Request for Applications – Osher Pilot Research Grants

Posted On: January 1st, 2017

Aterah Nusrat


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 2017. 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.


01/01/2017 – RFA Announcement
03/01/2017 – Letter of Interest Due
04/01/2017 – Full Applications Invited
05/01/2017 – Full Applications Due
07/01/2017 – Awardees Announced
09/01/2017 – Funding and Projects Commence


All 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 Saturday, July 1st.
  • 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.

Indirect Cost Policy

The intention of the Osher Center Pilot Research Grants is to foster multidisciplinary collaborative projects across institutions. While these limited funds are intended to cover research, rather than administrative costs, we understand that some institutions require a certain proportion of grants to cover indirect and/or modified direct costs. The Osher Center pilot award will allow up to 10% of the total award to be used as indirect and/or modified direct costs, including any indirect costs associated with sub-awards. We encourage applicants to work with their respective parent and subcontracting institutions, if applicable, to reduce administrative costs if possible so that the maximum amount of the awards can be used for the research projects.

Submitting Letters of Interest

Download the RFA Guidelines here
Download the Letter of Interest template here

Send the completed form, by email, to Aterah Nusrat at [email protected] by Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.


For questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact Aterah Nusrat at:
Phone: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: [email protected]