*See new 2020 eligibility requirements below
** The original deadline was 3/30. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended the deadline to September 28, 2020.
NEW for 2020:
Applications from all academic and professional disciplines at the university are welcome, and may cover fundamental, applied, or clinical research in any field, as well as the development of applied creative projects in the arts and humanities.
Applications must include at least two faculty members and/or APL staff members representing at least two separate schools/divisions or affiliates of the university.
Schools/divisions and affiliates are as follows: Applied Physics Laboratory (APL); Berman Institute of Bioethics (BI); Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH); Carey Business School (CBS); Center for Talented Youth (CTY); Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (HLTCOE); Jhpiego; Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS); Peabody Institute; School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); School of Education (SOE); School of Medicine (SOM); School of Nursing (SON); Sheridan Libraries; and Whiting School of Engineering (WSE).
For example, Peabody and SOM co-PIs qualify as an eligible partnership, but two faculty members from different SOM departments would not qualify without a third co-PI from a different school or affiliate.
Teams may request up to $100,000, with an award term of one to two years, to explore a new area of collaborative work. Support may be used for salary, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or technicians, equipment, travel, and/or consumables. Applicants must describe a credible plan that assures they will make substantial progress during their funding period. Include fringe on all salary funding requests.
The aim of this program is to incite novel interactions within JHU; therefore, no more than 10% of the grant should be allocated as a subaward.
For any Discovery Award proposals that include APL, ensure that the APL co-PI(s) coordinates their proposal with Alan Ravitz (Alan.Ravitz@jhuapl.edu) prior to final proposal submission to JHU. APL proposals must be submitted to Alan by September 18 for internal technical and financial review.
2020 applicants will select a start date between 1/1/2021 and 6/30/2021.
2020 awards will be announced in December. It is anticipated that approximately 30 Discovery Awards will be made this cycle. The 2020 RFA is the sixth annual cycle.
Applications will consist of four elements:
The review process will evaluate the innovativeness of the project, its potential long-term impact and the synergy expected to result from the proposed crossdivisional collaboration. Collaborators who have worked and published together in the past are not excluded, but the project itself must be both highly innovative and as of yet unfunded. Applications will also be judged on the likelihood of success in attaining future funding. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished faculty.
Recipients will submit a final progress report, including any completed work, reports of invention, and any external funding applications/awards enabled by this funding. Recipients may also be asked to present their work at a Provost Research Symposium.