Finding Funding

2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards - 2021 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 Brain Science Initiative (HBI) Young Scientist Transitions Award Program - Deadline was December 2, 2020
HBI is pleased to announce the Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI) Young Scientist Transitions Award Program. This special program, made possible with funding from the Office of the Provost, is designed to provide relief funding to neuroscience postdocs at Harvard University whose career progress has been significantly delayed by institutional shutdowns, slowdowns and delays in job search processes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see the attached RFA for eligibility details and information on how to apply, and share with postdocs in your lab. Letters of intent are due December 2nd.
Questions may be sent to
HBI, as well as Parizad Bilimoria, Assistant Director for HBI, at

Harvard Catalyst Grant Writing and Funding courses (Fall 2020) - DEADLINE HAS PASSED
1. Successful Grant Writing Strategies - Online | September 30 - December 9, 2020 | Register by September 15
2. Funding Your Research: NIH - Online | October 14 - December 16, 2020 | Register by September 30
Please note: Harvard Catalyst courses are free to Harvard-affiliated institutions. Additonal Harvard Catalyst grant writing resources

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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Harvard’s Office of Technology Development ( is pleased to announce the 2020 call for proposals under the strategic research alliance between Harvard University and Servier.
We are actively seeking for innovative sponsored research project proposals in Oncology for the Servier-Harvard RFP! Proposals are due June 24th.
Topics of interest within Oncology may include (but are not limited to):

Escape of cell death:

  • Deregulated signaling pathways contributing to aberrant survival of cancer cells
  • Apoptosis regulation in alternative cell death pathways
  • Apoptosis regulation indirectly linked to the BCL2 protein family
  • Oncogenic drivers or synthetic lethality with specific oncogenic pathways
  • Target classes and modalities of interest:
  • Kinases, epigenetic targets (readers, writers and erasers), regulators of protein stability (DUBs, E3 ligases or others), RNA-modifying proteins, epitranscriptomics and druggable protein-protein interactions
  • Amenable to small molecule modulators

Primary resistance to checkpoints:

  • Pathways and targets leading to immunosuppression
  • Cell subtypes (ex: Tregs, myeloid cells, fibroblasts)
  • Target discovery projects based on in vivo CRISPR screening
  • Specific targets and modalities of interest:
  • Immunoproteasome and aminopeptidases involved in peptide trimming
  • Amenable to antibody-based or small molecule modulators approaches
  • Particular interest in pancreatic tumors and associated biology

Please see attached for details on the application process, and contact us at for the Microsoft Word version of the proposal template. We recommend that you reach out to your OTD contact to discuss your idea for a proposal before preparing or submitting a proposal.


Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Discovery Research | (2020 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
The Michelson Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) together with the Human Vaccines Project established the Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Discovery Research in 2017. The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases.
The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. The sponsor will be looking for high-impact and highly innovative research that has the potential to be applied across many diseases and to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system.
This initiative supports young investigators under the age of 35 at the time of pre-application submission. Program website

Call for Proposals | Translational Biomedical Research | Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard University | (SPRING 2020 DEADLINE HAS PASSED)
DEADLINES: September 16, 2019 for January 2020 Funding | December 20, 2019 for July 2020 Funding | Full RFP HERE
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 | (2019 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.

A gift from Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, this postdoctoral funding opportunity has been made in recognition of the Goldensons’ and Dr. William Berenberg’s mission to defeat cerebral palsy. The Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson Research Fellowship Fund was established to support basic and/or clinical research, which is relevant to the causes, prevention, and treatment of cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases at Harvard Medical School. Funds may be used to support stipend, health insurance, and travel of the awardee.
Eligibility: Postdoctoral fellows in laboratories in HMS quad departments and the F. M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, that hold a Harvard Medical School appointment, and that are doing research that is relevant to the causes, prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy broadly defined. Funding level is dependent on available funds and total number of applicants.
Note: Only one application per laboratory. 
Application process: Please submit the following items as part of your application:
Research Proposal (11-point font, single-spaced, half-inch margins, 4 pages including figures but not references) ordered as follows:
a.     Aims (1 page)
b.     Research Plan (3 pages)
Applicant’s NIH Biosketch and a complete NIH Other Support page (all active and pending support & a statement of overlap where relevant), uploaded as a single PDF.
Mentor’s NIH Biosketch and a complete NIH Other Support page (all active and pending support & a statement of overlap where relevant), uploaded as a single PDF.
Two letters of recommendation, including one from current mentor. Please follow instructions in the portal to submit the letters of recommendation. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters are submitted before the deadline (Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 5:00pm) using the portal.
If you have questions, please send an email to

HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (2020 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. (2020 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

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. 

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 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.

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. 

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC)

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.”
- 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

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)
- E
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)