Course Goals

  • Learn how to discover funding opportunities, and understand the requirements of funders and expectations once awarded.
  • Understand the basic construction of a grant and how to address each component when applying for NIH, non-NIH government agencies, foundations, philanthropic, and industry funding.
  • Tailor your research interests to the priorities of government agencies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, and industry.
  • Learn the communication skills necessary to cultivate and maintain relationships with foundations and industry professionals.
  • Learn ways that mentors, grant administrators, and other collaborators can support your grant funding process.

The Grant Funding for Researchers Certificate combines five existing online grant writing courses. Throughout the program, participants will learn the skills needed to meet grant application requirements from diverse funding sources.

Topics include:

Techniques to Writing a Competitive Grant
In this module, participants will learn grant writing strategies firsthand from researchers who have successfully applied for funding from a variety of sources.

NIH Funding: Navigating the R01 & K Grant Submission Process
Designed with the NIH K/R grant cycle in mind, this course begins with an overview of the NIH grant submission process. Participants will learn about writing the sections of the R01 and K grants, as well as the NIH peer review process. Through video lectures and interviews, this module will discuss the NIH diversity programs and supplements.

Non-NIH Government Agency Funding: Grant Submission Process
Participants will explore the availability of medical research funding from the National Science Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Department of Defense, and other non-NIH agencies.

Industry Funding: Application Process & Establishing Industry Relationships
Designed as an introduction to industry funding, this module will focus on the unique aspects of this process.

Funding Your Research: How to Obtain Foundation & Philanthropic Grants
Participants will learn how to identify and apply for foundation and philanthropic grant funding. Researchers who have successfully applied for funding discuss their strategies, as well as the relational aspects that occur between the researcher, institution, and foundation and/or philanthropic organization.

Session dates

September 20, 2023 – June 26, 2024

Time commitment

Online coursework and assignments average two to three hours per week.

Please note: To be eligible to receive a Professional Certificate and/or CME credits, participants must complete all required assignments and surveys by Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2024.

Application due

September 15, 2023 at 5:00pm ET


Clinical researchers, basic scientists, and junior division grant administrators who seek to gain an initial overview of grant writing including how to prepare, manage, and write competitive grant applications.


Participants are expected to have a central hypothesis or objective for their future grant application so that they can use the program to begin preparing for submission within the next two years. This program is ideal for:

  • MD, PhD, DMD, ScD, DNP, doctorate- or master-level degree, or actively involved with the grant-writing process
  • Grant administrators who are involved pre- and post-award management


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.


The application process is currently closed. Please check back for future opportunities.