Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle allegations that false claims were made in connection with four federal research grants, prosecutors said Thursday.
Between 1994 and 1999, Harvard and Beth Israel, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, improperly billed nearly $2 million in salary and equipment expenses to four federal grants awarded by the National Institute on Aging, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston.
Harvard paid an $850,000 settlement two years ago related to the same allegations, which brings the total payments to $3.25 million.
Harvard and Beth Israel had voluntarily disclosed the mismanagement to the National Institutes of Health and cooperated with federal authorities, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said.
The university has also provided a detailed progress report to the NIH on improvements made to strengthen its management systems. The NIH has reviewed and accepted Harvard's report, Sullivan said.
Boston-area schools and hospitals annually receive more than $1 billion in federal medical research grants.