The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement

Supporting research from early ideas to public health breakthroughs

About the Program

Now in its fifth year, this internal funding program strives to continue expanding opportunities for scientific advancement, pedagogical innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration across the Harvard Chan School.

The funding mechanisms that comprise the DFSA are designed to facilitate the exploration of early ideas, the development of strong interdisciplinary team science, and the creation of new research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science.

Please see the descriptions of each mechanism below with links to more detailed application instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Health Pedagogy Award

The Public Health Pedagogy Award is intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the School through local innovations that can transfer to other contexts either by being a model for other parts of the School or by being scaled after a successful pilot.
Deadline: June 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Incubation Award

Incubation Awards are designed to support innovative ideas of particular promise in addressing key public health challenges.
DEADLINE: June 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Acceleration Award

Acceleration Awards are designed to cultivate collaborative/transdisciplinary research and develop cross-cutting research platforms.
Deadline: June 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Activation Award

Activation Awards (formerly Career Incubator Fund) are designed to seed and support idea generation for junior tenure-track faculty that hold primary appointments at the Harvard Chan School (Assistant and Associate Professors).
DEADLINE: February 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM