Resources for New Faculty

The Research Development (RD) team in FAS Research Administration Services provides resources and support to FAS and SEAS faculty seeking internal and external grant and fellowship funding. This includes information and assistance identifying and applying for important early career and scholar awards, grantsmanship advice, proposal development support, and connections with any research-related points of contact.

Members of the RD team reach out to all new FAS and SEAS faculty during their first semester at Harvard to discuss funding interests and to share information about resources and support services for faculty. Following this meeting faculty are provided with a customized list of funding opportunities specific to their research interests.

All FAS and SEAS faculty may make an individual appointment at any time with FAS Research Development to discuss their funding interests and needs. To request Research Development support or arrange an appointment, email research_development@fas.harvard.edu.

New Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

What administrative support is available for the preparation, submission and management of grant proposals and awards?

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 Katherine Zuccala at kzuccala@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627
for advice and assistance. Faculty and administrators in the Social Science Division in a department without a designated sponsored research administrator may contact Jimmy Matejek-Morris at jmatejek@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-6216. These sponsored research administrators can answer all of your questions about applying for funding and will provide support for these activities as well.

Who can help me create a budget for my proposal?

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. Faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division may contact Katherine Zuccala (kzuccala@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-3627) and faculty in the Social Science...

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What is the proposal submission process at Harvard?

In FAS, all requests for funding to be submitted to an external sponsor must be reviewed and approved by the following entities prior to submission:

  1. The PI’s Department Chair;
  2. the Dean of FAS or his/her designee;
  3. and, on behalf of the President and Fellows of Harvard College, by and Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) at the Office for Sponsored Programs or, for industry sponsored agreements, the ...
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Do all proposals require institutional review prior to submission?

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. If you are planning a submission, please contact your sponsored research administrator as early as possible with an indication of your intention to apply to receive support with the review and submission process and for...

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When should I start looking and applying for sabbatical funding?

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.

What support or services does Research Administration Services offer to faculty looking for sabbatical funding?

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 research_development@fas.harvard.edu to discuss your sabbatical needs.