Award negotiations with a sponsor for one of my awards are being held up. The sponsor wants to review what I intend to publish before submitting. I’m willing to agree, but my Sponsored Project Administration office says this is a publication restriction.

Harvard University is committed to open research and its policies require there be no restrictions on publication of research.  The Fundamental Research exemption permits only limited review to prevent the inadvertent disclosure of proprietary information or to preserve patent rights.  The Fundamental Research exemption may be nullified if a corporate sponsor insists on a prepublication review.  If the University accepts an award clause that is inconsistent with the Fundamental Research exemption, then HSPH may have to secure an export license for the sharing of information with foreign nationals here on campus.