Research Funding

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.  Junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply.  Harvard Medical School faculty must hold a faculty appointment with PI rights in one of HMS’s basic or social science departments. 

Doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars may apply for an award provided they have an identified faculty mentor who will provide a letter of recommendation and will supervise their...

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How much funding is available?

Research grants of up to $150,000 will be available. Up to $1 million in total grant funding is to be allocated for the upcoming funding rounds. 

How will grants be awarded?

The Climate Change Solutions Fund will be administered by the Office for the Vice Provost for Research. A Fund Awards Committee, led by the Vice Provost for Research, will review applications and make recommendations on final grantees to the Provost and President.  In all instances proposals will be ranked based on an evaluation of intellectual merit, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and likely impact on all fields of energy and the environment.  Strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier...

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About the Fund

The prospect of long-term global climate change—as well as immediate threats to the natural environment—requires the transformation of the energy system on which we rely.  Eighty percent of the world’s energy is currently derived from the combustion of fossil fuels.  Meeting the anticipated growth in world energy demand—from population growth as well as rising living standards in emerging economies—through reliance on these resources alone would be difficult, costly, and environmentally damaging.  Two of the greatest challenges of our time are to change the energy system and...

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