Harvard University has many applications to assist research administration. These systems are designed to facilitate proposal development, award management, reporting, and regulatory compliance for research.  The information below provides details and login links to the applications.   

For a complete list of Harvard's financial, HR, and reporting applications, visit Harvard's Financial Systems Solutions website. 

For information on application access, security guidelines, and authorized requestors, visit Harvard's Client Services website.

See also: Systems

Harvard University Systems

Buy-to-Pay (B2P)

Login to Buy-to-Pay (eProcurement/AP)

System used to submit Purchase Orders, Payment Requests, and Non-employee reimbursements all online in the B2P system.  This system will eventually replace HCOM.

Find more information on Buy-to-Pay (B2P) training and resources


Login to Concur  (Travel and Expense)

Find more information on Concur training and resources.


Login to eCRT

ecrt Basics Training is Harvard University’s web-based time and effort reporting system. Please go to the Office for Sponsored Programs/Effort Reporting web page for important dates on the current Period of Performance certifications.


IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) - e-IACUC is the electronic submission of protocols

Submission Instructions for Animal Protocols and Amendments

Log into e-IACUC

  • For Amendments - All amendments should be completed on paper, unless you have completed your new or 3-year renewal in e-IACUC
  • For Annual Renewals (USDA covered species only) - All amendments should be completed on paper, unless you have completed your new or 3-year renewal in e-IACUC.
    • Annual renewals are not required for protocols using non-USDA covered species


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.

GMAS - Grants Management Application Suite

GMAS (Grants Management Applications Suite) A university-wide, web-based system for managing sponsored funding. GMAS is used to maintain proposal, award and subcontract data, activate accounts and monitor spending and approvals. It is also an online repository for storing grant-related documents.  For more help, please consult GMAS User Resources.


HCOM Login

Harvard Crimson Online Marketplace (HCOM) is a comprehensive procure-to-pay solution where users request, approve and receive goods and services.

Note: Buy-to-Pay (B2P) is a unified procurement platform that will eventually replace HCOM through a phased roll out during 2020. 

HART (formerly OBI)

Login to Harvard Analytics and Reporting Tool (HART)  (formerly OBI)

Find more information on HART (formerly OBI)--how to get access, training, security settings.

Outside Activity and Interest Reporting (OAIR)

Outside Activities and Interests Reporting (OAIR) system is used for reporting outside professional activities and other relevant interests. 

Detailed information and helpful resources are provided in the HCSRA OAIR page.

PI Dashboard

Login to PI Dashboard

The PI Dashboard is a post award management and projections tool. It provides summary information and also allows users to create and save projections, monitor spending, print reports, and manage a PIs full portfolio of funding.

Find more information on how to get access and training, visit PI Dashboard and the HCSRA Info page.


WASABI – A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health custom application designed for detailed budgeting of sponsored accounts, journal transactions and creation and approval of payroll actions. The Wasabi Basics class is required for all new SPH Wasabi users. Wasabi Hands-on Lab sessions ae also available to demonstrate features of Wasabi modules.

Please register for Wasabi class on the Harvard Training Portal.  Search for "wasabi" to see a listing of all classes.

External Systems


eRA Commons

FDP Clearinghouse

Searchable database of all grant opportunities offered by 26 Federal Agencies

NSF Fastlane


NSF.Research. gov is where you can Prepare & Submit NSF proposals via NSF Fastline. 

REGISTERING FOR A NEW NSF ACCOUNT: To register for a new NSF account you must register using the Harvard University DUNS (082359691)Even though the Harvard Chan School is listed as a potential organization the School's profile is no longer in use: Therefore, the SPA Office will not have access to the proposal and will not be able to submit. The proposal application will have to be redone using the correct (Harvard University DUNS (082359691) profile.


Listservs and Blogs

eRA Commons News

eRA News

Latest news from the electronic Research Administration (eRA)

ERA Commons Updates Listserv

ERA Commons List Serves for Updates

Listserv for updates on the NIH Electronic Submission program and eRA Commons Community Blog

HCSRA Highlights Newsletter

The HCSRA Highlights Newsletter is an email newsletter sent weekly to our school's Research Administration community. The newsletter highlights important research administration information news from Harvard University and funding sponsors, The newsletter also contains research administration-specific upcoming events & training, updates on policies & guidance, and open positions within our School. Complete an online subscription request, to receive this weekly communication.


Open Mike Blog from NIH

Open Mike blog from NIH

Blog by NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Mike Lauer

NIH Listserv

NIH Notices

NIH Guide LISTSERV: Subscribe to Weekly TOC Email with New NIH Guide Postings



Research Administration Discussion List: to subscribe to RESADM-L, email The subject and the body of the email can be empty.