Harvard Guidelines, Policies & Resources
For any research project involving data, it is important you understand your rights and responsibilities. The following links will assist you as you consider issues such as intellectual property, security and privacy.
- HKS Research Admininstration Office (RAO)
The RAO supports Harvard Kennedy School PIs throughout the funding and research process, starting from the very beginning. The office maintains tables of federal and nonfederal funding opportunities, as well as an overview of the types of projects each sponsor funds.
- Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Lists research policies and contacts, as well as a research checklist that will direct you to the relevant policy or to the appropriate office you will need to contact.
- Office for Sponsored Programs
Lists additional University policies, such as Retention of Research Data and Materials, that correspond to a particular phase of the award life-cycle.
- General Records Schedule (University Archives)
Regulates how long to keep different types of records, and whether to send records to an archive or destroy them when they are no longer needed; it covers common types of records found across the University in all formats – including electronic records and email.
- Office of Technology Development
Includes helpful information on licensing, intellectual property, material transfer along with other guidelines, policies, forms and agreements.
- University Information Security Policy
Find University policies on information security and privacy such as confidential information, passwords, requirements at different security levels and more.
- Office for Scholarly Communications
Hosts a section on open-access policies at Harvard along with a guide for researchers who have questions about when and how the policy applies to their work. View the HKS RAO FAQ site.