Online course for researchers applying for non-NIH federal grant funding. Funding Your Research: Non-NIH Government Agencies - Online
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Researchers 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.
  • MD, PhD, DMD, ScD, DNP, or equivalent doctorate-level degree
Time commitment
  • Online course work/assignments require average of 1-2 hours per week over 4 weeks.
Funding level
Session dates
  • April 25 - May 23, 2018
Application due
  • 5:00pm on March 29, 2018

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, the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), a government-sponsored agency, is scheduled to award $3.5 billion in research dollars by 2020.

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.

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 course is availble to current students, faculty, or employees of Harvard University, its ten schools, or its seventeen Academic Healthcare Centers, or students at Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, or Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the About Harvard Catalyst page. External applicants will not be accepted.

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

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