January 2014

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.

Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

DEADLINE: Monday, January 13, 2014

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research (Co-PI's from different disciplines) in prostate cancer through the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund. Awards are for a maximum of $100,000 and should not be used to support PI salary. Partnership with a Brady Urological Institute faculty member is highly encouraged. Emphasis will be placed on funding high risk/high reward research. Faculty whose laboratories received an award through the Fund in the last three years are not eligible for funding.

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

New Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant Competition: 2014 Clinical Research Mentorship

Application Deadline: January 14, 2014

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for the Clinical Research Mentorship. These competitive grants are intended to support the development of a one-on-one relationship between a DDCF clinical scientist and a medical student with an interest in becoming a future clinician investigator.

Past and present recipients of DDCF medical research grants are invited to identify a medical student to mentor for one year and to then apply as a team. Alternatively, medical students may identify a qualifying DDCF researcher and apply together. In either case, the DDCF researcher must be the applicant.

Mentors will be required to provide a 12-month, full-time clinical research experience for the student. Students must be willing to take 12 months out from medical school, typically after the third year of school. Each Clinical Research Mentorship grant will consist of $64,800, inclusive of a $29,000 stipend for the student. The student's year out will start in the summer of 2014 and end in the summer of 2015.

In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported by this program.

For more information about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, visit the
Clinical Research Mentorship website.

GI-Related Research Funding Opportunity

The Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center was initiated with NIH funding June 2011. The goal of the Core Center is to advance GI research at Hopkins by bringing together GI investigators and encouraging others in the community to enter this area of research. A key component of this Center is to provide funding for Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Projects. These are one year awards of $10,000-$25,000 typically given each year to ~4 young faculty who are on track to apply for and receive NIH-R01 funding. The proposals are short (3 pages), with biosketch, etc (details below) and the turn-around is ~3 months.
Pilot Project applications are due on February 1, 2013.

Three groups of JHUSOM investigators are encouraged to apply. There is no requirement for permanent residence status or US citizenship:

  1. New investigators who have never held extramural NIH support other than a K or R03 award and have not been PIs on R, P or U grants are the preferred group for funding. Those with MD, PhD or MD/PhD are eligible, will generally be junior faculty or senior fellows who are being mentored for independence, and must not have obtained >$75,000/year of extramural support, excluding start-up funds.
  2. Established investigators who are newly-attracted to study GI-related projects.
  3. GI investigators who are starting a new, innovative project that represents a significant departure from their on-going, funded research.

The order above (1>2>3) represents the priority for selecting projects for funding. Investigators may receive P/F support only once in any 5-year period. Funding is for one year, with consideration for a second year upon submission of a formal application, which must include a progress report. All recipients of P/F project funding will be required to submit a yearly update on their progress for 5 years.


  1. The proposed research must be related to a GI topic.
  2. The project proposes to use one or more of the Center's Core resources/services (see Resources page of GI Core Center website at www.jhugicc.org)

Amount and Requirements of P/F Award:

  1. $10,000-$25,000 for one year (a second year depending on progress is rarely provided) to cover expenses for salary (technician, postdoctoral fellow, NOT faculty), supplies, animals.
  2. Written summary of scientific achievements, publications, funding applied for and achieved at the end of P/F funding period.
  3. Presentation of research at a Center's weekly work-in-progress meeting.
  4. Attendance at GI Core weekly work-in-progress when relevant to awardee's research.

Proposal Details:

  1. Electronic submission due by February 1, 2013 to Ms. K. DeSantis (kdesant5@jhmi.edu) and Dr. S. Lutsenko (lutsenko@jhmi.edu).
  2. Format:
    a. Cover page (Please email kdesant5@jhmi.edu for a copy), which includes title, abstract up to 250 words (can be Arial 10) and pending/approved IACUC/IRB protocols.
    b. NIH Biosketch of applicant and mentor (if applicable).
    c. Applicant's other support (salary source, etc).
    d. Budget and Justification for funds requested.
    e. Specific Aims, Background, Preliminary Results, Research Plan, Future Directions: total 3 pages, font size Arial 11.
    f. Plans to apply for extramural funding: topic and time frame: 1 page
    g. References: 1 page.
    h. Letter from PI stating how this project will allow you to gain independence and further your career, with emphasis on establishing independence.

Review Process:
Only complete proposals will be reviewed. The Center's Internal Scientific Advisory Committee will triage the proposals. The top applications will be reviewed by the Core Center's External Scientific Advisory Committee on 6/14/2013 when applicants present their progress. Funding will be announced shortly thereafter.

For additional information please contact: K. DeSantis (kdesant5@jhmi.edu) or Dr. Svetlana Lutsenko (lutsenko@jhmi.edu).

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

LETTER OF INTENT DUE BY: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The Johns Hopkins Center for Musculoskeletal Research has established a program to encourage investigators with expertise and interest in musculoskeletal disease, promote novel research approaches, encourage collaboration, raise visibility of musculoskeletal research at Hopkins, and attract young investigators into the field. This program provides 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/musculoskeletal_research

Interested candidates should submit a Letter of Intent to: CMRGrants@jhmi.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 3rd, 2014.

If there are any questions, please contact Lynne Jones at 443-444-5906 or ljones3@jhmi.edu.

Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program

Novo Nordisk is inviting a limited number of leading US academic and medical research institutions to announce this opportunity among those faculty members who could potentially have novel ideas for biologics innovation within diabetes and obesity research. These Awards can be granted to faculty members who enter this competitive process and submit proposals for nonclinical research. Both young and established scientists at invited institutions can apply.

The areas of research in scope of the Science Forum program are:

Non-clinical research related to new biologic therapeutics and targets amenable to biologics therapeutics or novel effects of known biologics in the field of Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, including micro- and macrovascular complications, and obesity

The term 'biologics' means large peptide or protein ligands (e.g. hormones), inhibitory or modulating antibodies, immunotherapies, micro- and small interfering RNAs , and cell based concepts (e.g. stem cells). Such biologics either have to be novel or represent novel effects of a known entity.

The purpose of these Awards is to foster collaboration with Novo Nordisk R&D and facilitate translation of new ideas from early diabetes and obesity research into innovation by bringing new biologics concepts to a pre-clinical Proof of Principle milestone.

Types of Awards:

Early Exploration: $250,000 (direct research costs only) for a two year period. The Early Exploration Award supports nonclinical research for early-stage hypotheses that do not yet have (or only very limited) preliminary data but show considerable promise for advancing the treatment of diabetes or obesity. This includes target discovery proposals.

Proof of Principle (PoP): $500,000 (direct research costs only) for a two year period. The Proof of Principle (PoP) Award supports nonclinical research for the validation of early stage innovations with sufficient supporting data to conclude on nonclinical PoP studies. In general, PoP studies will require results from experiments in established animal models, in vitro human systems or reduction to practise experiments for protein technologies.

As part of the PoP Award, Applicants have the option to have additional scientific support provided by Novo Nordisk. This may include supervision and counseling by Novo Nordisk senior scientists, custom synthesis of novel biologics (e.g. peptides and proteins), and access to Novo Nordisk marketed protein therapeutics and Novo Nordisk in-house specialized lab equipment and animal models.

Proposals must be submitted no later than February 7, 2014.

Applicants must use the 2 page non-confidential summary form provided by Novo Nordisk and email it to diabetesinnovation@novonordisk.com.

For more information please contact:

Kristian Tage Hansen, PhD
+45 44434838 (direct)

+45 30754838 (mobile)

American Asthma Association

The American Asthma Foundation (AAF) supports highly innovative research from all fields relevant to asthma. We wish to draw outstanding investigators from other fields into the study of asthma, and most of our investigators are studying asthma for the first time. 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, 2014


  • Scientists in the United States from any relevant field are eligible.
  • Initial independent faculty appointment should be on or after February 1, 2004.
  • 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 over $100 million to scientists since 2000.

MISSION: The AAF's mission is to improve treatments for, prevent, and find a cure for asthma by developing important new pathways of investigation in basic research regarding asthma.

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/

Bay Area Lyme Foundation 'Emerging Leader Award'

This $100,000 grant from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation has just been announced. Important criteria include demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in the biomedical sciences, ability to execute, and a strong supporting scientific rationale for the project. The award recipient will be an emerging researcher who embodies the future of leadership in Lyme disease research and has identified a defined approach to improved diagnostics or therapies for Lyme disease. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic, research or industry organization. More details and an application can be found at The full criteria and application for this award can be found at http://www.bayarealyme.org/research/emerging-leader-award. Applications will be accepted from researchers throughout the United States through February 15, 2014.

2014 Open Application: The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reminder that the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation changed their application process for 2014 and no longer require institutional nominations. Please see their website for more details:

EMD Serono - Grant for Oncology Innovation

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Investigators leading innovative research projects that have the potential to advance the implementation of personalized treatment for solid tumors are invited to apply. Potential research topics which could be funded through the GOI include: Research on molecular biomarkers or new targeted treatments, technology platforms for the routine analysis of molecular biomarkers, side effect management and platforms or tools which allow patients to access individualized treatment.

A total grant of up to € 1,000,000 will be awarded to one or more selected projects.

Applications will be evaluated by a Scientific Steering Committee including internationally renowned oncologists and researchers against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to patient care
  • Innovative approach
  • Scientific impact
  • Feasibility
  • Relevance for the personalization of treatment

Visit http://www2.grantforoncologyinnovation.org/EMDSerono/about_the_grant/
for more details.

American Cancer Society - Research Scholar Grants/ Mentored training and Career Development Grants/ Research Professor Grants

Application deadline: April 1, 2014 Electronic/April 2, 2014 Paper

There are various grants available - for details see website: http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/index

Return to top of Funding Opportunities

January 2014 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
New Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant Competition: 2014 Clinical Research Mentorship
GI-Related Research Funding Opportunity
Request for Proposals from the Center for Musculoskeletal Research - Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program
American Asthma Association
Bay Area Lyme Foundation 'Emerging Leader Award'
2014 Open Application: The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
EMD Serono - Grant for Oncology Innovation
American Cancer Society - Research Scholar Grants/ Mentored training and Career Development Grants/ Research Professor Grants
Dean's Research Integrity Lectures

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