August 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.

2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Three foreign-born biomedical scientists will be selected to receive the prizes, each including a cash award of $35,000.

Established in 2009, the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise raise public awareness of the key role foreign-born researchers play in sustaining the leadership position of the United States in the sciences; the prizes also serve to support younger scientists who have distinguished themselves early in their careers.

Researchers in all fields of biomedical science are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have been born abroad, be naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the United States, hold a doctoral degree, intend to pursue a career in the United States, and be no more than 38 years old as of January 1, 2014. In addition, they must also hold a full-time independent position in an academic institution or other organization.

A written application, professional resume, list of publications, and letters of recommendation are required. The deadline for submissions is August 14, 2013. Eligibility requirements and a link to the online application can be found at

NSF-12-584 ADVANCE - Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers


The National Science Foundation has announced it is accepting proposals for the ADVANCE program. The primary goal of this program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. The ADVANCE Program concentrates on ensuring that women faculty with earned degrees in STEM consider the academic environment as a feasible and appealing career option. This program does NOT support projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs. Therefore, its efforts to impact the STEM channel are not considered fitting for the ADVANCE Program. The ADVANCE Program has three distinct program areas for proposals:

  • Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID)
  • Institutional Transformation (IT)
  • Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst)

NOTE: Interested proposers may submit only one IT proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal. However, there is no submission limit on the number of PAID proposals. More specific information and proposal submission deadlines is available at:

Since the IT and IT Catalyst are limited submission opportunities, Johns Hopkins can submit one proposal for each program. Interested candidates should send the documents listed below in sequence in one PDF to with the subject line, "NSF ADVANCE IT Program" or " NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst Program":

  • JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (visit and click the link in first row of table)
  • Brief project summary (one page maximum - including budget summary information)
  • Names and e-mails of all co-investigators for this proposed project
  • Biosketch or brief CV of the Principal Investigator

The deadline for the internal submission is Tuesday, August 21, 2013. The selected project must submit a letter of intent to NSF no later than October 4, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (

The Fisher Center Discovery Program Request for Application

The Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP) is designed to promote research by providing funds that will support projects focused on clinical or translational research related to environmental infectious diseases (ID). Environmental ID includes disease causing agents found in traditional ecological environments, such as air, soil, and water, in addition to vector-borne or zoonotic diseases, as well as those found within human flora and built environments (home, hospital, and community).

Letter of Intent (LOI): LOI is encouraged, but optional. LOI submission deadline: August 25, 3013
Application Deadline: September 15, 2013

All faculty members of Johns Hopkins University, especially junior faculty, are encouraged to apply. Only Johns Hopkins University faculty members holding a terminal degree (MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DVM, or equivalent) may apply as Principal Investigator (PI). Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, house staff, medical school students, graduate students, and undergraduate students may submit a FCDP application and be included as research team members on FCDP proposals. However, they may not be the PI. If the applicant is not a faculty member, the supporting Faculty member PI is required to write a letter indicating review and approval of the project. Emphasis will be on understudied and/or traditionally under-funded infectious diseases. FCDP resources will be concentrated on clinical research. Laboratory research will only be considered as part of a translational or clinical research project. Collaborative research within the Hopkins community is strongly encouraged. Novel collaboration with non-traditional partners is strongly encouraged. The budget is up to $50,000 and a maximum of 5 projects will be funded.

Application instructions and details are found at (follow the links to the Fisher Center Discovery Program). Login and identification of research team members will require the JHED ID. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the document Fisher Center Discovery Program Application Guidelines. Questions about the FCDP and application process may be emailed to:

4th Annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski

The School of Medicine announces the 4th Annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski and his wife Anna for Cardiovascular Research. This award of 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. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the School of Medicine. In this regard, we are accepting applications for the Mirowski Award with a deadline of Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Winners will be announced on October 7, 2013.

Applications should contain sections including: Title, Investigator (departmental and divisional affiliation), Abstract, Specific Aims, Innovation and Impact, and brief Experimental Plan. Citations should be limited to 10. Applications over a total of 3 pages (single-paced Arial font size 11) will not be reviewed. An NIH Biosketch should accompany the application, as well as this limited submission form. All documents should be assembled into a single PDF file.

Please submit applications to Susan Hayden at

Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program

Application due date: September 12, 2013

Fondation Leducq, a French non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease, is issuing a new call for applications for its 2013-2014 Transatlantic Networks of Excellence program. This program awards up to $6 million (US) over five years to internationally collaborative research teams who work together to advance our knowledge and treatment of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

Please note that applicants to the Transatlantic Networks Program must submit a letter of intent (LOI) through the web-based application service.

Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science and Tang Prize in Sustainable Development

Nomination deadline: September 30, 2013
Amount: Approximately $1,360,000

The Tang Prize is a new international award designed to recognize innovation in science and technology fields such as engineering, energy, environment, and ecology. Starting in 2014, Tang will award four biennial prizes in each of the following categories: Biopharmaceutical Science, Sustainable Development, Sinology, and Rule of Law. Johns Hopkins has been invited to nominate individuals in the Biopharmaceutical Science category "who have conducted original research leading to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing, and treating major human diseases"; and the Sustainable Development category "who have made outstanding contributions and significant impacts to human society and its sustainable development." Multiple nominations for each category are welcome. Prize winners will be announced June 18, 2014.

Tang's nomination forms for Biopharmaceutical Science and Sustainable Development must be used. All nominations must be submitted through the US Mail using special envelopes provided by the foundation. Please direct all nomination materials to Karin Hunt, Corporate and Foundation Relations (, to ensure proper delivery to Tang. More information on the Tang Prize Foundation can be found at:


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August 2013 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science
NSF-12-584 ADVANCE - Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
The Fisher Center Discovery Program Request for Application
4th Annual Discovery Fund in Honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski
Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science and Tang Prize in Sustainable Development
An NIH Webinar to ASSIST You with Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications

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