Award Acceptance

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

What is an MOU?


A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an agreement between two or more parties/institutions. MOUs are not legally binding, but serve to document each collaborator’s expectations or intentions.  The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance is responsible for reviewing, negotiating and approving the draft MOU before final approval by the Dean.

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Award Management

Below are classes recommended for research administrators that are involved in oversight, administration and communication throughout the post-award life cycle.

Fishbowl Presentations

Fishbowl Tuesdays at the Harvard Chan School are 1 to 1 1/2 hour training sessions held on a regular basis during the academic year. Since October 20, 2020, we have covered topics such as Prior Approvals (Letters to Sponsors), Communicating with Your PI About Effort, Federal Disclosure Requirements, International Collaborations and Activities, Provost Criteria and Statement of Work. Copies of presentation materials are sent to attendees via email following each session. If you missed a session you can find copies of the materials in the table below (HarvardKey login required)....

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There are many educational resources at the School and University for Harvard Chan School Research Administrators. At times it’s hard to know where to begin so please take a moment to check out these Learning and Development pages on the menu tab above.

Training Section Outline

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Award Acceptance

After a proposal has been reviewed and accepted by a sponsor, an award is issued as a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to Harvard. Before accepting an award on behalf of the University, the Harvard Chan School SPA Office reviews all terms and conditions, regardless of the sponsor, and is responsible for negotiating appropriate remedies. 

Award Acceptance Outline

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