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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 [email protected] 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
167 Rolling Pioneering Ideas Grants Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $315,031 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneering Ideas Grants seeks proposals that are primed to impact health equity moving forward. The foundation is interested in ideas that address any of their four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. They may also support research outside of these areas, as long it offers a unique approach to advancing health equity and contributes to the foundation's Culture of Health. While there is not an explicit range for budget requests, the average grant during the 2019 cycle was for $315,031.
173 Early October and March 1st for Spring and Fall Respectively Scialog Research Corporation for Science Advancement $60,000 Science Dialogs (Scialog) are a series of annual meetings hosted by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for which early-career faculty can self-nominate themselves as participants. The annual meetings bring together around 50 Fellows (faculty from their first year through soon after tenure) across disciplines and who employ a range of methodologies along with 10 Facilitators (senior faculty who guide the discussions) over 3 days, with the goal of launching innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that the corporation and their foundation partners support with one-year grants of $60,000 in direct costs per Fellow on each funded team. The 2024 meetings are set to take place in April, September, and November with themes including AI, sustainable materials, and astrophysics.
184 Varies Benchmarking LLM Agents on Consequential Real-World Tasks Open Philanthropy $3,000,000 In order to help build scientific understanding of the near-term impacts of large language models (LLM) like GTP-4, Open Philanthropy is looking to fund benchmarks that measure how close LLM agents can get to performing consequential real-world tasks. Specifically, when they will be able to replace or outperform humans in professions which account for a large share of the labor market, cause large scale economic or physical destruction, or hugely accelerate the pace of technological R&D. Grants are expected range from $300,000 to 3 million over 6 months to 2 years.
196 None Causal Research on Community Safety and the Criminal Justice System Arnold Ventures $500,000 Arnold Ventures' Criminal Justice Initiative seeks research that will build credible evidence on policies, practices, and interventions that can improve crime and justice system outcomes and grow the number of policies and practices shown to produce improvements in community safety and to make the justice system fairer and more effective. There is no deadline for submitting a letter of interest; applicants may submit a letter of interest at any time via email to [email protected]. While there is no budget ceiling, there is a median budget of $500,000.
197 Rolling Medical Educational Grants Bayer Corporation Variable Bayer Corporation is taking grant requests for medical education research on a variety of topics including Hematology, Women's Health, Cardiovascular and Renal, and Oncology. Details regarding the specifics of each opportunity, including budget, can be found through the link above.
202 Rolling through 9/30/2024 Neurobiology in Changing Ecosystems (NiCE) The Kavli Foundation and NSF Variable The Kavli Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. National Science Foundation, are launching a joint grant program in neurobiology and changing ecosystems. Research should combine multidisciplinary expertise to investigate the dynamic relationship between the nervous system and environments in flux, in order to better understand neural adaptation and resilience at the molecular, biophysical, cellular, and circuit level. NiCE research proposals should be prepared and submitted following the guidance in the IOS Core Programs solicitation.
206 Quarterly Research Grants Abiomed Variable Abiomed funds research that investigates how mechanical circulatory support with Impella® heart pumps may improve patient outcomes. Areas of interest include Best Practices in Urgent Patient Populations, Long Duration Impella Support for Heart Recovery, Cardiac Surgery, and End Organ Protection with Impella. All types of research programs will be considered, including, but not limited to: clinical studies and pre-clinical investigations. Research proposals are reviewed quarterly, and award amounts vary.
219 06/20/2024 Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis Fellowship Pfizer $80,000 Pfizer's Fellowship Grant RFP seeks to promote the importance of training healthcare professionals to recognize and diagnose ATTR cardiac amyloidosis and to foster research in this field. Grant funding is available to support one fellow for up to a year at $80,000.
220 07/25/2024 Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants Burroughs Wellcome Fund $50,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Seed Grants aim to support research that builds connections between basic/early biomedical scientific approaches and ecological, environmental, geological, geographic, and planetary-scale thinking, as well as with population-focused fields, including epidemiology and public health, demography, economics, and urban planning. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 2026. A review will be conducted quarterly. Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000.

Last updated: January 30, 2024

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