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.

One important document to keep in mind are the Guidelines on Authorship and Acknowledgement, provided by the FAS Research Integrity Office.

FAS Research Administration Services (RAS) 

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

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.

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.