Research Checklist


The following list can be used as a research policy "roadmap" for one's research. If a statement applies to the research you are conducting, it is likely that your project will require review by one or more offices/committees at Harvard. The instructions with each statement will direct you to the relevant policy section of this website or to the appropriate office you will need to contact.

My Research Involves:

Information used to identify individuals including data collected from human subjects, data that permit "re-identification" of individuals by cross referencing data fields, publicly available data, or information that is subject to any data use agreement.

You must comply with federal, state, and university data protection policies and practices. Please refer to the Research Data Security & Management page of this website, which includes contact information for School Chief Information Officers (CIO), School Information Security Officers, and the University CIO.

Use of any items in the following groups: Group 1= recombinant DNA, including human gene transfer studies, Group 2= infectious agents or pathogens. Click to view more.

Group 3= primate (human or non-human) tissues or fluids (including organs, blood, fluids, cell lines...), Group 4= xenotransplantation (only animal tissue into humans), Group 5= substances controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the US Department of Homeland Security, the center for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or the US Department of Agriculture, Group 6= dual use agents (chemical or biological materials used for legitimate research purposes that may also be subject  to restrictions for security purposes).

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