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Harvard/HKS Internal Funding Opportunities

Challenges to Democracy Associate Professor Faculty Grants (Ash Center)

The Ash Center is pleased to continue its Challenges to Democracy grant program providing financial support to HKS professors at the associate level. The purpose of the program is to support associate professors at a critical juncture in their career while building a body of research that contributes to the Ash Center’s strategic priorities of strengthening democratic practices and enhancing institutional innovation in order to meet the profound challenges facing the world’s citizens. Research grants of up to $45,000 are available for HKS associate professors.

Research projects focused within the following broad areas will be considered:

Democracy in Hard Places
Innovations in Democracy
Public Sector Innovations

Proposals are due Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Click here for further application details and instructions.


The Faculty Fund (Carr Center)

The Carr Center has established a research and innovation fund that will provide small grants, between $5,000 to $10,000, to faculty members conducting research within the Center’s research priority areas: to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. Its research priorities include the following four broad themes: human security, economic justice, institutions of global governance and civil society, and equality and discrimination.

Grant proposals are welcome from full-time faculty members at HKS, including assistant, associate, and full professors, professors of practice, senior lecturers, and lecturers. Collaborative requests can include a faculty member from another school at Harvard. Funds will be available for the following types of activities:

 •Individual research projects that align with the Carr Center’s new research priorities
 •Collaborative, cross-disciplinary research on human rights and global justice (involving two or more faculty members)
 •Communicating and disseminating research findings, as well as creating policy proposals
 •Pilot projects to develop and implement new tools and strategies to educate the next generation of human rights leaders and practitioners
 •Games, simulations, case studies, and other interactive methods to train students at HKS and beyond
 •Convening scholars and practitioners, book workshops

Proposals are due April 30, 2016.

Click here for further application details and instructions. Please contact Sushma Raman (Sushma_Raman@hks.harvard.edu) for more information.


The Emirates Leadership Initiative (Belfer Center and the Center for Public Leadership)

The Emirates Leadership Initiative provides critical opportunities needed for emerging leaders from the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East to confront the region's public policy issues through a multi-pronged approach. The program focuses on four core research areas:

  • Democratizing Politics: Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on institutions, but also by empowering the region's citizens.
  • Revitalizing the State: Reforming social service delivery systems in the Middle East with a special emphasis on health, education, and social protection.
  • Democratizing Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.
  • Science and Emerging Technologies: Aligning science and technology missions to promote regional development goals.

Proposals are due Thursday, November 19, 2015 by 11:59 PM.

Click here for further application details and instructions. Please contact Julia Martin (julia_martin@hks.harvard.edu) for more information.


The Hui Research Fund for Generating Powerful Ideas (Ash Center)

The Hui Research Fund was recently established, in part, to support collaborative research between faculty affiliates of the Harvard Kennedy School community and academic colleagues in the Greater China region. The goal of this effort is to produce research that will result in academic publications and in targeted policy briefs that will be of direct relevance to the U.S. and Chinese policymaking communities. As a result, successful proposals will entail significant collaboration with colleagues int he Greater China region.

The Fund is accepting proposals on topics that fall within the areas of U.S.-China relations, administrative reform, social policy development, and urbanization. In addition to these general areas, the fund has a particular interest in supporting research on energy and environmental change. This broadly defined research area clearly presents great potential for conflict and cooperation between the U.S. and China, and therefore requires an equally great investment in research efforts. 

Proposals are due Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Click here for further application details. Interested applicants should download the Hui Fund 2015 RFP. Please contact Edward Cunningham (edward_cunningham@harvard.edu) for more information.   


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.

Click here for further application details and instructions.

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