October 2010

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 Joan Wisner-Carlson (jwisner2@jhu.edu) with any questions.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease


The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology. "The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge." The award provides the recipients with the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects with potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of the interaction between infectious agents and the human body. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Cell/Pathogen interactionsstudies of host responses at the cell surface, cell signaling in response to infection, microbial persistence in host cells, and other work.
  • Host/Pathogen interactionsstudies of how host genetics influences resistance and susceptibility to infection, innate and adaptive immune responses to microbes, pathogen modulation of the immune system, and other work.
  • Novel routes to disease causationstudies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.

This award provides $500k over a period of five years ($100k per year). Johns Hopkins can submit three nominees-providing one of the candidates is working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science. Nominees must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. More information about this program is available at: http://www.bwfund.org/pages/

Interested candidates should send the following materials in one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2010, to Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu):

  1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu for a copy)
  2. Bibliography listing literature reference that are directly relevant to the applicant's research plan
  3. Biographical sketch of no more than two pages (Note: A two-page Curriculum Vita can be substituted)
  4. A summary of the proposed project (No more than seven (7) single spaced pages with one-inch or larger margins on all sides and with text at 11- or 12-point type--no smaller than 9 to 10-point type for figures, legends and tables)
  5. Letter of recommendation from the Department Chair or Director
  6. The names and addresses of three references
  7. Proposed budget for five years

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Mike Alexander directly at: (410) 516-8734 or by e-mail. Selected candidates will be informed as soon as possible. Complete applications must be submitted to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund electronically by 4 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander.

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: Friday, October 15, 2010

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award that supports original research by outstanding junior faculty members to "help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences." Specific areas of interest in the life sciences can include human cloning, stem cell research, gene therapy, and new information technologies. Candidates should be below the rank of Associate Professor and not have received a comparable career development award. The selected scholars receive 50 percent salary support up to NIH salary cap guidelines and benefits for a period of three years. Full program information is available on the Greenwall Foundation website located at: http://www.greenwallfsp.org/fspApply.htm.

The Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration will conduct the review of candidates to select one nominee from Johns Hopkins. Interested candidates should submit the materials listed below for internal review by 6 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010, to malexander@jhu.edu. Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact Mike Alexander directly at: (410) 516-8734 or by e-mail. The selected candidate's preliminary application must be submitted to the Greenwall Foundation no later than Monday, November 1, 2010.

Applicants should submit these documents as one PDF in the following sequence:

  • JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (contact malexander@jhu.edu)
  • Curriculum Vitae (Limit: five single-spaced pages)
  • Letter of Intent describing the proposed research, its significance, how it will be conducted, and the likelihood of its impact on public policy or clinical practice and a personal statement summarizing the objectives in the area of bioethics (Limit: three pages of text maximum; double-spaced, in 12-pt font with one inch margins)
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant's department chair/director

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (410-516-8734 or malexander@jhu.edu).

The Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award

Application Deadline: 11/1/10

The Hon. Ruth D. Vogel Fund for Professional Development will give up to four awards per year of $500 each to JHMI students, residents, or postdoctoral fellows for travel or related expenses to attend a scientific workshop, conference, or similar scholarly meeting. The candidate must be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and senior staff. Awards will be announced on November 24.

Instructions and the application form are available at the Professional Development Office Web site: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/pdo.

The application consists of the completed form and your abstract, or near-final draft if not yet submitted; a brief statement of your goals in attending the meeting; and a brief sponsor's statement describing the need for the award and impact of your attending the meeting.

The Fund was established in memory of Ruth D. Vogel (1917- 1973), an attorney and judge, whose career demonstrated her belief in social justice and the potential of young people.

For additional information, email jhmipdo@jhmi.edu.

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Grant Programs

The BSF is announcing the availability of funds for two grant programs:

  1. Travel grants program for young scientists (The Prof. R. Rahamimoff Program) offers funds for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. In 2011, a total of 10 grants will be awarded, each for $4,000. More information and the Call for Proposals are available here:http://www. bsf.org.il/bsfpublic/
  2. The BSF Workshop Program offers funds for joint applications from U.S. and Israeli co-PIs to organize and conduct a workshop that is focused on bringing together Israeli, American and Palestinian scientists for the purpose of facilitating the development of partnership research programs. In 2011, BSF`s budget for workshops is $50,000 and will either be given to one workshop, or divided between two.

More information and the Call for Proposals are available here:

The deadline for both programs is December 1, 2010. The BSF website will be opened for submission of workshop applications on November 1, 2010, while travel grant applications must be sent by email (bsf@bsf.org.il). The forms and the full instructions for both programs can be downloaded from the BSF website at the `GUIDELINES & FORMS` section: http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/

Department of Defense (DOD) Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

The goal of the LCRP is to eradicate death from lung cancer to better the health and welfare of the military and the American public. For FY10 this program will support the development of an early detection program for lung cancer in military beneficiaries.

This award is designed to bring together populations of military beneficiaries at high risk for developing lung cancer and lung cancer patients from the specified military treatment facilities (MTFs) with the patient populations and research expertise of highly qualified civilian scientists at outstanding organizations.

Projects should be militarily relevant, have well defined objectives, should control for confounders, have a patient population that will provide a sample size of sufficient statistical power, and be capable of producing results that are likely to change clinical practice for early detection of lung cancer. Studies involving non-military patient populations must describe how they pertain to the targeted population (i.e. Armed Forces and/or the US veteran population). Studies proposed for this multi-institutional consortium effort can include small randomized or pilot clinical trials as well as large, randomized clinical trials. All projects shall be limited to clinical research and clinical trials. Animal studies are excluded from consideration.

More specific information about this special opportunity can be found at: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/10lcrplcedcca_pa.pdf


  1. Required Pre-Application Letter of Intent (One page limit) through CDMRP e-receipt submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, November 19, 2010;
  2. Application submission through Grants.Gov deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, December 7, 2010.

It is essential that investigators read the Program Announcement in order to submit a successful pre-application and application.

After reading the Program Announcement, should you need assistance, please
contact the following:

A. Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity, application format, or
required documentation:
Phone: 301-619-7079
Email: cdmrp.pa@amedd.army.mil

B. eReceipt system: Questions related to pre-application components
through the CDMRP eReceipt system
Phone: 301-682-5507
Website: https://cdmrp.org
Email: help@cdmrp.org

Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research in prostate cancer through the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund as well as the NCI funded Prostate Cancer SPORE grant. Awards of a maximum of $75,000 per year for up to two years are available to fund career development and developmental research programs (pilot projects).

New Ideas Encouraged!

For more information, visit the website @: http://prostatecancerprogram.onc.jhmi.edu/


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October 2010 articles:
Seminar Series
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
The Ruth D. Vogel Professional Development Award
US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Grant Programs
Department of Defense (DOD) Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
FDA Workshop on Medical Devices
2011 NIH Loan Repayment Program
Revised Policy on Applicant Institution Responsibilities for Ensuring Just-in-Time Submissions are Accurate and Current Up to the Time of Award

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