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Harvard/HKS Internal Funding Opportunities

HKS Dean's Research Fund

Managed by the RAO, the Dean's Research Fund (DRF) provides seed funding mainly to junior faculty. Eligible expenses include: research assistant time, data acquisition, and field research travel support.

Applications should be brief (2-3 pages), detail the proposed research, and describe the expected contribution of this funding to the PI's longer-term research agenda. A detailed budget is also required.

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Other HKS Internal Faculty Research Funding Opportunities

HKS Ash Center’s Hui Research Fund for Generating Powerful Ideas

The Hui Research Fund for Generating Powerful Ideas at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, through a generous grant from Dr. James D.M. Hui, accepts proposals on topics that fall within the areas of: U.S.-China relations; administrative reform; social policy development; urbanization; and energy and environmental change.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm November 1, 2014.

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HKS Belfer Center’s Kuwait Program Grants

The Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative, through generous support from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, awards research grants to Harvard faculty to conduct research on issues of critical importance to Kuwait and the Gulf. Research interests include: Education reform; economic development in the Gulf; political reform; energy policy; and science, technology, and innovation.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm on October 23, 2014.

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HKS Belfer Center’s Emirates Leadership Initiative

The Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School will consider research proposals focused on the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the region. through generous support Research interests include: Democratizing politics; revitalizing the state; democratizing financial and labor markets; science and emerging technologies for regional development goals.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm on October 23, 2014.

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The Research Administration Office has compiled a wide range of internal HKS grant programs. For each relevant funding opportunity, information is provided on research project priority areas of interest, application deadlines, investigator eligibility, allowable budget items, required deliverables at the end of a grant period, and relevant Center or Program administrative contact information for additional details. In some cases, these funding opportunities are open to HKS faculty members only; in other cases, faculty and senior researchers across the University may be eligible to apply.

This resource will be updated throughout the year as needed. We encourage you to follow-up directly with the named contact person if you see a particular internal grant opportunity that might fit your research support needs.

Other Harvard Internal Faculty Research Funding Opportunities

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Exploratory Seminars
One of the goals of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is to foster cooperation and collaboration among faculty from different Harvard schools and units, enabling intellectual paths to merge that may not otherwise have intersected. In line with that goal, Radcliffe will once again provide administrative and financial support for short-term collaborations of scholars in all fields through its program of Exploratory Seminars.

Awards for all seminars include administrative support, space at the Radcliffe Institute, and funding of up to $14,000 for travel, hotels, and food. The strong support provided by Radcliffe Educational Programs, which administers the seminars program, makes convening such meetings relatively easy, as many past seminar leaders have happily reported.

Applications to lead a seminar in 2014–2015 will be accepted in Fall 2013. For more information on how to apply, click here.


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