July 2016
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Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

Questions? Please contact Erin Cromack, Senior Research Development Officer: cromack@fas.harvard.edu  
or 617-496-5252
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Internal Opportunities

For a more comprehensive list of Harvard internal funding opportunities, please see here.
External Opportunities

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Federal Opportunities:
Additional Information:
Internal Funding Opportunities
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 over one or two years
Target applicants: Full-time assistant, associate, or full professors from any Harvard School may apply for an award.  Students and postdoctoral scholars with an identified faculty mentor who will supervise their research are also eligible to apply.

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing carbon-based energy systems on the climate, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world.  Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation, and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time.

This year, because of generous donations from individual donors, additional funds will be dedicated to proposals that relate to climate change issues in China and in equatorial regions, broadly defined.  Proposals in these areas are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: last day of August, November, February, and May
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. 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 also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.

Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

External Funding Opportunities
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 2, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 9, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $15,000

These grants provide support for collaborative reading of texts in a workshop format that is interdisciplinary and crosses scholarly generations. Luce/ACLS-funded reading-workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together.  Formats of workshops may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. The primary objects of study should be written texts, but these may be supplemented by images and objects such as archaeological artifacts.  Awards for collaborative reading workshops may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Funds may not be used for salary replacement, honoraria, or institutional indirect costs.

International Affairs Fellowship
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2016
Award Amount: $95,000

The International Affairs Fellowship is a distinguished program offered by the Council on Foreign Relations to assist mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy.  Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. 

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2016
Award Amount: The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan

The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF in Japan is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations.  While the IAF in Japan is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career.  Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens who are eligible to work in the United States.  The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. 

National Humanities Center Fellowships

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.  In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2015
Award Amount: Varies.  The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient's other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual's current level of income.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue.  Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff.  The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.

New York Public Library
Fellowships at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
OSP Review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2016
Award Amount: Fellow receives a stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to outstanding scholars and writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).  Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports.  The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May.  In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2016
Award Amount: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professors; up to $45,000 for Associate Professors; and up to $70,000 for full Professors.

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.  Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2017 and no later than February 1, 2018.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2016
Award Amount: $95,000 plus research and relocation costs

The Burkhardt Fellowship Program is open to recently tenured humanists-scholars who will have begun their first tenured contracts by the application deadline but began their first tenured contracts no earlier than the fall 2012 semester or quarter.  These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 national residential research centers participating in the program.

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 26, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 7, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016

The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program provides fellowships for graduate student research in the area of child psychology, including child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational and developmental psychopathology.  In order to be eligible applicants must have completed doctoral candidacy and demonstrated research competence and area commitment.

Only one application may be submitted from Harvard University.  In order to select one candidate from the University, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct an internal competition.  For information on the internal application process please see here.

Harvard OSP Deadline: September 21, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2016
Award Amount: Amount will depend on the number of collaborators and the duration of the research leaves but will not exceed $201,000 for any one project.
The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.  The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2016 and September 1, 2018, and provide up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $21,000 in collaboration funds which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance.

Deadline to request Harvard institutional endorsement: September 14, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: September 21, 2016
Award Amount: $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.  Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 21, 2013 and September 30, 2017 and must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained/will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university.  Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering, and the sponsor has specifically expressed an interest in receiving more applications in the social sciences and humanities.  
Those who wish to apply for a fellowship hosted by Harvard University must include with their application an institutional letter of endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research.  To request this endorsement letter, candidates must submit their contact information and a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement online here by September 14, 2016.

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 19, 2016
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: November 1, 2016 
Award Amount: Up to 50% of a Scholar's salary plus benefits for 3 years,10% institutional costs, and $5000/year for limited project support and travel

The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics provides support for assistant or associate faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment at a university or non profit research institute in the U.S. and whose research has the potential to impact public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice in the field of bioethics.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.  A Greenwall Scholar must be able to devote 50% of their time to the proposed project.

Only one application may be submitted from Harvard University.  In order to select the Harvard nominee, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct an internal competition.  For information on the internal application process please see here.

Harvard OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2015
Award Amount: $60,000 over 2 years 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting nominations for the Sloan Research Fellowships.  The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field and candidates' most recent Ph.D. or equivalent must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2010.  Exceptions may be allowed for careersdisrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or a change of field.  The Committees may also make exceptions for candidates who are currently serving in their first faculty position and who were appointed to that position on or after September 1, 2014.
While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments.  Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher and no more than three candidates may be nominated from a department.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 7, 2016
Award Amount: Stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income.

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate farreaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. Starting in 2016, the Open Society Fellowship will only accept applications relevant to specific statements.  For the current application round, the Open Society Fellowship invites proposals relevant to the following propositions:

Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why?
  1. Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations.
  2. Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous "others."
Woodrow Wilson Center Kennan Institute
George F. Kennan Fellowship
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2016
Award Amount: Monthly stipend of $3,200

The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S.  Fellows will be based at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for three-month residencies.  Fellows will receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials at the State Department, USAID, Department of Defense, and Congress.  U.S., Russian, and Ukrainian citizens are eligible to apply.

Core Funding Areas: Small & Large Grants
OSP review not required for initial inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline (Required): August 31, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less (Small Grants); $217,400 or more (Large)

The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting Online Funding Inquiries for its Core Funding Areas:
  • Science and the Big Questions: Science and the Big Questions is the largest of the Core Funding Areas and is divided into several subfields:
    • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Human Sciences
    • Philosophy and Theology
    • Science in Dialogue
  • Character Virtue Development: Supports programs focused on the universal truths of character development and on the roots of good character in human nature, whether understood from a scientific, philosophical, or religious point of view.
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets: Encourages research and education intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profit-making enterprise.
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius: Identifying and nurturing young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in mathematics and science.
  • Genetics: The Foundation takes a particular interest in how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
Research Grants: Exploring New Values for Society
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 26, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: September 2, 2016
Award Amount: Up to 8 million yen (~$77,870) for Joint Research Grants; Up to 2 million yen (~$19,468) for individual research grants.

The 2016 Research Grant Program, titled "Exploring New Values for Society", provides two grant frameworks respectively for joint research projects and individual research projects that can be expected to lead to "creation of new values for society".  For both frameworks, the foundation solicits ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts that reflect a youthful perspective and whose results can help change people's ways of thinking - regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances - and can lead to actions that bring about solutions to the issues faced.

Harvard OSP Deadline: August 15, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 22, 2016
Award Amount: Recent grants have ranged from $20,000 to $1,000,000, with the majority of grants under $100,000

The Searle Freedom Trust fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country's most important and challenging domestic policy issues.  The foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.  The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.

OSP review not required for concept proposal
Concept Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline (if invited to submit full proposal): 5 business days in advance of the sponsor full proposal deadline
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): TBD
Award Amount: $10,000-20,000

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable.  The foundation invites concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy.  Projects should also have clear social change goals.  SIF has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.

Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States: Obtaining New Insights from Population-Based Academic Performance Data
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 4, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 11, 2016

This solicitation seeks research projects that deepen our understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States by using data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive constructed by Sean Reardon and colleagues (http://seda.stanford.edu).  Studies that are able to plausibly identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement inequality or the effects of achievement gaps on other outcomes and forms of inequality will be preferred over descriptive or correlational studies. The foundation is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce inequality (educational inequality or subsequent forms of inequality).  Applicants can be doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty who received their Ph.D. on or after August 31, 2009.
Research Grants
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 4, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000, depending on type of grant

The W.T. Grant Foundation supports high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.  The foundation funds research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Improving the use of research evidence grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. Officers' Research grants for both initiatives cover budgets up to $25,000. 

Public Engagement with Historical Records
Harvard OSP Deadline: September 30, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: October 6, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $150,000

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.  Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons.

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Harvard OSP Deadline: September 30, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: October 6, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $200,000

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. 
Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 8, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2016
Award Amount: $3,600

The Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship is intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. The successful candidate will develop at least a portion of his or her original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library.  Preference is given to projects not supported by large grants from other institutions.


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