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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 foundationrelations@jhu.edu 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.

Foundation Funding Opportunities

wdt_ID Submission Deadline Opportunity Sponsor Maximum Award Amount Description
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40 07/19/2022 E.W. "AI" Thrasher Awards Thrasher Research Fund $550,000 The purpose of the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards is to improve children's health through medical research, with an emphasis on​ projects that have the potential to translate into clinically meaningful results within a few years. The Fund awards grants two times per year, with no fixed number of awards given in each funding cycle or in each year.
43 08/01/2022 Clinical Research Professor American Cancer Society $400,000 The American Cancer Society offers a limited number of grants to investigators who have had the rank of full professor for 15 years or less and made seminal contributions in the area of cancer control that have changed the direction of clinical, psychosocial, behavioral, health policy, or epidemiologic cancer research.
44 08/01/2022 Innovator Awards in Cognitive Aging and Memory Loss McKnight Brain Research Foundation $750,000 The major goal of the program is to identify emerging scientific leaders by building a cadre of outstanding research scientists across the United States to lead transformative research in the field of cognitive aging. The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) will provide up to two 3-year awards.
45 08/03/2022 Research Grants on Reducing Inequality William T. Grant Foundation $600,000 This program supports research to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. They prioritize studies that aim to reduce inequalities that exist along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
47 06/21/2022 (Hopkins Internal Deadline) Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Grants Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation $180,000 The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation that funds basic biomedical research to support early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.
48 06/22/2022 (Hopkins Internal Deadline) Research Grants W.M. Keck Foundation $1,000,000 The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas: medical research and science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.
49 06/30/2022 In Utero: Measurement and modelling during gestational development Wellcome Leap See Soliciation The goal of this program is to create the scalable capacity to measure, model and predict gestational development, with sufficient accuracy to reduce stillbirth rates by half, without
increasing provider-initiated delivery. They are currently soliciting abstracts and proposals for work over 3 years (with a potential additional one-year option) in one or more of the thrust areas provided at the link.
50 07/01/2022 (LOI) Research Grants NIHCM Foundation $500,000 NIHCM Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.
51 07/06/2022 Damon Runyon - Rachleff Innovation Award Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation $200,000 The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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