Policies and Guidance

OSP Policies

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November 2015 Policy Updates

On January 1, 2016, Harvard will put into effect several updates pertaining to the TravelSponsored Financial Reporting and Closeout (SFR & C), Responsibility of Purchasers, Preparers and Approvers (ROPPA), and Sponsored Expenditures Guidelines (SEG) policies.

The new policies and guidelines apply to all financial, administrative, and research administration staff, as well as faculty. Although they will not take effect University-wide until January, we strongly encourage early adoption.

For more information, view the PDFs above or the links on the left-hand side of this page. For updates and an in-depth look at the new policies, follow the OSP Blog.

Note on the Uniform Guidance Implementation on December 26, 2014
All federal awards and incremental funding actions made on or after December 26, 2014  are subject to the  to the OMB  “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (also known as “ Uniform Guidance” or “2 CFR 200”). The Uniform Guidance replaces A-21, A-110 and A-133.  

Existing federal awards that do not receive incremental funding with new terms and conditions will continue to be governed by the terms and conditions of the federal award.  The Uniform Guidance does not retroactively change the terms and conditions for funds a non-Federal entity has already received.  

All OSP policies have been updated to meet the requirements of the Uniform Guidance.  In cases where there was a substantial change to the OSP policy due to the change federal regulations, the previous version of the policy is available and should be used for existing awards that remain subject to A-21 and A-110.

OSP Policy and Guidance Handbook

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