The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement

Supporting research from early ideas to public health breakthroughs

About the Program

Now in its third 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 EXTENDED: March 16, 2020 at 12:00 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: March 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

General Acceleration Award

Acceleration Awards are designed to cultivate collaborative/transdisciplinary research, develop cross-cutting research platforms, and support pedagogical advancement.
NOI Deadline: May 20, 2020 / Application Deadline: June 22, 2020

COVID-19 Acceleration Award

A portion of this year’s Acceleration Award funds will be targeted to projects submitted in response to a Special COVID-19 RFA. In order to award funds as early as May 2020, the timeline and proposal content for COVID-19 related applications will be condensed.
NOI Deadline: April 9,2020 (COB) / Application Deadline: April 16, 2020

Transformation Award

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