The Award Lifecycle

Harvard's Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) has adopted a lifecycle management approach to research administration. This means that teams within our office are organized to manage proposals from the beginning, or 'pre-award,' stage of a project through the termination, or closeout, of an award. This comprehensive approach helps the teams to better understand the entire cycle of an award in all of its stages, rather than only gaining familiarity with one phase. Our website is organized by lifecycle phase from Finding Funding to Closing Out an Award. Most of the activity within OSP centers around Managing an Award, also referred to as 'post-award' activity.