FAS Research Administration Services

FAS Research Development

Major Funding Sources

Internal Harvard Funding Sources

Federal Agencies

Private Foundations

Harvard Internal Opportunities

Sponsor What they fund
The Arnold Arboretum Offers fellowships and awards to students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals of the biological and horticultural sciences.
Asia Center Grants Supports research and study in Asia for students and faculty, as well as the activities of Asia-focused student organizations.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs.
The Biomedical Accelerator Fund Provides development gap funding to Harvard investigators, thereby fostering and advancing the development of nascent technologies emanating from university labs into commercial development and, ultimately, the global marketplace.
Center for AIDS Research Supports promising young investigators, high-risk/high-impact feasibility studies, and collaborative, multiple-applicant proposals that focus on AIDS research.
Center for Hellenic Studies Offers fellowships to scholars working on the ancient Greek world in all its varieties, for example, in fields of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, history, literary criticism, philology, philosophy, pedagogical applications, reception, and interdisciplinary studies.
Center for International Development Faculty Grants Supports research and seminars relating to international development.
Center for Jewish Studies Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica Covers travel expenses and a stipend for a group of scholars from around the world to gather at Harvard to engage in full-time research in a designated subject area in Judaica.
Center for Systems Biology Supports junior faculty to run an interdisciplinary group of three people; Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, including biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.
Center for the Environment Small Grants for Exploratory Research Supports preliminary explorations of significant environmental issues that show promise for further scholarship.
The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History The Center hosts an annual faculty fellowship program organized around a broad theme in American history.
Course Innovation Funds Supports the improvement of existing undergraduate courses or the creation of new ones. In addition, the Fund offers small sums of money for one-time special opportunities that would enhance a specific course.
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Supports Harvard faculty research, teaching, and professional activities relating to Latin America.
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Supports individual research and sponsored research programs on Russia and the nations and countries that surround it.
Dependent Care Fund Provides financial assistance to Harvard Ladder Faculty who would like to travel for a professional event that will advance their academic careers, and who also have child care or adult dependent care obligations.
Dumbarton Oaks Provides grants and fellowships to assist with scholarly projects in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Support is generally for archaeological research, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Provides fellowships in ethics, addressing fundamental problems of ethics in a way that is of practical benefit to institutions of government and to society generally.
Fairbank Center Junior Faculty grants support research with an emphasis on the study of China.
The FAS Faculty Aide Program The Aide Program is designed to help members of the FAS hire undergraduate research assistants.
FD&D Research Enabling Grant Provides financial assistance to pre-tenure ladder faculty facing work/life or personal/family challenges that threaten to impede their academic research and/or their progress at Harvard.
Film Study Center Supports internationally eminent and emerging filmmakers, video artists, sound artists, and photographers whose creative projects seek to interpret the world, especially the fabric of human existence and cultural difference, through moving and still images and sounds.
Harvard China Fund Supports teaching and research on China and promotes Harvard's presence in China
Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research Supports advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law.
Harvard Global Health Institute Supports faculty who are pursuing innovative research and teaching in global health or developing new courses; also provides support for undergraduate students.
Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT) Hauser Grants Supports projects to catalyze innovative activities and promote effective learning and teaching across the University. Harvard faculty, students, deans, administrators, and postdoctoral researchers with instructional roles are eligible to apply.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute: Seed Grants Provides early funding for innovative projects in any field of stem cell research; awards prioritize "high risk/high reward" projects as well as those ineligible for federal funding.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Fellowships support projects in the following fields: atomic and molecular physics; infrared, optical, radio, and X-ray astronomy; planetary sciences; geophysics; solar and stellar physics; and theoretical astrophysics.
Harvard University Native American Program Offers faculty grants that focus on developing and strengthening Native teaching, research, and publishing efforts within all of Harvard's schools and programs.
The Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences IQSS faculty affiliates may obtain funding to organize or present at one of two conference series; affiliates may nominate scholars for the visiting collaborators program; IQSS welcomes scalable research proposals from faculty engaged in new or ongoing research that will make a significant impact on the lives of others.
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering Seed Grants Enables the rapid advance of promising new research projects in the broad fields of quantum science and engineering. In general, IQSE seed grants will be used to support the acquisition of proof-of-principle results and preliminary data that are likely needed to attract external funding.
Instructional Lunch Fund Facilitates regular meetings over lunch (or breakfast, coffee, etc.) between course heads and their section leaders to discuss course-related matters.
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy Provides fellowships to advance research in the field of press, politics and public policy; provide an opportunity for reflection; facilitate a dialogue among scholars, journalists and policymakers; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community.
Mahindra Humanities Center Fellowships support recent Ph.D. recipients; the Center welcomes applications from all fields within the humanities and the allied social sciences.
Microbial Sciences Initiative Offers undergraduate summer research fellowships to undergraduates who are planning to carry out research during the summer break in the lab of an MSI faculty associate.
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.
Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative These awards are intended to support faculty members who want to examine MBB-related issues through interdisciplinary research, education, or experiences.
Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) Supports scientists wishing to pursue research and to conduct fieldwork in either animal systematics or to collect specimens and data relating to the study of comparative zoology.
Origins of Life Initiative Provides fellowships for postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.
Peabody Museum Offers curatorial fellowships and visiting fellowships for photographers.
Physical Science and Enginering Accelerator Fund Supports faculty in the physical sciences and engineering to engage in innovative research aimed at extending preliminary observations, establishing proof-of-concept, scaling-up a product or process, and generating (or enhancing) intellectual property positions. Funding is intended to position Harvard technologies for venture investment or commercialization by established companies.
Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows Program (PITF) Under review
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.
Provostial Fund for the Arts & Humanities Provides funding for performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders.
Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration This fund supports a variety of cross-faculty collaborations, including but not limited to new interdisciplinary courses, working groups, small-scale conferences, and new research projects that have relevance to fostering interfaculty collaboration more broadly.
Radcliffe Fellowship Supports artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments.
Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Legal History Fellowship The purpose of the fellowship is to enable the fellow to complete a major piece of writing in the field of legal history.
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Fellowships & Grants Provides fellowships and grants for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Undergraduate and graduate fellowships and grants allow students to gain first-hand knowledge of Japan, practice language skills and conduct research. Postdoctoral fellowships provide scholars with exceptional promise an opportunity to transform dissertations into publishable manuscripts.
Rowland Junior Fellows Program New faculty in all the natural sciences--physics, chemistry, biology, etc.--as well as in engineering will be considered for five years of support to perform independent experimental research.
The Society of Fellows For early career faculty in any field of study.
The Tozier Fund Supports visual education in the sciences, with special consideration given to the geological, mineralogical, and geographical sciences.
Ukrainian Research Institute Shklar and Mihaychuk Fellowships Supports focused research on projects in Ukrainian history, literature, philology, culture, and other related areas of study in the humanities and social sciences fields.
University Committee on Biological Sciences Offers a selection of funding opportunities from private foundations that require candidates to be nominated by Harvard University (limited submission opportunities).
Villa I Tatti: The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Offers fellowships and grants for projects focusing on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Grants generally support interdisciplinary projects such as conferences, courses, seminars, or lectures. Grants may also support the development of a scholarly book.
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute The Fellows Program provides residential fellowships for scholars to perform research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Supports research that deepens the understanding of the forces, both domestic and international, that are transforming many countries as well as the international system.

Federal Agencies

Agency What they fund
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Supports projects that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Supports research to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
Agency for International Development (USAID) Supports research that is intended to produce knowledge that will offer solutions to specific development challenges including broad-based economic growth; environment; population, health and nutrition; democracy; and providing humanitarian assistance and aiding post-crisis transitions.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Provides funding to help promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Grants assist health-related and research organizations that contribute to CDC's mission through health information dissemination, preparedness, prevention, research, and surveillance.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supports food and agriculture research, including biotechnology, genomics, pest management, biofuels, and childhood obesity.
Department of Commerce Supports projects that foster economic growth and the creation of new American jobs to ensure sustainable economic opportunities.
Department of Defense

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Army Resarch Laboratory (ARL)

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)

Defense Avanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDRE)

Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Supports basic and applied research related to the mission of each service.
Department of Education

Supports research on education from pre-school through higher education and adult education.

Department of Energy Supports research related to energy, including solid state lighting, smart grid, electric vehicles, and clean energy technologies.
Department of Transportation Supports research to bring advanced technologies to the transportation systems and funds university transportation centers.
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Supports projects to create jobs and advance global competitiveness.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Supports research that will improve the scientific basis for national environmental decisions.
Housing and Urban Development Supports research on housing, urban issues and policy analysis.
Institute of Museum and Library Services Supports efforts to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Executes three key functions: policy research, program evaluation and data collection.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Seeks to develop innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures to support decisions for human exploration and to promote international and commercial participation in U.S. exploration efforts.
National Endowment for the Arts Supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
National Endowment for the Humanities Provides funding to strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.
National Institute of Justice Provides grants for research, development and evaluation projects relating to criminal justice and forensic laboratory enhancement. Also funds research fellowships.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Supports research that increases our fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Supports research on the structure and behavior of th eocean, atmosphere, and related ecosystems.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Supports education and research on nuclear materials safety and other nuclear-related issues.
State Department - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Supports academic, cultural and professional exchange and training programs.

Private Foundations

The list below includes a selection of private foundations but is not comprehensive. Detailed information on thousands of private foundations can be accessed using Harvard's subscription to the Foundation Directory Online search mechanism.

Foundation What they fund
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Funds research in science and technology, standards of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, and selected national issues.
American Cancer Society Supports cancer research.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Offers grants in higher education, scholarly communication, museums and art conservation, performing arts, information technology, and the environment.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Supports research in global development and health, and education in the United States.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Offers grants in conservation and science, population, children, families and communities.
Ellison Medical Foundation Supports research in aging and global infectious diseases.
Ford Foundation Supports programs that strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Supports research and teaching in the biomedical sciences.
Human Frontier Science Program Research grants and fellowships in the Life Sciences.
James S. McDonnell Foundation Supports scientific research in mind/brain/behavior, complex systems, and brain cancer.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Funds research through four programs: global security and sustainability, human and community development, public interest media, and the MacArthur Fellows program.
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Programs fund research into the prevention and treatment of birth defects and prematurity, including genetics, development, and social, behavioral, and environmental hazards.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Supports education, training and research aimed at improving health and health care in the United States.
Rockefeller Foundation Funds research in agriculture, arts and culture, health, employment, housing, education, and globalization in eastern and southern Africa, southeast Asia, and North America.
Smith Richardson Foundation Funds research in international security, foreign policy, and domestic public policy.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Supports programs in education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population.


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