July 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.


Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: JULY 10, 2014

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research. Through the award, the Foundation hopes to stimulate innovative and potentially paradigm-shifting research on Progressive MS. The Award will make available up to $6 million in funding over a four-year period to seed breakthrough discoveries in the search for biomarkers for Progressive MS. For this funding cycle, the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research will support grants of up to four-years, totaling no more than $900,000 over the grant period. Individual years should average roughly $250,000. Prior to the end of the grant, the Foundation may extend the investigator the opportunity to apply for another round of funding. The Foundation will extend the opportunity based upon progress the investigator has made towards reaching determined benchmarks and results at the two or three-year mark (dependent upon the length of the grant).

The Hilton Foundation is particularly interested in discovery of biomarkers for Progressive MS. Foundation encourages early investigators, as well as teams of investigators and collaboration between departments and institutions. No more than 15 percent may go to indirect costs. Grants will be made to the Institution on behalf of the award recipient.

Johns Hopkins is permitted to nominate one applicant for this program. The deadline to submit preliminary applications for internal review is July 10, 2014. Interested applicants should submit their materials to kjustice@jhmi.edu. Please send these documents as one PDF.

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Cover Page (email kjustice@jhmi.edu for a copy)
  3. NIH style biography with list of publications for all investigators
  4. Scientific Narrative of no more than two pages (template included)
  5. Short letter of support from Department Chair that describes the applications qualifications. (no more than one page)

(No budget is needed for the pre-proposal, but sufficient information needs to be include in the two-page research description for the Advisory Committee to decide if it is feasible to complete the proposed work in a 4-year period)

The RFP with instructions on how to apply for this Award may be found at http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/mhiltonaward.

If you have any questions, please email kjustice@jhmi.edu or call 410-502-2132. Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible. If selected, pre-proposal must be submitted by the deadline of July 28, 2014 to MS_Program@hiltonfoundation.org.


Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) - Project Ara

The ATAP - Project Ara is an effort to create a modular smartphone platform and make the hardware ecosystem around smartphones resemble in size, innovation, and competitiveness the software app ecosystem around platforms like Android. (There are detailed write-ups about the project that recently appeared in TIME and the The Verge.)

Google sent information in early April inviting interested faculty and researchers at MURA schools to attend the first Ara Developers Conference. Google recently released the alpha version of the Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK) and held the first Ara Developers Conference (Note: a complete video recording of the conference is available at http://www.projectara.com/ara-developers-conference/). Google is keenly cognizant that a rich and vibrant developer and module ecosystem is essential to the long-term success of the project. Google believes it is imperative to have participation from academic groups and university labs to encourage the really radical innovation.

Google has allocated a dedicated amount of at least $250k toward MURA awards to researchers who are interested in developing modules for the Ara platform. Interested researchers should submit a substantive 2-3 page proposal which will serve as the basis for discussions and potential contract awards to MURA researchers. Google anticipates making individual awards in the $25k and $50k range, and expect these seed efforts to culminate in a functional Ara module prototype. Awardees will receive development boards and support from a team from Google to field technical questions.

Proposals should address the following topics:

  • What is the module concept and how does it leverage the unique capabilities of the Ara modular smartphone platform?
  • How does this relate to your existing research interests?
  • What does your team looks like?
  • What are the estimated schedule and resources required?

Please follow the usual JHU procedures by first submitting a copy of the proposal to your divisional research administration office for review. After the divisional research administration office has reviewed it, the proposal must be submitted to Google no later than July 15, 2014, in order to be considered. NOTE: The final version of the proposal should be submitted as a PDF document to ara-dev@google.com.


W.W. Smith Charitable Trust - Heart Research Grant Program for 2014-2015

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: July 21, 2014

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust - Heart Research Grants Program provides funding for basic medical research about heart disease and is committed to projects considered "unique and meritorious" which do not compete with government funding. Applicants must be faculty members with primary appointments at JHU as of July 1 of the year in which they are applying. The Trust strongly encourages requests for seed funding of exceptional or high-priority projects and also encourages new investigators to apply. The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is interested in research that has the potential to attract the support of the National Institutes of Health or other large funding organizations after the investigator receives the Trust's funding. The Trust considers proposals of up to $100K for one year. Information about the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is available at: http://www.wwsmithcharitabletrust.org/medical.htm

Johns Hopkins is permitted to nominate one (1) applicant for this program. The deadline to submit preliminary applications for internal review is July 21, 2014. Interested applicants should submit their materials to resapp@jhu.edu with the subject line, "W. W. Smith Charitable Trust-Heart Research Grant internal application-2014-2015." Please send these documents as one PDF in the following sequence:

  • JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_WWSmithCancer_2014.docx )
  • Curriculum vitae (two to four pages, listing all funding sources, and current external research support and publications)
  • Proposal with a sufficiently detailed description of the research project (four pages text maximum: doubled-spaced, 12-pt font with one-inch margins)
    Note: References, tables, and figures may be included for additional information
  • Letter from the department chair that describes the candidate's qualifications
  • A one-year budget outlining how the awarded funds will be utilized (one-page maximum)

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three business days. If you have any questions, please email resapp@jhu.edu or call 410-516-3295. Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible. Completed applications must be received by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Award for Medical Scientists

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: August 4, 2014

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Award for Medical Scientists provides physician-scientists $700,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the beginning years of faculty service. Proposals should be in the area of "basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research." More specific information including background and eligibility for this program is available at: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/188/Career-Awards-for-Medical-Scientists/

Special Notes:

  • The Burroughs Wellcome Fund encourages proposals in reproductive science
  • Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible

Johns Hopkins can submit up to five (5) nominees for this program. Interested candidates should send the following materials in sequence in one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, to resapp@jhu.edu:

Required materials for internal review:

  1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Scientific Abstract (one page including: specific aims and understandable to a multidisciplinary group of reviewers)
  3. Biosketch (NIH-style without a personal statement; no more than four pages, include published manuscripts as well as manuscripts that have been submitted for publishing)
  4. Research Plan (up to six pages including: background, methods and preliminary results. May include significance of postdoctoral research, work plan for faculty years and career objectives
  5. Preliminary five year budget outlining how the awarded funds will be utilized (one page maximum)
  6. References - letter of recommendation from a faculty member under whom the candidate will be mentored. A list of 2-3 names and contact information of two additional references. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to resapp@jhu.edu.
  7. Submitted Manuscripts: provide up to three manuscripts that have been submitted for publication that demonstrate the candidate's capabilities and relevant research accomplishments.

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three (3) business days. If you have any questions, please call 410-516-3295 or send an email to resapp@jhu.edu. Selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible. Final nominations must be electronically submitted to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund no later than Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

 

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Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) - Project Ara
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust - Heart Research Grant Program for 2014-2015
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Award for Medical Scientists
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