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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. Click each section below the list to reveal more information.

  • Summer Scholars
  • Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars
  • Tufts Collaborates!
  • Tufts Innovates!
  • Center for Humanities at Tufts – Faculty Fellowships
  • TUSM Summer Research Fellowship
  • Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program
  • Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC)
  • Russo Family Charitable Foundation Trust Dual Principal Investigator Funding
  • Charlton Grant Research Program
  • Center for Neuroscience Research Pilot Project Grant
  • Center for Neuroscience Research Core Award Program
  • The Innovations in Education Intramural Grant Program
Summer Scholars

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.Doane@tufts.edu. 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.

Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars

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 Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Women who are junior faculty at TUSM/Sackler or the major affiliated hospitals (up to and inclusive of the rank of Assistant Professor) or postgraduate fellows at TUSM/Sackler 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.

Tufts Collaborates!

Tufts University fosters collaborations and innovation in scholarship, research, teaching and learning. In support of this effort, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to offer two seed grant programs: Tufts Collaborates!, which encourages the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty projects, and Tufts Innovates!, which seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching.

The Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines. The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation 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 the Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program. Seed grant awards are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.

For more information about the program, including past awards, click here. For questions about and submission of a Tufts Collaborates! proposal, please email Dr. Kirby Johnson at collaborates@tufts.edu.

Tufts Innovates!

In recognition of the importance of learning, the Tufts Innovates! seed grant program offered by the Office of the Provost is designed to spark imaginative proposals that catalyze innovative ideas for student learning. Proposals must demonstrate innovative and creative ideas for enhancing student learning at Tufts. This may include an educational idea created and implemented by faculty, undergraduate students and/or graduate students. Proposals that incorporate educational technology are highly encouraged. Proposals that leverage external and/or continued funding are encouraged but not required.

For more information about the program, including past awards, click here. For questions about and submission of a Tufts Innovates! proposal, please email innovates@tufts.edu.

 

Center for Humanities at Tufts – Faculty Fellowships

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.

TUSM Summer Research Fellowship

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.

Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program

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.

Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC)

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 http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty/committees/ASE/FRAC/FRACapplications.htm

 

Russo Family Charitable Foundation Trust – Dual Principal Investigator Funding

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 athttp://grants.nih.gov/grants/multi_pi/index.htm. 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 Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

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 Sara Abbott in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Office at (617) 636-6767.

Charlton Grant Research Program

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.

Center for Neuroscience Research Pilot Project Grant

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.

Center for Neuroscience Research Core Award Program

Applications may be submitted at any time. The proposal must be a research project that utilizes CNRcore 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). Clickhere for more information.

The Innovations in Education Intramural Grant Program

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 Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. All current TUSM faculty, including those based at Sackler and affiliated hospitals, are eligible. Junior faculty and faculty seeking promotion are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

Research Advancement Fund

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: ResearchAdvancementFund@tufts.edu. General inquiries should be addressed to Augusta.Rohrbach@tufts.edu.

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: ResearchAdvancementFund@tufts.edu

Deadlines for AY 2019-2020:

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

 

 

Research Alliance Fund for Transportation (RAFT) - OVPR

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.

Deadlines:

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