Research Essentials

Researcher Essentials


Researchers are responsible for all aspects of their research including compliance with what can sometimes seem like a byzantine network of laws, regulations, and Harvard University (“University”) policies. Sometimes their importance is obvious; sometimes it seems like a lot of rules and paperwork for their own sake.


Harvard's University-wide Research Compliance Training Committee developed a guidance to help demystify these requirements and lighten the load for researchers. This guidance is easily navigable by topic area through the Researcher Essentials website.  It highlights the top 12 issues surrounding research administration and compliance and provides a brief explanation of each topic, clarifies the researcher’s key responsibilities, and identifies University resources for additional help and information. This guide is intended for all University researchers and research administrators, and identifies which responsibilities are specific to the Principal Investigator.