Open Competition grants consist of two categories. Those organized by the federal government, and those by private institutions. All proposals require a review and approval by the Office of Sponsored Programs and FAS Research Administrative Services. Grant proposals must be submitted to the OSP 5 business days prior to the deadline, and to CBS 3 business days before that.

If you are submitting through CBS, please contact Doreen Chamberlain (, who will assist you with all submission procedures and deadlines.



Some foundations grant awards based on open competition. Others limit the number of applications per institution, so the first stage is an internal Harvard competition, either within each Harvard school or University-wide. Many of these competitions go through the University Committee on Biological Sciences (UCBS). Every year, there are two UCBS competitions to select nominees -- spring and fall -- with different specific application deadlines for the FAS and HMS. These deadlines have not yet been set for spring 2010 (see these links for FAS applicants and HMS applicants ). For other University-wide competitions, internal deadlines are set to be about six to eight weeks earlier than the foundations' deadlines. You may find additional resources on the OSP site (see link below). Some additional awards may be available to HMS faculty members.

Although specific awards have slightly different requirements, pre-proposal submission for the Harvard Internal Competition generally require the following:

  • Letter of support from the department chair
  • CV including bibliography and current funding sources
  • 2-3 page description of the proposed research