The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement: Transformation Award

The Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement expands the School’s internal research funding with the goal of creating a pipeline of support from awards that support the exploration of early ideas, to the development of strong interdisciplinary team science, through to supporting transformative research collaborations that advance the frontiers of science.

Transformation Awards represent the fourth and final component of the Dean’s Fund for Scientific Advancement and are large investments designed to support projects previously funded by Acceleration Research Grants, for which there is already a strong proof of concept and clear transformative potential.


Transformation Award
Anticipated Deadline: October 2020

The Transformation Award provides $500,000 (direct cost) for a 2-year project period with an automatic 6-month no-cost extension and only previously awarded Harvard Chan School Acceleration Research Grantees are eligible to apply. The award will also require the substantial engagement of at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers, and must include collaboration from at least one other Harvard School.

Please read and review the full RFA prior to application submission.

Award Details

The Transformation Award is designed to support projects previously funded by Acceleration Research Grants, for which there is already a strong proof of concept and clear transformative potential (e.g. implementation, scale up, clinical translation, product development). The goal is to position awardees to be highly competitive for larger external collaborative grant mechanisms (e.g. P01s). Only former Acceleration research grant awardees are eligible to apply for transformational research awards, understanding that the Transformation Award applications may reflect minor or major changes in scope and personnel based on the results from the Acceleration Award. Transformation Award applicants must have demonstrated significant Acceleration Award outcomes and sufficient evidence that additional School investment will lead to substantial progress on an outcome, such as understanding a mechanism of disease, reducing a scientific barrier, or supporting translation to scale. The goal of the Transformation Award is to increase the impact of the School’s science, build collaborations across the University, and position faculty to be competitive for external center and program project awards.

Eligibility

Principal investigators must be:

  • Previously awarded a Harvard Chan School Acceleration Research Grant
  • Harvard Chan School faculty of any rank who have a primary appointment at the Harvard Chan School are eligible to apply.

Applications must include:

  • Coinvestigators from at least two Harvard Chan School Departments or Centers, representing interdisciplinary collaboration teams
  • Collaboration with at least one other Harvard School

Read the RFA for more details about requirements related to collaboration. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply for this award, please contact Heather Conrad at hconrad@hsph.harvard.edu.

Submission Process

Proposals are to be submitted through the Harvard University Funding Portal (HUFP). If you are using the application portal for the first time, you must complete a short registration process (see below). Please note, you can search for awards without logging in but you must be registered and logged in with your Harvard Key to submit an application. There is an option to assign a proxy for proposal submission, but your grant manager cannot use your Harvard Key to submit your application. Please contact ORSD if you have any questions about using HUFP.

To Register: Select “Log-in” in the top right corner of the HUFP webpage, which will bring you to a log-in page with two options. Select the “with Harvard Key” icon, which will prompt you to enter your Harvard Key. You will be led through a short three-question registration process. Once registered, you will be able to log in with your Harvard Key to submit applications.

Proposal Contents and Page Limits

You must complete all sections within the application portal before submitting your application. The sections within the application portal are as follows:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Collaborators
  3. Project Information: In this section, you must complete a 200-word research abstract and upload the following documents as a single PDF:
  • Project Proposal: Maximum of 3 pages of text, not including items 2-5 listed below. Figures and references are allowable in addition to this page limit. No other appendix material will be accepted.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach & Coordination Form. Maximum of 1 page of text. Use this Downloadable Form as a template.
  • Biosketch: Current NIH Biosketch for each participating investigator.
  • Budget Request: Budget estimates should be submitted on NIH PHS 398 detailed budget form 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.
  • Budget Justification
  1. Electronic Signature

 

Student Dissertation Supplement

Student Thesis or Dissertation Supplement – Applicant teams may submit an application of up to $15,000 in additional funds to cover thesis– or dissertation-related expenses including (but not limited to) student stipends, travel expenses, translation costs, or publication costs in instances where the student is first author.

The supplement must support work within the scope of the proposed Transformation Award. Supplement applications must be submitted at the same time as the Transformation application, however there will be a separate application process within the HUFP portal and supplements will be reviewed in a separate administrative evaluation process following the receipt of an award.

Supplemental Application Contents and Page Limits: Proposals are to be submitted through the Harvard University Funding Portal (HUFP). Within the application portal, there will be an online form requesting standard information related to the project:

  • Applicant Information Form

In addition, the following documents should be uploaded to HUFP as a single PDF:

  1. Project Proposal: Maximum of 1 page of text, not including items 2-4 listed below. Figures and references are allowable in addition to this page limit. No other appendix material will be accepted.
  2. Letter of Support from student’s mentor.
  3. Biosketch: Student’s Current NIH Biosketch.
  4. Budget Request: Budget estimates should be submitted on NIH PHS 398 detailed budget form with major divisions of funds (personnel, equipment, etc.).