Welcome to the Office for Sponsored Programs

Research Administration is the engine that keeps the research machine at Harvard running. Our office helps researchers apply for and manage the funding – whether from the federal government, foreign governments, foundations, corporations, or other entities – that allows for the discoveries, cures, and findings that make Harvard a world-class research institution. OSP strives to offer Harvard’s research and academic community the best support possible for reviewing and negotiating awards, stewarding sponsored funding in accordance with regulatory requirements, fostering collaboration in the research community, and providing technical expertise to clients and external stakeholders. OSP covers pre-award functions for the University Area (FAS and Cambridge-based graduate schools) and research finance, training, and compliance functions for the entire campus.

The unique scope of talent and knowledge at Harvard means that research here is conducted in almost every field and across multiple disciplines. From astronomy to political science, from zoology to mathematics, faculty and researchers in every department are constantly striving to expand human knowledge through analysis, innovation, and discovery. Research at Harvard is conducted in the departments of all thirteen schools and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at more than 100 research centers on campus and around the globe. Researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students, and they collaborate with colleagues across the University, at affiliates, and at other research institutions. Research has always been, and remains, a vital part of the University’s mission.

The process of obtaining and managing sponsored funding requires significant effort on the part of both faculty and administrative staff. There are over 1,000 different external organizations that fund our faculty’s research. Over 4,000 proposals flow through the Office for Sponsored Programs and the Sponsored Research Administration offices in the Longwood Medical Area each year, and more than 1,200 new awards with a total value of approximately $900m are granted to Harvard annually.  

The most valuable role we can play for our clients is to simplify and streamline the complicated and often overwhelming world of research administration - and to offer policies, recommendations, advice, context, and support, in part by making resources available through our website. We hope that you will find our website useful and informative. We are always interested in hearing your feedback about how we can add value, so please let us know if you have ideas or questions.

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