The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the academic community in many ways, including in research productivity. Early career faculty, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, have been disproportionately affected (1,2,3,4,5). To provide additional support to faculty who have been affected by the pandemic, the central leadership has partnered with the deans and directors to provide a set of initiatives to help faculty members to sustain, accelerate or recover their research programs.
These initiatives are intended to benefit faculty members from across many disciplines with a particular focus on early career faculty members and those severely and adversely impacted by the pandemic.
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JHU COVID-19 Bridge Grants will provide short-term support to sustain research programs of early career faculty members who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be facing a gap in sponsored funding.
When a proposal is selected, the faculty member will work with their vice dean for research, or equivalent, to attain matching support from their school, i.e. up to $25,000 from a department will be matched by the University for a total grant of $50,000.
JHU COVID-19 Research Accelerator Grants fund early career faculty members in the humanities and related disciplines, and social and behavioral sciences whose work does not necessarily involve human subjects, as they reinvigorate their research programs and complete significant projects put on hold.
When a proposal is selected, the faculty member will work with their vice dean for research, or equivalent, to attain matching support from their school, i.e. up to $15,000 from a department will be matched by the University for a total grant of $30,000.
Editorial assistance has been one of the most popular and well-received services of the Research Development Team (RDT) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The pool of writers is being expanded to provide editorial support to at-risk faculty members of all ranks and in all fields through the new Editorial Assistance Services Initiative (EASI).
As capacity allows, the RDT will also assist with managing and facilitating the pre-award phase for teams who submit large grant proposal opportunities (>$5M) that support multidisciplinary and collaborative research.
No commitment for divisional financial support is required.
Early career faculty members will have the opportunity to speak with their Dean/Chair/Head/Director to discuss options for protecting time to catch up on research. Faculty members may be provided with time to recover lost research productivity during the pendency of the pandemic. We recognize the high variance in the ability of Schools and Departments to provide protected time for research.