The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), working with the Research Development Coordinating Committee (RDCC), announces and posts university-wide competitions for restricted grant and fellowship nominations. The announcements are sent to members of the RDCC, interested school and department research administrators, and researchers. They briefly describe the program and selection criteria, and provide important application deadlines and instructions. To receive email announcements of limited submissions opportunities, please contact us.
The process for applying for each opportunity is described in the opportunity's online posting. In general, internal competitiion applications will consist of a one- or two-page proposal and a CV. For some programs, applicants may be asked to provide a preliminary letter of intent before the internal competition application is completed, to facilitate the timely recruitment of reviewers having appropriate expertise.
The internal competition deadline is set out in the announcement and the table of opportunities on this site.
In some instances applicants must apply for internal consideration within their school instead of directly to the OVPR office. In cases where this is required, the process for doing so will be described in the online posting of the opportunity.
Owing to the large number of eligible researchers at affiliated hospitals, Harvard Medical School carries out an initial screening and selects candidates for the university wide competitions. That process is described at the HMS Foundation Funds website.
Generally, the OVPR organizes the ranking of internal applications by panels of faculty reviewers in consultation with the Vice Provost for Research. Reviewers are generally drawn from the schools of applying researchers. OVPR will notify applicants about the internal competition results. The applicants who have been selected to be the University’s nominees are provided with the details for completing the sponsor’s application process. Although there is no formal mechanism for providing feedback to applicants who were not selected, OVPR will respond to researchers who seek information by conveying general or specific comments from reviewers, as appropriate.