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Faculty Policies on Integrity in Science

The HMS policies and guidelines found on this website are designed to address important issues of scientific integrity that arise in the course of daily academic life. The documents contained within serve to set the high standards of integrity that are expected from all faculty, trainees, and students at HMS. This site is a web version of the integrity handbook and contains guidelines for investigators in scientific and clinical research, procedures for dealing with faculty misconduct, information on conflicts of interest, authorship guidelines, and the appropriate attribution of credit and disposition of research products.

Grant Writing Resources

Harvard Medical School provides a list of resources that cover the many aspects and considerations when writing a grant proposal.

HMS Ombuds Office: Research Issues

Research-related concerns are a common reason for some people to consult with the Ombudsperson. Queries in this category include: authorship (order and inclusion), attribution of credit and disposition of research products (what is mine and what can I take with me when I leave), and integrity in science issues (conflict of interest, professional misconduct, misrepresentation of data, protocol errors, plagiarism, etc.).

Grant Writing Resources

Harvard Medical School provides a list of resources that cover the many aspects and considerations when writing a grant proposal.

Harvard Catalyst / The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is dedicated to improving human health by enabling collaboration and providing tools, training and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. Founded in May 2008, Harvard Catalyst is a shared enterprise of Harvard University, its ten schools and its eighteen Academic Healthcare Centers (AHC), as well as the Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and numerous community partners.

Harvard Catalyst is a member of the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium, and shares tools, technologies, and best practices with other consortium members locally (i.e., Boston University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Medical School) and nationally.

Harvard Catalyst resources are available to all Harvard faculty, regardless of their institutional affiliation or academic degree.

The resources of Harvard Catalyst fall into five broad categories:
    Collaborative resources
    Research resources
    Education resources
    Funding resources
    The Research Navigators

Explore website to learn what Harvard Catalyst can do for you, or use the Pathfinder tool to orient yourself to the spectrum of translational research and the resources available at each stage.

Harvard Catalyst Advanced Curriculum Compendium
The Harvard Catalyst Advanced Curriculum Compendium (ACC) provides clinical investigators with opportunities for continuing education in clinical investigation beyond the introductory level.

Through a searchable online catalog, the Catalyst ACC offers educational opportunities to learn new methods or update existing clinical investigative skills. The compendium consists of lectures, seminars, and courses that target core competencies fundamental to successful clinical investigation.

Sponsored Programs Administration

The SPA is a research support organization that actively facilitates the pursuit of sponsored research at HMS. The SPA distributes funding opportunity information to Principal Investigators to assist them with the identification of funding opportunities and partners with faculty and staff in the preparation of proposals and applications. In addition to providing information about funding, the SPA offers training courses and extensive grant writing resources to HMS researchers.

Office of Financial Operations & Analysis

The HMS Office of Financial Operations & Analysis (FOA) has as its general responsibility, stewardship of the financial resources of the Faculty of Medicine, including Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and several related subsidiaries. The office's main responsibilities include strategic financial planning, directing the School's budget to its highest priorities, maximizing indirect cost recovery, maximizing the benefit of donations to the School, and compliance with appropriate restrictions arising from accounting rules or donor intent.

Office for Sponsored Research

The Office for Sponsored Research (OSR), comprised of 4 units working together under unified leadership, supports the research mission of the University by providing effective and efficient information, financial and technical services to the research community. Its 4 units cover all aspects of Awards Management, Operations and Research Systems, Financial Services, and Cost Analysis, Compliance and Equipment Management.

Office for Research Subject Protection

The Office for Research Subject Protection, formerly known as the Animal and Human Studies Office, is the final common pathway for all investigators seeking approval for research involving animal or human subjects. The office's mission is to insure that all research subjects are protected from harm and unnecessary discomfort while involved in a research project. The ORSP's goal is to assist HMS research investigators to develop appropriate experimental protocols involving animal or human subjects in accordance with federal policy and within accepted ethical guidelines.

Center for Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine

The Center for Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine (ARCM) is responsible for the laboratory animal use program of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. The ARCM provides services including routine and specialized animal husbandry of all common laboratory animal species, veterinary care, diagnostic pathology, infectious disease surveillance, quarantine, and animal use compliance oversight.

Office of Technology Licensing & Industry Sponsored Research

The OTL's mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions made by researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine to the private sector for development of health care products that benefit the public. Towards this end, the OTL also seeks to promote and establish fruitful research collaborations with industry. In addition to commercialization of inventions, OTL also works with faculty to negotiate Industry Sponsored Research Agreements and other collaborative agreements that may involve future invention rights.



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