McLennan Family Fund – Dean’s Challenge Grant Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 McLennan Fund.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00pm

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean’s Challenge Grant Program is sponsored through generous funding from the McLennan Family Fund and will support strategic investments that foster rapid innovation and advance our shared vision for a stronger, more dynamic, and more globally-engaged school.

Each year, the Dean will identify a set of global health issues that will be key priorities in the selection and award of challenge grants.  The topics will be targeted to attract proposals from a variety of faculty across departments, resulting in cross-cutting, multidisciplinary approaches to addressing public health issues of top priority. This year, two priority topics have been identified:(1) Aging and Longevity, and (2) Mental Health & Well-being.  Grant applications that align with the Dean’s priority topics will be given special consideration; however, any faculty member who has a novel approach or innovative idea in need of seed funding is encouraged to apply.

Dean’s Challenge Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) 

Submission requirements: An electronic (PDF) copy of application; 5 page limit
Submit to: Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD),
Contact regarding questions: Leigh Melanson at

Proposal Contents and Page Limits:

  • Application Face Page
  • Proposal: Maximum of 5 pages of text. Figures and references are allowable in addition to this page limit. No other appendix material will be accepted.
  • Biosketch & Other Support: Current NIH Biosketch and Other Support documents (including all funding sources and subcontracts) for each participating investigator.
  • Budget Request: Budget estimates should be submitted on NIH PHS 398 budget forms 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.
  • Brief Budget Justification

Please refer to the Dean’s Challenge Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) for additional award information related to this exciting opportunity.


Please note that the Dean’s Challenge Grant Program does not replace the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Career Incubator Fund (CIF) Program, which is targeted to support the scientific career development of Harvard Chan School Assistant and Associate Professors in years 3-8 on the tenure ladder by maximizing faculty competitiveness for extramural funding through pilot and data analysis projects.