Explore internal and external funding opportunities
- In order to get your clinical research project off the ground smoothly, you must first find funding for your work.
- It is important to do this early on as you may have to adjust your protocol in order to satisfy the requirements of your funding source.
- Be open to adding or deleting aspect of your study to fit the requirements of funding opportunities.
- Clinical research projects may be sponsored by foundation and non-profit funders, federal grants, industry sponsors, or, if you are a sponsor-investigator, through private funds.
- There are many ways to search for funding, some of which are listed below.
- You may also consider looking at National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) and ClinicalTrials.gov to review what is currently funded and where gaps exists.
▪ Community of Science (COS)/PIVOT - This database contains information about government, non-profit, industry and international funding opportunities in all fields. Pivot allows users to create their own profiles and receive customized funding alerts. To access Pivot, you must first create an account using your Harvard-affiliated email account:http://registration.cos.com/cgi-bin/register.
▪ Foundation Directory Online (FDO) - This database contains information on private foundations and the grants they support, as well as funding opportunities available through corporate sponsors.
You can access FDO via the FAS Research Development’s website.
▪ Grants.gov - This database includes all current funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others.
▪ Harvard Catalyst Funding
▪ Harvard Catalyst Grant Central
▪ Harvard Catalyst Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP)
▪ MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) - To help researchers bridge the gap in funding interruptions or delays, the MGH ECOR has three financial support mechanisms to help sustain research programs threatened by federal (NIH, DOD or NSF) funding constraints: Formulaic Bridge Funding, Deliberative Interim Support Funding and Sequestration Relief Funding.
▪ National Institutes of Health (NIH)
▪ National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Wizard
▪ Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) -This database provides information on current national and international government and private funding sources. Access for this database is available through Harvard's institutional subscription, click HERE to search the database.
▪ Introduction to Clinical Research at MGH