March 2014

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: 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 ( with any questions.

James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) Scholar Awards in Studying Complex Systems

Application deadline: March 12, 2014

The purpose of these awards are to further the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se. Must have completed all doctoral, postdoctoral, or fellowship training and hold an independent research position. Researchers with prior grant support from JSMF are not eligible for consideration. The awards are in the amount of $450,000 paid over period of three years. Further details are available here:

Foundation Fighting Blindness Career Development Award Program

Application deadline: March 14, 2014

For junior investigators to pursue vigorous research programs to find the therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases Clinician-scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or recognized equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment. Applicants do not have to be citizens of the United States.

Epilepsy Foundation Shark Tank Competition

Letter of Intent due: March 14, 2014

This competition supports the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology or therapeutic concept to help people with epilepsy No specific background or experience is required. For more information:

EMD Serono - Grant for Oncology Innovation

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Investigators leading innovative research projects that have the potential to advance the implementation of personalized treatment for solid tumors are invited to apply. Potential research topics which could be funded through the GOI include: Research on molecular biomarkers or new targeted treatments, technology platforms for the routine analysis of molecular biomarkers, side effect management and platforms or tools which allow patients to access individualized treatment.

A total grant of up to € 1,000,000 will be awarded to one or more selected projects.

Applications will be evaluated by a Scientific Steering Committee including internationally renowned oncologists and researchers against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to patient care
  • Innovative approach
  • Scientific impact
  • Feasibility
  • Relevance for the personalization of treatment

for more details.

McKnight Foundation Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards

These awards ($300,000 over 3 years) are awarded to investigators working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition. Investigators must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of submission. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. More details at:
Application deadline: March 24, 2014.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Stem Cell Investigator Awards

The purpose of these awards is to foster bold and innovative science with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease. Candidates must:

  • Have completed one or more of the following degrees: MD, PhD, DPhil
  • Be within 5 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on 6/1/2014
  • Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research
  • Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact
  • Have demonstrated or strategized true innovation for translation of basic sciences to a clinical setting

The application deadline is March 17, 2014 and for more information, visit:

Lupus Foundation of America Career Development Award

Application deadline: March 28, 2014

The purpose of this award is to facilitate the professional development of rheumatology, nephrology, and dermatology fellows towards a career as an independent, clinician-scientist at an academic, medical, or research institution, with a research program having considerable focus on the investigation of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, or epidemiological lupus research. Applicants must hold an M.D. from an accredited institution, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application submission, be a first or second year Fellow in an adult or pediatric fellowship program in rheumatology, nephrology, or dermatology. Visit
for more details.

Johns Hopkins Diversity Innovation Grant Program Recipients Announced

The Johns Hopkins (JH) Diversity Leadership Council is thrilled to announce this year's Diversity Innovation Grant (DIG) program grant recipients! DIG supports fresh, innovative programming ideas that foster diversity and inclusion among the kaleidoscope of communities at Johns Hopkins. Our fourteen recipients - faculty, staff and students from 11 JH divisions - are tackling projects ranging from cultural competence in Pediatrics to gay rights in U.S. foreign policy. To learn more about these innovative efforts please visit
Learn more about the JH Diversity Leadership Council at

American Cancer Society - Research Scholar Grants/ Mentored training and Career Development Grants/ Research Professor Grants

Application deadline: April 1, 2014 Electronic/April 2, 2014 Paper

There are various grants available - for details see website:

2015 HHMI Investigator Competition

Howard Hughes Medical Institute is pleased to announce a national competition for the appointment of outstanding scientists as HHMI investigators. This competition will enable HHMI to strengthen its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems through biomedical disciplines, including plant biology, as well as adjacent fields of evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.
From this competition, HHMI expects to appoint 20 to 25 new investigators who will be among the most creative and promising in the nation. HHMI investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination of the following attributes that distinguish them from other highly competent scientists in their field.

  • They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner.
  • They push their chosen research field into new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront.
  • They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines.
  • They forge links between basic biology and medicine.
  • They demonstrate great promise of future original and innovative contributions.

This investigator competition places no restrictions on the number of applications from any eligible institution. Researchers with faculty appointments will apply directly; prior institutional endorsement is not part of the application process. These appointments are highly selective. Those candidates with outstanding records who have shown evidence of significant originality and accomplishments are encouraged to apply. HHMI welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences.

For additional information regarding the HHMI Investigator Program and this competition please link to:


  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution. Federal government employees are not eligible.
  • More than 5, but no more than 15, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant's professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier than June 1, 1999, and no later than July 1, 2009.
  • Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with a duration of at least three years, such as an NIH R01 grant, by June 3, 2014. Mentored awards, career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

Important Conditions:

  • Appointees become full-time employees of HHMI and are appointed for a five-year, renewable period.
  • HHMI investigators are required to devote at least 75% of their total effort to the direct conduct of biomedical research. Applicants with administrative responsibilities or other duties inconsistent with this time commitment may apply, but must reduce those other commitments to be appointed.
  • At the time of the submission deadline, applicants must hold a qualifying position at the institution where his or her HHMI appointment would be made. In addition, an investigator may not transfer to another institution during the first appointment term and retain his or her HHMI appointment.
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Application Process:

Establish eligibility and apply here:

The deadline for applications is June 3, 2014, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). All applications must be submitted electronically following instructions on the competition web site.

The application includes the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae, including a complete bibliography and a list of current research support.
  • An overview of the applicant's most significant research achievements (not more than 250 words).
  • A summary of the applicant's ongoing and planned research program (not more than 3,000 words; references and up to one page of figures are not counted toward the 3,000-word limit).
  • A statement of how the applicant's research program would meet HHMI's expectations of an investigator (not more than 250 words).
  • PDF files of five selected publications that report the applicant's most important scientific contributions with a focus on the most recent five years, as well as a paragraph describing the significance of each publication.
  • Two reference letters will be required only from those selected as semifinalists.

Selection of Investigators:

The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2015. Further review will include a symposium attended by HHMI scientific leadership and the final advisory panel, at which each semifinalist will make a brief research presentation. Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2015, with appointments as early as September 1, 2015. All applicants should mark their calendars for the April 13-14, 2015 symposium at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Those named as semifinalists will be required to attend and should plan to arrive on April 13.


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Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) Scholar Awards in Studying Complex Systems
Foundation Fighting Blindness Career Development Award Program
Epilepsy Foundation Shark Tank Competition
EMD Serono - Grant for Oncology Innovation
New York Stem Cell Foundation Stem Cell Investigator Awards
McKnight Foundation Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards
Lupus Foundation of America Career Development Award
Johns Hopkins Diversity Innovation Grant Program Recipients Announced
American Cancer Society - Research Scholar Grants/ Mentored training and Career Development Grants/ Research Professor Grants
2015 HHMI Investigator Competition
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