September 2012
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.


Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center Funding

The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins is pleased to announce that funding is available for a limited number of novel developmental research programs (pilot projects) in the study of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. This program funds important new pilot projects with promising translational potential that do not have sufficient data for an independently funded NIH grant. Projects of high priority should focus on new research directions, explore innovative ideas, test unconventional, but potentially important, new hypotheses, or ascertain the feasibility of new research approaches. Applications are due Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. and application instructions may be found at: http://pilotprojects.onc.jhmi.edu


Third Annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski

The School of Medicine announces the third annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski and his wife Anna for Cardiovascular Research. The purpose of this award (up to $75,000) is to catalyze innovative ideas that are high risk and ordinarily would not be funded by NIH until sufficient preliminary data are gathered. In this regard, we are accepting applications for the Mirowski Award with a deadline of September 13, 2012. Winners will be announced on October 1, 2012.

Applications should contain sections including: Title, Investigator (departmental and divisional affiliation), Abstract, Specific Aims, Innovation and Impact, brief Experimental Plan, Statement on possible future competitive Funding and five References. Applications over a total of 3 pages (single-spaced Arial font size 11) will not be reviewed. An NIH Biosketch should accompany the application. All documents should be assembled into a single PDF file. Please submit your application to Susan Hayden via email (shayden@jhmi.edu) by September 13.


CFAR Faculty Development Awards in HIV Research

The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research provides pilot grants to faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support HIV/AIDS research projects. Junior faculty at other JHU schools are eligible to apply if the proposal meets all other criteria. The prime purpose of these awards is to strengthen the individual's ability to secure independent funding. We plan to award up to ten $50,000 grants per year, depending upon the number of fundable applications and availability of funds.

The grants are for junior faculty (Instructors, Assistant Professors, Assistant Scientists and Post-doctoral Fellows). Post-doctoral Fellows are required to submit a letter of permission from their division chair with their full application. Associate Professor level faculty are also eligible to apply if they have not previously conducted HIV related research. Applications for collaborative projects, particularly those involving faculty in different schools or disciplines at Hopkins, are strongly encouraged. Funds must be used to support projects in HIV/AIDS.


Intent to Apply: Those interested in applying are required to submit an "intention to Submit" containing:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. 200 word abstract
  3. Discipline of study
  4. Whether or not you have chosen a mentor and if not, would you like one assigned to you by CFAR

Please suggest 1-2 study sections for review of your application:

  • Prevention Research;
  • Clinical Studies;
  • Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology;
  • Behavioral, Substance Abuse and Social Sciences;
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
  • Community-based Research

The letter of Intent should be submitted by e-mail to: cfar@jhmi.edu, with the subject heading "Development Award Letter of Intent". The letter should be a Word document and the file name should be "Development Award Letter of Intent your last name".

Letters of Intent are due by September 15. Further instructions for application submission are on the CFAR website. www.hopkinscfar.org.

Full Application Due Date: October 15
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: January 1st of year following review



Allen Distinguished Investigators Program - 2012

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: September 17, 2012

The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program is seeking to create a "cohort" of investigators to "pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, 'move the needle' towards answering broad scientific questions." Successful proposals will incorporate creative, ambitious, interdisciplinary and forward-thinking approaches. This program is very interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental support sources. This request for proposals is focusing on two fundamental biology topics:

- Cellular Decision Making - The ADI is interested in proposals that concentrate on new research approaches to understand the fundamental principles underlying cellular decision-making. Specifically, these proposals should integrate experimental and computational research, developing methodologies and/or technologies as needed that allow for insights into cellular decision-making.

- Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems - The ADI seeks proposals that focus on modeling dynamic biological systems-specifically the development and discovery of approaches for more sophisticated treatments of modularity and complexity in order to make progress towards characterizing biological network connectivity and functionality.

NOTE: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has a 0% indirect cost policy. Each cohort generally consists of five to eight projects with an average of up to $1.5 million in funding for each project over a period of three years. Information about the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation can be found at http://www.pgafoundations.com/.

Johns Hopkins has been invited to submit two (2) applications for these programs. Interested applicants should submit the following in sequence in one PDF document to resapp@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Coversheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
  2. Proposed summary which includes an explanation of how the project fits in the research agenda focused on a topic area and why it has the potential to 'move the needle' towards answering a broad scientific question posed for the "cohort." Interdisciplinary elements of the project should be described. Also, this summary should briefly explain why it would most likely not receive funding through traditional sources. (2 pages)
  3. Biosketch of the Principal Investigator
  4. Proposed Budget Summary (1 page maximum)

Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact me at malexander@jhu.edu. Final applications must be received by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation no later than October 30, 2012.


Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: September 21, 2012

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has announced an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). The OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education.

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote reliable, long-term communication between partner institutions.

Proposed projects in the following fields are eligible:

  • Energy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change; Environmental Studies
  • Education and Educational Reform; Public Health
  • Community Development and Innovation

The maximum award for 2012 will be $250k for a three-year period. Requests for smaller amounts are eligible. However, budgets and budget notes should be able to justify the amounts requested. More information on this program can be found at http://www.usief.org.in/Institutional-Collaboration/Obama-Singh-21st-Century-Knowledge-Initiative-Awards.aspx.

Johns Hopkins is eligible to submit one proposal. Interested applicants should submit the following in sequence in one PDF document to resapp@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Coversheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
  2. Proposed Project Summary (2-3 pages)
  3. Biosketch of the Principal Investigator
  4. Proposed Budget Summary (2 pages maximum)

Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact Mike Alexander at malexander@jhu.edu. The selected applicant will be notified as soon as possible. Final applications must be submitted to USIEF by November 1, 2012.


NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) - RFA-RM-12-018

INTERNAL DEADLINE: September 28, 2012

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards Program is a funding opportunity designed for outstanding young scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to embark on an independent research program. It is an excellent opportunity for research intensive institutions like Johns Hopkins to energize their research departments by recruiting superior, early career scientists. At the time of application, the Early Independence PI must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent), or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training. Hopkins can also actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support from this program. Subsequently, Johns Hopkins will be expected to provide significant support for this research scientist (which is listed below). It is expected that the selected PI will be competitive for continued funding of her/his research program as well as for a permanent research position by the end of the award period. NIH will award up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award. More specific information about this program can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-12-018.html.

Johns Hopkins can submit two proposals for this special funding initiative. The proposal review will be managed under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs and Special Projects. PLEASE NOTE: There are significant requirements from NIH regarding the actual support and appointment of the selected nominees. Please carefully review these requirements here. The deadline to submit the preliminary applications for internal review is September 28, 2012. The selected candidates will need to submit their letters of intent to NIH by December 30, 2012. Full proposals must be submitted to NIH no later than 5 p.m. on January 30, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu or 410- 516-8734).


NIH - PAR - 12-003 - Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation (D43)

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: September 28, 2012

The NIH Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation provide support for the development of broadly interdisciplinary training programs in global health directed towards encouraging innovation in products, processes, and policies. Trainees should be at the postdoctoral level or have attained a terminal degree in their fields. Training projects should identify critical health needs in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) that can be addressed through Innovation, and carry out the scientific research necessary to develop, validate, and test their concepts. In order to increase the translation of research findings into realized health benefits, project design should include considerations of implementation appropriate to low resource settings in LMICs, particularly regarding increased effectiveness, affordability, accessibility, ease of use or delivery, and/or scalability. Emphasis should be given to hands-on, problem-solving, and collaborative approaches that allow U.S. and LMIC trainees to be trained together. By engaging multiple entities within and among institutions, the proposed programs should also build institutional capacity for interdisciplinary training in global health, stimulate new collaborations, and increase the pipeline of researchers from a wide variety of fields who engage in global health research.

Specific Program Objectives include:

  • Expanding the base of expertise needed and available to tackle the challenging problems of global health by developing trans-institutional, problem-solving based research training programs that will bring together trainees of widely diverse expertise to work together on research problems in Global Health. Trainees should be postdoctoral scientists, or researchers who have obtained a terminal professional degree in their fields, and may include within one program or interdisciplinary project team individuals from both the U.S. and LMICs.
  • Stimulating new knowledge, approaches, and solutions in global health, in part by exploring the question: What is an "innovation" in the context of global health and how might an institution create an enabling environment to encourage innovations in products, processes, or policy to emerge out of their research and research training activities?
  • Integrating global health research communities within and among institutions by building capacity at the institution(s) to support an interdisciplinary research training program in Global Health Innovation. Applicants may request up to $350k total costs per year for up to five years. More information about this program can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-003.html. Johns Hopkins can submit only one proposal for this funding initiative. Interested applicants should submit the following in sequence in one PDF document to resapp@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012:

    1. JHU Limited Submission Coversheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
    2. Proposed Project Summary (2-3 pages)
    3. Biosketch of the Principal Investigator

Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact Mike Alexander at malexander@jhu.edu. The selected applicant will be notified as soon as possible. A Letter of Intent must be submitted to NIH by November 15, 2012.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 28, 2012

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides funding opportunities for assistant professors "to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact." Particular areas of 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 causation-studies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.

The 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 specific 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 sequence one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012, to resapp@jhu.edu:

  • JHU Limited Submission Coversheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
  • Letter of recommendation from the Department Chair or Director
  • Biographical sketch of no more than two pages
  • 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)
  • Bibliography listing literature references that are directly relevant to the applicant's research plan
  • Proposed budget for five years
  • 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 malexander@jhu.edu. Selected candidates will be informed as soon as possible. Complete applications must be electronically submitted to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund by 4 p.m. on November 1, 2012.


Funding For Prostate Cancer Research

DEADLINE: Monday, January 7, 2013

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research in prostate cancer through the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund as well as the NCI funded Prostate Cancer SPORE grant. Awards of a maximum of $75,000 per year for up to two years are renewable based upon progress of project. New Ideas Encouraged!

All interested parties should direct any questions to Dawn Steinberg, the Department of Urology, at dsteinb3@jhmi.edu or 410-955-5101. Deadline is Monday, January 7, 2013.

For more information, visit the website: http://prostatecancerprogram.onc.jhmi.edu/

 

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September 2012 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center Funding
Third Annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski
CFAR Faculty Development Awards in HIV Research
Allen Distinguished Investigators Program - 2012
Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) - RFA-RM-12-018
NIH - PAR - 12-003 - Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation (D43)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Funding For Prostate Cancer Research

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