The NIH notification NOT-OD-20-086 Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19 provides administrative flexibilities and guidance around reporting, expenditures and prior authorizations applicable to NIH grant recipients at institutions affected by COVID-19. These flexibilities will be implemented in conjunction with Harvard and HMS institutional policy. If you have questions or concerns about how the recent notification to phase down laboratory research at HMS will affect your research funding, please visit the HMS Office of Research Administration website for further information or to contact ORA:


The Research Compliance team within ARI supports various facets of the research enterprise at HMS to advance a culture of ethics, integrity and compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies, as well as University and HMS policies. The team develops general and specific trainings, policies and provides appropriate oversight and monitoring to the community.

Key areas of expertise are:

  • Export Controls
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Allowable Costs
  • Training Development

We work collaboratively with many offices, including: Strategic Procurement, OGC, ORA, COMS, OHRP and the IACUC. We welcome the opportunity to serve as a sounding board for any questions or concerns you or your department may have. Please feel free to email us at