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RESEARCH FUNDING FAQs (click questions to view answers).

1. How Do I Find Funding Opportunities?

All faculty may make an individual appointment with FAS Research Development to discuss their funding interests and needs. A member of the Research Development team will meet with you to discuss your research program and available resources – and will also conduct a customized funding search based on your needs. To request Research Development support or arrange an appointment, fill out our online inquiry form or email research_development@fas.harvard.edu.

Additionally, notable funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines are posted on the RAS Funding Spotlight.

Questions about funding opportunities should be addressed to Susan Gomes at sgomes@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-9448, or Erin Cromack at cromack@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5252.

3. Where Do I Find Information on Early Career and Scholar Awards?

You may search the Early Career Database maintained by FAS Research Development. This database contains all internal and external opportunities available for early career faculty. It is updated daily with new opportunities and deadlines. Please note that the eligibility requirements vary by award and that some opportunities require nomination – for these awards you must be selected or nominated to apply.

4. What are Limited Submission Funding Opportunities (LSOs) and Where Do I Find Them?

Limited submission opportunities (LSOs) are grant opportunities that place a limit on the number of applications that Harvard can submit. These restrictions are specified in the funding opportunity announcement.  A list of annually recurring LSOs with anticipated deadlines can be found on the FAS Research Development website.

For information or questions on limited submission funding opportunities, please contact please contact Erin Cromack at cromack@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5252.

5. Can I Get Automated Funding Alerts?

If you would like assistance setting up a customized funding alert, please contact Jennifer Corby at jcorby@fas.harvard.edu. You may also set up your own PIVOT alert by using the FAS RAS Guide to the COS PIVOT Funding Database.

In addition many agencies and sponsors have electronic funding alert services. These save time and deliver current opportunities to your email account or to an RSS feed. Automated alert services allow the researcher to subscribe to daily and weekly listings of current funding opportunities by funding agencies; in some cases the researcher can limit the search to selected criteria related to his or her interests.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Science Foundation Update: A daily email alert service with subscription options that include new research opportunities, upcoming deadlines, and other content categories.
NSF Find Funding Search Tools
Recently Announced Active Funding Opportunities
Index of Funding Opportunities
Advanced Funding Search
Browse Funding by Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH News Releases: A daily news bulletin of new programs and findings from the NIH.
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts: The official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research Grant Policies, Guidelines and Funding Opportunities. Each week (usually on Friday afternoon), the NIH transmits an e-mail with Table of Contents (TOC) information for that week’s issue of the NIH Guide, via the NIH LISTSERV. The TOC includes a link to the Current NIH Guide Weekly Publication as well as links to each NIH Guide RFA, PA and Notice published for that week.
NIH Funding Opportunities Available in RSS Format
Advanced Funding Opportunities & Notices Search Results
NIH Funding Blog

NASA
NASA Research Solicitation Announcements: An electronic Subscription Service available to obtain notification of the release of NASA research solicitation announcements.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunities: Funding opportunities from CDC that are available to members of the sponsoring associations: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Protection Agency: A list of all open announcements, not an automated search site.

Other Federal Resources
The Federal Register: The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. To subscribe to the Federal Register Table of Contents LISTSERV electronic mailing list, go to listserv.access.gpo.gov and select Online mailing list archives, FEDREGTOC-L, Join or leave the list (or change settings); then follow the instructions.
Grants.gov
Grants.gov Find Grant Opportunities: You can select either e-mail or subscribe to RSS notification of funding.

6. What support is available for preparing, submitting, and managing a grant?

Many departments in the FAS have individuals with extensive experience in developing and managing sponsored projects. If you are a faculty member in a Social Science department that does not have a dedicated sponsored research administrator, or if you are an administrator in a Social Science department with a question about proposal preparation, application submission, or award management, FAS Research Administration Services can provide support.  Contact Amanda Ellenwood at mellenwood@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627 for advice and assistance relating to sponsored research administration.

7. What other resources are available to help me develop the content of my grant proposal and enhance its competitiveness?

Members of the FAS Research Development team are available to work directly with you to develop the non-disciplinary elements of your proposal and connect you with resources and tools that will enhance your ability to submit a successful proposal. To request Research Development support or arrange an appointment, fill out our online inquiry form or email research_development@fas.harvard.edu.

FAS Research Administration Services has compiled a wide range of tools and resources to support those applying for funding. These include proposal planning checklists, agency-specific toolkits, guidelines and templates for common proposal elements, budget templates, and a proposal library with samples of recently successful proposals by Harvard applicants.  For more information, see our complete listing of proposal development tools and resources.