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.

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.

Session dates

August 14 – October 23, 2024


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


  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • Non-CTSA member: $600.00
  • CTSA member: $450.00


Registration ends August 7, 2024 at 5:00pm.