REACH Intermediate Program

Intermediate: Level 2


Purpose Through discussion, critical thinking and active contribution, Intermediate aims to teach research administrators the "why" behind their major activities in research administration by utilizing case studies in the context of a large fictitious grant fraught with policy, regulatory and ethical issues that need to be addressed.
Required Experience 3-6 years in research administration or a related field, must be a current Harvard employee to apply
Format In-classroom interactive lectures, including computer lab sessions for sponsored system training
Time Commitment* 7 consecutive bi-weekly, 3-hour classes = 21 total classroom hours over a period of  ~3 months
Location Regularly alternating between Cambridge and Longwood
Assignments/Deliverables Journal Entries (short essays of ~500 words), Final Written Assessment, Public Access Debate, and performance in pre-work and class participation
Offerings/Timeline Once yearly: Fall, September-December
Admissions Once yearly: Spring app deadline January, specific date alternates
Application components Application form, Recommendation form, Manager's approval form, Resume, Personal Statement 

*All assessments and deliverables are completed outside of class time. Please consider this factor when estimating the total time commitment. Because every student is different, we do not provide time estimates for independent work outside of the classroom.

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The Intermediate program will utilize case studies to generate thoughtful discussion in the context of a large fictitious grant fraught with policy, regulatory and ethical issues that need to be addressed. Applicants to the Intermediate program are expected to possess a solid understanding of grants administration issues and are expected to actively contribute to discussions. The program will consist of seven bi-weekly, three hour classes. After successfully completing the program, participants are expected to possess a strong comprehension of grants administration issues from multiple perspectives, and be able to readily apply knowledge and skills learned in the program to their current roles. Ideal candidates will possess at least 3-5 years of related experience.

• Please click here for the Intermediate information sheet.

Information Sessions

None currently scheduled.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to complete an application and a short essay. An admissions committee will review these applications and each applicant will be informed via of admission status. The goal of the admissions committee will be to create a balanced cohort with University-wide representation.

Admissions Timeline

Spring 2018 Cohort
Late- October Applications launched (online only)
November In-person information sessions offered, alternate between Longwood and Cambridge locations.*
Mid-November Applications due
Mid-December Decisions sent out. Student statements of commitment and confidentiality statements due one week before the first class
January Classes begin
April Classes end



The application cycle is currently closed. The next application cycle will open Fall 2017.