Updated Travel Policy FAQs Posted to OSP Website

The updated Sponsored Travel Guidance and Travel Policy FAQs have been added to the OSP website. This section covers a wide range of frequently asked questions, offering information on booking rules, exception documentation, split charging, receipts, the Fly America Act, and more. The FAQs are designed as a resource for travelers and administrators, covering both general information and specific situations that can arise in booking both nonfederal and federally sponsored travel.

Federal Travel Policy Update Brochure Posted to OSP Website

Looking for a quick guide to travel on federal awards? The Office of Sponsored Programs and Financial Policy Office have released a brochure regarding the recent updates to federal travel policies. The guide provides basic information about booking the lowest economy airfare, the Fly America Act, business meals and receipts, and important websites and phone numbers at the University. We encourage travelers and administrators to use it as a resource on travel on sponsored awards.

NSF Deadline Extension Advisory

Per the FastLane website, NSF is closed today due to inclement weather. The agency has also posted the following notice regarding deadline extensions:

All proposal deadlines from January 22nd and January 25th are extended to January 26, 5:00PM submitter's local time as a result of NSF closure.

For more information, see the FastLane homepage.

The REACH Foundations and Intermediate Programs are Accepting Applications for Spring 2016

The Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard program, a University-wide sponsored research training series for research administrators, is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 offering of the Foundations and Intermediate level courses. Applications for Spring 2016 are due January 20th, 2016.  For more details on the program and application process, please visit the REACH website, or send questions to

Effective Date Extension: Responsibilities of Purchasers, Preparers and Approvers Policy

Author: Andrea Sexton

After requests from several Schools and discussions with the Financial Policy Review Committee, we have extended the effective date of the Responsibilities of Purchasers, Preparers and Approvers policy to March 1, 2016. The online training module is still in development and is now expected to be ready in January; a March 1 effective date will allow time for users to take the training before the policy is live. Individual Schools may keep the January 1, 2016 effective date if they wish.