Mexico Innovation Fund Eligibility & Application


The applicant must be a Senior Lecturer, Assistant, Associate, or full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School. Applicants from the Harvard Medical School must be an Assistant, Associate, or full Professor actively teaching Harvard students at the time of application (undergraduates, GSAS-enrolled PhD students or students enrolled in the two HMS MD programs), and employed by Harvard University. Final decisions about eligibility will be determined during the review process. Mexican counterparts from academia, research institutions, NGO’s, government agencies, and/or corporations must be identified as part of the application process.

Application Requirements

  • Application form

  • A brief abstract

  • A well-articulated research proposal of not more than 1,000 words (supplemental material of no more than 2 pages may also be included)

  • Letter(s) from collaborating Mexican institution(s)

  • A detailed budget with a list of other funding sources

  • A CV of the faculty applicant (up to five pages long)

In preparing a proposal, the applicant should remember that reviewers may need background information to fully appreciate what might be of obvious importance to someone in another discipline. The proposal must clearly express the questions to be explored, the methods used to collect evidence, and how outcomes will be measured. Be sure to consult the Mexico Innovation Fund overview.

DRCLAS will accept proposals from Harvard faculty members on an annual basis. The deadline for 2020 cycle is October 1, 2020 for projects to begin as early as December 1, 2020. Awards will be contingent on University policies related to COVID -19. Spending must also comply with policies implemented by the University due to COVID-19 related to spending and travel. While projects may have multi-year implementation schedules, most projects should be completed within two years. The program will accept only one proposal per applicant per year. Faculty may seek additional funding for the same project or for a new project in subsequent years.


In cases where additional clarity or details about a proposal would help the review committee decide on funding, the committee may invite resubmission of a proposal for the next application deadline. Proposals resubmitted in the absence of an invitation will not be evaluated.

Availability of Funding

The Mexico Innovation Fund will fund projects of up to $100,000. Proposals will be evaluated on how well they meet the priorities outlined above and their potential to generate actionable ideas to improve Mexico’s current condition. The faculty review committee will recommend full funding for final decisions to the DRCLAS Executive Committee for as many proposals as possible. Regardless of the requested budget, leveraging funding from other sources is considered favorably.

Faculty Grants may not be used to cover or supplement faculty salary, research staff salary, student stipends, administrative salaries, indirect costs, or to purchase computer hardware or other office-related equipment. Additional restrictions may apply, at the committee’s discretion.


Contact Edwin Ortiz, Manager of Academic Services