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March 2018
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Johns Hopkins Catalyst and Discovery Awards

For the last three years, the Catalyst and Discovery awards have showcased the innovative and collaborative spirit of the Johns Hopkins faculty. Today, we continue to support that spirit by committing $15 million to offer these programs for an additional three years. We encourage you to submit your proposals for 2018.

The Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Awards are for early-career faculty across the university who are undertaking exceptional research or creative endeavors. The awards of up to $75,000 will help these individuals launch their promising careers during the crucial years when startup funds are depleted and external funding or other support may be elusive. They are available to full-time faculty members appointed to a faculty position within no less than three years and no more than 10 years of July 1, 2018.

Application deadline: March 16, 2018

The Johns Hopkins University Discovery Awards focus on cross-university, faculty-led research and discovery. We aim for these awards of up to $100,000 to spark new interactions among faculty from across the university. In addition, in-kind support will be available in the form of proposal writing assistance to generate extramural funding on a substantial scale, when appropriate.

Application deadline: March 23, 2018

Details and application materials are on the Research website.


Foundation for the NIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists

Nomination Deadline: March 30, 2018, 1:00 PM EDT

The purpose of the Trailblazer Prize is to recognize the outstanding contributions of early career clinician-scientists whose work has the potential to or has led to innovations in patient care. We know how critical of a role the clinician-scientists play in the evolution of medical practice, and we are celebrating that role with this prize.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidate must be a practicing clinician with at least 50% of time devoted to independent active research efforts.
  • Candidate must hold a full-time primary appointment as instructor, assistant professor or be an early-career staff member of a clinical department or unit.
  • Candidate is nominated for an achievement(s) in basic, translational and/or clinical research leading to new, innovative approaches in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment or cure of diseases and/or disabilities.
  • Two early career researchers may be nominated if they have worked as a team; in this case, at least one of the two must be a clinician-scientist as defined in the first two eligibility bullets above. When the Trailblazer Prize is given to two individuals, the honorarium will be divided among the winners and each will receive a citation and an inscribed crystal award.

For more details on nomination requirements and instructions, visit the Trailblazer Prize website.


NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program

Internal deadline: April 3, 2018

The SIG program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffractometers, mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and light microscopes, cell sorters, and biomedical imagers.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicants are advised to discuss with the SIG Scientific/Research Contact any questions about appropriate types of equipment, eligibility, and Program requirements, prior to submitting an application
  • Propose a PD/PI who can assume administrative and scientific oversight responsibility for the requested instrumentation
  • An Advisory Committee must be named to assist the PD/PI in administering the grant and overseeing the usage of the instrument
  • Three Major Users who have substantial need for the instrument must be identified
  • The minimum award is $50,000

Internal Nomination Process:

There is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit to the SIG and/or High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Programs each year, provided the applications request different types of equipment. In general, concurrent SIG, HEI and/or Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) applications for the same instrument (or the same type of instrument with added special accessories to meet the HEI budget requirement or the same instrument in a cluster of instruments to meet the SIFAR program requirements) are not allowed. If two or more S10 (either SIG, HEI, or SIFAR) applications are submitted for similar equipment from the same institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus-wide instrumentation plan. Due to this requirement, submissions for this program will be coordinated by the OVPR.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Description of the proposed instruments
  3. List of the major user group
  4. Estimate of the cost and the amount to be requested in the grant proposal
  5. An explanation of how the costs of installation, maintenance, support personnel and service will be met

Questions? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


NIH High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) Program

Internal deadline: April 3, 2018

The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometers, DNA and protein sequencers, biosensors, electron and confocal microscopes, cell-sorters, and biomedical imagers.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • The minimum award is $600,001
  • Applicants are advised to discuss with the HEI Scientific/Research Contact any questions about appropriate types of equipment, eligibility, and Program requirements, prior to submitting an application
  • Propose a PD/PI who can assume administrative and scientific oversight responsibility for the requested instrumentation
  • An Advisory Committee must be named to assist the PD/PI in administering the grant and overseeing the usage of the instrument
  • Three Major Users who have substantial need for the instrument must be identified

Internal Nomination Process:

There is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit to the High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Programs each year, provided the applications request different types of equipment. In general, concurrent SIG, HEI and/or Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) applications for the same instrument (or the same type of instrument with added special accessories to meet the HEI budget requirement or the same instrument in a cluster of instruments to meet the SIFAR program requirements) are not allowed. If two or more S10 (either SIG, HEI, or SIFAR) applications are submitted for similar equipment from the same institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus-wide instrumentation plan. Due to this requirement, submissions for this program will be coordinated by the OVPR.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Description of the proposed instruments
  3. List of the major user group
  4. Estimate of the cost and the amount to be requested in the grant proposal
  5. An explanation of how the costs of installation, maintenance, support personnel and service will be met.

Questions? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program

Internal deadline: April 3, 2018

The (SIFAR) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Priority will be given to uniquely configured systems to support innovative and potentially transformative investigations.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicants are advised to discuss with the SIFAR Scientific/Research Contact any questions about appropriate types of equipment, eligibility, and Program requirements, prior to submitting an application.
  • At least one item of the requested instrumentation must cost at least $50,000, after all applicable discounts.
  • No instrument in a cluster can cost less than $20,000, after all applicable discounts.
  • Propose a PD/PI who can assume administrative and scientific oversight responsibility for the requested instrumentation and an Advisory Committee must be named to assist the PD/PI in administering the grant and overseeing the usage of the instrument.
  • Three Major Users who have substantial need for the instrument must be identified.

Internal Nomination Process:

In general, concurrent SIG, HEI and/or Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) applications for the same instrument (or the same type of instrument with added special accessories to meet the HEI budget requirement or the same instrument in a cluster of instruments to meet the SIFAR program requirements) are not allowed. If two or more S10 (either SIG, HEI, or SIFAR) applications are submitted for similar equipment from the same institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus-wide instrumentation plan. Due to this requirement, submissions for this program will be coordinated by the OVPR.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Description of the proposed instruments
  3. List of the major user group
  4. Estimate of the cost and the amount to be requested in the grant proposal
  5. An explanation of how the costs of installation, maintenance, support personnel and service will be met.

Questions? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge

No application deadline

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is sponsoring a $2 million prize to the first team to develop a viable selective alpha-synuclein PET tracer and agree to make that tracer available broadly.

The ability to image alpha-synuclein deposition in the brain would be a game-changing achievement for the Parkinson's disease (PD) field. The accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein is a pathological hallmark of PD and a priority target for drug development given its hypothesized contribution to neurodegeneration. In vivo imaging of alpha-synuclein pathology could be useful as a biomarker of the presence of disease and disease progression and as a pharmacodynamic tool for drug development. With this prize, the Foundation seeks to attract research teams and accelerate momentum to speed the development of such a tracer.

Contestants: Anyone is eligible for the prize who agrees to all contest rules. Contestants may be MJFF funded or not and can be from either academia or industry.

Contest rules:

  1. Contestants must apply for the prize with pre-clinical and clinical data supporting the broad use of their alpha-synuclein radiotracer. Judges may ask for additional data, including but not limited to raw imaging data.
  2. NOTE: All contestants must agree to make the winning radiotracer available for use by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and MJFF awardees through a nonexclusive license or other MJFF-approved mechanism.

Criteria for winning: The winning contestant must demonstrate that the radiotracer binds with relatively high selectivity to alpha-synuclein according to pre-specified criteria and must demonstrate proof-of-concept in human subjects, including people with Parkinson's disease and/or another synucleinopathy. See below for more details on submission requirements.

Timeline: There is no deadline for submissions. The $2 million award will be issued to the first contestant who submits compelling evidence of a viable selective tracer and agrees to its widespread use. If no award is given by mid-2018, The Michael J. Fox Foundation will evaluate the state of the field and utility of such a prize.


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Training Sessions: Relying on an External IRB (JHM IRB)
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Research Network
 
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Johns Hopkins Catalyst and Discovery Awards
Foundation for the NIH Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists
NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program
NIH High-End Instrumentation Grant (HEI) Program
Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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