June 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.


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research (PRCP) Program Idea Award

The Idea Award with Special Focus supports innovative, untested, high-risk/potentially high-reward concepts, theories, paradigms, and/or methods in cancer research that are relevant to DoD FY14 Peer Reviewed Cancer Idea Award with Special Focus active duty service members, their families, and other military beneficiaries. The "Special Focus" of this award mechanism is on the cancers associated with exposures, conditions, or circumstances that are unique to the military or disproportionately represented within the military beneficiary population. The advancement of knowledge in cancer research, patient care, and/or treatment options in the military health system is critical to active duty service members, their families, other military beneficiaries, and the American public.

To be considered for funding, applications for the PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus must address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress. Research applications in the areas of breast, prostate, lung (excluding mesothelioma), or ovarian cancer will not be accepted.

The FY14 PRCRP Topic Areas are listed below.

  • Blood cancers
  • Cancers related to radiation exposure (New for FY14; see details below)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Genetic cancer research
  • Kidney cancer
  • Listeria vaccine for cancer
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myeloproliferative disorders (New for FY14; see details below)
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pediatric brain tumors

CDMRP has allocated $25M in funds to this program. Information on the submission process and details on the applications can be found at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prcrp.shtml. Here are details on the two new topic areas:

  1. Cancers related to radiation exposure:
    Investigations into cancers related to radiation exposure should include research directed to improve the understanding of elevated cancer risk among military service members exposed to increased levels of ionizing radiation including:
    • Modulation by host factors
    • Occupational and environmental exposure
    • Assessment of risk among active duty and Veterans
    • Routes of exposure
    • Dose and risk estimates
  2. Myeloproliferative disorders: Studies within the scope of myeloproliferative disorders as defined by the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/myeloproliferative) will be accepted.

Preapplications are due by June 10, 2014. Be sure to submit on time.


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.


LIMITED SUBMISSION PROGRAM - NSF 14-564 - Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: June 20, 2014

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program. The CSBR Program provides funds:

  • for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community;
  • to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and
  • to transfer collection ownership responsibilities.

"The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries." NSF anticipates there will be @15-20 awards per competition pending the availability of funds. The anticipated funding amount is $4,500,000. More specific information about the CSBR Program is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/
nsf14564/nsf14564.htm?WT.mc_id= USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Johns Hopkins can submit up to three (3) applications for this program. Interested applicants should send the following information in sequence in one PDF to resapp@jhu.edu:

The deadline for this internal application submission is June 20, 2014. Each applicant will 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. The selected candidate(s) will be notified as soon as possible. The selected proposal(s) must be received by NSF no later than August 11, 2014.

FYI - FROM THE NSF PROPOSALS AND AWARD POLICIES AND PROCEDURE GUIDE: "NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, the development of products for commercial marketing, or market research for a particular project or invention. Research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals, is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support. However, research in bioengineering, with diagnosis- or treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities also is eligible."


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.


Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

Application deadline: July 1, 2014

Advances in cancer research often originate from innovative thinking and ingenious approaches. Securing funding for these truly out-of-the box ideas remains a challenge, especially to early career scientists.

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award provides support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high-risk/high-reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This award is specifically designed to provide funding for extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative, new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

Eligible applicants (including non-U.S. citizens) must be conducting independent research at a U.S. institution. Institutional nominations are not required and there is no limit to the number of applications that can be received from a particular institution. Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered and individuals with a background in multiple disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

The initial award will be for two years, $150,000 per year ($300,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $600,000). Continued support for years three and four will be granted to those awardees who demonstrate significant progress on their proposed research during years one and two of the award. A complete award program description and application guidelines are available on our website (www.damonrunyon.org ). Applications are due July 1, 2014.
Please feel free to contact the Foundation at 212.455.0520 or awards@damonrunyon.org with any questions.

 

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June 2014 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research (PRCP) Program Idea Award
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences (2014-2015)
Searle Scholars Program for 2014
LIMITED SUBMISSION PROGRAM - NSF 14-564 - Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Award Program
Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

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