The Harvard Trademark Program was established by the President and Fellows of Harvard College in order to protect Harvard’s trademarks, to regulate the products being sold under license from the University, and to generate scholarship funds from the sale of licensed goods.
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (FD&D) serves as Harvard University’s central faculty affairs office. Working closely with colleagues across the University, it oversees and guides institutional policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs, providing intellectual leadership and coordination across the Schools with the twin goals of increasing accountability and fostering measurable progress in important domains.
The OGC is responsible for all the legal work arising from the activities of Harvard’s Faculties and departments. Its mission is to render timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that the University, its faculty, and administrators confront on behalf of the University.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs serves as an institutional liaison office and provides programs and services for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Cambridge professional schools.
The Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) partners with Harvard's research and scholarly community in the support and advancement of Harvard's educational, research and public service missions through the provision of superior grants management expertise and customer service.
OTD’s mission is to make the fruits of Harvard research more accessible outside the University, including underserved communities, and ensure that society benefits from Harvard innovations by fostering their swift, professional and effective development and commercialization.
The Provost's Office seeks to foster collaboration across the University and manage changes in policies and practices that affect the academic life of the university as a whole.
The Vice Provost for International Affairs seeks to promote and develop Harvard’s international activities across its Schools, foster coordination between them, oversee and review large-scale international endeavors, and set policies to establish best practices. The Vice Provost is responsible for developing and overseeing a variety of university-wide initiatives and policies relating to international research, education, and collaboration.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has broad responsibility and oversight for the review, development, and implementation of policies related to the organization and execution of academic research, especially in the sciences, and to aspects of the University's relations with industry.
The University Ombudsman Office is open to all Harvard University faculty, staff, fellows, students and retirees. It is an independent resource for problem resolution and works to ensure that all members of the University community are treated equitably and fairly.
The University’s Chief Research Compliance Officer works with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in a number of efforts to enhance research compliance and policy throughout the University. The Vice Provost and the Chief Research Compliance Officer serve as co-chairs of, among other initiatives, the Sponsored Administration Leadership Committee, the Export Control Council, the Research Development Committee, and the Responsible Conduct of Research Committee. The Chief Research Compliance Officer works with the faculty, IRBs, IACUCs, schools, and other parts of central administration to foster and coordinate research compliance efforts, and as needed, coordinates University responses to violations of research standards. For more information, contact Mark Barnes.
To oversee and regulate research involving human subjects, Harvard University maintains three Institutional Review Boards ("IRBs"). The Committee on Human Research Policy ("CHRP") brings together the Institutional Officials, chairs and senior administrators from Harvard's three IRBs, and faculty from Harvard's schools to seek common solutions to shared problems, to share information and views on issues of common concern in the broad domain of human subjects research oversight; and to develop harmonious, cooperative approaches where possible.
Harvard University’s Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) serves as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for Harvard University and sixteen affiliated medical and research institutions. The Committee is responsible for the review and approval of research projects involving recombinant DNA (rDNA) and biological agents being conducted at or sponsored by Harvard or at any of the COMS affiliated institutions.
The Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) Committee provides oversight of all issues related to the derivation and research use of embryos, human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines, and hESC derivatives at Harvard University. The Committee reports to the Vice Provost for Research.
EH&S provides a broad range of services to the University to promote the protection of its students, faculty and administrative staff.
Harvard is committed to complying with applicable U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to exports of items, services and technology by or on behalf of the University. The Harvard policy statement applies both to exports outside the U.S., as well as to exports to foreign nationals within the U.S.. The Vice Provost for Research (VPR) oversees Harvard’s compliance with U.S. export-control laws and regulations. The VPR and the University’s Chief Research Compliance Officer co-chair the Harvard University Export Control Council that reviews and advises the VPR on export control issues. Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for more information.
The Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee (HUSEC) was created by the Harvard Corporation in January 2007 to advise the University's senior leadership on all matters related to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and interschool science. HUSEC oversees, among other things, the creation and funding of new cross-school departments and initiatives and the allocation of resources for new interdisciplinary science ventures. The committee is chaired by the Provost, and the membership includes the Deans of FAS, HMS, HSPH, and SEAS, as well as senior faculty from these schools. For more information about HUSEC, please contact Kathleen Buckley, Associate Provost for Science.
The Research Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC) was created in 2010 by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to support the research missions of Harvard University. The committee's charge encompasses a variety of strategic and capacity building activities that help individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and research administrators to work together more effectively to identify and compete successfully for extramural funding from diverse sources. Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for more information.
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. Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for more information.
In July, 2010, the President and Fellows of Harvard College approved a University-wide "Policy on Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest for Persons Holding Faculty and Teaching Appointments". The Policy requires each School to develop robust procedures for the review and disposition of their faculty members' mandatory annual and transactional reporting of all financial relationships, of a kind and magnitude to be determined by each School, that may be related to the faculty members' full spectrum of academic responsibilities. The University Standing Committee on Financial Conflicts of Interest, together with the Vice Provost for Research, will be the formal instrument for overseeing the implementation plans of the various Schools.
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