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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
Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health


Johns Hopkins POE Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health

Pilot Project Research Training Awards $25,000 November 3, 2023 TBD
The program’s objective is to enhance occupational research training and research in workplace mental health and worker well-being through direct support of research activities. Funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will support student, postdoctoral, and early investigator research projects with 3 to 5 awards of up to $15,000 each (one Total Worker Health-focused award for up to $25,000) for the budget period January 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. Projects will be funded for up to 18 months; no extensions are allowed.  The POE Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health will have a distinctive but complementary focus on worker’s health, with an emphasis on psychosocial and personal characteristics (P), organizational conditions (O), and environmental exposures (E), and on mental health.
Eligibility:  Applicants must be predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows (including occupational medicine residents), or junior faculty not above the rank of assistant professor and without established research in the project topic area, who are (or have the possibility to be) involved in occupational health research or training at academic institution in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services region III (for non-agricultural projects) and for the NEC ag region, of which JHU is a part, for projects related to ag, forestry, and fisheries.  Exceptions to the rank requirement will be made for faculty not traditionally working in occupational health, in order to stimulate investigators from other fields to apply their expertise to worker health issues, particularly if their work is relevant to the NORA objectives and if there is evidence that research training capacity will be enhanced through support of their pilot work.


Johns Hopkins Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Pilot Awards $75,000 (direct costs only) December 6, 2023 February of the award year
The Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente Research Collaboration Committee seeks to fund research projects highlighting the effective synergy of the Johns Hopkins Medicine and Kaiser Permanente collaboration in tackling the complex and intriguing questions vexing both health systems. Research projects should best represent initial research that leverages the unique capabilities of each learning health system. Projects are generally pilot projects that may expand into more complex research inquiries and proposals in the future. Funded projects will be managed by two co-Principal Investigators (PIs); one from Kaiser Permanente and one from Johns Hopkins.
Eligibility: Applications should be written jointly by one researcher from JHM and one researcher from KP. If an investigator has an idea for a project but does not know a potential research collaborator/colleague, the leaders at both institutions will endeavor to make introductions on their behalf.


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Tilghman Traveling Fellowship $15,000 Rolling basis Rolling basis
Established in 1976 by Dr. and Mrs. R. Carmichael Tilghman, this traveling fellowship is to be awarded annually to young members of the Medical Faculty to assist them during a sabbatical leave of up to one year to travel outside the Baltimore area to pursue new theories, methods and techniques in their chosen discipline. The funds are to be used toward travel, living expenses, and tuition costs for up to a one year period. No salary or research costs may be paid by these funds. Applications can be submitted at any time, but should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the proposed travel.
Eligibility: Both full and part time members of the Medical Faculty are eligible for consideration. The recipient must be a native-born citizen of the United States and those applicants proposing studies which have a clinical application will be given the strongest consideration.


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.


The Ignite Fund The Ignite Fund Typically $1,000 Rolling basis TBD
The Ignite Fund offers Hopkins student entrepreneurs access to funding throughout the academic year. The fund’s purpose is to support discrete tasks that will help move a venture forward. In focusing funding this way, we hope to provide student ventures access to capital at key moments. Applications must identify a single discrete task to be funded. Applicant(s) must clearly demonstrate how the task to be achieved by the funding will impact their venture’s next steps. All proposals will be considered, but, in light of limited funding, successful applications will emphasize how to make the most out of minor amounts.
Eligibility: All ventures with at least one current JHU student founder. Ventures who have won Ignite Fund awards previously may apply again if they have completed the closing process (provision of final progress report and receipts) prior to their newest application.


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