In Harvard’s decentralized environment, each school and college—sometimes each department—has its own unique culture and expectations regarding benchmarks such as tenure, promotion, and annual evaluations (manuscript, articles, publications, teaching). You should learn these expectations early on and plan your research agenda accordingly. Informal meetings with your new department colleagues and formal meetings with your department chair can be very helpful.
All faculty may make an individual appointment with FAS Research Development to discuss their funding interests and needs. A member of the Research Development team is available to meet with you to discuss your research program and available resources and/or will also conduct a customized funding search based on your needs. To request Research Development support or arrange an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty in the Science Division and some Social Science departments have designated sponsored research administrators. For the Arts & Humanities Division and Social Science departments that do not have a designated sponsored research administrator, FAS Research Administration Services provides full support with proposal preparation, budget preparation, submission of grant applications, managing an award, and preparing and submitting grant progress reports. Faculty and administrators in the Arts & Humanities Division may contact Jimmy Matejek-Morris at
Faculty in the Science Division and some Social Science departments have designated sponsored research administrators. Research Administration Services offers support for administrative aspects of the proposal preparation and submission process for departments that do not have a designated sponsored research administrator, including construction of proposal budgets and coordination of the University’s review and submission process.
In most cases, proposals to external sponsors require institutional authorization. They are therefore submitted through Harvard’s Office of Sponsored Programs and are subject to institutional review. Some opportunities, such as fellowships and certain sabbatical opportunities, may be submitted directly by faculty to the sponsor without institutional review.
Sabbatical funding opportunity deadlines often fall at least a year before your leave start date. Some sponsors run competitions even earlier; the National Endowment for the Humanities has a May deadline for projects beginning as early as January the following year and as late as the following September.
The Research Development team in FAS Research Administration Services performs customized funding searches to locate those opportunities that best suit your sabbatical plans. We offer advice on strategies for submitting competitive proposals and will review your proposal against sponsor requirements. Please contact email@example.com to discuss your sabbatical needs.