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.
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.).
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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