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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
Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Center on Aging and Health
The Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging (EBA) Training Program Stipend, health insurance coverage, small professional development allowance January 15, 2021
(for 2021-2022 academic year)
The Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging (EBA) Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) is currently seeking postdoctoral fellows for forthcoming support. We have two available postdoctoral openings: 1 in the current 2020-21 academic year, and 1 in the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants who would like to be considered for the immediate opening during this 2020-2021 academic year should submit their applications by December 15, 2020. Those who are interested in the position in the 2021-2022 academic year are welcome to submit by this date as well; the final deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 slot is January 15, 2021.
Postdoctoral fellows participate in on-going significant clinical and population-based research on aging and older adults across multiple institutions at Johns Hopkins. They acquire special expertise in conducting gerontological research in their specialty discipline under the guidance of a mentor. We particularly seek trainees with interests in the study of resilience and frailty in older adults, health disparities in aging, statistical design, modeling and inference for gerontology, data intensive measurement and analysis in aging and cognitive, mental, and sensory health in aging. For some post-doctoral fellows, additional training can be acquired in coordination with a clinical fellowship training program.
Eligibility:  Applicants must be United States citizens or have U.S. Permanent Residence. Applicants must be accepted into the BSPH post-doctoral fellowship program (in either Epidemiology or Biostatistics or Mental Health). Please note: BSPH departmental acceptance is not required before you submit an application to the EBA Training Program. If you are selected for EBA Training Program support, a BSPH postdoctoral application and acceptance will be required for official appointment to the training program.


Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation,
Department of Neuroscience
Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation Myositis Discovery Fund $100,000 January 31, 2021 February 2021
The objective of these grants is to provide the “seed money” needed to develop preliminary data that can be used to apply for larger, project-sustaining grants from the National Institutes of Health and other grant making agencies. Grant applications should include proposals that have the potential to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with one or more of the various forms of myositis.
We envision funding 4-6 new projects at a level of $25K to $50K for one year, though collaborative projects of outstanding interest requiring a higher budget (up to $100k max) and involving more than one investigator will also be considered. Projects that have made good progress during the first year may be eligible for a second year of funding. Although projects should focus on the inflammatory muscle diseases, consideration will be given to proposals relevant to the extramuscular manifestations of these diseases, including involvement of the lungs, skin, and joints.
Eligibility:  Investigators (including faculty members and fellows) at Johns Hopkins. Proposals may be submitted by investigators regardless of whether they are associated with the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center.


The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) IDIES Seed Funding Program $25,000 January 31, 2021 TBD
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. Proposals should adhere to the three main goals listed above.  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 (the PI team must represent a minimum of two departments); 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 from multiple (at least two) departments 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. Postdoctoral fellows, and faculty/researchers from entities outside of JHU (including APL), can be named as Co-investigators as long as the minimum of two investigators from JHU faculty or researchers is already met. Non-JHU investigators are not eligible to be named as principal investigator.


The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) IDIES Summer Student Fellowship $6,000 January 31, 2021 TBD
This program will 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.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University, who will complete their undergraduate studies no earlier than December 2021. Participants cannot enroll in summer courses. Faculty mentors must be an IDIES member.


The Neil and Sherry Cohen Fund The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund $200,000 January 31, 2021 March 2021
Established through a generous multi-year gift from the Neil Cohen ’83 and his wife, Sherry, the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund provides up to $200,000 seed funding to support 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. 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). The invention must not be subject to any preexisting exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or at least one investigator must have a full, joint, or courtesy faculty appointment at the Whiting School of Engineering.


Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center Pilot/Feasibility Projects $50,000 February 15, 2021 TBD
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, typically given each year to up to 4 investigators/projects. Alternatively, up to $50,000 can be awarded for collaborative projects between a new investigator and a more senior investigator.  Preference is given to young investigators. Funding is usually for one year. The proposed research must be related to a GI topic. The project proposes to use one or more of the Center’s Core resources/services.
Eligibility:  Four groups of JHUSOM investigators are encouraged to apply: 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. These awards can be up to $50,000. These funds may be shared between the investigators, for example, if the senior PI contributes specialized reagents, access to unique instruments, or licensed software. A detailed budget is required for these applications, and a majority of the funds should be designated to the junior 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.  The order above (1=2>3>4) represents the priority for selecting projects for funding.


The Louis B. Thalheimer Fund The Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research $100,000 April 1, 2021 May/June 2021
Established through a generous $5.4 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Louis B. Thalheimer, the Fund provides seed funding for vital proof-of-concept and validation studies of valuable technologies at Johns Hopkins. 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) The invention must not be subject to any pre-existing exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or options. At least one investigator must have a full, joint, or courtesy faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins University.


Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education Johns Hopkins-GlaxoSmithKline Scholars Program TBD after application review with GSK Rolling until program reaches capacity TBD
As part of our ongoing efforts to expand PhD training program driven by academia-industry collaboration, we are soliciting proposals from Johns Hopkins investigators interested in working with investigators at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vaccines (Rockville, MD) to mentor JHU graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences.
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins investigators affiliated with at least one Ph.D.-granting program at any of the schools of the Johns Hopkins University. Investigators who do not currently mentor graduate students are also encouraged to apply as long as they are eligible to mentor Ph.D. candidates.


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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