines on Authorship and Acknowledgement

Faculty Disclosure Resources

In response to federal funding agencies and congressional committees expressing concern regarding certain activities that threaten the integrity of the U.S. research enterprise, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has collected and collated updated guidance for Harvard Researchers in... Read more about Faculty Disclosure Resources

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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Freedom of Information Act

Faculty or departments may receive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from a federal agency.  Upon receipt of a written FOIA request, federal agencies are required to release the requested information unless it falls under one of nine exemptions listed in the Act.

Funded grant proposals and related information are included within the scope of information that can be requested through the FOIA process.  These requests are typically labeled very clearly as “FOIA” and are...

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Export Controls Policy

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...

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