A: This program is open to FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty; Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible. Faculty at other Harvard schools with no more than a zero FTE in the FAS/SEAS are not eligible for this program except as collaborators on Inequality in America proposals.
Q: Can other individuals with PI rights apply, such as Benjamin Peirce Fellows, Society of Fellows, etc?
A: No. Only FAS/SEAS ladder faculty, Professors in Residence, and Professors of the Practice may apply.
Q: Can I use the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship for funds to help me publish my new book?
A: No. You should apply to our publication funds. There is one for senior faculty and a separate one for tenure-track faculty.
Q: Will the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship fund every application it receives?
A: No. The committee will make awards to only the most promising of the applications and will stay within the budget of the Fund. While there is no expectation that every application received will be funded, the committee will strive to award many small grants rather than a few large ones.
Q: How will I receive my award from the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship?
A: Awards are transferred to a faculty member’s FAS research account.
Q. What conditions and limitations apply to this funding?
A. We expect that awarded faculty members will use these funds to advance their research so that they can eventually apply for other internal or external competitive funding. It is expected that the funds awarded in support of the DCF proposal will be used as quickly as is feasible to advance the work described. Successful applicants to the Inequality in America theme should spend their funds within a year. Awardees will be expected to give a short presentation of the funded project at a symposium at the end of the grant year and submit a short written description of project results.
Q: Is there a cap on the number of times I can apply to the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research?
A: No. There is no cap on how often a faculty member can submit.
Q: Can applicants include letters of support as supplementary documents?
A: No, letters of support should not be included.
Q: Whom can I contact if I have questions about the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship?
A: If you have questions about the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Research, contact Erin Hale, Senior Research Development Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy (email@example.com).