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.

Non-OVPR 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).

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).

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 School of Arts & Sciences 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 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.

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.