University Research Offices & Committees


Committee on Microbiological Safety

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.

Environmental Health & Safety

EH&S provides a broad range of services to the University to promote the protection of its students, faculty and administrative staff.

Harvard Trademark Program

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.

Harvard University Export Control Council

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 Read more about Harvard University Export Control Council

Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee

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 Read more about Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee

Office for Sponsored Programs

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.

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

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.

Office of General Counsel

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.

Office of Technology Development

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.

Office of the Provost

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.

Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

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.

Research Development Coordinating Committee

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 Read more about Research Development Coordinating Committee

Sponsored Administration Leadership Committee

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.

Standing Committee on Financial Conflicts of Interest

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 Read more about Standing Committee on Financial Conflicts of Interest

University Development Office

The University Development Office (UDO) raises current use and endowment gifts to support the research, teaching and training priorities of the University.  For more information contact Meg Tiede for questions around university priorities, gift opportunities, terms for a gift fund,  or Jennifer Chow for foundation opportunities."

University Ombudsman Office

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.