Finding Funding

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 Resources
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Vir Biotechnology & Harvard OTD  - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Submission Deadline: August 21, 2017
Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) is pleased to announce the establishment of a strategic research alliance between Harvard University and Vir Biotechnology ( The alliance will support collaborative, PI-initiated projects aimed at the development of therapeutics to prevent or treat infectious diseases.
For more details

Harvard Medical School Internal Funding Resources
HMS Fellowship Funding Alert
-The HMS Research Development Team has developed a current listing of upcoming fellowship opportunities and disseminates information about upcoming deadlines in a monthly email. Click on the link above to see the most recent Fellowship Funding Alert. You can also see the Funding Alert archive for a complete list of all open fellowship oppportuntities HERE.

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. 
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 Longwood Campus Research Administration (HLCRA)
-The HLCRA website provides current research administration information for faculty and staff at the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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.


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
COS Pivot
- 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.
To access customized features of Pivot, you must first create an account using your Harvard-affiliated email account:

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN)
- This database provides information on current national and international government and private funding sources.
Access for this database is available through Harvard's institutional subscription. It is available to anyone with a Harvard IP address - click HERE to search the database.
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; selecting “All Databases” and then searching by keyword for “Foundation.”
- 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

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

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC)

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

Career Development Funding for Biomedical Research