Finding Sponsored Funding

There are a number of resources available that can assist you in your search for research funding opportunities.  Listed below are some of the most popular.

Databases and Search Tools

Community of Science

Community of Science: COS Funding Opportunities provides a comprehensive database of research funding solicitations from sponsor around the world, and has a variety of advanced search options.  Individual membership is free, and includes the option to receive customized weekly funding alerts. is a federalcentral storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs, and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. It also provides the electronic portal through which the University submits many proposals for federal funding. Basic and advanced search options are available, as well and grant subscription notices and customized RSS feeds.


SPIN – Sponsored Program Information Network: SPIN is a computer database with detailed information about thousands of federal, nonfederal, and international funding opportunities. There is no charge for using the system, though SPIN requires users to have a Harvard University IP address. Advanced search options and customized email alerts are available.

Frequently Applied-For Federal Opportunities

The following research opportunity solicitations see frequent submissions from SEAS faculty:

National Science Foundation CAREER Award

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

ONR’s Young Investigator Program

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program: ONR’s Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of higher education to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) also has a Young Investigator Program. 


Department of Defense DURIP (Defense University Research Instrumentation Program) Award:the DURIP program is for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities to support research in the technical areas of interest to the DoD. Proposals to purchase instrumentation may request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Awards are typically one year in length.

NIH R-21

National Institutes of Health Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21): the R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. Researchers are expected to propose exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Up to $275,000 in direct costs may be requested for a two year period.

Internal (Harvard) Research Funding Opportunities

 If you have questions or require guidance on any of the above, please contact your grants portfolio manager (Click here to find your portfolio manager).