The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement: Acceleration Award

The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement expands the School’s internal research funding program and is designed to create a pipeline of support that facilitates the exploration of early ideas, the development of strong interdisciplinary team science, and the creation of new transformative research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science.

Acceleration Awards represent a critical component of the funding program and are intended to nurture collaborations in research, develop platforms, and support educational projects.


General Acceleration Award
NOI Deadline: May 20, 2020 (11:59 PM)
Application Deadline: June 22, 2020 (11:59 PM)

Awards will be made for up to $100,000 (direct cost) for projects that are designed to be completed in a 12-month* project period and cultivate collaborative/transdisciplinary research, develop cross-cutting research platforms, and support pedagogical advancement. This award is open to Harvard Chan School faculty of any rank who have a primary appointment at the Harvard Chan School, but applications will require the substantial engagement of at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers and must include collaboration from at least one other Harvard School.

Please read and review the full RFA prior to application submission.  Proposals should be submitted through the Harvard University Funding Portal (HUFP), which will be available on May 22, 2020.

Award Details

Acceleration Awards are collaboration-focused grants supporting the advancement of research, research-enabling platforms, and pedagogical innovation. Grant applications will require the substantial engagement of at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers and must include collaboration from at least one other Harvard School. Up to three awards will be distributed annually across three focal areas: Research Grants; Research Platforms; and Public Health Pedagogy. The actual number of awards distributed in each focal area may vary based on School priorities.

Research Grants will be aligned annually with School priorities and with at least one overlapping with an Incubation Award priority from the previous year. The goal of the staggered, overlapping topic is to create a true pipeline structure of internal funding support. Grant applications that align with priority areas will be given special consideration. However, any faculty member who has a novel approach or innovative idea in need of funding is encouraged to apply. This year, the priority areas are:

1. Reimagining Aging 4. Cultivating Well-Being and Nutrition
2. Overcoming Violence 5. Conquering Epidemics
3. Confronting Climate Change

Research Platforms, defined broadly, are adaptable and dynamic resources that can be accessed by multiple faculty to support projects in a variety of disciplines. The goal of these awards is to provide one-time support for the development of research platforms that can be funded in the future by external support mechanisms.

Public Health Pedagogy awards are intended to produce scalable innovations that will improve the quality of teaching and learning at the Harvard Chan School. Special consideration will be given to applications that propose projects that have the potential to be scaled up School-wide to benefit teaching and learning at all levels. The goal is to provide one-time support for the development of pedagogical innovations that can be integrated into our educational programs or funded in the future by external support mechanisms.

Eligibility

Principal investigators must be:

  • Primary Harvard Chan School faculty whose research operation is based at the Harvard Chan School. Co-investigators or team members may include individuals with any academic appointment.

Applications must include:

  • Coinvestigators from at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers representing interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Collaboration with at least one other Harvard School (see below for more details)

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply for this award, please contact Heather Conrad at hconrad@hsph.harvard.edu.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Proposals are to be submitted through the Harvard University Funding Portal (HUFP). If you are using the application portal for the first time, you must complete a short registration process (see below). Please note, you can search for awards without logging in but you must be registered and logged in with your Harvard Key to submit an application. There is an option to assign a proxy for proposal submission but your grant manager cannot use your Harvard Key to submit your application. Please see below for more information on registering for an account and assigning a proxy.

Registering your HUFP Account: Select “Log-in” in the top right corner of the HUFP webpage, which will bring you to a log-in page with two options. Select the “with Harvard Key” icon, which will prompt you to enter your Harvard Key. You will be led through a short three-question registration process. Once registered, you will be able to log in with your Harvard Key to submit applications.

Assigning a Proxy for Submission: Before beginning an application, both the proxy and the PI must register for individual accounts in HUFP using their Harvard Key credentials. Once the proxy and the PI are registered, the proxy can begin an application on behalf of the PI. The Proxy will indicate that they are a proxy applicant and will be asked to locate their PI in HUFP. Proxies should never “Add User” in HUFP. Once this is done, both the PI and the proxy will be able to access and edit the application.

Please contact ORSD (hconrad@hsph.harvard.edu) if you have any questions about using HUFP.

PROPOSAL CONTENT AND PAGE LIMITS

You must complete all sections within the application portal before submitting your application. The sections within the application portal are as follows:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Collaborators
  3. Project Information: In this section, you must complete a 200-word research abstract and upload the following documents as a single PDF:
    • Project Proposal: Maximum of 4 pages of text, not including items b. – e. listed below. Figures and references are allowable in addition to this page limit. No other appendix material will be accepted.
      • Within the project proposal, please describe any key challenges that may arise during the course of this project and how you will manage them.
    • Additional Required Forms by Award Type:
      • All Applications: Interdisciplinary Approach & Coordination Form. Maximum of 1 page of text. Use this Downloadable Form as a template.
      • Research Platform Applications: Sustainability Form. Maximum of 1 page of text. Use this Downloadable Form as a template.
      • Public Health Pedagogy Applications: Scalability Form. Maximum of 1 page of text. Use this Downloadable Form as a template.
    • Biosketch: Current NIH Biosketch for each participating investigator.
    • Budget Request: Budget estimates should be submitted on NIH PHS 398 detailed budget form with major divisions of funds (personnel, equipment, etc.). PIs may include effort and salary support commensurate with their effort. The full amount of the award may be used for direct costs. PLEASE NOTE: Indirect costs, including indirect costs on sub-contracts, cannot be charged to internally funded awards.
    • Budget Justification
  4. Electronic Signature

*An automatic 6-month no-cost extension will be granted if needed, after which no additional extensions will be allowed.