Research Scientist Resource Page

The Office of Research Strategy and Development is charged with supporting the School’s faculty in growing and diversifying their research funding portfolios. Research Scientists are a vital part of the research enterprise of the Chan School and ORSD makes many of our core proposal development resources available to all appointment types. Some of these are highlighted below.

Additionally, we encourage Research Scientists to make use of the many resources, templates, and information provided in the ORSD Proposal Toolkit.

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Finding Funding


Proposal Support

Internal Policies and Resources

NIH-Specific Links and Resources

Finding Funding

Harvard University subscribes to several search engines that can assist with finding both federal and non-federal funding sources. To enhance and supplement these resources, ORSD publishes easy-to-follow user guides, curated funding lists, and a weekly funding announcement for the Harvard Chan research community.

Funding Search Engines

These resources can be used to create customized funding searches to find both federal and foundation support for your proposed research. Learn more about funding search engines available. 

Weekly Funding Announcement

The Office of Research Strategy and Development collects and disseminates information about current federal, non-federal and internal funding opportunities relevant to the Harvard Chan community. View current and archived Weekly Funding Announcements. 

Research Scientist-Specific Funding Resources

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ORSD offers frequent workshops, seminars, and convenings open to Research Scientists and the Harvard Chan community.

Open Office Hours

Please consider visiting ORSD during our monthly open office hours (posted on the right-hand side of our website) to ask questions and discuss relevant opportunities. 

Visit the Past Programming page to access recordings from prior workshops and presentations, including:

  • Strategies for Finding Funding and Building Your Research Portfolio (presented September 27, 2023)

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Proposal Support

ORSD offers multiple resources for assistance in developing and writing effective and successful grant proposals.

ORSD Proposal Toolkit

The ORSD Proposal Toolkit is an online resource for investigators to find important information, templates, examples, and Harvard Chan policies meant to support proposal development and funding strategies.

The resources in the toolkit are available to Research Scientists. Click the links below to explore the sections of the toolkit:

Other Proposal Support Resources for Research Scientists

Below is a list of independent companies that researchers can engage with directly in order to enhance and support their proposals. Please note: ORSD does not have direct experience working with all of these companies. Researchers should vet any vendors they select through these platforms.

Eloquenti is an online marketplace of professional grant writers, editors, and external reviewers. Researchers can browse experts by subject matter, credentials, publication record, and more to select a vendor to work with. Harvard Chan School researchers receive a special rate using the discount code “HarvardChan5.”

Enago offers professional academic editing services, including scientific editing, substantive editing, and copyediting/proofreading. Life Sciences is one of their subject areas.

Biorender is a web platform for creating and sharing illustrative scientific figures for publications and communications using a scientifically accurate image library. Images and illustrations can be imported, and the service includes the creation of new custom icons on demand. In addition to saving on expensive illustration software, the goal of this solution is to reduce the amount of time required by researchers to create illustrative figures. Information on setting up an account through Harvard can be found here.

99designs is a network of professional designers who are available to design eye-catching graphics, presentation templates, and more. Researchers can select a designer to work with based on skillset, rates, and style.

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Internal Policies & Resources

Research Administration

The Sponsored Research Administration (SPA) Office maintains its own website with faculty and researcher focused resources, policies, and information. Visit the SPA website.

Harvard Chan School PI Eligibility

The Harvard Chan PI Eligibility Policy is intended to articulate the determination of appointees’ eligibility to serve as PI on grants submitted through the Harvard Chan School. Research Scientists employed at the Harvard Chan School with at least 25% FTE are PI-eligible. Visit the PI Eligibility Page to learn more about the policy. 

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NIH-Specific Links and Resources

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