Fund Details
William F. Milton Fund, 2017
Award Duration
1 year
Sponsor Deadline


The William F. Milton Fund, established in 1924, is one of the oldest bequests made to Harvard University.  It supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease.  Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching solutions.

Applicants may apply for up to $50,000, payable over one year. 

The full Milton Fund RFP is available at 

Application Information:

Submission Cycle Timeline:
  • The online application portal will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • Full proposals will be due on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST
  • Award Decisions and fund disbursal will occur in June, 2017 pending submission of signed terms and conditions (delayed submission of required documentation may delay receipt of funds)
  • Technical Research Reports will be due one (1) year after initial receipt of funds
  • Financial Reports will be due 1 year after initial receipt of funds, concurrent with Technical Research Reports

Application Requirements:

1 Four-page Proposal Narrative that describes the specific aims and research project methodology. References and/or related graphics may be placed on consecutive blank pages following the written narrative. The narrative may be single or double spaced. 

2 200 word summary statement written for a lay person.

Assurance of Compliance All recipients of an award from the Milton Fund are expected to comply with all University, (or local institutional, if awarded through an affiliated entity), policies governing the conduct of research including, but not limited to, the use of animals, human subjects, hazardous materials, and export controls.  Applicants must provide the name and contact information of a school or department administrator who, in addition to the principal investigator, will certify that the project complies with all relevant policies.  Funds will not be made available, and invoices from non-Harvard entities will not be reimbursed, without such certification.  All applicants are subject to audit.

Biosketch for the PI and any co-investigators, limited to four or five pages (for each).

5 Letter(s) of Reference, required for Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows only. One letter is required, but up to two letters may be submitted. The single required letter, and the optional second letter, may not exceed a maximum of one page in length.

Project Budget including: 
        a.  Budget Form, presented in tabular form, 9 point font; should not exceed one page.  
        b.  Budget Justification to explain each budget line item. The narrative should be no more  than         one page in length.

Additionally, applicants will be asked to provide contact information

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school (including individuals based at affiliated hospitals) and who have principal investigator rights at that school.  Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows are also invited to apply.  Preference will be given to junior investigators. 

Disqualifiers: Anyone who has received a Milton Fund Grant within the previous five years.

Review Criteria:

Reviewers will evaluate applications on intellectual merit, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and likely impact on all fields of medicine, geography, history and science. 

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

For additional information and the full Milton Fund RFP, please visit the Milton Fund website at or email

Applicants may also seek guidance from a research development professional at the school where they hold a primary appointment. A list of contacts by school is available here.

Search Filters:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Judge Baker Children’s Center
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  • 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
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
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          Type of Award
          • Research