September 2011
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES- Back

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.


Military Infectious Diseases Applied and Basic Research Awards

The Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) is focused on supporting research that will advance the state of medical science in those areas of most pressing need and relevance to today's battlefield experience. The funding opportunity outlined below will be administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Supplementary FY11 funds may be available to provide for additional awards under these funding opportunities.

Submission Deadlines:

Military Infectious Diseases Applied Research Award
Pre-Application: September 13, 2011
Application (Invited): December 7, 2011

Military Infectious Diseases Basic Research Award
Pre-Application: September 13, 2011
Application (Invited): December 7, 2011

A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.


Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program for 2012

RESPONSE NEEDED BY: Monday, September 19, 2011

Microsoft Research has recently announced its Faculty Fellowship Program for 2012. This program supports early career faculty "who are advancing computing research in novel directions with the potential for high impact on the state of the art, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field." Candidates must be in the first, second, or third year of their first faculty appointment as of the application deadline; hold a tenure-track position; and be within six years of receiving their Ph.D., Sc.D., or M.D. In past years, this fellowship has included an award of $100k in the first year, with up to $100k possible in the second year. "Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows also have access to other Microsoft resources, such as software, invitations to conferences, and engagements with Microsoft Research." Additional program information can be obtained on the Microsoft Web site: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff_application.aspx

Johns Hopkins can nominate one candidate for this program. An internal peer review to select the nominee will be managed through the Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration. Applicants should submit the materials listed below for internal review by 6 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2011, to resapp@jhu.edu. Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If the applicant does not receive such an acknowledgement, they should contact me directly at: (410) 516-8734 or by e-mail. The selected candidate's preliminary application must be electronically submitted to Microsoft by 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) / 12 noon (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

Required materials for internal review:
1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
2. Curriculum Vitae (two-four pages)
3. Brief research plan (two-four pages maximum)
4. Photocopies of three letters of recommendation-one letter of recommendation should come from Johns Hopkins and the other two letters should come from outside of the University.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu or 410-516-8734).


National Science Foundation - Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)

RESPONSE NEEDED BY: Friday, September 23, 2011

This NSF program maintains that Sustainability Research Networks will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase the understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. In addition, it is the primary goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. SRNs will link scientists, engineers, and educators, at existing institutions, centers, networks, and also develop new research efforts and collaborations. Proposed SRNs are expected to be multi-dimensional with regard to "disciplines" and address fundamental issues that are likely to yield significant new knowledge and understanding.

These awards are expected to be four to five years and budgets should not exceed $12,000,000 (for the total award). The budget request should be consistent with the focus of the proposed SRN network. NOTE: Voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. More specific information about this program and its requirements is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/
nsf11574/nsf11574.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Johns Hopkins can submit three preliminary proposals as a lead institution. However, there is no limit to participation as a partner institution. Interested candidates should send a brief project summary (one page maximum PDF), budget information, and the names and e-mails of all co-investigators for their proposed project to resapp@jhu.edu with the subject line, "NSF 11-574 - Sustainability Research Networks Competition." The deadline for this internal submission is Friday, September 23, 2011. Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of his or her e-mail within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Mike Alexander at 410- 516-8734. The selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible. Once the university has chosen the candidates who will go forward in the process, their preliminary proposals must be received by NSF no later than December 1, 2011.

Internal deadline: 9/21/2011
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: 12/1/2011 - (Required)
Agency deadline: 4/1/2012



Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology. The award provides the recipients with the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects with potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of the interaction between infectious agents and the human body. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Cell/Pathogen interactions — studies of host responses at the cell surface, cell signaling in response to infection, microbial persistence in host cells, and other work.
  • Host/Pathogen interactions — studies of how host genetics influences resistance and susceptibility to infection, innate and adaptive immune responses to microbes, pathogen modulation of the immune system, and other work.
  • Novel routes to disease causationstudies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.

This award provides $500k over a period of five years ($100k per year). Johns Hopkins can submit three nominees-providing one of the candidates is working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science. Nominees must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. More information about this program is available at: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/105/
Investigators-in-the-Pathogenesis-of-Infectious-Disease
. Interested candidates should send the following materials in one PDF document no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, to resapp@jhu.edu:

  1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
  2. Letter of recommendation from the Department Chair or Director
  3. Biographical sketch of no more than two pages (Note: A two-page Curriculum Vita can be substituted)
  4. Summary of the proposed project (No more than seven (7) single spaced pages with one-inch or larger margins on all sides and with text at 11- or 12-point type--no smaller than 9 to 10-point type for figures, legends and tables)
  5. Bibliography listing literature references that are directly relevant to the applicant's research plan
  6. Proposed budget for five years
  7. Names and addresses of three references

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 Mike Alexander directly at: (410) 516-8734. Selected candidates will be informed as soon as possible. Complete applications must be submitted to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund electronically by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu or 410-516-8734).


Rangos Medal of Honor for Creative Thinking

It is completely unknown why some metastatic cancers are curable while the vast majority are not. If we understood the reasons for these favorable results, we might be able to apply them to the more resistant forms of human tumors. To inspire students to generate original and creative ideas to solve this riddle, we are challenging Johns Hopkins trainees to compete for the Rangos Medal along with a cash prize. We will also assist the trainees in ways to test their ideas. The award is open to currently enrolled full-time trainees at any division of The Johns Hopkins University including undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents and fellows. Answers must be the ideas of the trainees and cannot have been funded from another source to be eligible. All aspects of the student's idea and this award must comply with all Johns Hopkins University policies.

Applicants must prepare an essay of no longer than five pages (single spaced), including references, with scientific support that addresses the riddle of cancer described above. A University-wide panel will independently score the essays and the top five will be invited to give a presentation of their idea. The awardees will be selected from these presenters. The application deadline is November 1, 2011. For more details, and to apply, go to: http://prostatecancerprogram.onc.jhmi.edu/rangosAward.


Funding for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/LUTS Research

Funding is available to support pilot and feasibility projects focused on the common male diseases of BPH/LUTS. Awards up to $25,000 per year for up to two years are available to fund pilot and feasibility projects. These projects are part of a new NIDDK supported George M. O'Brien Urology Research Center grant that we have received. New Ideas Encouraged!

DEADLINE: November 15, 2011

For more information, visit the website: http://pilotprojects.onc.jhmi.edu/index.cfm?fuseAction=viewDetails&project=35


Biotechnology Development Awards

Applications for the FY2012 Biotechnology Development Awards, offering up to $200,000 for Biotechnology Commercialization or Translational Research, are now available online at www.marylandbiocenter.org. The deadline to apply for these awards is September 30th.

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September 2011 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Military Infectious Diseases Applied and Basic Research Awards
Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program for 2012
National Science Foundation - Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Rangos Medal of Honor for Creative Thinking
Funding for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia/LUTS Research
Biotechnology Development Awards
New Grants Associate in Office of Research Administration
Welcome New Vice Dean for Research!

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