August 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.

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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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Internal Funding Opportunities
Deadline: October 7, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $80,000 for one year grants and up to $120,000 for multi-year grants

The Middle East Initiative offers funding each year to Harvard faculty for research proposals on major policy issues affecting the region. There are two grant opportunities: one funded by the Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and one funded by the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. Harvard faculty are encouraged to collaborate with academics and educational institutions in the region.  These grants support research by Harvard University faculty members on issues of critical importance to Kuwait, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab World. Grants can be applied toward research assistance, travel, summer salary, workshops, and course buy-out.

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
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: $30,000
American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 14, 2016
Award Amount:Fellows receive a research salary of one-half their ten (10) month salary at their home institution, up to a maximum set each year before awards are announced

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University invites outstanding faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for visiting, residential appointments for the academic year 2017-2018.  LAPA Fellows devote the major portion of their time to their own research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal and/or normative significance.  In addition, LAPA Fellows are expected to be in residence for ten months and participate in LAPA programs, including a biweekly seminar, a weekly luncheon discussion group, as well as some public events and conferences.  The program does not support, as a primary activity, off-site fieldwork or work in remote archives, development of course materials, work in legal practice, direct advocacy of causes or residence elsewhere. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 10, 2016
Award Amount: $45,000
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  Awards will be made for study in the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. 

Harvard OSP Deadline: November 7, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: $30,000-$300,000, depending on category of funding

AFSP Suicide Research Grants support studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or that test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. At least one suicide outcome measure must be included in all grant projects. The foundation also considers studies of treatment feasibility, and studies that add a suicide component (e.g., population or treatment) to an existing grant in another area.  Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, provided that the proposed study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention.

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. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 18, 2016
Award Amount: Amounts vary and are individually determined.  The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

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 3, 2016
Award Amount: up to $65,000
Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.  Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program & Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: Typical awards provide roundtrip international airfare, a monthly stipend, a single-entry visa, medical insurance, academic affiliation, archive access, and logistical support in the field
With funds from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training.  In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

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.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2016
Award Amount: round-trip airfare, room and partial board, plus $5,000 per month

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. 

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.

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.

OSP Deadline: September 26, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $6,000
The Franklin program funds travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials, the costs associated with fieldwork, or laboratory research expenses. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad.

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.

OSP review not required
Deadline: September 19, 2016
Award Amount: $20,000-$45,000 (InterAsian); 2,500 €/month (Global Summer)
The Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Program aims at promoting excellence in transregional research and interrogating boundaries that have long divided world geographies and academic communities.  In 2016, the SSRC will offer two separate fellowship competitions as part of its Transregional Research Program:
  • Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections: these longer-term fellowships are designed to support junior scholars as they work on first or second projects and are to be disbursed flexibly over a sixteen-month period. Fellows can be affiliated anywhere, need not be full-time employed, and can use the funds for research or writing.
  • SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Gottingen: a new short-term fellowship opportunity, these three-month residencies will take place during the 2017 summer semester at the University of Göttingen. Residencies are designed to support a small cohort of scholars who are working on projects that reflect the following research themes: Movements of Knowledge, Media, Migration, and the Moving Political, and Religious Networks.
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.

 National Institutes of Health Advancing Basic Behavioral and Social Research on Resilience: An Integrative Science Approach (UG3/UH3)
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: varies by award type
Currently behavioral and social science research on resilience lacks a common framework, taxonomy, or approach that extends across multiple levels of analysis (e.g., genetic/epigenetic, neurobiological, physiological, psychological, behavioral, social, environmental). In addition current research does not clearly articulate the various predisposing factors, classes of adverse exposures, dynamic processes of adaptation, and potential environmental moderators of those processes. This initiative seeks to address these gaps.
This FOA encourages applications that will elucidate mechanisms and processes of resilience within a general framework that emphasizes its dynamics and interactions across both time and scale (level of analysis). This framework can be applied to multiple contexts (e.g., acute or chronic stress exposure, including disease, disaster, unemployment, divorce, etc.), multiple outcomes (health, function, psychological well-being, etc.), and multiple time frames (seconds, minutes, days, years). The framework has four features: (1) assessment of a baseline level prior to a challenge, (2) characterization of a specific challenge (acute or chronic), (3) post-challenge measures of outcomes that characterize the response over time, and (4) predictors of outcomes (including predisposing factors at the individual level and environmental moderators). Measurement of response across multiple domains (physiological, psychological etc.) is critical to this holistic framework.
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 7, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: CNH Large Research Projects provide two to five years of support for projects ranging in size from $500,000 to $1,800,000. CNH Small Research Projects. Awards in this category provide two to five years of support for projects ranging in size from $150,000 to $500,000.

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

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.

Department of Labor Research and Evaluation Grant
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 12, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline: September 26, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: October 3, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $250,000 over two years

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy - Chief Evaluation Office (CEO), U.S. Department of Labor, 
is soliciting applications from university-based researchers in topic areas for that are of priority interest to DOL.  Topic areas of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Employee Benefits Security
  • Miners' Safety and Health
  • Wage and Hour and Labor Standards
  • Worker and Workplace Safety and Health
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Labor/Management Relations
  • International Topics in Worker Protection including child and forced labor issues
  • Improving Equal Employment Opportunities for Targeted Populations
  • Innovative approaches to evaluating the impact of DOL worker protection programs and policies using existing administrative or other data, and
  • Low-cost randomized controlled trials or natural experiments to evaluate the impact of DOL programs. 
The period of performance for the LRE grants is between 12 and 24 months with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2016. Harvard may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation and interested applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal at the link above.


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