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Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Office of Foundation Relations has identified private foundation funding opportunities of interest to the Hopkins community. While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, it provides a range of opportunities across academic disciplines.

We encourage faculty and researchers to contact us at if interested in applying for any of the opportunities listed below. We would be happy to learn about your work and discuss potential strategies for securing foundation support. We can provide background on individual foundations, guidance on developing competitive proposals and endorsement letters, and serve as a liaison to program officers.

Please note, some foundations require that any approach for funding be made through our office and some limit the number of proposals received from Johns Hopkins University in a given grant cycle. In some cases, Johns Hopkins has maintained long-standing institutional relationships with key funders. To help identify those foundations that merit a more strategic approach, our office maintains a list of centrally managed foundations. We strongly encourage contacting our team before communicating with or submitting a proposal/letter of inquiry to those selected foundations.

Foundation Funding Opportunities

wdt_ID Submission Deadline Opportunity Sponsor Maximum Award Amount Description
94 07/05/2023 William T. Grant Scholars Program William T. Grant Foundation $350,000 The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.
96 3/15/2023 Distinguished Scientist Award Sontag Foundation $750,000 The Distinguished Scientist Award supports research projects that demonstrate the relevance to primary brain tumors. The Foundation does not fund projects focused on metastatic brain cancer.
97 05/01/2023 The Mercury Project: 2023 Call for Proposals Social Science Research Council See Solicitation The Mercury Project invites proposals to evaluate the causal impacts of online or offline interventions designed to increase demand for vaccinations consistent with national priorities, including childhood vaccines, HPV, polio, measles, and Covid-19 vaccinations, in low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
99 05/19/2023 (LOI) Drug Development RFP Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation $5,000,000 The Drug Development RFP supports investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies (or the international equivalent) and early-phase clinical trials that test promising pharmacological interventions and devices for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. Both disease-modifying and symptomatic agents will be considered.
100 04/13/2023 Climate Impact Awards Wellcome Trust £2.5 million The aim of this scheme is to make the impacts of climate change visible across a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes in order to drive urgent climate policy and practice change at scale. This scheme will fund transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects, combining evidence generation with communications and/or public engagement.
102 3/09/2023 (Hopkins Internal Deadline) Young Investigators Award Breast Cancer Alliance $125,000 To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer and who are in the early stages of their careers, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions throughout the contiguous United States.
103 03/30/2023 (Hopkins Internal Deadline) Biomedical Scholars Program Pew Charitable Trusts $300,000 The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports the independent research conducted by young investigators of outstanding promise in sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. T
104 04/06/2023 (Hopkins Internal Deadline) Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Pew Charitable Trust $300,000 The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer.
105 04/04/2023 Second Century Early Faculty Independence Award American Heart Association $300,000 As the American Heart Association approaches its 100-year anniversary, the importance of bringing novel approaches to address critical gaps in the health and well-being of all cannot be overstated. AHA’s Board of Directors allocated additional one-time research funding to support innovative research initiatives to address these gaps. AHA’s Second Century Early Faculty Independence Awards will support highly promising investigators in the early years of their first professional appointment as they address one of several possible areas of critical, emerging priority.

Last updated: March 23, 2023

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