Guidance for International Projects

Policies and Guidance

Investigators who conduct research outside the United States may encounter regulations and policies different than those that govern research in the U. S. Regulations may differ in the areas of human subjects, taxation, employment, real estate, licensing, or other matters. Additionally, U.S. export-control laws and regulations may apply to research activities that take place outside the U.S. and that involve the use of technology or the development of certain items (e.g., products, goods, hardware, software, and materials). Because of these differences, Harvard researchers must be aware of their individual responsibilities when conducting research abroad, including the possibility of formal approval by the Provost’s Office.

For guidance on reporting, disclosing, or requesting prior approval for ​sponsored research that includes a foreign component refer to OVPR’s Guidance for Researchers in Addressing Faculty Disclosure and Intellectual Property, Section 4.c-d. To assist in the determination of whether or not a particular international activity or collaboration rises to the level of a Foreign Component, please ​reference the “NIH Foreign Component Researcher Decision Guide” accessible from the OVPR Foreign Component Guidance webpage.