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Updated Sponsored Travel Guidance and Resources (Effective 10/1/2019)

The following sponsored travel resources have been updated: 

  • Sponsored Travel Guidance and FAQs have been revised to reflect the updated definition of lowest economy class airfare: Harvard defines lowest economy class airfare (sometimes called coach, standard economy fare class or base airfare) to include a reserved seat, one personal item, one carry-on bag, and one checked bag.
  • Two 2 resources have been...
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New Federal Work Study on Sponsored Awards Policy

SALC EC and OPC have approved a University-wide policy that the institutional share of Federal Work Study (FWS) cannot be charged to federal funds and cannot be charged to federal cost sharing activities. Other Harvard funding, such as non-federal sponsored awards, non-sponsored gifts, unrestricted funds, or endowment funds, can be used for the institutional share of FWS if allowed by the terms of the fund.

This policy goes into effect January 1, 2020. FWS charged to federal awards or charged to federal cost sharing accounts through December 21, 2019 will require manual...

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The Office for Sponsored Programs, in collaboration with the University Operations and Policy Committee, has revised the Advance Account Guidance dated February 26, 2004.

Please review the full September 10, 2019 guidance here https://osp.finance.harvard.edu/at-risk-account-guidance, but some highlights include:

  • At-Risk Account is the official title replacement for what were formerly referred to as “Advance Accounts”
  • Recommendations for limiting At-Risk Account authorization periods
  • Suggestion that alternate non-sponsored string be provided at At-Risk Account...
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New NIH requirements Implement a Broader Definition of Fetal Tissue

For grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2019, NIH is implementing new requirements on human fetal tissue (HFT) research for scientists applying for grants using human material from elective abortions. 

These new requirements apply to a far broader set of materials than what is conventionally considered...

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SRA Live Webinar: Research Administration: Everything You Should Know

SRA Webinar - Research Administration: Everything You Should Know    

Date: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm    
Location: Cambridge, 1033 Mass Ave, Floor M, Room M11

Description: Imagine you are hired as a research administrator and they hand you your very first grant award. 
Do you know what its expected from you? Do you know what is the first thing you should do?

This webinar is designed for a new project...

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Now Available: Faculty Disclosure Resources

Recently federal funding agencies and congressional committees have expressed concerns regarding certain activities that threaten the integrity of the U.S. research enterprise. In response, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has collected and collated updated guidance for Harvard Researchers in addressing faculty disclosure and intellectual property protection. This information, along with a set of FAQs, can be found on the OVPR website at https://... Read more about Now Available: Faculty Disclosure Resources

August Training Opportunities

Dear Research Administrators,

We wanted to take a moment to remind you about the upcoming training opportunities taking place in August. Please see below for session details and how to register.

REACH Foundations 101 application cycle open July 22nd – August 9th for the Fall 2019 cohort

Date: Applications are due Friday August 9th, 2019 (application cycle will be open Monday, July 16th)
Time and Location: Please visit the...

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Proposals Due September 11, 2019

Proposals for the next call for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) under Horizon 2020 are due at 11am EST on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please note that this means proposals are due to OSP/SPA/ORA at 11am EST on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Specific information about the call can be found on the European Commission...

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SRA Live Webinar: The False Claims Act and Guidance for All Institutions

Date / Time / Location:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / 2:00pm to 3:00pm / Cambridge, 1414 Massachusetts Ave, 5th

Description:

The False Claims Act (FCA) provides for treble damages plus penalties and is the principal enforcement mechanism used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue civil fraud perpetrated against the government. This webinar provides an overview and introduction to the FCA, as well as information that will help individuals, universities, companies and organizations understand and mitigate their risk under the FCA. It will also...

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