For Harvard Faculty

To become part of QBio, current Harvard faculty in FAS & SEAS are encouraged to apply for seed funding to jumpstart new collaborations. Faculty and their groups are also welcome to attend our Wednesday group meeting. Email: for more information.


The Quantitative Biology Initiative seeks to jump-start new collaborations between Harvard faculty from FAS and/or SEAS on problems at the interface of biology, mathematics, engineering, and computation. The seed grants will support novel, high-risk projects involving faculty from different disciplines. We are especially interested in proposals that involve both a compelling biological problem and the application or development of a new technique/approach (experimental, computational, or statistical). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: cell fate and cellular decision-making, self-organization at the subcellular and cellular scales, and adaptation of living systems.

Deadline: None (rolling). Award: One year, up to $100K.

Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated in terms of potential for novel findings, potential to yield longer-term collaborations, and relevance to the goals of the QuantBio Initiative. Teams that include 3 (or more) PIs who have not previously collaborated will be most strongly favored.

Application: Applications are now accessible through the Harvard University Funding Portal - click here