February 2011

Funding from Foundations/Private Sources

JHU's Corporate and Foundation Relations maintains a Web site listing upcoming grant competitions that are sponsored by foundations and other private sources: http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/OCFR.htm. They are in addition to the limited-submission RFPs periodically announced by the Research Projects Administration office. The opportunities are listed in order of deadline and links to each funder's application information are provided. Contact Joan Wisner-Carlson (jwisner2@jhu.edu) with any questions.

NCCN 2011 Young Investigator Award (YIA) Program for Physicians, Scientists, and Nurses

Internal Deadline: February 7, 2011

The Cancer Center has received an invitation from the NCCN to select two potential candidates for their YIA Program. This program was inaugurated this year with support from multiple companies. The Foundation expects to support a minimum of five (5) YIA early career candidates.

Amount of Awards: The program will provide two-year grants of $75,000, per annum, for direct research expenses to promising young investigators across a broad range of oncology specialties and areas of interest. The awards include funds of $16,000 for data collection and research support (e.g., biostatistics), $3,000 for IRB review and continuing review, and an administrative allowance of $2,500 for awardees to cover the expenses of participating in the annual NCCN meeting. Non-research related expenses will be covered to a maximum of 8%. The award is open to physicians, scientists, and nurses working in an oncology laboratory, clinical research or clinical setting, or cancer control program in one of the NCCN's 21-member institutions, who (1) have a first full-time appointment as an Assistant Professor, Instructor, or an equivalent level, or (2) are MD's, PhD's or, for oncology nurses, have an appropriate-level advanced degree. The award may be used to fund salary and benefits of the grant recipient, postdoctoral or clinical research fellows and/or research assistants; data collection and entry; patient costs; analysis; computer costs; necessary purchased services, e.g., surveys; and supplies.

Eligibility requirements:

Applicants must have:

  • Medical degree--MD, DO or international equivalent or
  • Scientific degree--PhD of international equivalent or
  • Nursing degree--Masters and above or international equivalent
  • Primary affiliation/work site must be in a NCCN Member Institution
  • Candidates must be in their first full-time appointment in an NCCN institution
  • Candidates must not have other funding that duplicates the focus and purpose of this award
  • Mentor in the proposed research field, fully conversant in the clinical practice guidelines
  • Institutional commitment, including demonstration of an active review process for the guidelines

The Cancer Center may select one candidate from each of the following two categories:

(a) research pertaining to the NCCN Guidelines™
(b) new prevention, detection or treatment approaches for cancer and its translation into clinical care through evaluative information products or policies.

Since there is a limit for the number of proposals the Cancer Center may submit, an internal review process will be conducted by members of the Cancer Center's Awards Committee. The following is a list of required materials for the internal review. Note: The NCCN will require more information from the selected applicants upon final submission.

Materials required for an internal review by the Cancer Center:

  • Contact information
  • Project summary (No more than 1-page)
  • Applicant's biosketch
  • Mentor's contact information and biosketch
    Applicants who are interested in this program should submit the above materials in one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2010.

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Gail Voelker directly at 410-955-8823. Proposals will be reviewed and the internal selection will be completed as soon as possible in order to give the selected applicants sufficient time to prepare their final proposals.

Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research

The Global Probiotics Council purpose awards two annual grants of $50,000 each to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States, and to attract promising, young researchers to this field of study.

Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or an early faculty member within five consecutive years of their first appointment who are interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota, and the body are encouraged to apply. The deadline is February 15, 2011. Complete application instructions and details are available at http://www.probioticsresearch.com.

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program for 2011


The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering supports the nation's most gifted and talented young professors in developing and expanding their research in science and engineering with a small number of funding restrictions and minimal reporting requirements . Each recipient of the Packard Fellowships for this year will receive an award in the amount of $875,000 distributed over a five-year period.

Johns Hopkins expects to nominate two candidates who are within the first three years of their faculty careers and qualified to serve as principal investigators for research projects in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Eligible disciplines include astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, earth science, and ocean science as well as all areas of engineering. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation seeks to support innovative individual research involving Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or parts of existing large-scale research programs. Specific information regarding this program is available at: http://www.packard.org/assets/files/conservation%20and%20science/

The deadline to submit materials for an internal review is Friday, February 18, 2011. Interested applicants should submit the following materials in one PDF document to resapp@jhu.edu:

  1. JHU Submission Cover Sheet (email malexander@jhu.edu for a copy).
  2. Candidate's current CV including current external research support and publications.
  3. Description of candidate's proposed research (a maximum of two pages of text which must NOT exceed 1,400 words in 12-point font with one-inch margins) - include aims, methods, and significance of proposed research.
  4. Four Letters of Recommendations (from the Department Chair and three references from outside of JHU).

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact me directly at: (410) 516-8734 or by e-mail. Nominees will be informed as soon as possible. Their names must be submitted to the Packard Foundation by Tuesday, March 15, 2011. These nominees will be provided with a user ID and password for the Packard Foundation's online application system. Complete applications must be received by the Packard Foundation no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu).

HERA Foundation Ovarian Cancer Outside-the-box (OSB1) Seed Grant for 2011

The HERA Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women and girls from ovarian cancer and by improving prevention and prognosis through innovative scientific research and education. For 2011, the HERA Foundation will provide a total of three grants to fund research projects that are basic, translational and/or clinical in nature:

Two grants of $20,000 and one of $10,000 are available for pilot projects that include, but are not limited to, those that study high grade and/or low grade ovarian carcinoma etiology and pathogenesis, and those that explore novel approaches to early ovarian cancer detection and targeted therapy. One grant is earmarked for a clinical fellow interested in ovarian cancer research as described above.

Our goal is to encourage outside the box thinking and solutions and provide seed money for such projects. Chemotherapy has been in use for many years and to date we have not improved overall survival by 1%. New approaches are needed to understanding and treating this disease which is of primary interest to the HERA Foundation.

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Submit application in a single .PDF document to Sheridia Daniels at sdaniel6@jhmi.edu (no paper submissions accepted). Awards will be announced March 31, 2011.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold either a Ph.D. and/or an M.D. degree, and be either a post-doctoral research fellow or clinical fellow. A previous research background in ovarian cancer is not essential, as the HERA Foundation seeks to encourage new young investigators to enter the field. However, candidates should demonstrate the relevance of their previous research background to the proposed work, and indicate a strong long-term commitment to research in the field of ovarian cancer.

Evaluation criteria: Key criteria are the importance of the problem to be addressed, the originality of the approach and concepts, feasibility of the methodology, and the research experience and qualifications/potential of the candidate. The review is performed by reviewers both internal and external to JHU, as well as patient advocates.

Format of application: The following items 1-5 should not exceed 3 pages of single-spaced 12-point type.

Title page: Include Your Name and Department, your Dept. Chair's name, Title of project, and a checklist of all the items (1-9) below (incomplete grant applications will not be reviewed).

  1. A 500 word layman's summary of the proposed research
  2. a statement of specific research objectives- explain what you expect to accomplish within the year, particularly if more than a year's goals are discussed. Are the proposed experiments overlapping with other applications? Explain.
  3. a concise description of the methodology to be employed
  4. a description of the significance of the proposed work, i.e. how the research contributes to prevention and detection of ovarian cancer and improvement of prognosis.
  5. A statement demonstrating the relevance of the candidate's previous research background to the proposed work
  6. A brief summary of the budget, i.e. specifically how the funds will be utilized. The HERA Foundation does not support indirect costs or costs for meetings or travel.
  7. The candidate's biosketch in standard NIH format (not exceeding 2-pages) should be attached.
  8. A letter of support from your mentor and a commitment from the lab to support the project being funded.

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February 2011 articles:
Seminar Series
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
NCCN 2011 Young Investigator Award (YIA) Program for Physicians, Scientists, and Nurses
Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program for 2011
HERA Foundation Ovarian Cancer Outside-the-box (OSB1) Seed Grant for 2011

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