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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 Max Amount of Award Due Date Notification Date
Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases The Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP) Round 2 – Environmental Infectious Diseases and/or COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Grants $60,000 January 5, 2022 January 31, 2022
The FCDP will continue its focus on environmental infectious diseases. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer the funding opportunity for clinical and translational research related to COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. Submissions with both a COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 and environmental will receive special funding consideration.
Project Topics:
• Proposals must be related to environmental infectious diseases and/or COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2.
• FCDP resources will be concentrated on generating clinical or translational research to generate pilot or more comprehensive data.
• Laboratory research will be considered if part of a translational or clinical research project.
• Projects will have a competitive advantage if directly relating to environmental infectious diseases affecting human health in North America. Other favorable aspects include the potential for broad impact and early career investigator as the applicant. Also considered are international projects that would be difficult to carry out domestically, but have a health impact in North America.
• Submissions with both a COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 and environmental focus (e.g., built environments, environmental transmission) will receive special funding consideration.
• Investigators with questions about their research topic are encouraged to submit a brief LOI (due 11/29/2021).
Eligibility:  All full-time faculty members of Johns Hopkins University, especially junior faculty, are encouraged to apply. Only Johns Hopkins University faculty members holding a terminal degree (MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DVM, or equivalent) may serve as Principal Investigator (PI). Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, house staff, medical school students, PhD students, graduate students, and undergraduate students may submit an FCDP application and be included as research team members on FCDP proposals. However, they may not be the PI. If the applicant is not a faculty member, the supporting faculty member PI is required to write a letter indicating review, mentorship responsibility, and approval of the project.


Office of the Vice Provost for Research Catalyst Awards $75,000 January 14, 2022 TBD
These grant awards of up to $75,000 support the promising research and creative endeavors of our early career faculty with the goal of launching them on a path to a sustainable and rewarding academic career. We encourage applicants to propose a project that will help solidify their rising position within their field.
Eligibility: Applications from early-career faculty in any academic or professional discipline at the university are encouraged to apply. The term “early-career” is defined as any full-time tenure-track faculty member who was first appointed to a full-time, tenure track faculty position at any institution within no less than three (3) years and no more than ten (10) years as of July 1 of the deadline year. Eligible 2022 applicants were appointed to their first full-time, tenure track faculty position between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2019. Non-tenure-track Research Associates and Research Scientists at the School of Medicine (SOM), Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) are NOT eligible for the Catalyst Award, but are encouraged to consider applying for the Discovery Award. Only one application per person, per year. Successful applicants will not be eligible for subsequent Catalyst Awards.


Office of the Vice Provost for Research Discovery Awards $100,000 January 14, 2022 TBD
More than ever, the answers to the most challenging questions cannot be accomplished entirely within one academic discipline, or even one division. The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs.
Eligibility: Only one application per lead PI will be accepted. There is no limit to the number of proposals you can participate in as a co-PI. If you were the lead PI of a funded 2020 Discovery Award, you are not eligible to apply as the lead PI of a 2022 award. You will be eligible again in 2023. 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.


The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) Seed Funding Initiative $25,000 January 31, 2022 TBD
The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) is pleased to announce its 2022 IDIES Seed Funding Program (SFP). In an effort to support and promote the growth of data-intensive, multidisciplinary, multi-investigator sponsored projects at JHU, IDIES invites faculty and researchers to submit proposals detailing their ideas for research. The goal of this initiative is to provide seed funding for data-intensive computing projects that: (1) Involve data science and data-intensive techniques and analysis as part of the core research; (2) Have multidisciplinary teams; and (3) Build ideas and teams with good prospects for successful proposals to attract external research support by leveraging IDIES intellectual and physical infrastructure.
Eligibility: faculty and research scientists at the Johns Hopkins University who can serve as Principal and Co-Investigators, and who have not previously been selected to receive an IDIES Seed Funding Program award for the same collaboration and/or project in the past. While previously the award was available exclusively to research teams spanning across two or more schools within JHU, eligibility has been expanded for the 2022 year, with preferential consideration for early-career faculty, and projects that are interdisciplinary and stretch across the University.


The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) Summer Student Fellowship $6,000 January 31, 2022 TBD
The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) is pleased to announce its 2022 Summer Student Fellowship program! This program will offer awards of $6,000 to support a summer research project lead by undergraduate students with the guidance of an IDIES faculty member mentor. These projects are meant to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a 10-week (June–August) full-time data science focused research project in collaboration with an IDIES faculty member. Prior to proposal submission, students should meet and consult with their chosen faculty mentor to review the proposed project and to request their letter of recommendation and confirmation of their willingness to support the project, if awarded. Research is not restricted to work within the student’s major area of study. Projects from students with faculty mentors in different departments and schools are supported and encouraged.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University, who will complete their undergraduate studies no earlier than December 2022. Participants cannot enroll in summer courses. Faculty mentors must be an IDIES member.


Johns Hopkins University Older Americans Independence Center Small Pilot Projects $10,000 (direct costs) Rolling basis Rolling basis
The Johns Hopkins Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) solicits proposals to support of scientific projects and junior investigators in research on frailty in aging. The OAIC is a Johns Hopkins-wide Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging’s Center on Aging and Health, to support the development of research on the etiology of frailty as a basis for developing treatments or approaches to prevention of frailty in older adults. Scientists with an interest in developing pilot projects in this area or with needs for support of biostatistical or genetic analyses of data related to frailty, as well as junior faculty seeking protected time to develop investigative careers in this field, are encouraged to apply for internal funding through the OAIC mechanisms. Small pilot proposals must have a hypothesis that is frailty-focused.
Eligibility:  Anyone may apply.


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