January 2012

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.

Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research in prostate cancer through the
Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund. 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!

DEADLINE: Monday, January 9, 2012

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

NIH - Planning Grants for Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) (P20) (RFA-TW-12-001)

INTERNAL DEADLINE: Monday, January 16, 2012

The National Institutes of Health is requesting applications for Planning Grants for Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth). This funding opportunity is intended to support paired consortium exploratory awards led by one Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) institution and one U.S. institution to plan research, research training, and curriculum development activities which address and inform priority national and regional environmental and occupational health policy issues. The basic goal of the program is to foster the planning for multidisciplinary Global Environmental and Occupational Health Hubs (GEOHealth Hubs) based in LMICs that will lead collaborative research and training efforts for focal environmental and occupational health issues in several core science areas, including epidemiology biostatistics, genetics, environmental science, industrial hygiene, systems science, toxicology, behavioral science and implementation science.

More information can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-12-001.html

Johns Hopkins can submit only one proposal for this program. Interested candidates should send a brief project summary (one page maximum PDF), along with a budget summary (one page) and the names and e-mails of all co-investigators for their proposed project to resapp@jhu.edu with the subject line, "NIH - Planning Grants for Hubs - Global Environment" no later than Friday, January 13, 2012. Each applicant will receive a confirmation of receipt of her/his e-mail within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at: (410) 516-3295. The selected candidate will be notified as soon as possible. The candidate selected to go forward in the process must submit a letter of intent to NIH no later than Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The JHU candidate's full proposal must be received by NIH no later than Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award for 2012

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DATE: Monday, January 17, 2012 (by 8 a.m.)

The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient's bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. The award of $450,000 will be provided over three years to the institution for support of the Clinical Investigator. Funds can be used for assistance with certain research costs such as the purchase of equipment. The Foundation may also retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by the awardee pursuant to meeting eligibility requirements.

Eligible applicants must have received an MD or MD/PhD from an accredited institution and completed his/her subspecialty training and be board-eligible. Applicants must also apply within the first four (4) years of his/her initial full faculty appointment (cut-off July 2008).

The School of Medicine has been invited to submit three nominations for the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. Interested candidates should email a complete Adobe .pdf file of materials for internal review to Karen Falter at kjustice@jhmi.edu no later than 8 a.m. on January 17, 2012. This ensures that the internal selection can be completed in a timely fashion and the final nominations can be submitted to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation by the February 15, 2012 deadline.

Required materials for internal review:

1. Internal Information Sheet (email kjustice@jhmi.edu for a copy)
2. Proposal and project descriptions (five pages maximum, double-spaced)
3. Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
4. Applicants CV

Application Deadlines:
Internal information due: January 17, 2012 (by 8 a.m.)
Sponsor due date: February 15, 2012

For eligibility and more detailed information: http://www.damonrunyon.org/
for_scientists/ more/clinical_investigator_award_overview

NIH-NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant Program for 2012 - PAR-12-017


The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a call for applications from NIH-supported investigators for the purpose of purchasing or upgrading available instruments that are priced greater than $100k. The maximum funding that can be requested from the Shared Instrument Grant Program is $600K (under the NIH S10 mechanism). Instruments which could be supported from this funding initiative include (but are not limited to) "confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers." Please note: These awards are for one year only and do not carry cost sharing. Potential projects should have three or more qualified research scientists who are NIH funded investigators (of active research grants - P01, R01, U01, R35, R37, DP1 or DP2). Proposals should indicate the investigators will specifically use the requested instruments. NOTE: Multiple project directors or principal investigators are not allowed under the NIH S10 mechanism.

Although Johns Hopkins is not limited in the number of proposals it can submit, there can be no duplication in the type of equipment proposed for each project. To avoid any repetition, interested candidates should submit a brief project summary (one page maximum) with a budget summary and the names of all co-investigators via e-mail to resapp@jhu.edu no later than Thursday, January 21, 2012. Please note: The School of Medicine is also conducting a review of project summaries received in their Research Administration Office. Interested applicants from the School of Medicine should also send their project summaries and information to Gayle Walters (gmwalters@jhmi.edu).

Each summary will be carefully reviewed. If there are proposed projects with the same type equipment or similar equipment recently awarded through the SIG Program, the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Dean for Research in the School of Medicine will determine the submission outcome. More detailed information about this program can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-017.html. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Alexander (malexander@jhu.edu) or Gayle Walters (gmwalters@jhmi.edu).

Funding Research on Physical Activity, Eating (dietary), and Sleep-related Behaviors

The Center for Behavior and Health is seeking innovative applications for clinical research projects that target physical activity, eating, or sleep-related behaviors to improve medical outcomes and/or biomarker risk profiles associated with morbidity and/or inpatient hospitalization / rehospitalization.

Average awards are expected to be approximately $35,000 but particularly meritorious projects can be as high as $50,000 over 18 months. All Johns Hopkins faculty and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. Materials are due January 22, 2012 and should be submitted electronically to Cathy Readmond at creadmo1@jhmi.edu.

For more information and application materials visit: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/
or contact Cathy Readmond @ 410-550-7000.

Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging

INTERNAL SUBMISSION DATE: Monday, February 6, 2012

The Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging supports pilot studies by young investigators aimed at improving human brain and brain-immune functioning in health and disease. Research projects should be promising - but high-risk - and have direct clinical application. If successful, the projects should be competitive for significant support from other funders.

Please note that this will be the only proposal solicitation process this year, and selection will be extremely competitive, with fewer than 10 percent of preliminary proposals likely to receive funding.

Previously funded studies in this program area have focused primarily on

  1. understanding normal brain functioning, how it is altered by disease or injury, and how it recovers or repairs,

  2. assessing and improving diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and

  3. refining and advancing imaging technologies to address specific clinical questions. In addition to these three general areas of continued interest, it is becoming increasingly apparent that neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression start long before they are clinically evident.

In addition to these three general areas, the Foundation encourages studies that seek to understand developmental processes of diseases, surrogate measures of early disease existence, and measures of disease progression. Also, for chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer's disease, the role of tau is becoming of increasing interest and the Foundation is receptive to considering studies on how to image tau.

Studies may use either:

  • Physiological and Structural imaging - anatomical imaging of white or gray matter and measures of physiological functioning. These proposed studies should focus on patient-oriented clinical research. Exceptions for considering research in animal models or in human tissues will be made only in cases where the research has direct clinical relevance, but cannot yet be safely and effectively conducted in humans.
  • Cellular/molecular imaging - biochemical actions of specific brain cells, or their interactions with immune cells with direct clinical relevance to human health and disease. These studies may involve human tissues or animal models. Applications can involve the study of cells within neural circuits, using a combination of imaging and single cell electrical recording, if the techniques have already been developed.

More information on this program can be found at http://www.dana.org/grants/

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has been invited to submit one preliminary application for this program. Therefore, each department is invited to nominate one potential applicant.

Department Chairs must email nominations to kjustice@jhmi.edu by Monday, February 6, 2012. Nominations must include an abstract (between ½ and 1 page in length, NIH-style biosketch, and list of publications.

The Foundation deadline for preliminary applications is Noon on February 28, 2012.

Global Probiotics Council Young Investigator Grant

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC) is announcing the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO). The purpose of the two annual grants of $50,000 each is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gut microbiota research in the United States.

Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or an early faculty member with tenure interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics and the relationship between probiotics and the intestinal microbiota are encouraged to apply.

The YIGPRO application deadline is February 15, 2012.

Please visit www.probioticsresearch.com for more information and application requirements. If you have further questions please contact Global Probiotics Council via phone (703-841-1600) or email: gpc@probioticsresearch.com

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January 2012 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
NIH - Planning Grants for Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) (P20) (RFA-TW-12-001)
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award for 2012
NIH-NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant Program for 2012 - PAR-12-017
Funding Research on Physical Activity, Eating (dietary), and Sleep-related Behaviors
Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging
Global Probiotics Council Young Investigator Grant

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