Research Compliance

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 person or entity outside of the United States, or presenting research at an international conference.

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