Course Goals

  • Understand foundation and philanthropic funding
  • Understand guiding principles that support foundation and philanthropic funding
  • Learn how to find foundation and philanthropic funding.
  • Appreciate the interconnected nature of communication that occurs among researcher/individual, institution, and foundation and/or philanthropy

This online course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the writing and application process for foundation and philanthropic grant funding.

Participants will learn strategies firsthand from researchers who have successfully applied for foundation and philanthropic funding. The course will cover:

  • differences between foundation and philanthropic funding
  • guiding principles supporting applications for foundation and philanthropic funding
  • relational aspects that occur between the researcher/individual, institution, and foundation and/or philanthropy
  • how to identify foundation and philanthropic funding and resources


Interested in diversifying your funding portfolio even further? Register for the Grant Funding for Researchers Certificate and learn the skills needed to meet grant application requirements from multiple funding sources. This comprehensive program combines five existing grant writing courses:

Session dates

February 7 – March 20, 2024

Time commitment

Online course work/assignments average two to three hours per week.


Clinical professionals who are seeking to learn more about foundation and philanthropic grant funding and how to manage and write successful grant applications specific to these funding sources.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


MD, PhD, DMD, ScD, DNP, or doctorate-level degree, or involvement in a grant-writing team.

Harvard Catalyst’s Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current Harvard students, faculty, or current employees of Harvard University, its fifteen schools, and its nineteen academic healthcare centers.

Applicants not from an institution affiliated with Harvard Catalyst are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email course administrators.


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Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


Registration is currently closed. Please check back for future opportunities.