A variety of research policy issues fall under the topic of outside and commercial activities, including conflicts of interest, intellectual property, technology licensing, use of the Harvard name, and University relationships with external organizations. Harvard’s research community must be aware of these issues when collaborating with external entities, commercial or otherwise.Back to Top
Recognizing the increasing importance of collaboration between universities and outside entities to translate University discoveries and inventions into public benefit, the University developed a Statement of Principles to govern collaborations with the commercial sector and ensure that:
The University also maintains a Statement on Outside Activities of Holders of Academic Appointments which provides a contemporary interpretation of longstanding principles that offer guidance on the conduct of outside professional activities, emphasizing those undertaken with education or research enterprises other than Harvard. The Statement deals specifically with teaching, research, and consulting activities. Harvard recommends that faculty use the Addendum to Consulting Agreement when entering into consulting agreements as a means of assuring that the consulting activity will not conflict with the faculty member’s obligations under the University’s Statement of Policy in Regard to Intellectual Property.
Various Harvard Schools have adopted their own policies that address the outside and commercial activities of their members, including the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Graduate School of Design.Back to Top