April 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: 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 Karin Hunt (karinmhunt@jhu.edu) with any questions.

Humanitarian Innovation Fund - Large Grants Funding Opportunities for 2014


On March 26, 2014, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) located in the United Kingdom announced it will offer its Large Grants Facility program this year. "The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing operational agencies in the delivery of effective humanitarian aid." The HIF defines innovations as "dynamic processes which focus on the creation and implementation of new or improved products and services, processes, positions and paradigms. Successful innovations are those that result in improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality or social outcomes/impacts. They consist of 5 broadly defined stages: recognition, invention, development, implementation and diffusion." The HIF expects that innovations should obviously have the ability to improve operational humanitarian performance. HIF offers "grants from £75,000 to £150,000 for the:

  • Development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines. For instance, transforming designs from the drawing board into real-world solutions.
  • Implementation of an innovation to produce real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions. Often pilot projects are used to establish how an innovation performs in practice - indicating whether it is successful and should be scaled-up."

More specific information about the HIF and the programs it offers are available at http://www.humanitarianinnovation.org/funding?utm_source=Humanitarian+Innovation+

Johns Hopkins may submit up to two proposals for the Large Grants Facility program. Interested candidates should submit the following materials in sequence in one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, to resapp@jhu.edu:

  1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Bio-Sketch of the Principal Investigator
  3. Project Summary (two-three pages maximum) - A list of suggested focus concepts for completing the summary is attached.
  4. Names of all Co-PIs
  5. Brief Budget Summary (one page maximum)

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three (3) business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. Selected candidates will be informed as soon as possible. The two selected candidates must submit the official HIF Expression of Interest document to the sponsor by May 6, 2014. After a review of all Expressions of Interest, successful applicants will be invited by the HIF on or before May 19, 2014, to submit full proposals by June 27, 2014.

NSF 14-544 - Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced the Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) program for 2014 involving collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnoloogy Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future (http://www.nano.gov/node/611). "Competitive proposals will incorporate three elements in their research plans:

  • A persuasive case that the nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices or systems to be produced have or are likely to have sufficient demand to justify eventual scale-up;
  • A clearly identified set of research issues for science and engineering solutions that must be addressed to enable the production of high quality nano-enabled products at low cost; and
  • A compelling research plan with clear research objectives and approaches to overcome the identified research issues.

Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale structures and their assembly/integration into higher order systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

Competitive proposals are expected to address the training and education of students in nanomanufacturing. While not required, the involvement of an industrial partner or partners is strongly encouraged and has the potential to significantly strengthen a proposal."

NOTE: "Please see requirements for submitting proposals for collaborations; a single proposal with sub-contracts must be submitted for collaborations and the submission of separate proposals from multiple investigators for collaborative projects ('collaborative proposals') is not allowed."

It is estimated that five to eight projects will receive funding for this research effort in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years--depending on the scope of the proposed work. The total request for NSF funding for each project, for all investigators and all organizations, may not exceed $1,500,000. The anticipated date of the award is September 2014. More specific information about this program and its requirements can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14544/nsf14544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Johns Hopkins is permitted to submit one proposal as a lead organization in response to this program. Faculty who are interested in this program should submit the following materials in sequence in one pdf to resapp@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014:

Each applicant should receive a confirmation of receipt of his or her e-mail within three business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. Project summaries will be reviewed as soon as possible. The selected proposal is due on June 16, 2014.

Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

The Harrington Discovery Institute is pleased to announce its annual Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award, which recognizes physician-scientists throughout the U.S. whose research has the potential to change standard of care.

The Award provides inventive physician-scientists the resources to advance their discoveries:

  • An unrestricted award of $100,000
  • Significant additional funding based on the needs of the project
  • Direct strategic and project management support through our Innovation Support Center
    Applicants must have a doctorate in medicine, be on faculty at an accredited U.S.-based academic institution, and must demonstrate exceptional promise.


  1. Letters of Intent due May 2, 2014
  2. Proposals (for those invited) due August 1, 2014

Awardees will be selected by the Institute's scientific advisory board, comprised of internationally renowned physician-scientists, and announced December 2014. Visit here for Letter of Intent requirements. For more detailed information about the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program, please visit www.HarringtonDiscovery.org/grant. Please feel free to contact Natalie Haynes with any questions at 216.368.1038 or Natalie.Haynes@UHhospitals.org.

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Cancer and AIDS Research Grant Program for 2014


The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust awards medical grants in three areas--heart, cancer and AIDS research. The Trust provides awards to young investigators in universities, hospitals and research centers in order to pursue innovative basic medical research projects that can attract financial support from other large funding organizations after the Trust's support has ended. The Trust strongly encourages new or less recognized investigators to apply for funding and also generally encourages seed funding of unique or high priority projects. Awards are generally $100k for one year (including institutional overhead, which the Trust limits to 10 percent of the total budget). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or provide valid visa and alien registration materials. Additional program information can be obtained on the W.W. Smith Website located at http://www.wwsmithcharitabletrust.org/guidelines.html

Johns Hopkins may submit one nomination for the Cancer Research grant program and one nomination for the AIDS Research grant program. (NOTE: The 2014 W.W. Smith Charitable Trust - Heart Research grant program will be announced in June.) Interested candidates should submit the following materials in sequence in one PDF document no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, to resapp@jhu.edu:

  1. JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_WWSmithCancer_2014.docx)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (two-four pages, listing all funding sources)
  3. Research Plan (three-five pages including: specific aims, research significance, PI's preliminary studies pertinent to the research project, and experimental design and methods used to accomplish specific aims)
  4. Budget outlining how the awarded funds will be utilized (one page maximum)
  5. A letter of recommendation from the candidate's Department Chair/Director

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three (3) business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. Selected candidates will be informed as soon as possible. Final nomination materials must be submitted to the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust no later than June 15, 2014.

NSF 14-546 - Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced the Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) program is accepting proposals for "innovative research projects to foster ethical STEM research in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Projects can include qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Proposals should specify plans to deliver findings to appropriate research and educational communities and assist them to implement projects or programs based on the findings. CCE STEM awardees must share their findings with others via the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (Award #1355547) and at the bi-annual PI meetings held at NSF. PIs are responsible for covering the expenses of participating in these PI meetings throughout the tenure of their award and should indicate this in their budget." More specific information about this program is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14546/nsf14546.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_34&WT.mc_ev=click

Johns Hopkins can submit only one proposal as a lead organization. Faculty who are interested in this program should submit the following materials in sequence in one PDF to resapp@jhu.edu by May 3, 2014:

  • JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet (http://jhuresearch.jhu.edu/Limitedform_NSF_14_546_2014.docx)
  • Project Summary (one - two pages maximum)
  • Bio-sketch of the proposed Principal Investigator
  • Names of all Co-Pi's
  • Budget Summary (one page maximum)

Each applicant should receive a confirmation of receipt of his or her e-mail within three business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at 410-516-3295. Project summaries will be reviewed as soon as possible. The selected proposal is due on June 17, 2014.

A REMINDER FROM THE NSF PROPOSALS AND AWARD POLICIES AND PROCEDURE GUIDE: "NSF does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plant efforts, research requiring security classification, the development of products for commercial marketing, or market research for a particular project or invention. Research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals, is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support. However, research in bioengineering, with diagnosis- or treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities also is eligible."

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2014

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides $200 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address one of the FY14 congressionally directed topic areas with original ideas that foster new directions in basic science and translational research; novel product development leading to improved therapeutic or diagnostic tools; or clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The PRMRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY14 PRMRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in April 2014. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

The FY14 PRMRP will solicit research applications for the following 25 topic areas:

  • Acupuncture
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Migraine and Post-Traumatic Headaches
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • DNA Vaccine Technology for Postexposure Prophylaxis
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Food Allergies
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Hereditary Angioedema
  • Illnesses Related to Radiation Exposure
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Malaria
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Neuroprosthetics
  • Pancreatitis
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Respiratory Health
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Segmental Bone Defects
  • Tinnitus

Military Relevance: Relevance to the healthcare needs of the military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of each FY14 PRMRP award mechanism.

All applications must conform to the final Program Announcement and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for the award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. Requests for email notification of the Program Announcement release may be sent to help@eBRAP.org. For more information about the PRMRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website.

Point of Contact:
CDMRP Public Affairs

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: www.hhmi.org/inv2015.


  • 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.
  • addressed to sciencecomp@hhmi.org.

Application Process:

Establish eligibility and apply here: www.hhmi.org/research/application/comp2015

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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April 2014 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Humanitarian Innovation Fund - Large Grants Funding Opportunities for 2014
NSF 14-544 - Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)
Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Cancer and AIDS Research Grant Program for 2014
NSF 14-546 - Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2014
2015 HHMI Investigator Competition
Dean's Research Integrity Lectures

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