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 (email@example.com)
with any questions.
Limited Submission Program - RFA-OD-14-005
- NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards (U01)
RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: May 15, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for its
Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards (U01) program.
This program will support proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate
and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial
products that improve patient care and enhance health. The REACH Hubs
will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and
resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage
technologies within the NIH's mission by providing:
- Infrastructure for identifying the most promising
- Funding for product definition studies (e.g.
feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies),
- Coordinated access to expertise in areas required
for early stage technology development (including scientific, regulatory,
reimbursement, business, legal, and project management), and
- Skills development and hands-on experience
Establishing public-private partnerships
and providing additional non-federal funds will be critical for success.
"Each Hub will assemble diverse experts
in translational and proof of concept research who have the knowledge
required to identify and develop promising early stage technologies
in order to accelerate their translation into commercial technologies
to enhance human health. Each Hub will focus on research projects that
have progressed to a point where a potential commercial product can
be envisioned, but additional research and development efforts are required
to define the product (demonstrate feasibility and proof-of-concept).
Through a combination of in-house efforts and collaboration, each Hub
funded under this FOA will perform functions to specifically address
the critical knowledge and funding gaps that hinder the early steps
needed to turn novel discoveries into technologies for biomedical advancement
and patient care."
"Hub leadership must possess the necessary operational, business,
and scientific expertise with a documented track record of success in
transitioning technologies from the discovery phase to product commercialization.
In addition, each Hub is required to demonstrate the core competencies
necessary to fulfill the objectives of this FOA, including access to
expertise in business plan development, market research, IP protection,
regulatory and reimbursement processes, project management, clinical
studies, and appropriate domain experts. REACH will have the ability
to support projects that cover various facets of technology development
ranging from early stage laboratory-based technology feasibility or
validation studies up to early phase clinical testing. The successful
REACH applicant will support the development of relevant technologies
using a milestone-driven approach to transition technologies from the
Hub to the next appropriate source of independent financing or strategic
partner with the ultimate goal of commercialization."
The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission
of sufficient meritorious applications. The 24 participating Institutes
and Centers intend to commit an estimated total of $9,000,000 to fund
up to three awards. The maximum budget for a Hub is $1,000,000 total
costs per year with a maximum project period of three (3) years. More
specific information about this program can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html.
Johns Hopkins can submit one application for this program. Interested
candidates should submit the following in sequence in one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 5 p.m. on May 15, 2014:
Limited Submission Cover Sheet
- Project Summary (one-two pages maximum)
- Bio-sketch of the proposed Principal
- Names of all Co-PI's
- Budget Summary (one page maximum)
Each applicant should receive a confirmation
of receipt of his or her e-mail within three business days. If you do
not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295.
Project summaries will be reviewed as soon as possible. Selected proposals
are due to NIH by June 26, 2014.
Call for Preliminary Summaries - Hartwell
Individual Biomedical Research Award Program for 2014
RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: May 28, 2014
The Hartwell Foundation selected Johns Hopkins
University as one of its top ten centers in Biomedical Research for
2014 which makes Hopkins eligible to participate in the 2014 competition
for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Program. The Hartwell
Foundation provides funding for transformative 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: http://thehartwellfoundation.com/index.shtml.
Faculty members at any level are encouraged 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 hold U.S. citizenship
by April 15, 2015. 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 Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Interested applicants should
submit their preliminary proposal summaries to email@example.com
indicating in the subject line: "Hartwell IRBA - 2014." Please
send the following documents (in sequence) in one PDF:
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 in early June, and invited to submit a full
proposal for internal review. The deadline for the selected four
full proposals to be submitted to the Hartwell Foundation is September
2015 HHMI Investigator Competition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute is pleased to
announce a national competition for the appointment of outstanding scientists
as HHMI investigators. This competition will enable HHMI to strengthen
its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring
innovative approaches to the study of biological problems through biomedical
disciplines, including plant biology, as well as adjacent fields of
evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering,
and computational biology.
From this competition, HHMI expects to appoint
20 to 25 new investigators who will be among the most creative and promising
in the nation. HHMI investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination
of the following attributes that distinguish them from other
highly competent scientists in their field.
- They identify and pursue significant biological
questions in a rigorous and deep manner.
- They push their chosen research field into
new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront.
- They develop new tools and methods that enable
creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing
to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines.
- They forge links between basic biology and
- They demonstrate great promise of future original
and innovative contributions.
This investigator competition places no restrictions
on the number of applications from any eligible institution. Researchers
with faculty appointments will apply directly; prior institutional endorsement
is not part of the application process. These appointments are highly
selective. Those candidates with outstanding records who have shown
evidence of significant originality and accomplishments are encouraged
to apply. HHMI welcomes applications from women and members of minority
groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences.
For additional information regarding the HHMI
Investigator Program and this competition please link to: www.hhmi.org/inv2015.
- PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
- Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant
professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible
U.S. institution. Federal government employees are not eligible.
- More than 5, but no more than 15, years of
post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement,
the applicant's professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier
than June 1, 1999, and no later than July 1, 2009.
- Principal investigator on one or more active,
national peer-reviewed research grants with a duration of at least
three years, such as an NIH R01 grant, by June 3, 2014. Mentored awards,
career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator
grants may qualify.
- Appointees become full-time employees of HHMI
and are appointed for a five-year, renewable period.
- HHMI investigators are required to devote at
least 75% of their total effort to the direct conduct of biomedical
research. Applicants with administrative responsibilities or other
duties inconsistent with this time commitment may apply, but must
reduce those other commitments to be appointed.
- At the time of the submission deadline, applicants
must hold a qualifying position at the institution where his or her
HHMI appointment would be made. In addition, an investigator may not
transfer to another institution during the first appointment term
and retain his or her HHMI appointment.
- addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Establish eligibility and apply here: www.hhmi.org/research/application/comp2015
The deadline for applications is June 3, 2014,
at 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). All applications must be submitted
electronically following instructions on the competition web site.
The application includes the following documents:
- A curriculum vitae, including a complete bibliography
and a list of current research support.
- An overview of the applicant's most significant
research achievements (not more than 250 words).
- A summary of the applicant's ongoing and planned
research program (not more than 3,000 words; references and up to
one page of figures are not counted toward the 3,000-word limit).
- A statement of how the applicant's research
program would meet HHMI's expectations of an investigator (not more
than 250 words).
- PDF files of five selected publications that
report the applicant's most important scientific contributions with
a focus on the most recent five years, as well as a paragraph describing
the significance of each publication.
- Two reference letters will be required only
from those selected as semifinalists.
Selection of Investigators:
The HHMI review process will include evaluation
of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection
of semifinalists by early 2015. Further review will include a symposium
attended by HHMI scientific leadership and the final advisory panel,
at which each semifinalist will make a brief research presentation.
Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2015, with appointments
as early as September 1, 2015. All applicants should mark their calendars
for the April 13-14, 2015 symposium at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research
Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Those named as semifinalists will be required
to attend and should plan to arrive on April 13.
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical
RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: June
The Pew Scholars Program
in the Biomedical Sciences supports the independent research conducted
by young investigators of outstanding promise in sciences relevant to
the advancement of human health. The Pew Charitable Trusts especially
encourages proposals that are creative, innovative, and risk-taking.
Applicants must hold a doctorate in medicine or the biomedical sciences.
On July 1, 2014, eligible candidates must have held an appointment as
assistant professor for less than three years. (Time spent at more than
one institution and in clinical internships, residencies, or work toward
board certification does not count.)
The award of $240,000 ($60,000 each year for a period of four years)
may be used for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel. However,
no more than $10,000 a year may be used for the Scholar's salary, including
fringe benefits. Overhead is limited to eight (8) percent of the total
award. Note: Pew Scholars cannot concurrently be supported by similar
private foundation awards in excess of $50,000 a year during the first
two years of the Pew program. (Funding from the NIH and other government
sources and grants from non-profit associations do not pose a conflict.)
It is expected that Johns Hopkins may nominate only one (1) candidate
for this award. Previous candidates who have not been selected may apply
for this year's award providing they meet the current eligibility criteria.
For more specific information about the program, please see:
The deadline to submit preliminary applications for internal review
is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014. Interested applicants should
submit their internal application via e-mail to email@example.com
with the subject line of "Pew Scholars Program 2014-2015."
Please submit the following documents in sequence as one PDF:
- JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_Pew_2014.docx
- Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
- Proposal (maximum of four pages text, single-spaced;
12-pt font with one-inch margins; figures, tables, and other reference
material not included)
- Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including
current external research support and publications (two pages maximum,
- Budget (two pages maximum)
- Letter of support from applicant's Department
Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail confirmation
of receipt within three (3) business days. If you do not receive such
an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at (410) 516-3295. The
name of the selected nominee must be submitted to the Pew Charitable
Trusts by July 15, 2014. Completed applications must be received by
Pew no later than November 1, 2014.
Searle Scholars Program for 2014
RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: June 16, 2014
The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of exceptional
young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry at selected academic
institutions. Applicants should be pursuing independent research careers
in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology,
and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences
and must have started their first appointment as an assistant professor
on a tenure track on or after July 1, 2013. This award is not intended
to support purely clinical research but has funded research programs
that include both clinical and basic components.
Anticipated funding is $300,000 for three years, with $100,000 paid
each year pending acceptance of an annual progress report. Up to 25
percent of an individual's salary may be charged to the grant, together
with allowable fringe benefits. (The Scholar's salary plus benefits
charged to the grant must not exceed $25,000.) For further details about
the program and its guidelines, please see: http://www.searlescholars.net.
It is expected that Johns Hopkins will be invited to submit two (2)
applications for the Searle Scholars Program. The deadline to submit
preliminary applications for an internal review is 5 p.m. on Monday,
June 16, 2014. Interested applicants should send their internal application
materials via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line of "Searle Scholars Program 2014-2015."
Please submit the following documents in sequence as one PDF:
- JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_Searle_2015.docx)
- Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
- Proposal (maximum of four pages of text
only, single spaced: 12-pt font and one-inch margins - Note: figures,
tables, and other reference material should not be included as text)
- Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including
current external research support and publications
- Budget (two pages maximum)
- Letters of Recommendation from the Department
Chair/Director and Graduate Advisor/Mentor (Note: Letters of Recommendation
can be submitted separately to email@example.com)
Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail
confirmation of receipt within three (3) business days. If you do not
receive such an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at: (410)
516-3295. Final applications must be received by the Searle Scholars
Program via an online process by September 26, 2014.
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
INTERNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, June
The Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation provides its Grant Award competition
once a year to support early-stage, investigators engaged in basic biomedical
research that has the potential to advance the understanding, diagnosis
or treatment of disease. The Awards is made in the amount of $60K per
year for up to three years. This foundation will not provide funding
beyond the initial three-year period. No international projects are
Johns Hopkins University is permitted to submit two nominations from
the School of Medicine for this program. The deadline to submit preliminary
applications for internal review is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Interested applicants should submit their internal application materials
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
submit the documents saved as one PDF in the following sequence:
- JHU Limited submission cover sheet (contact
email@example.com for a copy).
- Curriculum vitae, including current external
research support and publications.
- Proposal with a detailed description of the
research project (no more than five pages, single- or double--spaced).
Also include references (in addition to the five-page proposal) that
support the proposal.
- One- to two-page lay summary. (should include
- Letter from the department chair that describes
the candidate's qualifications and the potential impact of his/her
- Budget outlining how the awarded funds will
be utilized (one-page maximum). Budget must also detail the levels
of support of any grants already available or pending.
NOTE: This foundation does not fund overhead.
Each applicant should expect to receive
a confirmation of receipt of his/her materials within 48 hours. If you
do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact Karen Falter
directly at: (410) 502-2132 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible. Completed
applications must be received by the Mallinckrodt Foundation via e-mail
no later than August 1, 2014.
SPECIAL NOTE: This foundation now has a website at http://www.emallinckrodtfoundation.org/Application.html.
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