Provostial Review

Does your project need Provostial Review?

Provostial Review is conducted by the Provost’s Office at Harvard University and is designed to review projects that pose management challenges and/or reputational risks beyond those routinely covered by the IRB or other review committees. The Provostial Review process also considers the question of whether the proposed research project is within the research and academic mission of the University, as opposed to advocacy or consultancy.

There are ten criteria that can trigger a Provostial Review. These criteria are described under the “Criteria and Procedures for Provost’s Review of New Projects or Grants” on the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) website: http://vpr.harvard.edu/pages/provost-criteria-review. Researchers planning international projects should consider if their project meets any of the criteria, and seek appropriate review as needed.