Grants Management

Policies and Guidance

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 devleloped by SALC can be found under the See Also section of this page or OSP’s website.