Fund Details
Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship Spring 2019


The Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  1. Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research, scholarship, or creative activity that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding
  2. Seed funding, to encourage faculty to launch exciting new scholarship or research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  3. Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose.
The Inequality in America Initiative is providing an additional increment of bridge and seed funding to support basic research and applied projects aimed at advancing our understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality, testing interventions, and developing and disseminating resources. We are especially interested in supporting research projects that engage with the core themes of the initiative and that involve any of the following: interdisciplinary collaboration among departments or Harvard schools; new and early career investigators; training opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.

Please apply only if your funding needs fit into one of these categories. For all categories, applicants should clearly explain in non-specialist language the critical need, make a compelling case for large marginal gain, and justify the need for support from this fund rather than traditional sources. Project budgets of $5,000-$50,000 may be requested, though it should be noted that most funded awards will receive well below the award ceiling.

Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online via the Apply button on the top right corner of this page no later than March 5, 2019 by 5:00PM. Information on required materials can be found in the Program Guidelines.

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

If you have questions about the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research, please contact Erin Hale (, 617-496-5252) or Susan Gomes (, 617-496-9448).

Additional information can be found in the Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

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  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
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            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/05/2019 5:00 PM