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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 Center for Health Disparities Solutions Pilot Project Awards $50,000 January 15, 2023 February 28, 2023
The overall goal of the HCHDS Investigator Development Core (IDC) is to create a more diverse biomedical and public health workforce by building the capacity of a cadre of new investigators who are committed to a research portfolio focused on health disparities and minority health research at JHU. The IDC of the HCHDS is soliciting proposals for pilot projects that have potential to advance the scientific understanding of place-based determinants as it relates to health disparities and minority health. Place-based is defined broadly as the physical/built environment, sociocultural environment, policy/regulatory environment, and the healthcare system. In particular, the IDC will fund pilot projects that are relevant to the HCHDS thematic focus and promote the research careers of Early Stage Investigators (ESI) who are interested in place-based disparities research. Proposals from ESI with no previous work in place-based determinants of health disparities or minority health will be considered if the projects are intended to establish the ESI credentials as potential place-based researchers. Pilot projects can be preclinical/laboratory, observational, intervention, and community-engaged research studies, but should use a multi-level, multi-domain approach consistent with the NIMHD Research Framework (which explains the domains of interest). Proposals must explicitly describe how the proposed research aligns with the NIMHD Research Framework. Dissemination of the research findings is encouraged and should be described.
Eligibility:  Applicants must be a post-doctoral fellow, junior faculty (Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, Research Associate or equivalent), or other ESI as defined by NIH at the Johns Hopkins University (Homewood campus, Carey School of Business, Applied Physics Laboratory) or JHMI campus (Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing or School of Medicine). Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award $30,000 February 3, 2023 TBD
The Johns Hopkins Doris Duke Early Clinician Investigator Award honors the academic achievements and potential of early career clinician scientists conducting original and rigorous clinical research projects. In order to be eligible for the awards, applicants must have extraprofessional caregiving responsibilities. The grant provides each scholar up to $30,000 of supplemental research funds, in direct costs, over 12 months to support awardees’ current or developing research. Awardees are connected with helpful resources, have mentorship meetings with the program directors, and are welcomed into a community of program scholars. This program is directed by Gail Daumit, MD, MHS and Daniel Ford MD, MPH and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinician Scientists and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Eligibility:  Hold an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree from an accredited institution and an active U.S. medical license; Be a physician scientist with a full-time Instructor or Assistant Professor faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. (This does not include subspeciality fellows who have been given an instructor title for clinical duties.); Demonstrate a compelling, time-sensitive need for the award that is related to being a caregiver. Typically, this would be childcare, partner care, and/or eldercare; Have a minium of 40% effort allocation to research between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024; Have an active career development award or research grant at the time of the application. The award is intended to supplement research projects; eligible faculty members must have active support for their research projects during the time of the award. Applicants with internal research funding are eligible to apply; Show evidence of strong research training and productivity; Be conducting an original and rigorous clinical research project that has the potential to address a health issue that poses a significant clinical burden, whether it is a rare or common condition. The grant may not be used to support experiments utilizing non-human animals, or any tissues derived from them.


Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy Student and Trainee Policy Impact Awards $10,000 March 30, 2023 TBD
These awards support innovative, timely and applied student-led public health policy projects. Priority will be given to projects at the nexus of health and social policy that: 1) perform research in support of policy development, adoption, implementation, or evaluation; 2) translate research results into policy; or 3) transform policy into legislation.
Eligibility:  full-time students in good academic standing who are currently enrolled in a degree program at BSPH or who are postdoctoral fellows at BSPH.  A joint proposal from two students or trainees is permissible. The proposal should speak to the added benefit of having more than 1 student/trainee co-lead the research. Applicants should have support from a Hopkins faculty mentor, as reflected by a letter from that mentor. The Hopkins faculty can be from any School at Hopkins and does not need to have a primary or secondary appointment at BSPH.


Johns Hopkins Merkin Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Regeneration (PNNR) Center Micro-grants $20,000 Rolling basis through July 16, 2023 Within four weeks of the application
The Johns Hopkins Merkin Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Regeneration (PNNR) Center has been established to advance peripheral neuropathy (PN) and nerve regeneration research, deepen the understanding of the conditions and their causes, and develop viable therapies. As part of the JHU Merkin PNNR Center’s mission to provide support to research, we offer research grants to qualified applicants. Our goal is to help researchers explore novel ideas and answer questions related to peripheral neuropathy and nerve regeneration.  We are requesting submissions for single-purpose projects to generate preliminary data or complete an ongoing research activity related to peripheral neuropathies and nerve regeneration. Types of projects that will be supported by this mechanism include generating omics datasets or transgenic mice, purchasing costly reagents for a specific experiment or small equipment.
Eligibility: Junior faculty or senior post-doctoral fellow who finished two years of training at Johns Hopkins and is committed to enhancing the science behind peripheral neuropathy and nerve regeneration.


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 unlimited 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. All awards must complete their closing process (provision of final progress report and receipts) no later than May 15, 2022.
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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