REACH Foundations 102 Program

REACH Foundations 102: Level 2

*The REACH Programs are currently on hiatus. Please contact for any questions and additional training resources.*



Through discussion, critical thinking and active contribution, REACH Foundations 102 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


Live virtual sessions that include interactive lectures, case study analysis, and small group discussions.

Time Commitment

Each session is approximately 3 hours and will be a mix of virtual instructor led sessions, pre-work, and post-session assessments.

Note: Some assignments 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.


Virtual Meeting


Assignments will vary week to week


Once yearly: Spring 2021 session will start Wednesday April 28th.


Once yearly: Spring application deadline Friday March 19th, 2021

Application components

Application form, Recommendation form, Manager's approval form, Resume, Personal Statement 

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The REACH Foundations 102 (formally 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 REACH Foundations 102 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 five 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 3-6 years of related experience.

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Selection Process

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

Admissions Timeline

Spring 2021 Cohort

  • March 2021: Applications launched March 8th, 2021
  • March 2021: Applications due March 19th, 2021
  • Early April: Decisions sent out. Student statements of commitment and confidentiality statements due one week before the first class
  • April 28th, 2021: Classes begin
  • May 2021: Classes end

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The application cycle will open March 8th, 2021.