The Research Environment

Scientific research is governed by an ever-increasing number of laws, regulations, and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Harvard has several resources available to assist postdocs with the regulatory requirements for their research.

The Office of the Vice Provost For Research provides a comprehensive list of research policies ranging from human subjects and stem cells to grants management and intellectual property. For each policy they provide a general overview, a summary of external (i.e., state and federal) regulations, and specifics on Harvard’s polices, procedures, and guidance including additional resources, local contacts, and available training.

FAS Research Administration provides FAS-specific information to facilitate research including information on polices and procedures, frequently needed forms, tools for managing sponsored research, and funding resources.

Division of Science Research Checklists offer FAS researchers step-by-step guidance for research involving materials, subjects, or processes that are highly regulated or require special approvals.