COVID-19 Guidance Summaries - Non-Federal Sponsors

This page contains guidance for the following non-federal sponsors:

Information contained on this page has been either broadly disseminated to the public, or Harvard has received a communication from the sponsor with this information.

Many foundations have made a pledge in response to COVID-19. In summary:

“Now, more than ever, we must join forces in a commitment to best serve our grantees, who are supporting communities on the frontlines of this global pandemic, with flexibility and resources however we can.” Each foundation pledges to loosen or eliminate restrictions on existing grants; make new grants as unrestricted as possible; reduce or postpone reporting requirements and site visits; contribute to community-based emergency response funds.

Please see the Council of Foundations website for the complete pledge and the list of foundations who have signed it.

American Heart Association

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 20, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: any changes to August deadline will be announced in July
  • Travel: cancellation fees are allowed
  • Salary: up to 60 days of work stoppage
  • Stipend: up to 60 days of work stoppage
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: always available
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: no extension, contact if needed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: no extension, contact if needed 

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Arnold Ventures

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: no changes
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: Program lead will be in touch with further guidance, but be in touch if needed

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Cancer Research Institute

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: Scientific research will provide the answers, more updates in months ahead

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 23, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy 
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed 
  • Travel: not addressed 
  • Salary: not addressed 
  • Stipend: not addressed 
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: happy to approve NCE, as necessary and requested
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: adjustments, as necessary and requested 
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed 
  • Other: provide flexibility. Reach out to program officer

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Democracy Funds Elections Team

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 13, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: flexible as needed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: flexible as needed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: will not be penalized for cancelling events, grant deliverables, making changes for health and safety. Grant payments will go on as planned

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Evergrande – Greater Boston Consortium on Pathogen Readiness Evergrande COVID-19 Response Fund Awards

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 17, 2020
  • Evergrande COVID-19 website
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? RFP managed by Harvard
  • Late Proposal Submission: extremely compressed timeline, due March 24, 2020
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: RFP in response to COVID-19

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Ford Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 16, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard guidance
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: cancellation fees are allowed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: upon request
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: upon request
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: maximum flexibility, individual best approach, can change payment schedule, will not rescind funding for cancelled events

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Genentech

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 24, 2020 
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard guidance 
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed 
  • Travel: open to having grant resources covering costs (including travel and cancellation) associated with COVID-19 related impacts to work 
  • Salary: Incomplete, follow Harvard guidance  
  • Stipend: Incomplete, follow Harvard guidance
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: will support extensions, as needed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: will support extensions, as needed 
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed 
  • Other: Ask to be kept informed on the COVID-19 impact on programs and events

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: aim to be reliable partner, let them know how they can help, provide time and flexibility

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James Webb Space Telescope

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 19, 2020
  • James Webb Space Telescope COVID-19 website
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: Cycle 1 GO deadline moved to May 27, 2020
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed

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John Templeton Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 19, 2020
  • John Templeton Foundation COVID-19 website
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: proposal under review will continue as planned
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: flexible about starting; will respond to grantee inquiries

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KeyW and Jacobs

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 20, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: travel restrictions, return protocols with 14 days of self-quarantine;
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: Imposed travel restrictions to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea and Italy, others as they evolved, stop sending to conferences or KeyW Jacobs, impose 14 days of self-quarantine

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Knight Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 13, 2020 
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy 
  • Late Proposal Submission: review will continue with possible delays 
  • Travel: suspended all travel  
  • Salary: not addressed 
  • Stipend: not addressed 
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed 
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed 
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed 
  • Other: payments will continue, please reach out to describe your situation

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MacArthur Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 16, 2020
  • MacArthur Foundation COVID-19 letter
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: grant officers are reaching out to identify how to help, will likely approve cancellations, modifications and extension of terms, payment terms

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Mellon Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 13, 2020
  • Mellon Foundation COVID-19 website
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: upon request
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: three-month extension
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: staff is ready to assist and modify

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Mozilla Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: upon request
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: can extend or reallocate; open to suggestions

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Neilsen Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 14, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: upon request
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: funding will not be at risk if unable to meet deadlines. Staff will work with grantees and applicants in coming weeks

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Oak Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 16, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: fully support decision orgs make to cancel or postpone meetings. Reach out for discussions.

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Open Society Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 16, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed

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Packard Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 23, 2020 
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy 
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed 
  • Travel: cancelled travel and events can be charged to grants
  • Salary: not addressed 
  • Stipend: not addressed 
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed 
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: automatic 4 months extension of reports due between February 28, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and will consider other requested changes
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed 
  • Other: can expedite payments if requested. Keep in touch to request changes to original project or to redirect funds to another project, reach out

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Rockefeller Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: if under review now, may be asked to revise by program
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: upon request
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: extensions upon request
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: they remain flexible and committed

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Stuart Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 17, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: not addressed
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: open to changes as needed upon request

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Susan B. Komen Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 16, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: staying with May 6 deadline, but another one follows in August
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: not addressed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: converting events to virtual

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William T. Grant Foundation

  • Date of latest Guidance: March 18, 2020
  • Guidance consistent with Harvard? Incomplete, follow Harvard policy
  • Late Proposal Submission: staying with May 6 deadline, but another one follows in August
  • Travel: not addressed
  • Salary: not addressed
  • Stipend: not addressed
  • Continuation / No-Cost Extension: not addressed
  • Late RPPR / Reporting: report as usual with description of changes needed
  • Treatment of Subcontracts: not addressed
  • Other: will be as flexible and understanding as possible, reach out if you want, but otherwise just describe changes in your next report

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