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Advancing Innovation and Hands-On Discovery

We must offer more prominence to innovation and hands-on discovery inherent in engineering, the arts, and design, as well as to experiential learning beyond the classroom. These are all critical components of thinking and knowing.

Aspiration in Action

A bridge for promising research

The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator grants help ensure that resources are available to develop technology further and bridge the funding gap.

A Fuller Picture of Cancer

A team led by Martin Nowak, has developed the first model of solid tumor growth that reflects both shape and growth.

And now, the hopping robot

Harvard researchers have built one of the first 3-D printed, soft robots that moves autonomously.


Harvard engineers are working to restore mobility with the soft robotic glove, which could help patients suffering from hand impairments regain some independence and control of their environment.

Tackling Blindness, Deafness Through Microengineering

New grants for five research projects awarded by the Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering.

Java in the Genes

An international research team has found six new genes underlying our coffee-slurping ways.

Recreating Bacteria for Innovation

Harvard team lays foundation for using biofilms to create self-healing materials and other technologies.

Ways to Support

To achieve our aspirations, Harvard will build on strengths across the University. There have never been more great ideas, great thinkers, or great opportunities worthy of your support. Below are just a few examples.

Visiting Artists' Space

Underwrite a new studio and arts-making facility where visiting artists can mentor and collaborate with students and faculty.

Student Research Opportunities 

Offer the resources enabling undergraduate and graduate students to have hands-on research experiences—in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and leadership— during the J-term or summer.


Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.

University Development Office