January 2013

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 Karin Hunt (karinmhunt@jhu.edu) with any questions.

Maryland Innovation Initiative

The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), a new fund open to entrepreneurs in the state of Maryland, was created to foster the transition of promising technologies to the commercial sector. The program is intended to advance the commercialization of technologies through technology validation, market assessment, and the creation of startup companies in Maryland. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Complete initial applications and transition requests submitted by the first of each month will be considered in that month's review cycle (e.g., December 1, January 2, February 1). More information can be found online at http://techtransfer.jhu.edu/documents/MII_11192012.pdf and http://tedco.md/program/the-maryland-innovation-initiative-mii/

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/.

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award for 2013

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DATE: Monday, January 14, 2013 (by 8 a.m.)

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient's bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. The award of $450,000 will be provided over three years to the institution for support of the Clinical Investigator. Funds are intended to be flexible and can be used for a variety of scientific needs, including the investigator's stipend and fringe benefits. The Foundation may also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee pursuant to his/her meeting eligibility requirements.

Eligible applicants must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident, have received an MD or MD/PhD from an accredited institution, have completed his/her subspecialty training and be board-eligible. Applicants must also apply within the first four (4) years of his/her initial full faculty appointment (cut-off July 2009).

The School of Medicine has been invited to submit three nominations for the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. Interested candidates should email a complete Adobe .pdf file of materials for internal review to Karen Falter at kjustice@jhmi.edu no later than 8 a.m. on January 14, 2013. This ensures that the internal selection can be completed in a timely fashion and the final nominations can be submitted to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation by the February 15, 2013 deadline.

Required materials for internal review:

  1. Internal Information Sheet (contact kjustice@jhmi.edu for a copy)
  2. Proposal and project descriptions (five pages maximum, double-spaced)
  3. Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
  4. Applicants CV

Application Deadlines:
Internal information due: January 14, 2013 (by 8 a.m.)
Sponsor due date: February 15, 2013

For eligibility and more detailed information:

Dana Foundation's David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program (Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging)

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Dana Foundation is seeking nominees for its award program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging. Early career investigators (Assistant Professors or Associate Professors in the first few years of their appointment) who have not yet been awarded more than one independent research grant (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another federal agency) are eligible for this award of up to $200,000 payable over three years.

The Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging supports pilot studies by young investigators aimed at improving human brain and brain-immune functioning in health and disease. Research projects should be promising - but high-risk - and have direct clinical application. If successful, the projects should be competitive for significant support from other funders.

Please note that this will be the only proposal solicitation process this year, and selection will be extremely competitive, with fewer than 10 percent of preliminary proposals likely to receive funding.

Previously funded studies in this program area have focused primarily on

  1. understanding normal brain functioning, how it is altered by disease or injury, and how it recovers or repairs,

  2. assessing and improving diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and

  3. refining and advancing imaging technologies to address specific clinical questions. In addition to these three general areas of continued interest, it is becoming increasingly apparent that neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression start long before they are clinically evident.

In addition to these three general areas, the Foundation encourages studies that seek to understand developmental processes of diseases, surrogate measures of early disease existence, and measures of disease progression. Also, for chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer's disease, the role of tau is becoming of increasing interest and the Foundation is receptive to considering studies on how to image tau.

More information on this program can be found at http://www.dana.org/grants/

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has been invited to submit one preliminary application for this program. Therefore, each department is invited to nominate one potential applicant.

Department Chairs must email nominations to kjustice@jhmi.edu by Thursday, January 24, 2013. Nominations must include an abstract (between ½ and 1 page in length, NIH-style biosketch, and list of publications.

The Foundation deadline for preliminary applications is noon on February 21, 2013.

National Marfan Foundation Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program

The National Marfan Foundation (NMF) is proud to announce the Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program. Two-Year Fellowship Awards are available for Ph.D.'s for up to $50,000 per year and MD's up to $75,000 per year. Fellows up to post graduate year six will be considered. This program is designed to cultivate promising young physician scientists or research scientists conducting basic, translational or clinical research in the field of Marfan syndrome and related disorders. This award is being given to stimulate the advancement toward independent research in the field of Marfan syndrome. During the fellowship phase, the applicant will be required to work with a mentor who can provide a training environment conducive to beginning a career in any of the disciplines related to Marfan research such as cardiovascular, orthopedic, ophthalmologic, pulmonary and genetics. Fellowship awards will be given based on proposal evaluations by the NMF Scientific Advisory Board with the approval of the NMF Board of Directors. No overhead or indirect costs will be considered. Proposals must be prepared according to NMF guidelines.

Application deadline: February 1, 2013
Award Announcement: May 1, 2013
Funds Available: July 1, 2013

For more information including application instructions, visit the NMF website: http://www.marfan.org/marfan/2293/Research-Grants/

Request for Proposals from the Center for Musculoskeletal Research - Pilot and Feasibility Studies

LETTER OF INTENT DUE BY: Friday, February 1, 2013

The Johns Hopkins Center for Musculoskeletal Research identifies investigators with expertise and interest in musculoskeletal disease, promotes novel research approaches, encourages collaboration, raises visibility of musculoskeletal research at Hopkins, and attracts young investigators into the field. A program has been established to provide competitive pilot and feasibility grants in musculoskeletal research through philanthropic resources acquired by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine. This special program provides support for promising investigators with innovative ideas relating to pathogenic mechanisms, basic science, and therapeutic approaches related to bone and muscle research.

Funds of $30,000 (direct costs only) for three one-year pilot studies, with an eligibility to apply for competitive renewal are available. Junior investigators without current or past NIH research support OR established investigators who would like to transition to a new career focus are strongly encouraged to apply. Please circulate the attached flyer to any faculty or researchers in your division or department who may be interested in this program. More specific information is available at: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/

Interested candidates should submit a Letter of Intent to: CMRGrants@jhmi.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013. If there are any questions, please contact Lynne Jones at 443-444-5906.

American Asthma Foundation Scholar Program

The American Asthma Foundation supports highly innovative research from all fields relevant to asthma. They wish to draw outstanding investigators from other fields into the study of asthma, and most of their investigators are studying asthma for the first time. For 2013, all grants will be to investigators who are within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment. Recipients will be designated AAF Scholars.

AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $450,000 ($150,000 per year for up to 3 years.) Funds for institutional overhead are not provided.


START DATE: July 1, 2013

ELIGIBILITY: Scientists in the United States from any relevant field are eligible. Initial independent faculty appointment should be on or after February 1, 2003. Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding.

ORGANIZATION: The American Asthma Foundation is the largest private funder of asthma-related research, having awarded nearly $100 million to scientists since 2000.

REVIEW CRITERIA: Innovation, research proposal, relevance to asthma, investigator

NOTE: The application is short (maximum 7 pages). Preliminary data are not required.

FURTHER INFORMATION AT: http://americanasthmafoundation.org/

2013 Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research

Application Deadline: February 12, 2013

The purpose of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotic Research is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States and to impact academic and career development of young investigators, attracting them into the field of probiotics and microbiota.

Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible. Applicants must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics and microbiota and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota and the body. Candidates must be part of an established research program with the capacity to do research on microbiota and its role in health and disease. Applicants are limited to one submission per investigator. Details and application instructions are available at http://www.probioticsresearch.com/.



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January 2013 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Maryland Innovation Initiative
Funding For Prostate Cancer Research
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award for 2013
Dana Foundation's David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program (Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging)
National Marfan Foundation Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program
Request for Proposals from the Center for Musculoskeletal Research - Pilot and Feasibility Studies
American Asthma Foundation Scholar Program
2013 Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research

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