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ACCM Research Innovation Awards

The goal of the ACCM Research Innovation Award is to support proposals that will have a comprehensive and transformative influence on ACCM research. The award can be used to stimulate new research approaches or introduce state-of-the-art techniques to ACCM.   A suitable approach would be to stimulate partnerships with other centers of excellence in Johns Hopkins University or outside institutions.  The program awards are for new initiatives only.  Preference will be given to proposals that include cost-sharing with the collaborating center and that can impact multiple research programs within ACCM.   Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Research & Grants Office (

The maximal level for the ACCM component of funding is up to $80,000.  The award is intended to directly support the research initiative and cannot be used to support faculty salaries. 


  1. Title Page. Include name(s) of key individual(s), with divisional and departmental affiliation, and contact information for the Principal Investigator(s).  Identify the collaborating center and where the research will be conducted.
  2. NIH-style biosketches for all key individual(s).
  3. Other funding support for key individual(s); include previous funding in the last three years, current funding, and any pending applications. 
  4. Detailed proposed budget (1 page maximum).  Describe cost-sharing with the collaborating center if applicable.

RESEARCH DETAILS (use NIH page format)

  1. Background and Significance (3 pages maximum).
  2. Description of the collaborating center, if applicable (0.5 page maximum).
  3. Specific Aims for the proposal (1 page maximum).
  4. Preliminary Results that demonstrate expertise in the proposed area of research and justify the specific aims (4 pages of text maximum; figures and tables do not count toward page limit).
  5. Detailed description of Proposed Approach (5 pages maximum).
  6. Define the Proposed Impact of the proposal on ACCM research by explaining how the award will benefit ACCM research programs (2 pages maximum). 
  7. Provide a timeline for proposed experiments and for the proposed impact on ACCM research.  

Appendix – can include relevant published manuscripts (limit 3 manuscripts).

Provide letter(s) of support from the collaborating center and any non-ACCM faculty that are listed as key participants.  Supporting letters should also be provided from ACCM faculty that may benefit from this transformative approach.

There are no formal deadlines for these awards – they can be submitted anytime to Decisions regarding funding will be based solely on a peer review process. The Research Committee will oversee the review process and ensure a fair and accurate ranking of the applications. We anticipate awards will be made within 3 to 4 months of the application. 

If an applicant is unsuccessful, he/she can resubmit a revised application at any time.  Revised applications should include a summary of the substantial changes to the original submission and a response to the criticisms and issues generated in the review (2 pages maximum).  If possible, changes in the application should be indicated using lines in the margin or colored font. 

Awards will be paid in two installments (minimum six months apart), with the second installment dependent on demonstration of satisfactory progress.  On completion of the proposed studies, the Principal Investigator must provide a report summarizing the progress made as a result of the award. 


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