Research Checklist

Resources

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:

Living individuals about whom I (or my team) plan to obtain (select to reveal options)

(1) Data through interaction or intervention with the individual (including surveys), or (2) Identifiable private information

You must consult your School's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to determine if your research requires review. Please refer to the Human Subjects & IRBs page of this website, which includes a list of contacts for Harvard's three IRBs.

Read more about Living individuals about whom I (or my team) plan to obtain (select to reveal options)

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.

Read more about 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.

The receipt of consulting fees or other payments from outside organizations for work related to my professional expertise.

You must ensure that you are in compliance with the Harvard University Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest and with your School's implementation of that Policy. Refer to the Conflicts of Interest & Commitment page, which includes a list of School-designated COI officials, or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Read more about The receipt of consulting fees or other payments from outside organizations for work related to my professional expertise.

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).

If using Groups 1, 2,

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The export of items, services, or technologies to another country, or allows potential access to such items by a foreign national (i.e. "deemed export").

You are required to comply with United States Export Control regulations. Please seek advice from your School's Dean of Research and refer to the Export Controls page or contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Read more about The export of items, services, or technologies to another country, or allows potential access to such items by a foreign national (i.e. "deemed export").

The creation of inventions, such as novel materials, methods or computer software/databases that are or may be protected/ protectable by a patent or copyright.

If your invention will be protected by a patent, you are required to comply with the university's intellectual property policy. Refer to the Intellectual Property page of this website or contact the Office of Technology Development (OTD).

Read more about The creation of inventions, such as novel materials, methods or computer software/databases that are or may be protected/ protectable by a patent or copyright.