Internal Funding Opportunities


Hearst Fund

William Randolph Hearst Fund has been established at Harvard Medical School in honor and recognition of the efforts and devotion of Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson and Ethel and Jack Hausman on behalf of handicapped children.

Eligibility is restricted to Research Fellows, Clinical Fellows and Instructors appointed within the Harvard Faculty of Medicine doing research in the area of brain development with particular emphasis on factors important for the prevention of neuromotor disabilities and on the fundamental neurobiological mechanisms that underlie health and disease during the process of development. Faculty at the Assistant Professor level or higher are excluded.


Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) provides scholar awards to prioritize the funding of investigators without prior R01-type funding. Feasibility awards are for more established investigators and those who have not previously focused on AIDS research.

Climate Change Solutions Fund

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, and to propel innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world.

Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative

Harvard University is establishing a new funding mechanism to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. These research funds provide seed grants. Successful proposals will be those 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 is especially interested in reviewing and supporting research on the foundations of human behavior of the following kinds: interdisciplinary projects, innovative projects, exploratory projects, projects with the potential to have an enormous impact on social science, policy, or human well-being, research conducted with the collaboration of new investigators (although investigators at all career stages are encouraged to apply), research requiring seed funding, possibly to explore the viability of ideas for larger-scale, externally funded efforts.

The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.

Harvard Brain Science Initiative

Since its launch, the Harvard Brain Science Initiative has awarded seed grants to support the start of 25 outstanding and creative new neuroscience projects, through three distinct seed grant programs funded largely by philanthropists. These projects take on a wide range of challenging questions in basic neurobiology and neurological disease research.

Harvard Catalyst

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 pilot grants 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.


Beginning in 2013, the Harvard China Fund shifted the focus of the program to support and fund academic conferences held at the Harvard Center Shanghai.

Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching

HILT was designed to catalyze innovative activities and promote effective learning and teaching across the University. Semesterly Spark Grants, introduced in 2013, are awards of $5-$15K designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success.

HILT also supports longer-term, school-based decanal priorities.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute

HSCI supports ideas that are not typically funded from traditional sources--either because the research is too early-stage or because it came from a scientist who is still too junior to compete with larger, well-established laboratories. Some of these "high risk" projects that HSCI funded 5 or 10 years ago are now paying back, such as in the form of a new treatment for hernias or an advance in our understanding of early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Harvard University Asia Center

The Asia Center offers grants to Harvard junior and senior faculty for research and travel and conference on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia.

Harvard University Center for the Environment

HUCE awards research grants to Harvard faculty teams and individual faculty members to seed innovative and exciting new projects on issues that address major problems related to energy and environment.

Lemann Brazil Research Fund

This 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.

Middle East Initiative

The Middle East Initiative offers funding each year to Harvard faculty for research proposals on major policy issues affecting the region. There are two grant opportunities: one funded by the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and one funded by the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. Harvard faculty are encouraged to collaborate with academics and educational institutions in the region.

Applications are for one-year grants (up to $80,000) and multi-year grants (up to $120,000 per year) to support research by Harvard University faculty members on issues of critical importance to Kuwait, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab World. Grants can be applied toward research assistance, travel, summer salary, workshops, and course buy-out.

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 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.

OTD Accelerators

The biggest challenge encountered by universities in their efforts to commercialize important new discoveries is the technology development gap: the void that exists between early-stage inventions and the stage innovative technologies must reach in order to be viable and attractive candidates for licensing and commercialization.

Our Accelerator programs combine funding strategies, technical support, and business expertise to help technology breakthroughs make the leap from the lab to the commercial sphere. Each Accelerator is focused on forging industrial partnerships and providing services tailored to the specific needs of the research.

President's Innovation Fund for International Experiences

Provides seed funding to faculty members at any Harvard school to support the development of creative and significant academic experiences abroad for Harvard College students.

Provost Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote engagement and collaboration on topics and activities of mutual intellectual interest that connect faculty with other faculty members and/or students across multiple Harvard Schools. The Provost has limited funds to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, working groups, and small-scale conferences.