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Deadline for pre-proposals: Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator

October 17th, 2019 ~ 08:00pm - 08:00pm

Harvard's Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator is now accepting applications for funding in 2020.

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Apply now for grants of $50K–$100K to advance innovative research with clear commercial potential.

In this request for proposals, the Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE) Accelerator is especially seeking projects with strong potential to launch a start-up company. Such projects, while faculty-led, will benefit from having a postdoc or final-year PhD student working on the project who is interested in being a founding member of the startup team. Consideration will also be given to projects with other development goals.


  • $50K–$100K in research funding over 6–12 months
  • Advising from Harvard OTD to develop a commercialization strategy: Projects may lead to the formation of a startup, licensing to an established company, or securing industry funding for further R&D
  • Achieve scientific milestones relevant to industry: Projects typically extend preliminary observations, establish proof-of-concept, scale up a product or process, and/or generate (or enhance) intellectual property positions

Track record

As of July 2019, $2.2 million in grants have been awarded to 24 projects from FAS and SEAS. These projects have so far resulted in 10 new startups that have collectively raised more than $54 million in financing to commercialize the resulting innovations. View success stories.


Principal investigators employed by Harvard University. Proposals need to be directed toward one or more aspects of the applied sciences, physical sciences, computer software, or engineering.

For full details, please download and review the call for proposals from the PSE Accelerator webpage, and for further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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