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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.

For all funding opportunities specific to COVID-19, please visit this listing maintained by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Current Foundation Funding Opportunities

wdt_ID Submission Deadline Opportunity Sponsor Maximum Award Amount Description
4 Rolling (LOI can be submitted at any time) Targeted Grants in MPS (Mathematics and Physical Sciences) Simons Foundation See Solicitation The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.
438 Rolling Deadline Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity (SEED) SFARI $300,000 This program provides supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level.
496 04/14/2021 Bridge Grants National Psoriasis Foundation $100,000 Supports researchers who have submitted meritorious but unfunded K-type (career development) and R-type applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or similar funding body, with a focus on psoriatic disease or related comorbidities.
513 04/15/2021 2021 Pilot Award Simons Foundation $400,000 This program aims to expand our understanding of the role of internal brain processes in the arc from sensation to action, thereby discovering the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.
514 04/30/2021 Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $500,000 LOI: Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems.
517 04/15/2021 Research Grants White Hall Foundation $75,000 Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the U.S. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal.
518 04/26/2021 Crazy 8 Initiative Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation $2,000,000-$5,000,000 This program funds research into innovative and rigorous approaches that directly address the most intractable issues in pediatric cancer research today in order to accelerate the pace of discovering new cures.
519 04/30/2021 (LOI) LCRF Pilot Grant Program Lung Cancer Research Foundation $150,000 The LCRF Pilot Grant Program supports high-risk, high-reward research projects investigating a wide variety of topics related to lung cancer.
520 04/25/2021 Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation See Solicitation Through EPiQS, the foundation strives to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials — solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons.

Last updated: April 9, 2021

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