About Research Oversight

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Quick Guide for Researchers

The Quick Guide for Researchers highlights the top 12 issues surrounding research administration and compliance and provides a brief explanation of each topic, clarifies the researcher’s key responsibilities, and identifies University resources for additional help and information.  This guide is intended for all University researchers, and identifies which responsibilities are specific to the Principal Investigator. 

Oversight Policies for the PI

Animal Assurances and Approvals

Biohazardous Materials

Biohazardous Materials

In keeping with Federal regulations, before a scientific project can begin, the laboratory must be "certified" to work with radioactive materials, recombinant DNA, infectious agents and/or select agents. 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement (COI) (PIN-enabled)

Data Use Agreement (DUA) Guidance

Data Use Agreement (DUA) Guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to set forth the administrative review procedures for the approval and execution of Data Use Agreements at Harvard when Harvard is either the Provider or Recipient.

Data Use Agreements (DUAs) Policy

Data Use Agreements (DUAs) Policy

All DUAs shall be considered research-related agreements and must be reviewed and signed by the Office for Sponsored Programs or the Longwood Area Offices for Research Administration(HMS / HSPH) in accordance with the Delegation of Signing Authority with Regard to Grants and Research Contracts as amended. The signature of an institutional official certifies that commitments made on such agreements can and will be honored and ensures that all DUAs conform to all relevant laws, regulations, agency guidelines, and University policies and guidelines.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO)

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO)

The Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight ("ESCRO") Committee performs ethical and scientific reviews of all research involving the derivation and research use of embryos, human embryonic stem cells and certain activities involving non-embryonic stem cells, human neural stem cells, and human gametes. 

Faculty Policies on Integrity in Science

Human Subjects Committee

IACUC Protocol Validation Flowchart

NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy

Effective May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to NIH must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing articles that arise from their NIH funded research.

Subject matter resource:  TBD

NIH Updated Requirements for Instruction on RCR

NSF 2010 RCR Requirement

Retention and Maintenance of Research Records and Data

Retention and Maintenance of Research Records and Data: Principles and Frequently Asked Questions

This document provides guidance in the form of Retention and Maintenance of Research Records and Data Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”), organized by Principle. The answers establish the minimum University requirements for research records and data retention.

 

Research Data Management @Harvard

Research Data Management @Harvard

This website provides information and resources on the data lifecycle, policies, resources and contacts to help you manage your research.

 

 

Statement of Policy in Regard Intellectual Property

Statement of Policy in Regard to Intellectual Property

Adopted by the President and Fellows of Harvard College on November 3, 1975 as the “Statement of Policy in Regard to Inventions, Patents, and Copyrights” and amended on March 17, 1986, February 9, 1998 and August 10, 1998. Further amended, restated and renamed on February 4, 2008 and amended on October 4, 2010 and December 12, 2013.  The policy is overseen by the Harvard University, Office of Technology and Development.

The policy statement covers the following

Section I. Inventions and Patents
Section II. Copyrights
Section III. Computer Software
Section IV. Unpatented Materials
Section V.  Royalty Sharing
Section VI. Committee on Intellectual Property; Changes to Policy
Section VII.  Miscellaneous

 

 

Research Oversight Classes

Financial Oversight of Sponsored Funding - What Researchers Need to Know (online)

Financial Oversight of Sponsored Funding - What Researchers Need to Know (online)

This course discusses aspects of compliance related to spending sponsored funds, and highlights areas of oversight that can be challenging for researchers.

NIH All About Grants Podcasts

NIH All About Grants Podcasts

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. These podcasts are designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process, the NIH provides insight on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Episodes are available as mp3s for download here, via iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Research Oversight Systems

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement (COI) (PIN-enabled)

ESTR

ESTR is the Electronic Submission Tracking & Reporting system for Harvard Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). This system:

  • Automates the IRB submission and review processes;
  • Is a place to store and access submission documents and meeting documentation; and
  • Allows for easier reporting for business process and regulatory purposes.

Participation Agreement for Research Performed at Harvard

Participation Agreements for Research Performed at Harvard  Individuals who perform research at Harvard and/or who may create intellectual property through the use of Harvard resources are subject to certain University policies and, in some cases, to the terms of agreements between Harvard and third parties.  Such policies cover, the ethical conduct of research, publication of research results, retention of research records and the University’s “Statement of Policy in Regard to Intellectual Property”  which governs patentable inventions, copyrightable works and tangible materials made through the use of funds, facilities or other resources provided by or through Harvard. 

Harvard University Participation Agreement Forms

Who needs to sign?

Each person performing research at Harvard should sign either the Harvard University Participation Agreement or the Harvard University Visitor Participation Agreement as applicable.

Harvard University Participation Agreement Electronic Signature Form

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from for-profit organizations (U.S. and foreign)

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from for-profit organizations (U.S, and foreign)  For visitors from companies or other for-profit organizations anywhere in the world.
 

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from foreign non-profit institutions and for unaffiliated individuals

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from foreign non-profit institutions and for unaffiliated individuals  (For visitors from foreign non-profit institutions OR for visitors who are not affiliated with any university, research institution, hospital, company or other organization, i.e., who are self-employed or unemployed.)

Visitor Participation Agreement U.S. Non-Profit and Governmental

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from U.S. non-profit and governmental institutions OTHER THAN the Harvard affiliated medical centers. For visitors from U.S. non-profit and governmental institutions, except for medical centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Visitor Participation Agreement for visitors from Harvard-Affiliated Medical Centers

Visitors Participation for visitors from Harvard-Affiliated Medical Centers. For visitors from one of the medical centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

International Projects

Managing international research projects can present unique challenges.   Here are some helpful resources important resources.

International Projects Resources

Harvard Global Support Services

Harvard Global Support Services provides students, faculty, and staff with resources related to safety and security, health, culture, outbound immigration, employment, financial and legal matters, and research center operations. We’re a full-service team committed to minimizing risk and managing complexity, so that you can feel confident about your international travel and activities.

International Research Project Planning Guide

International Research Project Planning Guide

This resource provides faculty and administrators with clear, simple guideposts for international projects, including the policies, guides and contacts at Harvard to learn more.

 

Wire Transfer Authorization Form - Domestic

Wire Transfer Authorization Form - Domestic (Make a payment using electronically transferred funds (US Dollars only)

Download to your computer to use as a a fillable PDF. 

Wire Transfer Authorization Form - Foreign

Wire Transfer Authorization Form - Foreign (Please not this is to pay in Foreign Currency only)                                                      

Download to your computer to use as a a fillable PDF. 

Harvard Offices

Environmental Health and Safety

Harvard Global Support Services

Harvard Global Support Services provides students, faculty, and staff with resources related to safety and security, health, culture, outbound immigration, employment, financial and legal matters, and research center operations. We’re a full-service team committed to minimizing risk and managing complexity, so that you can feel confident about your international travel and activities.

Office of Biological Safety

Office of the Vice Provost for Research