RFA: Osher Pilot Research Grants (2016)

Posted On: January 18th, 2016

RFA: Osher Pilot Research Grants (2016)

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine invites applicants to apply for seed grants to support collaborative projects consistent within the Osher Center thematic areas of musculoskeletal health, healthy aging and mind-body exercise.

The purpose of this program is to provide early funding for innovative projects in the field of integrative medicine including basic, translational, and clinical research.

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, as pilot grants of $25,000 to $50,000, with up to four grants available in FY 2016.

Applications undergo a formal peer-review process and will be ranked for funding priority based on strategic and scientific merit, with oversight by the Osher Center Advisory Committee.


01/18/2016 – RFA Announcement
02/29/2016 – Letter of Interest Due
03/21/2016 – Full Applications Invited
04/25/2016 – Full Applications Due
07/01/2016 – Awardees Announced
09/02/2016 – Funding and Projects Commence


Members of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) research community with a rank of instructor and above are invited to apply. Individuals may serve as the PI of only one proposal.

Review criteria

The mission of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is to combine research, education and clinical care to move medicine toward a new model of wellness and healing.

Therefore, Pilot Projects will be evaluated primarily for their potential to advance the strategic vision of the Osher Center through collaborative, cross-disciplinary innovative research related to integrative medicine.

  • Projects must be scientifically meritorious and aligned with the one or more of the following strategic themes: musculoskeletal health, healthy aging and mind-body exercise.
  • Projects should not be merely an extension of ongoing work but rather novel ideas/programs which require seed funding.
  • Projects creating new collaborations between PIs, research groups, or institutions within the HMS community will be given priority.
  • Priority also will be given to projects that are translational and/or integrate across physiological systems.

Review Process

  • From the letters of interest (LOI), approximately 10 applicants will be invited to submit full applications. LOIs will be reviewed by an ad-hoc Osher Center Pilot Grant Review Committee (chaired by the Osher Center Research Director).
  • Full applications undergo a formal peer-reviewed process and will be ranked. Ranked proposals will be discussed with the Osher Center Advisory Committee, and final decisions will be announced Friday, July 1st, 2016.
  • Written critiques will not be provided.


  • Recipients will be obligated to periodic reports of activity to the Osher Center and an oral presentation to the Osher Advisory Committee at the end of the funding period (one year).
  • Grantees will notify the Osher Center when other grants are received as a result of pilot funding.
  • Grantees will acknowledge the Osher Center in publications resulting from seed grant support and will notify the Osher Center when such papers have been submitted.

Download Letter Of Interest Template Here
Send completed form to [email protected]


For questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact Aterah Nusrat:

phone: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: [email protected]