Internal Funding Opportunities

** denotes limited submission

Center for AIDS ResearchHIV/AIDS Scholar Awards and Feasibility Projects

Harvard Catalyst Pilot Funding – Harvard Catalyst is a pan-University collaborative effort committed to harnessing the human, technological, and fiscal resources of Harvard and its Academic Healthcare Centers (AHCs) to reduce the burden of human illness. To foster cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Harvard Catalyst offers seed funds in the form of Pilot Grants and Prizes to Harvard investigators who need seed funds for early stage research anywhere along the translational spectrum, from basic/preclinical investigation to practice- or population-based research.

Harvard China Faculty Grant Program

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Early Stage Research – Seed Grants and Jr. Faculty Programs

Harvard University Asia Center

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Milton Fund – The bequest of William F. Milton makes research funds available to faculty members of Harvard University.  The Milton Fund supports studies of a medical, geographical, historical, or scientific nature, which must be either in the interests of promoting the physical and material welfare of the human race, or of investigating and determining the value and importance of a discovery or invention.

Applicants must be members of the University with voting privileges in their respective faculties and must not have received Milton Fund support during the last five years.  Preference is given to new and original projects, especially independent work of recently-appointed early career faculty members.

Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Nodal Award Program – due 9/14/15 by 9AM
A key goal of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) is to encourage and support the development of scientific collaborations among Center members that promote new translational cancer research as well as research that addresses issues relevant to the unequal burden of cancer and cancer outcomes in diverse populations.

To advance this goal, the DF/HCC periodically solicits proposals for pilot projects that are designed to enhance or create new “nodal point” interactions between members in clinical-based and discipline-based DF/HCC Research Programs. These interactions provide an opportunity to link research efforts across Programs, with a focus on projects that have the potential of significant human application. Such inter-programmatic research efforts are the “nodal points” that are targeted for support by this award program.


Office of Technology DevelopmentTechnology Accelerator Fund

Office of Technology Development/Faculty Funding Opportunities – OTD has a number of established alliances with industry seeking to partner with Harvard Faculty to advance science and medicine, foster innovation and promote the development of translational research through scientific exchange and collaborations with industry.  These alliances provide unique funding opportunities available to Harvard Faculty.

Taplin Equipment Fund – 2010- Through a generous gift from the Taplin Family, the School of Public Health will again this year offer an equipment grants program offering awards to faculty members based at the School of Public Health.  This year, we have a total of $30,000 to award for the purchase of equipment and related implementation expenses (e.g., cost of technical training, equipment maintenance, and technical consulting fees).  Proposals of any amount up to $30,000 will be considered. We will seek to make two awards if possible given the proposed budgets of the most competitive applications.  See the full announcement for additional detail.

** denotes limited submission

Available within the Harvard community

Available within the HMS/HSDM community

Available within the HSPH community

  • Career Incubator Fund- The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) administers the Career Incubator Fund to encourage and support the scientific career development of assistant and associate professors on tenure ladder at HSPH. To advance this goal, twice yearly HSPH will solicit proposals for Pilot Projects that will provide faculty the opportunity to develop their research ideas and collect pilot data. A key goal of the CIF is to maximize faculty competitiveness for extramural funding. While not required, proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature will be prioritized. A key goal of the program is to allow faculty to develop innovative and novel ideas/methods. Typically, awards of up to $50,000 are made for a period of one year, with a possibility of one additional year of funding, pending progress and a competitive renewal application.  See the full announcement for detailed eligibility information and application instructions.
  • CFAR
  • China Initiative