Course Goals

  • Understand why industries fund research
  • Understand how industries fund research
  • Learn how to find and apply for industry funding that fits your needs
  • Know how to cultivate and maintain industry relationships in attaining funding

Designed as an introduction to industry funding mechanisms, this online course will focus on acquiring industry funding and the unique aspects of this process. The course will specifically highlight and differentiate between investigator-initiated research (IIR) and industry-sponsored research (ISR) initiatives, networking, mentorship, and communication.

Course participants will receive helpful tips and hints from members of both academia and industry on how to engage with industry and succeed in obtaining funding to further research endeavors.


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 28 – May 8, 2024

Time commitment

Online course work/assignments require an average of two to three hours per week over nine weeks.


Clinical professionals with little or no experience in obtaining industry funding.

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 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.


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