September 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.

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.

Microsoft Faculty Research Fellowship for 2014


Microsoft Research has announced its Faculty Fellowship Program for 2014. This program "recognizes innovative, promising new faculty members, from a number of research institutions, whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields." Candidates must be in the first, second, or third year of their first faculty appointment as of the application deadline and hold a tenure-track position. In past years, this fellowship has included an award of $100k in the first year, with up to $100k possible in the second year. More information about the Microsoft Research Fellowships can be obtained at

Johns Hopkins can nominate one candidate for this program. Applicants should submit the following materials in sequence in one PDF by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013, to

  • JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (go to for a copy)
  • Biosketch (two pages)
  • Brief research plan (two-four pages maximum)
  • 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.

Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three business days. If the applicant does not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. The selected candidate's application must be electronically submitted to Microsoft by 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) / 12 noon (Pacific Time) on Monday, September 30, 2013. The awards will be announced in July of 2014.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Program


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 interactionsstudies 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.

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

Interested candidates should send the following materials in sequence one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013, to

  • JHU Limited Submission Coversheet (go to 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 Mike Alexander at 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, 2013.

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:

2014 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announces the FY 2014 funding opportunity for the NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (EIA). The EIA initiative allows exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their transition to an independent research career by "skipping" the traditional postdoctoral training. To be eligible, candidates must be within one year (before or after) of completion of their terminal degree or clinical residency at the time of application. Each institution (as defined by a unique DUNS identifier) may submit up to two applications in response to this FOA. Letters of intent are due December 31, 2013. Applications are due January 31, 2014. See the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-RM-13-009).

To facilitate the "matching" of prospective candidates with potential host institutions, the NIH Common Fund has created a website ( earlyindependence/matchingportal/index.aspx) in which institutions may indicate their interest in hosting EIA awardees and provide pertinent information. This website will be updated periodically as institutions provide information. Interested institutions are encouraged to provide information on the website by October 1, 2013. Prospective candidates may visit this website to determine which institutions are interested in hosting candidates and follow up directly with institutions accordingly. Note that while registration by institutions is encouraged, it is not required and institutions and candidates may match through other means.

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Independence Awards initiative are available at An informational webinar has been scheduled for October 10, 2013. Additional webinar details will be posted on the EIA website when they become available. Send questions about the EIA initiative to

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September 2013 articles:
Revised Investigational Drug Data Sheet
eIRB 2 Launch and Information Sessions
eIRB 101 Enrollment is Now Available Through myLearning
eIRB Non-JHED User Self-Registration
Compliance Monitoring Program Information Session
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Fondation Leducq Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program
Microsoft Faculty Research Fellowship for 2014
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Program
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science and Tang Prize in Sustainable Development
2014 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

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