May 2014
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES- Back

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.


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:

  1. Infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies,
  2. Funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies),
  3. Coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development (including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management), and
  4. Skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism.

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 resapp@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on May 15, 2014:

  • JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  • Project Summary (one-two pages maximum)
  • Bio-sketch of the proposed Principal Investigator
  • 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 resapp@jhu.edu 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 15, 2014.


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 medicine.
  • 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Important Conditions:

  • 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 sciencecomp@hhmi.org.

Application Process:

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 Sciences (2014-2015)

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: June 16, 2014

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: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=194.

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 resapp@jhu.edu with the subject line of "Pew Scholars Program 2014-2015." Please submit the following documents in sequence as one PDF:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_Pew_2014.docx )
  2. Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
  3. Proposal (maximum of four pages text, single-spaced; 12-pt font with one-inch margins; figures, tables, and other reference material not included)
  4. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications (two pages maximum, each investigator)
  5. Budget (two pages maximum)
  6. Letter of support from applicant's Department Chair/Director

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 resapp@jhu.edu 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 resapp@jhu.edu)

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 Award Program

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, June 23, 2014

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 considered.

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 kjustice@jhmi.edu. Please submit the documents saved as one PDF in the following sequence:

  1. JHU Limited submission cover sheet (contact kjustice@jhmi.edu for a copy).
  2. Curriculum vitae, including current external research support and publications.
  3. 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.
  4. One- to two-page lay summary. (should include project's title)
  5. Letter from the department chair that describes the candidate's qualifications and the potential impact of his/her work.
  6. 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 kjustice@jhmi.edu 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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May 2014 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Limited Submission Program - RFA-OD-14-005 - NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards (U01)2014
Call for Preliminary Summaries - Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Program for 2014
2015 HHMI Investigator Competition
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences (2014-2015)
Searle Scholars Program for 2014
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Award Program
NIH Major Policy Change on Resubmission of Unsuccessful Grant Applications

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