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Internal Funding Opportunities

Below are internal funding opportunities that have been submitted from centers and institutes across Johns Hopkins University. Please note that this may not be an all-inclusive list of internal opportunities. If you have an opportunity you would like us to publicize here and in the monthly digest email, please fill out this form by the last Wednesday of each month for inclusion in the following digest.

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Funding Sponsor Program Title Amount of Award Due Date Notification Date
The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins 2019 Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research $50,000 August 30, 2019 TBD
The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins is pleased to announce that funding is available for a limited number of novel developmental research programs (pilot projects) in the study of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. This program funds important new pilot projects with promising translational potential that do not have sufficient data for an independently funded NIH grant. Projects of high priority should focus on new research directions, explore innovative ideas, test unconventional, but potentially important, new hypotheses, or ascertain the feasibility of new research approaches.
Eligibility:  Applicants must hold an MD or PhD degree or both and must have a current academic appointment at Johns Hopkins University. Individuals with non-tenure track positions should provide a letter from a tenure track faculty member describing their position and providing assurances of employment during the grant period.


 The Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center 2019-2020 Special Pilot Project Funding Opportunity $50,000 September 1, 2019 October 15, 2019
The Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center was established in June of 2011 to advance fundamental and translational gastrointestinal research at Hopkins. The Core mission is to bring together GI investigators and encourage others in the community to enter this area of research. This is accomplished by: 1.Providing cutting-edge resources that are too expensive or labor intensive to be maintained by most individual laboratories; and 2.Generating an environment that supports the intellectual activities of Center members through seminars, symposia, and work-in-progress updates on GI-related research.  The Pilot/Feasibility Projects (P/FP) are key components of Core activities. The goal of this program is to provide seed money for projects, eventually leading to successful competition for funding at the national level. The P/FPs provide $10,000-$25,000 (or up to $50,000 for collaborative projects) typically given each year to up to 4 investigators/projects. There is no requirement for permanent residence status or US citizenship. Preference is given to young investigators; funding is usually for one year. All recipients of P/FP project funding are required to submit a yearly update on their progress for 5 years and formal presentation of progress after the 2nd year.
Eligibility: 1) New investigators, who have never held extramural NIH support other than a K or R03 award and have not been PIs on R, P or U grants, are the preferred group for funding. Those with MD, PhD or MD/PhD are eligible and applicants should be junior faculty or will be junior faculty at the start of this funding, 2) New investigators (as in #1 above) can apply in collaboration with a more senior investigator as co-principal investigator. 3) Established investigators who are interested in entering the GI field and initiate the GI-related projects. 4) GI investigators who are starting a new, innovative project that represents a significant departure from their on-going, funded research.


Maryland Innovation Initiative TEDCO MII Technology Assessment $165,000 September 2, 2019 TBD
The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partnership universities and leverage each institution’s strengths. The Innovation Commercialization Program was created to foster the transition of promising technologies having significant commercial potential from Qualifying Universities, where they were discovered, to the commercial sector, where they can be developed into products and services that meet identified market needs. Specifically, it is the intent of the Program to foster the commercialization of such technologies through technology validation, market assessment, and the creation of start-up companies in Maryland based on a technology from a Qualified University (a University Start-up), and to accomplish this through collaborations between various schools, departments, and institutions within and among the Qualifying Universities and among other research organizations in the State.
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins faculty inventors with patent filings that have not yet been licensed.  Requires working with a JHU / TEDCO site-miner (assigned by JHTV) and Letters of Support from both the site-miner and JHTV.


The Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases Fisher Center Discovery Program $50,000 September 23, 2019 December 30, 2019
Funding for clinical or translational research related to environmental infectious diseases.  Provides resources for pilot or clinical studies that may lack traditional funding mechanisms. Promotes novel, cross-disciplinary collaborative clinical research among JHU schools and with non-JHU research partners. To facilitate the careers of early-career investigators.
Eligibility: All full time JHU faculty members, especially junior faculty, are encouraged to apply.  Only JHU faculty members holding a terminal degree may apply as Principal Investigator (PI).  Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, house staff, medical school students, PhD students, graduate students, and undergraduate students may submit an application, but a faculty member needs to serve as PI.


Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures The Bisciotti Foundation The Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund $100,000 October 15, 2019 TBD
Established through a generous multi-year gift from the Bisciotti Foundation, the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund provides $300,000 seed funding to advance discoveries on a commercial path at Johns Hopkins each year. Recipients are awarded $25,000 to $100,000 to conduct work over a period of up to nine months.
Eligibility: Your technology must be formally disclosed to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures office and assigned a case number (e.g. C12345). Disclose an invention here: The invention must not be subject to any preexisting exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or options. At least one investigator must be a faculty, post-doctoral fellow or graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.


Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund (CTEF) $40,000 October 15, 2019 TBD
The Cohen Translational Engineering fund, available to Whiting School of Engineering faculty and made possible by a generous commitment from Neil Cohen ’83 and his wife, Sherry, is aimed at providing faculty with the critical early funding needed to focus on the first steps of translation. It will underwrite the cost of two to three months of expenses. The fund supports the initial stage of innovation that moves research out of the laboratory, including the development of new WSE patents, and a range of critical needs—from materials and supplies to graduate student stipends and tuition.
Eligibility: Faculty members from the Whiting School of Engineering with pre-company technology.



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