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, formerly known as Funding Your Research: Non-NIH Government Agencies, 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 percent 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 taking more than one Funding Your Research course? Our new Funding Your Research Course Bundle allows you to save on the course fees while learning how to obtain funding from various sources.

5% OFF two-course bundle
10% OFF three-course bundle
15% OFF four-course bundle
20% OFF five-course bundle

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*This offer does not apply to Harvard-affiliates, for whom there is no fee.

Session dates

August 24 – September 28, 2022

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.

Application due

August 10, 2022 at 5:00pm ET


  • 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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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.


The registration process will open on June 8, 2022.