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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
ARCS Foundation – Metro Washington Chapter 2021-2022 ARCS Chapter Scholars $15,000 April 12, 2021 TBD
The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS/MWC) has announced that it will award Johns Hopkins University two (2) Chapter Scholar Awards for graduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Each ARCS/MWC Chapter Scholar Award will provide funding in the amount of $15,000 to be used for tuition, books, fees, and other academic needs. Funds will be allocated by the university to the scholars, will be administered separately from other financial aid, and must be used within the designated academic year. ARCS/MWC Chapter Scholar Awards are intended for students whose work could lead to breakthrough technologies or new discoveries, with the fundamental goal of advancing our country’s global competitiveness in science, technology, engineering, and medical research for which the ARCS Foundation was founded.
Eligibility: JHU Faculty from current Johns Hopkins ARCS/MWC Approved Schools and Departments may nominate ONE top graduate student for this opportunity. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program within the approved schools and departments list.


Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy Exploratory Research Projects $35,000 (direct costs) April 30, 2021 July 9, 2021
The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy (Center) is a collaborative of injury prevention experts whose mission is to conduct innovative research, teach today’s practitioners and tomorrow’s leaders, and translate discoveries into effective solutions to the devastating and costly problem of injuries. The Center’s vision is for people to live in a society that is safe, where all are free from the burden of life-altering injuries. To help achieve this vision, with support from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Center has dedicated resources to support Exploratory Research Projects, which will be awarded annually, depending on available funding.  Exploratory research projects are short-term projects that are normally in the early stages of research. Exploratory research topics should demonstrate a high degree of overlap with the mission and priorities of the Center and should address one of NCIPC’s current research priorities. These projects are expected to address one or more of the following: lead to the development of new and innovative research; are exploratory in nature; identify novel and/or high-risk research needs; extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications; or lead to a breakthrough in a specific injury area. Use of innovative research methods is highly encouraged as is research that advances understanding of effective translation and dissemination strategies.
Eligibility:  Principal Investigators (PI) must be full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins University. Researchers outside of JHU may be Co-Investigators (Co-I) on applications with a JHU PI. Junior faculty (Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, or equivalent) and individuals from historically underrepresented groups, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, will receive preference for funding. Students may be part of a team but cannot serve as the PI or Co-PI.


Institute for Clinical & Translational Research Community Partnership and Collaboration Core Pilot Grants $10,000 (Partnership Development Grants)
$50,000 (Engagement Grants)
May 2, 2021 TBD
These grants are designed to build and support community engaged research (CEnR) partnerships through relationship-building activities, exploring research interests, and developing infrastructure and governance for research partnerships. Partnership Development Grants provide up to $10,000 to support partnership building activities. Engagement Grants provide up to $50,000 in starter funds for projects focused on community engaged research.
Eligibility: Faculty members from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Baltimore or Morgan State University who are partnered with a community organization are eligible to apply.


Space@Hopkins Seed Grant Program $25,000 May 14, 2021 TBD
The goal of the Space@Hopkins Seed Grant program is to provide seed funding for civilian space related projects at Johns Hopkins that: (1) are relevant to Space@Hopkins and JHU institutional research priorities, (2) provide undergraduate research opportunities, (3) have excellent prospects for leading to successful external research support. Space@Hopkins invites faculty and research staff to submit proposals detailing their ideas for research. Proposals should adhere to the three main goals (1-3) listed above. The total budget request for each proposal may not exceed $25,000. The project period is up to one year.
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins faculty and research staff, who are permitted to serve as Principal and Co-Investigators on external grants. Applicants must not have received funding for the same project currently or in the past. Students, postdocs and researchers from other institutions may be included as collaborators, but not Co-Investigators. Eligible proposals must involve at least one undergraduate researcher.


21st Century Cities Initiative Award for Doctoral Research on Urban Issues $5,000 May 28, 2021 June 18, 2021
The 21st Century Cities Initiative (21CC) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) will provide four or more JHU graduate students working toward a Ph.D. with a 21CC Doctoral Research Award for innovative dissertation research focusing on policy-relevant urban research that closely aligns with 21CC’s interest areas.
21CC seeks to promote and engage the development and work of promising doctoral research that focuses on issues of urban economic development, poverty, health, real estate, environmental sustainability, education, transportation, infrastructure, and public policy. Each awardee will be expected to participate in a set of 21CC events that includes attending some research seminars, mentoring undergraduates, and working with the Faculty Director on outreach activity tied to the Ph.D. research.
Eligibility:  Limited to Johns Hopkins University students. Students must have completed all written and oral pre-dissertation PhD requirements or must anticipate doing so by June 30, 2021. Students must have a fully developed and approved dissertation proposal that addresses 21CC interest areas as outlined above. Students must be currently enrolled in accredited programs and be conducting research that will continue for at least one year after the award date.


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, 2021.
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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