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Developmental Pilot Grant Announcement

The Johns Hopkins University NIMH Center for Novel Therapeutics of HIV-associated Cognitive Disorders is pleased to announce the upcoming Developmental Pilot Grand Awards for innovative Neuro-AIDS projects. The Center, which opened in 2006, is part of the Department of Neurology and has as a main objective, funding new investigators (including cross-disciplinary) interested in collaborating with the Center faculty to generate preliminary data that will lead to future NIH funding. The grant awards are particularly designed to stimulate new projects and encourage new investigators to generate data that would be used for future grant applications. JHU faculty members of any rank are encouraged to apply, and collaborations with other academic institutions or international sites are allowable.

We will award 2-4 pilot grants of $25,000 to $45,000 in direct costs for a one year period. Previous funding cycles resulted in three to four awards each year from an average pool of eight proposal submissions.

Application Process 

The process is streamlined to require one submission in a 5-page R01 grant format detailing:

  1. Hypotheses
  2. Background and introduction
  3. Preliminary data
  4. Methods

​Align the proposal with the scoring criteria used by the reviewers, along with an NIH-style biosketch.

Submit your proposal by April 1st to Amanda Brown, Ph.D., at A national and independent JHU research review committee will score the proposals providing feedback about each project. Award announcements are anticipated mid-May with funding scheduled to begin June 1st.

Contact Amanda Brown for a copy of the Instructions for Pilot Grant Proposal Submissions to JHU NIMH Center, which includes the scoring criteria used by the reviewers. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the JHU NIMH Center with any questions or to discuss their projects. Please contact Amanda Brown, Ph.D. at or by telephone at 410-955-0956. We look forward to hearing from you.

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