Course Goals

  • Understand the variety of funding opportunities available from non-NIH government agencies
  • Understand the priorities of different agencies
  • Understand how to tailor your research interests to an agency’s priorities
  • Understand the components of different agency funding applications
  • Understand an agency’s expectations once funding is awarded

This online course will explore the availability of medical research funding beyond the NIH. Topics covered include the grant submission process, with examples drawn from these agencies. Course participants will have an opportunity to learn from researchers who have successfully acquired these types of grants.

Each year, the NIH provides approximately 27% of federal funding for medical research. In addition, federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, and others offer over $7 billion per year to sponsor medical research. As an example, from 2017 to 2020 the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), a government-sponsored agency, awarded $3.5 billion in research funding.


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

January 10 – February 14, 2024

Time commitment

This is a self-paced course. If you elect to follow the suggested pacing, we anticipate the online course work/assignments to require an average of two hours per week.


  • Clinical professionals seeking to learn more about applying for federal funding other than from the NIH (e.g., National Science Foundation, Department of Defense) and how to manage and write successful grant applications.
  • Government-sponsored agencies such as the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) will also be covered.
  • 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.


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Accreditation Statement

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

The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate 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.