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Often, participation in service agreements involves high-level projects and challenges that can benefit members of the Harvard community, for example: in most cases, faculty members who plan to provide services as consultants do so on their own behalf at their own time. The university prefers the faculty to conduct consulting activities in your own time in accordance with university policy. The university should only be a contracting party if it is justified by compelling reasons that meet the criteria of this policy. However, there are opportunities when a faculty member plans to provide a service through Harvard University. For example, the activity may have a strong academic component, and the faculty member may wish to be able to use facilities, resources, staff or students to support their performance. This policy allows Harvard to act as a contractor in these exceptional circumstances, but only if the activity in question promotes a central academic mission of the faculty`s school and offers either a significant institutional benefit or a public benefit consistent with the university`s mission and charitable status. HMS`s faculty may receive external advice from time to time. In general, these opportunities are considered personal between the company and each member of the faculty. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that faculties reasonably limit these commitments so that they do not consume more than one day per week on average. Harvard Program617-495-9513trademark_program@harvard.edu The university also holds a statement on the external activities of university appointment holders, which provides a contemporary interpretation of long-standing principles that provide guidance for external professional activities, highlighting those conducted with teaching or research firms other than Harvard.

The statement focuses specifically on teaching, research and counselling activities. Harvard recommends that faculty use the addition to the Guidance Agreement (pdf) when concluding guidance agreements to ensure that advisory activity is not contrary to the faculty member`s obligations arising from the university`s statement on the Intellectual Property Directive. Service arrangements are more complicated to manage for the university than routine sponsored research agreements because of the expectations of external entities that perceive themselves as clients and not as sponsors. Due to the university`s intellectual property policy and Bayh-Dole`s commitments, such activities are particularly demanding in the natural sciences or physics.