The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement

Supporting research from early ideas to public health breakthroughs

About the Program

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

The four 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 transformative 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

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 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Incubation Award

Incubation Awards (includes McLennan Family Fund – Dean’s Challenge Grant Program) are designed to support innovative ideas of particular promise in addressing key public health challenges.
DEADLINE Extended: June 28, 2021

Acceleration Award

Acceleration Awards are designed to cultivate collaborative/transdisciplinary research, develop cross-cutting research platforms, and support pedagogical advancement.
Deadline Extended: June 28, 2021

Transformation Award

Transformation Awards are large investments designed to take exceptional research projects to the next level.
Anticipated Deadline: TBA