Internal Funding

There are several sources of research funding within Tufts. Additional sources and special opportunities arise from time to time and announcements are made accordingly. Some of these opportunities apply only to specific groups while some are more general.

Ongoing Opportunities

Each year the Center for the Humanities offers three year long Faculty Fellowships. Each Fellow receives $5000  for use in travel and research, occupies an office at the Center, participates in events and receives full office support at the Center. Those interested in finding out more information or applying may contact Jonathan Wilson.

Applications may be submitted at any time. The proposal must be a research project that utilizes CNR core facilities or the Tufts Molecular Facility. The budget for proposed research is limited to $3,000 and funds may be used only for core services and related supplies expenses (up to 20% of the budget). More information.

This proposal must be a collaborative research project involving two or more Neuroscience faculty members from Tufts or its affiliated hospitals and must utilize CNR core facilities. The intent of these pilot awards is to stimulate collaborative research among CNR investigators and other neuroscientists at Tufts and its affiliated hospitals that leads to new NIH grant funding (e.g., R01 or program project grants). Click here for more information.

This internal funding opportunity (up to five grants, each approximately $10,000 for 1 year with a single, one-year no-cost extension available upon request) is intended to support projects which are likely to lead to extramural funding from public or private sources of support. Where proposals are of equal merit, priority will be given to new investigators at the beginning of their career. Eligibility is restricted to all Tufts University School of Medicine faculty whose total extramural support (direct costs excluding PI salary and fringe benefits) does not exceed $100,000/yr. Previous recipients are not eligible. Funds may not be used to support the salary of the PI. Charlton grant applications are typically solicited once a year. Exact date for submission is determined by the Academic Research Awards Committee and is announced by the Dean's Office.

For the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering only. These may include summer stipends, awards for excellence in research and scholarship, and funding in amounts of $5000 or less. For more information, please call (617) 627-3106 or see

Established through the generosity of Mrs. Natalie V. Zucker, the Center is devoted to furthering the research careers of women scientists at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Women who are junior faculty at TUSM/GSBS or the major affiliated hospitals (up to and inclusive of the rank of Assistant Professor) or postgraduate fellows at TUSM/GSBS engaged in basic science or clinical research are eligible. The applicant’s mentor or Department Chair must support her request. Please see the School of Medicine’s website for details.

The Summer Scholars Program offer research apprenticeships with faculty/clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates. Summer Scholars is open to students and faculty representing all disciplines: arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as the STEM fields. Information on the program is available here. If you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate researcher this summer, send a brief description of the project and your preferred method of being contacted, to Laura Doane at Laura will post your project on the website so that students can browse these opportunities and contact you directly to discuss working on a joint application.

This program is designed to promote and support teaching innovations developed by our faculty that will enhance the core educational programs and overall mission of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), including the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). All current TUSM faculty, including those based at GSBS and affiliated hospitals, are eligible. Junior faculty and faculty seeking promotion are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

The program seeks to bring together new multidisciplinary teams by providing seed money for the development of new collaborations or for pursuit of more mature ideas. The goal of the program is to position investigators to successfully compete for new extramural funding. Please click here for more information.

Tufts University School of Medicine offers students the opportunity to apply for a summer research fellowship. During the summer between first and second year of medical school, the fellowship supports a project for a minimum of eight weeks on a full time basis. If you have an interesting project and would like to provide an opportunity to expose our medical students to research, please fill out a research form for EACH project and return it to Jeanne Fahey. For more information, click here.

The Research Advancement Fund (RAF) seeks to advance research and scholarship across disciplines, schools, institutions, and even geographies.

Research plans can involve non-Tufts faculty and international partners; funding can be used for a range of research and scholarly activities—from course/time release, expanding pilot data to respond to grant review critics, and small workshops to developing “broader impacts” plans such as those required by NSF, among others. Applications must be accompanied by evidence of potential success (e.g., relevant grant pink sheet scores, or other supporting material that suggests likelihood of next stage success).

RAF is funded by the Research and Scholarship Strategic Plan and overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The goal of this program is to advance research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal, foundation, and industry granting agencies.

Any Tufts faculty active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a University school or unit is eligible to apply to RAF to support a singular study, collaboration within Tufts, or with a colleague at another institution. In all events, the lead principal investigator (PI) on a grant application must be a Tufts University employee. Tufts faculty members with a primary appointment at Tufts Medical Center or other affiliates and a secondary appointment at a University school or unit are encouraged to serve as collaborators, but may not be the principal investigator.

RAF awards are expected to range from $500 to $15,000. Funding decisions are made through a peer-review process by faculty and administrative staff with appropriate expertise, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.

To be eligible for support:

  1. The lead PI must hold primary Tufts faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, Professor of Practice, and Research Scientist (senior, I, II, III)
  2. Grants up to $15,000 are available

These one-year grants should be considered seed money rather than continuing support. Funding should be expended within a year of the award.

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Scholarly impact: The activity/research should help balance and enhance the portfolio of academic activities across Tufts and/or expand the boundaries of current scholarship.
  • Other sources of funds: In the case of budgets that exceed $15,000, applicants are required to show other sources of funding before an award can be finalized.

Application Process

There will be three deadlines for applications pertaining to activities planned for the 2019- 2020 academic year: August 23, 2019, November 22, 2019 and May 22, 2020. However, we encourage anyone considering an application to contact us in advance, prior to submitting an application, so that we can gain an early understanding of what you hope to accomplish. Applications should be sent to: General inquiries should be addressed to

Applications should contain:

  • Proposal – The proposal should be a description of the activity (less than two pages) addressing the criteria above. Where appropriate, applicants should also attach drafts of relevant agendas, programs, schedules, CVs, etc.
  • Budget – Include a detailed budget including categories of expense and specific planned expenditures (e.g., salary, supplies, course support, guest travel and lodging, food, facilities rentals) as well as any additional resources/income secured or solicited from other sources.
  • Faculty commitment letters/emails – Include letters or emails of commitment to the project, one from the lead PI assuming fiscal, administrative, and intellectual responsibility for the program and one from each significant faculty contributor specifying the level of involvement to which he/she is prepared to commit. NOTE: Letters/emails of commitment should come directly from faculty contributors (to the email address below).
  • All applications must be approved by the lead PI’s dean.

Funds are intended for use during one particular academic year. Contact the program administrator to request a no-cost extension (approved under extenuating circumstances). In the absence of an extension, any funds not used within the same fiscal year as the award transfer will be returned to the OVPR. Each group awarded funding should be in touch with a report within one year of the award date, detailing what activities the group has engaged in, who has participated, the substance of the issues explored, and any resulting products. That report must also contain a detailed and final budget.

Applications should be submitted via email:

Deadlines for AY 2019-2020:

August 23, 2019
November 22, 2019
May 22, 2020

Starting a collaboration with 1 or more colleagues from another campus? The OVPR would like to support your effort by offering up to 6 parking passes on a per semester basis. Please use this online form to tell us about the project or goal of the collaboration, how many times you would like to meet during the semester, and identify which campus or campuses where meetings will take place.


For Summer 2019: May 30, 201
For Fall 2019: July 30, 2019
For Spring 2020: Dec 30, 2019

This funding opportunity is made possible through a grant from the Russo Family Charitable Foundation Trust to Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). TUSM received a commitment of $250,000 from the Russo Foundation to support interdisciplinary collaborative research. The grant is being made in approximately equal installments over a five-year period. This internal funding opportunity is intended to stimulate collaboration which can later seek NIH funding through the new co-PI grant mechanism. Information about the new NIH funding mechanism can be found at Support of research assistants, purchase of equipment and supplies, and sponsorship of working retreats are eligible for such funding on a competitive basis by completing the application form. In most circumstances, salary for new personnel is not supported and PI salary cannot be supported from these funds. Historically, individual awards have ranged between $15,000 and $20,000. All TUSM faculty may apply provided that the collaboration involves at least one faculty member based in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).

Russo grant applications are typically solicited twice a year. Exact dates for submission are announced by the Dean’s Office. Those interested in finding out more information or applying may contact Kristina Pereira in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Office at (617) 636-6565.