Policy Contacts Ara Tahmassian Chief Research Compliance Officer, Harvard University Office for Sponsored Programs OSP, Harvard University
Managing the regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities that accompany sponsored research funds is a complex undertaking as this funding is highly regulated. Sound financial management of sponsored funds is critical in maintaining the public’s trust in both investigators’ and the institution’s ability to discharge their fiduciary responsibilities in managing the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in support of research, and in ensuring the public and research participants that the research is conducted in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical standards.
Award management, or “post-award,” which involves a variety of requirements relating to the expenditure of sponsored research funds, is managed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in close collaboration with the various school-based sponsored projects and research administration offices. Please visit OSP’s website for a complete overview of award management polices and procedures.
Harvard University has three sponsored programs offices providing oversight and grants management of sponsored research. The Sponsored Administration Leadership Committee (“SALC”) brings together the leadership of these three programs, along with the Vice Provost for Research and the University Director of Sponsored Research to discuss shared issues, concerns and matters of oversight and grants management. University-wide policies developed by SALC can be found under the See Also section of this page or OSP’s website.
Sponsored Project Administration Training
Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH):
Under the direction and management of the University-wide Research Administration Training Team (URATT), the Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) program is an interactive and engaging cohort-based certificate program specifically designed for Harvard research administrators and other personnel engaged in assisting in the management of sponsored funds.