May 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: 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 ( with any questions.

Harrington Discovery Institute Scholar Innovator Grant Competition

The Harrington Discovery Institute is pleased to announce the second annual Harrington Scholar-Innovator grant competition to support physician-scientists seeking to accelerate promising drug discoveries into novel treatments for patients. The grant application is open to physician-scientists at accredited academic medical centers, research institutions and universities in the United States. Applicants must have a doctorate in medicine and must demonstrate exceptional promise as physician-scientists.

Applicants have the opportunity to receive:

  • Grant funding totaling up to $200,000 over two years
  • Expert guidance and commercialization assistance through our Innovation Support Center to help bring breakthroughs to market

Letters of Intent are due May 15, 2013.
Proposals are due August 2, 2013.
Awards will be announced November 2013.

Grant winners will be selected by the Institute's scientific advisory board whose members are internationally renowned physician-scientists. Visit here for detailed application instructions.

Hartwell Biomedical Research Award


The Hartwell Foundation provides funding for early stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources, and that has the potential to benefit children of the United States. More specific information can be found at: Faculty members at any level are eligible to apply.

The Foundation will select individuals to receive an award that will provide research support totaling $300,000 (distributed in increments of $100,000 each year for a period of three years). Applicants must be U. S. citizens. Johns Hopkins has been invited to submit up to four (4) nominations for this program.

The deadline to submit preliminary proposal summaries for an internal review is Monday, May 20, 2013. Interested applicants should submit their preliminary proposal summaries to
indicating in the subject line: "Hartwell 2013 - IBRA." Please send the following documents (in sequence) in one PDF:

  • Hartwell 2013 - IBRA Information Submission Sheet (contact for a copy)
  • Research proposal summary (1-2 pages text: double-spaced with 12-pt type and one-inch
    margins, not including figures and references)
  • NIH Biosketch

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt within three (3) business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. Selected applicants will be notified by May 31, 2013, and invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for selected full proposals to be submitted to the Hartwell Foundation is September 16, 2013.

Brain Research Foundation - Scientific Innovations Award for 2014


The Brain Research Foundation has invited Johns Hopkins to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) Program for 2014. This program's primary objective is to support projects in basic and clinical neuroscience that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of generating key findings. The projects supported by this funding initiative will produce significant results and facilitate major grant applications and journal publications.

The selected candidate from Hopkins should be a tenured professor or associate professor whose research focus is in the studies of brain function in health and disease. NOTE: The ideal candidate should have current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding or evidence of this type of support during the past three years. Studies should be related to the areas of normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The proposal should profile a new research project that has not yet received funding from other sources. This grant should not be used for "bridge funding." The Foundation anticipates the SIA program will provide a maximum support of $300,000. Each award will be limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period from the specified dates provided by the Foundation upon approval of the proposed application. More specific information about this award is available at

An internal peer review to select the nominee will be managed by the Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration. Applicants should submit the following materials in the sequence listed below for an internal review by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, to

  • JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (contact for a copy)
  • Biographical Sketch including other support (four pages)
  • Project Summary (two pages maximum)

Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials. If any applicant does not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours, please contact Janet Palmer at (410) 516-3295 or by e-mail at The selected candidate's letter of intent must be submitted to the Brain Research Foundation by 4 p.m. CT on July 1, 2013.

Office of Research Infrastructure High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) Program


The Office of Research Infrastructure Program is requesting applications for its High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase a single major item of equipment to be used for biomedical research that costs at least $750,000. The maximum award is $2,000,000. Instruments in this category include--but are not limited to-"biomedical imaging systems, NMR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, electron microscopes and super computers."

Although Johns Hopkins is not limited in the number of proposals it can submit, there should be no duplication in the type of equipment proposed. In order to avoid the possibility of any replication, interested candidates are asked to complete a form (contact for a copy) and submit it to no later than May 31, 2013.

Each summary will be carefully reviewed. If there are proposed projects with the same type of equipment or similar equipment, the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Dean for Research in the School of Medicine will determine the submission outcome. More detailed information about this program can be found at



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May 2013 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Harrington Discovery Institute Scholar Innovator Grant Competition
Hartwell Biomedical Research Award
Brain Research Foundation-Scientific Innovations Award for 2014
NIH Office of Research Infrastructure High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) program
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Hopkins Conte Digestive Disease Basic & Translational Research Core Center

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