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JHU COVID-19 Research Accelerator Grants

The spring 2021 deadline has passed. The next cycle of awards will occur in fall 2021.

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 university has launched the JHU COVID-19 Research Accelerator Grant program to support humanists, and social and behavioral scientists, as they reinvigorate research programs and complete significant projects put on hold during the pandemic.

This program is co-funded by the Office of the President and managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.  We intend to award approximately 50 Research Accelerator Grants through the program. Awardees will need to attain matching financial support from their division (center, institute, department, school) upon selection for a research accelerator grant. Awards will be for a total of up to $30,000.


Tenured, tenure-track or similar (e.g. School of Education full-time faculty) assistant and associate professors, BSPH scientists, and SOM instructors whose work is primarily in the humanities and related disciplines, or the social and behavioral sciences but whose work does not necessarily involve human subjects are eligible to apply. Faculty with a history of extramural support are eligible to apply.


Applicants can request bridge grants up to $30,000 over one year (up to $15,000 from the university and $15,000 from the matching partner).  A single, non-recurring grant is anticipated. Funds are to be expended by June 2022 but up to one year, no-cost extensions can be granted.

Accelerator funds can be used to cover the salary of the faculty member, personnel (including fringe), materials and supplies, and travel.

Before accelerator funding is awarded, applicants must have explored alternative sources of funding and, except under unusual circumstances, expended all unrestricted discretionary funds.

Upon selection, applicants must attain written confirmation of matching funds from their department chair/head/director, a center/institute director, or their dean. The school’s vice dean for research, or equivalent, will help facilitate these matching requests.

Applications deemed worthy of funding but of lower priority will be asked to reapply in the next review cycle.

Application – a second round is forthcoming in fall 2021.

  • Basic information (via form)
  • CV (PDF attachment)
  • Application (up to 2 pages; PDF attachment):
    • Justification and Statement of  COVID-19 impact
    • Explanation of how the applicant plans to use the accelerator grant to refocus on a research project or complete a major project
    • A timeline of work planned
  • Selection of a senior faculty mentor: name, title, email address (via form). The mentor is to review this application prior to submission and commits to guiding the applicant during the bridge period.
  • Proposed Budget – use template provided (DOWNLOAD: Excel file)


The program will have deadlines on May 24, 2021 in early fall 2021, with potential for future cycles pending expenditure of funds.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will partner with the divisional research leaders (vice deans for research, or equivalent) to determine the final selection of grantees. Additional non-conflicted faculty members may be recruited to assist with the review process.

Highest priority for selection is to individuals who demonstrate significant impact by the COVID-19 pandemic on their research or creative productivity. Availability of other existing funding lowers the priority. The program’s purpose is to prevent further loss of productivity and enable the faculty member to refocus on significant projects.

Applications deemed worthy of funding but of lower priority will be asked to reapply in the next review cycle.

  • Contact

    Vice Provost for Research

    265 Garland Hall
    3400 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    (410) 516-8094

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