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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

Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship
Deadline: March 6, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000-$50,000
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty, professors in residence, and professor of the practice

The Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:

  1. Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding.
  2. Seed funding, to encourage faculty to pursue exciting new research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs. 
  3. Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment or for travel.  Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose.
  4. Sabbatical top-up, to provide additional salary support to supplement a funded external fellowship.  Apply in this category only if you have received confirmation that an external fellowship will be awarded.

Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research
Deadline: February 28, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000-$200,000
Eligible Applicants: 
Ladder faculty members in FAS and SEAS are eligible to apply. Joint proposals by researchers from the FAS or SEAS and other parts of the University are welcome.

The Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the natural or social sciences. Early stage projects which are unlikely to receive funding from traditional grant-making agencies are encouraged. Award recipients will present and discuss their projects with a range of scholars in multiple disciplines at a Challenge event, April 11, 2017 at 3pm, prior to receipt of funding.

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

NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program
FAS/SEAS Statement of Intent Deadline: February 17, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000-$750,000
Target applicants: Groups of three or more PIs on active, distinct NIH research awards in an area of biomedical research using animals or animal tissue

The Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic workflow in a well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to specialized clusters of instruments and to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations. Requests for a single instrument will be considered only if the instrument is to be placed in a barrier facility. This is a limited submission opportunity and only one application will be accepted from the University area.  Potential applicants from FAS and SEAS are asked to submit a brief statement of intent to Erin Cromack at cromack@fas.harvard.edu no later than February 17, 2017. The statement of intent should include the following:

  • PI Name
  • Brief description of the proposed instrument(s) (one brief paragraph)
  • Major User group (three or more investigators who are Program Directors/Principal Investigators on three distinct active NIH research grants in an area of biomedical research using animals or animal tissue.)
  • Proposed location of the instrument(s), if funded

External Opportunities

NIH Shared Instrumentation Program
NIH High End Instrumentation Grant Program
FAS/SEAS Statement of Intent Deadline: February 17, 2017 by 5:00PM
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 cromack@fas.harvard.edu no later than February 17, 2017.  We will then consult with counterparts at HMS and HSPH to determine if there are any duplicate requests. The statement of intent should include the following:

  • PI Name
  • Brief description of the proposed instrument (one brief paragraph)
  • Major User group (three or more investigators who are Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) on three distinct active NIH research grants)
  • Proposed location of the instrument, if funded