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Questions about any of the funding opportunities listed below can be addressed to Erin Cromack on 617-496-5252 or Susan Gomes on 617-496-9448.

Internal Harvard Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities

External Opportunities

Internal Harvard Opportunities

Lemann Brazil Research Fund
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 payable over one or two years
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty

The Lemann Brazil Research Fund supports cross-disciplinary research projects relating to Brazil. Proposals are sought for projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences. Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil

Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior
Deadline: 11:59pm on the last day of February, May, August, and November
Award Amount: Maximum $40,000 for ladder faculty, $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty

These research funds support proposals that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. The funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.

Limited Submission Opportunities

For additional upcoming competitions, see our list of annually recurring limited submission opportunities

Takeda Innovators in Science Award in Neuroscience
Harvard internal nomination deadline: April 10, 2017
Award Amount: $200,000
Eligible applicants: Early Career Scientists (within 10 years of degree) and Senior Scientists (15 or more years from degree)

Harvard has been invited to submit nominations for the new Innovators in Science Award sponsored by the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences. The 2017 Innovators in Science Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist and an outstanding Senior Scientist’s contributions to science in the therapeutic area of Neuroscience, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.  Two prizes will be awarded, one to an Early-Career Scientist and the other to a well-established Senior Scientist from across the globe who have distinguished themselves for the creative thinking and impact of their research.  

An eligible Early-Career Scientist nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.  Extensions to the eligibility timeframe may be made for maternity, paternity, adoptive, family care, military or extended sick leave.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a junior level Post-doctoral or Faculty position
  • Have made impactful research contributions and show exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

An eligible Senior Scientist nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 15 years or longer since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.). 
  • Currently hold a senior level Faculty position
  • Have made multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance the Award field.

Pew Biomedical Scholars Program
Harvard Preproposal Deadline: April 10, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $60,000/year for four years
Eligible faculty: Assistant Professors appointed on or after July 15, 2014 and still in the Assistant Professor position at the sponsor deadline of November 1, 2017.

The Pew Scholars Program is designed to support young investigators of outstanding promise in basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The award is intended to provide assured support, during their earlier years, for junior members of the faculty as they establish their laboratories. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly innovative approaches.  The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career.

American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2017 by 11:30PM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): July 3, 2017
Award Amount: $100,000-$325,000 per year for up to seven years, depending on track
Eligible Applicants: Early career researchers (including postdoctoral fellows) or established investigators new to diabetes research

The Pathway to Stop Diabetes Program will support creative scientists who are just starting their careers in diabetes research, or who are already established in another field but want to expand their focus to diabetes research. The program will consider applications directed toward all topics relative to prevention, treatment and cure of all types of diabetes, diabetes related states and the complications of the disease. The program seeks exceptional nominees from a broad range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, chemistry, computing, engineering, mathematics and physics.

This is a limited submission opportunity and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal competition for potential applicants who hold a primary appointment at a school on the Cambridge campus.  The nomination can be in one of the three available Pathway award types:

  • Initiator: This two-phased award is designed to support the transition of scientists from mentored training to independent research faculty.  Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (post-doctoral fellow, research fellowship) and have no more than seven years of research training following terminal doctoral degree. 
  • Accelerator: This award is designed to support exceptional, independent early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, sustainable diabetes research programs.  Awards are available to early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs.  Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. 
  • Visionary: Awards are designed to support established, experienced investigators with strong records of outstanding productivity in fields outside of diabetes who are interested in applying their considerable skills and expertise to diabetes research.  These awards are highly competitive and intended to support particularly innovative and transformational ideas that have the potential to have an exceptional impact in diabetes. Applicants must hold independent faculty positions and have demonstrated significant productivity in their current field of research. 

External Opportunities

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Pilot Projects for a Human Cell Atlas
Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 17, 2017
Award Amount: Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Projects should be one year in duration with a projected start date of no earlier than August 1, 2017.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for one year pilot projects to develop technologies for the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), establish best practices in the field, and begin a common data archive for analysis and investigation. The goal of the International Human Cell Atlas project is to create a reference atlas of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease.   As part of this effort, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative seeks applications to support the Human Cell Atlas community’s convergence around standards, protocols, and best practices for the creation of a freely and openly available reference database of healthy human cells and tissues.

NIH Shared Instrumentation Program
NIH High End Instrumentation Grant Program
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2017

Award Amount: $50,000-$600,000 for Shared Instrumentation Program; $600,001-$2,000,000 for High End Instrumentation Proram
Target Applicants: Groups of three or more
PIs on active, distinct NIH research awards

The objective of these two NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research.  The program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system.  While there is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit for these opportunities, there are restrictions on applications submitted for similar equipment from the same institution.  In order to determine if there are any overlapping requests, potential applicants from FAS and SEAS are asked to submit a brief statement of intent to Erin Cromack at