Finding Funding

American Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Initiator Award (HMS Quad-only Postdocs)
Description: This two-phased award is designed to support the transition of scientists from mentored training to independent research faculty. Full description here. (application link below)
Eligibility: Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (postdoctoral fellow, research fellowship) and have no more than seven years of research training following terminal doctoral degree. Applicants cannot concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant. Candidates must be identified through institutional nomination; applications will be accepted only from individuals with the appropriate institution support.
Support: Awards provide two distinct phases of research support: Phase 1 provides up to two years of support for mentored training at a maximum of $100,000 per year (including 10% indirect costs), Phase 2 provides up to five years of support for independent research at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs). Maximum combined support for Phase 1 and Phase 2 is $1,625,000.
Limited Opportunity Submission: Please apply through the Harvard University Funding Portal

2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards - 2022 Deadline has passed
HMS is pleased to announce the 2021 cycle of the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards. These awards, part of the historic $200 million commitment from the Blavatnik Family Foundation to HMS, will help propel the School’s mission of transforming health through curiosity-driven research that stimulates the development of new therapies and the creation of new tools to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease.
The intent of the these awards is to accelerate the development of therapeutics throughout HMS and its affiliated hospitals, with the goal of achieving licensable intellectual property and potentially creating new companies within a two-year time frame. The awards program will help investigators overcome obstacles to commercial translation by funding promising technologies and positioning them to attract venture and industry partners. Awards will include significant financial resources in addition to therapeutic development and project management expertise.
All faculty at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor in the Faculty of Medicine (i.e., faculty at HMS, HMS-affiliated institutions, and HSDM) are eligible to apply for funding as lead PI. Postdocs with ideas that fit the RFP are encouraged to discuss and work with their faculty mentor. The Blavatnik Family Foundation will provide the funds for the awards, which will be administered by Harvard via a grant to the PI’s institution and funded at a level of up to $1 million (total costs) over a period of two years.

Harvard Catalyst: Writing and Communication Center - Grant Writing Tips
Obtaining and maintaining funding is critical to sustaining your research career. Whether that support comes from a foundation or philanthropy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or another government agency, the resources at Harvard Catalyst provide training and advice to help you to navigate the grant application process.

Policy on PI Eligibilty and Responsibilities (HERE)
- Postdocs: Individuals who are trainees may serve as PI on fellowships and career development awards for which holding PI status is a requirement with approval from their faculty mentor and Department Chair or designee. 

Postdoc Funding Opportunities
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Call for Proposals | Translational Biomedical Research | Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University | (SPRING 2022 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator has issued a new call for proposals for funding beginning in January 2020 (up to $100K) or July 2020 ($100K - $300K). The first deadline is September 16, 2019. While postdocs and grad students are not independently eligible to apply, they should speak with their PIs about doing so.
The Accelerator seeks to support innovative, investigator-initiated research aimed at developing preliminary observations into robust intellectual property positions. The Accelerator is designed to accommodate projects of varying magnitude, as appropriate, and its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where additional funding from industry and/or technology transfer is achieved. There are two application cycles per year; one cycle accepts Pilot Grant applications only, while the other accepts Pilot and Development Grant applications.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Research Fellowship | (2022 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) is pleased to announce a new award for 2020. The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Research Fellowship is intended to provide support to a young investigator from the MENA region and will offer a post-doctoral researcher the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and research group based at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health or one of the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals. More info and application instructions HERE.

HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (2021 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) believes that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in biomedical science by recruiting and retaining individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. More info

President’s Innovation Challenge (PIC) at the Harvard ilab. (2021-2022 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
The PIC is a call to action, innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s a challenge to the entire Harvard community of students and postdocs to engage with pressing issues facing the world and to explore turning their ideas into impactful, real-world ventures. It’s also a competition — and an opportunity to win funding. More info HERE

HMS Foundation Funds
- The HMS Foundation Funds Program administers the nomination process for HMS/HSDM faculty and postdocs for funding opportunities from private foundations that are limited submission and require candidates to be nominated by either Harvard Medical School or Harvard University. Each year, several foundations invite HMS/HSDM junior faculty members and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply internally through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates who will then submit applications to the foundations.

Harvard University Funding Portal (HUFP)
- The Harvard University Funding Portal contains information on all active limited submission opportunity competitions throughout Harvard.  Researchers interested in applying for limited competitions will submit applications though this portal. 

Office of Technology Development Accelerators
- Accelerator programs combine funding strategies, technical support, and business expertise to help promising innovations make the leap from the lab to the commercial sphere.

- The Quadrangle Fund for Advancing and Seeding Translational Research (Q-FASTR) at HMS, identifies, supports, and expedites early-stage research with eventual commercialization potential.

HMS Research Administration
- The O
ffice of Research Administration is comprised of distinct teams, with its core operations separated into functional areas: pre-award, post-award, operations, research finance, reporting and analytics, and communications.

Harvard FAS Research Administration Services
- The FAS Research Development team has developed resources and information to facilitate a funding search. They are also available to work directly with Harvard faculty and administrators to conduct customized funding searches based on specific funding needs and priorities.

Harvard Catalyst
- 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. Catalyst also offers
Elements of Grant Writing, an online guide containing info and tools for researchers who are applying for federal, foundation, or corporate grant funding. 

K99/R00 Sample Applications - NIH via National Institute on Aging
An NIA Investigator has graciously agreed to share their exceptional applications and summary statements as samples to help the research community. The resources below represent the initial submission and subsequent resubmission of a K99/R00 application from a single applicant, who received an excellent score and was funded upon resubmission. This is only one example of a successful K99/R00 application and is not meant to be a template for future applicants. Please make sure that your application is tailored to your specific research and career development plan, and seek individual advice from mentors and peers as you prepare your application. Read more about K99/R00 funding opportunities at NIA.

Postdoc Office Funding Resources
Office of Postdoctoral Fellows Lending Library
- The OPF Lending Library has a number of books about funding funding and grant writing on loan in the Postdoc Lending Library. Click on the link above for a complete list.

NRSA Sample Proposals
- The OPF has a sample of previously funded NRSA proposals, some of which include reviewer comments and scores. The proposals are only available to view in the Postdoc Office. Please email to set-up a time to visit the office. (Please note: this resource is only available to HMS quad-based postdocs.)
Searchable Databases for Funding Opportunities

- This database contains information about government, non-profit, industry and international funding opportunities in all fields. Pivot allows users to create their own profiles and receive customized funding alerts. Log-in to COS Pivot using your Harvard Key.
PDF Guide

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)
- This database contains information on private foundations and the grants they support, as well as funding opportunities available through corporate sponsors.
Access requires a subscription. Anyone associated with Harvard should be able to access the Foundation Directory Online by going to; Click on the "My HOLLIS" link, then select "Databases” and then searching by keyword for “Foundation.”. Click on the "ONLINE ACCESS" link to open databse (Harvard Key required)
- This database includes all current funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others.
Additional Links to Funding Opportunities & Resources

NIH Funding | NIH Awards by Career Stage | NIAID Sample Proposals

Harvard Catalyst: Writing and Communication Center - Grant Writing Tips
Obtaining and maintaining funding is critical to sustaining your research career. Whether that support comes from a foundation or philanthropy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or another government agency, the resources at Harvard Catalyst provide training and advice to help you to navigate the grant application process.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)
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stablished by Congress designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The NIH LRPs pay up to $35,000 annually of qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., O.D., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral-level degree. More information about eligibility requirements can be found here:

NSF Funding

NASA Funding

Center for Disease Control Funding

Non-NIH Funding Opportunites - compiled by the Fogarty International Center

Environmental Protection Agency Funding

"Grant Proposals Guide" - created by The Writing Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Career Development Funding for Biomedical Research

Research & Funding Timeline | Federal Research Funding AgenciesNon-Federal Research Funding Agencies (UMass Medical School GSBS)