Fund Details
Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund - 2021

Description:

The Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard’s capacity to advance a culture of belonging. Proposals should aim to focus on having a direct connection to the Harvard community and influence the University's trajectory towards sustainable inclusive excellence. Proposals should aim to address critical challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by identifying innovative and creative solutions that have the potential to catalyze a culture shift at Harvard.

For the 2020-21 funding cycle the HCLIF is offering application tracks aligned with various issues of great importance. Applications may be submitted for ideas addressing racial justice, mental health, and rebuilding community. There is also the option to submit an application addressing an area of interest of your choice.


Application Information:

1.  Give your innovation a name
2.  Please select an application track.
  • Topic of Your Choice - Applicants are invited to submit proposals based on the topic of their choice as long as it is aligned with the goals and mission of the fund.
  • Racial Justice - Applicants are invited to submit proposals that address issues of racism and provide solutions for advancing racial justice on our campus.
  • Mental Health - Applicants are invited to submit proposals that address issues of mental health, with an emphasis on providing solutions for mental health challenges impacting communities of color on our campus. Proposals may address the needs of all Harvard community members, include staff, faculty, students, postdocs, and academic personal. (view the Report of the Task Force on Managing Student Mental Health for more information on the current state of student mental health). 
  • Rebuilding Community - Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that provides solutions for reimaging our campus community and culture once we are back on campus.
3.  Explain your innovative idea in 2 to 3 sentences. Think of this as your project pitch ie. "Bingo is a web application that tracks empty parking spots in a garage".
4.  Please define the problem you are trying to solve (250 words max) and consider:
     What practical problem will be solved? What "pain" are we and/or our constituents experiencing? What is wrong or not working?
5.  Please provide a description of your innovation and the mission and goals for this endeavor. Include:  
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • Why and for whom is this important? Who will benefit?
  • How is this advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard?
  • Why is the Culture Lab Innovation Fund the right vehicle to fund this endeavor?
  • How is this idea innovative?
6.  What are the primary objectives of your project and how will you measure impact and success? Include:
·  What are you going to do and deliver?
·  What metrics will you use to measure success? 
·  What key milestones do you aim to achieve?  What are your improvement objectives and targets? 
·  What is the estimated time frame for project completion?
7.  Pathway to Inclusive Excellence - Please indicate how your project is aligned with our University priority of achieving inclusive excellence through a framework of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and anti-racism initiatives. Which element of the framework is your project most closely aligned with? (500 words max.)
8.  How much funding are you requesting? Estimates are welcome. Awards range from $2,000 to $15,000. Exceptional proposals or those exhibiting strong potential for scale will be considered for $25,000 or more.
9.  Please submit the budget template provided in the application.
10.  Please select the option that best describes the stage of development your project is in.
  • Start-up: A very limited test of an idea that is expected to generate learning; uses the smallest set of features/activities possible to test a hypothesis.
  • Transitional: Small scale implementation of an idea (e.g., in one School/Unit, or a select handful of Schools/Units).
  • Mature Implementation: Small scale implementation of an idea (e.g., in one School/Unit, or a select handful of Schools/Units).
  • Scaling for Impact: Small scale implementation of an idea (e.g., in one School/Unit, or a select handful of Schools/Units).
11.  What area of diversity, identity, or culture does this effort explore? (ie. Immigration status, race, physical abilities)
12.  Who is the primary audience or beneficiary of this activity? (ie. students, staff, faculty)

 

Eligibility Criteria:


Faculty and Staff:
  • All Harvard University benefits-eligible staff and faculty are eligible to apply. All primary team members must be affiliated with Harvard University.
  • All benefits-eligible Harvard administrative/professional, support or service and trades staff members are eligible to apply.
  • Primary, secondary, and adjunct faculty are eligible to apply.
Students and Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows: 
  • All full-time degree seeking Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. All primary team members must be Harvard University affiliates.
  • Students must be enrolled for the duration of the funding period.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows are eligible to apply.
  • A full time appointment at Harvard University is required and the appointment must last the duration of the funding period if awarded.



Review Criteria:


All proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Alignment -  Alignment with our University priority of achieving inclusive excellence through a framework of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and anti-racism initiatives
  • Inclusive Design - Proposals that apply inclusive design principles to their project including adherence with the digital access policy will be highly valued
  • Innovation - The proposal represents an innovative approach to advancing diversity
  • Impact - The proposal is expected to have measurable impact once implemented
  • One Harvard - Project teams should aim to include a mixture of faculty, student, staff, and/or postdoctoral fellows. Teams exhibiting cross-School and cross-functional and/or multidisciplinary collaboration will be especially valued
  • Promising Practice – Piloting this effort has the potential to have a University-wide impact and/or can be shared with other Schools and Units as a promising practice
  • Connection to Campus - The proposal has a direct connection to the Harvard community and influences the University's trajectory towards sustainable inclusive excellence and highlights a persistent challenge worth solving
  • Priority Theme - Ideas aligned with our priority theme for the year should be given extra merit (racial justice, mental health, and community rebuilding)



Search Filters:

Institution
  • Other (Non Harvard) Institution
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Harvard Business School
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Central Administration
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard College (Students Only)
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Judge Baker Children’s Center
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • McLean Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • Radcliffe Institute
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Veteran Affairs Boston Healthcare System
    Position
    • Undergraduate Student
    • Graduate Student
    • Postdoc/Fellow
    • Instructor
    • Assistant Professor
    • Associate Professor
    • Professor
    • Other Academic/Research Appointment
    • Administrator/Staff
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
      • Harvard Internal Funding
      • External Funding (Not Limited)
        Discipline
        • Arts
        • Basic Science
        • Clinical Science
        • Environmental Science
        • Engineering
        • Humanities
        • Life Science
        • Population Science
        • Multidisciplinary
        • Physical Science
        • Social/Behavioral Science
        • Translational Science
        • Other
          Type of Award
          • Center Grant
          • Career Development
          • Early Career
          • Equipment
          • Fellowship
          • Prize/Award
          • Program/Curriculum Development
          • Research
          • Sabbatical
          • Scholarship
          • STEM Education
          • Training Grants
          • Travel
          • Visiting Personnel
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            1/21/2021
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            4/02/2021 11:59 PM