Fund Details
Harvard Global Institute (HGI) Application 2019
Award Duration
1 - 2 years
Minimum Award Amount
$50,000 - $100,000 per year
Maximum Award Amount
$1,000,000 per year
Sponsor Name
Harvard Global Institute


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The Harvard Global Institute (HGI) supports research initiatives that deepen Harvard's international engagement and promote University-wide scholarship to address pressing global challenges. HGI funds projects that cross both national and disciplinary boundaries while bringing together Harvard faculty and students with scholars from outside the United States to investigate problems of global significance.

In AY 2019-20, HGI will fund research projects that examine topics with local import in China with the potential for global impact. It is expected that project activities will not be limited to the Harvard campus but will also include work within China. Faculty with interest in conducting research in China will have access to space at the Harvard Center Shanghai, and HGI will encourage project teams to make use of the Center as a convening site.

Faculty from across Harvard Schools who are already working on China-related topics, as well as those who wish to begin doing so, are invited to apply for funding by submitting preliminary expressions of interest (EOI). Funding will be provided at two levels, in the form of large grants and small grants.

  • Large grants will support multi-faculty, cross-School, cross-discipline, integrative projects on problems or issues of global relevance that build on existing research and include significant collaboration with scholars in China. The range of funding for these larger projects will be $500,000 to $1 million annually, and a grant may receive that level of funding for either one or two years. Please note it is likely there will be no more than one such grant awarded in AY 2019-20.
  • Small grants will support innovative, interdisciplinary projects. Funding is available at this level for projects with a focus on China. Projects may involve multiple faculty members from a single School at Harvard, though preference will be given to research that draws in faculty from different Harvard Schools. Smaller-scale grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, and a grant may receive that level of funding for either one or two years.

Application Information:

EOIs may be submitted individually or jointly with co-PIs through the Harvard University Funding Portal. The EOI should consist of a narrative and a budget estimate. 

The narrative may be no longer than 1000 words in length, and should include:

  1. Articulation of the problem to be studied and an explanation of the necessity of collaboration in achieving that goal.
  2. Names of collaborators from Harvard as well as from universities, institutes, and academies based in the People's Republic of China. (For the purposes of the EOI, it is not necessary to have secured the agreement of participants in China in advance.)
  3. Description of the project's expected contributions, their larger significance, and their potential for broad impact and influence.
  4. Approximate timetable for the project.

The budget estimate may be no longer than one page and should include a rough estimate of total expenses for the project.

Non-allowable expenses include:

  • Student tuition
  • Salary support for principal investigators. (Requests for partial support of principal investigator summer salary will be considered in limited circumstances.)
  • Renovation costs and capital projects

Benefits-eligible personnel expenses (e.g. faculty, exempt employees, union employees, post-doctoral fellows, teaching assistants, temps) must include the appropriate fringe rates for each year of funding.  Applicants should consult with Human Resources at their home Schools for applicable rates.

The recipient of any funding involving travel should adhere to Harvard University’s travel policies.

School assessments should not be included in your budget. HGI will arrange this with home schools separately.

The deadline for submitting an EOI is 5:00pm (EST) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The principal investigator on an HGI grant must be an active tenure stream faculty member. Other members of the faculty are encouraged to participate in research projects as members of a team. HMS faculty must hold the title of assistant, associate, or full professor in one of HMS’s basic or social science departments.
  • Students and postdoctoral scholars may participate in a grant under the supervisory auspices of the faculty member who applies for an award.
  • While staff are not eligible to apply as principal investigators, salary support may be requested for staff in the project’s budget.

Review Criteria:

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by an internal committee.

Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

This competition is enabled for Proxy applicants. Before beginning an application Proxies will be asked to locate their Principal Investigator in HUFP. If your PI is not registered in HUFP, please ask them to create their profile using their HarvardKey. Proxies should never "Add User" in HUFP.

For more detail on the above, please refer to the Harvard Global Institute website.

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            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            4/17/2019 5:00 PM