University Area Research Administrators’ Training to Be Held January 6

The Office for Sponsored Programs, Kennedy School of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Administration Services, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences would like to announce a training opportunity in early January.

The University Area Research Administrators’ Training Initiative will discuss important updates to the National Science Foundation’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) NSF 16-1.

The training will take place at Lamont Library from 10:00am to 11:30am on Wednesday, January 6. No registration is required at this time.

Proposed Changes to Common Rule: Overview, Resources, and Call for Comments

Author: Jessica McCann

Since 1991, the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the “Common Rule,” has acted as the primary ethical framework for research involving human subjects. Initially inspired by the ideals put forth in the 1971 Belmont Report, the Common Rule applies to many Federal agencies and federally funded institutions whose PIs conduct biomedical or behavioral research.

Travel Policies: Reminder, Updates, and Helpful Tips

Author: Catherine Breen

Each year, Harvard University PIs travel to hundreds of different countries to perform research, provide educational opportunities, and promote the mission of the University. In the words of Harvard’s own Global Support Services website, for our faculty, staff, and students, “there isn’t an international project too small or a destination too remote (except maybe outer space).”

Preparing and Approving: Supporting Harvard’s Internal Controls System

Author: Jessica McCann

Internal controls are processes implemented to provide reasonable assurance of effective operations, compliance, and reporting throughout research administration at Harvard. There are five essential components of internal controls: risk assessments, control environment, monitoring and information, communication, and control activities.

From NIH, an Overview of Upcoming Application Changes

In a recent blog post, Mike Lauer, new Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH, provides an overview of upcoming changes to application regulations. The changes, which are being implemented to address updated policies and changing business needs and reduce administrative burden, were first announced in October in NOT-OD-16-004. They will be implemented in two phases.  

The first phase will go into effect for applications submitted on or after January 25, 2016. These changes will focus on the following points: