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October 2015

ALS Therapy Alliance

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

The ALS Therapy Alliance traditionally awards grants from one to three years in term ranging from $100,000 to $1 million in funding for basic, clinical, and translational research and clinical trials aimed at developing a better understanding of, or treatments for, ALS. For details on the submission process, visit: http://alstherapyalliance.org/
index.php/ research/ grant-submission-process.html

Matthew Larson Foundation Grants in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

This year the Matthew Larson Foundation will fund multiple grants for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research (in clinical or translational research) at $75,000/year. The pre-application is simple and brief and must be submitted by October 16, 2015.

Successful pre-applicants will be invited in December to complete a full application which must be received by January 15, 2016.

The primary investigator on the application must be a MD or PhD at a not for profit, medical or scientific institution and must hold an academic rank of assistant professor (or equivalent) or instructor (or equivalent). Please note that investigators holding higher ranks are not eligible.

Grants will be announced by April 1, 2016 for a one-year funding period starting May 1, 2016.

For further information including a list of previously funded projects, please go to www.ironmatt.org. The online application and instructions are available via the following link: http://ironmatt.org/ResearchGrants/InstructionsandApplication.aspx

Hopkins inHealth Request for Pilot Proposals Announcement

Application deadline: October 23, 2015

The Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative (Hopkins inHealth) supports research that will, with increasing accuracy and precision, define, measure, and communicate each person’s unique health state and the trajectory along which it is changing, and develops these discoveries into new methods that can be used to inform decision-making in clinical and public health practice.

Membership in Hopkins inHealth is an eligibility requirement for all Hopkins inHealth funding opportunities. To become a member, visit http://hopkinsinhealth.jhu.edu/join-us. Members receive up-to-date information on individualized health news and grant opportunities; invitations to inHealth events; and access to a network to individuals engaged in cutting-edge individualized health research. Potential applicants should apply for membership now to ensure eligibility.

For the upcoming request, Hopkins inHealth is seeking proposals for pilot projects that will promote individualized health care in several domains, including 1) the creation or identification of novel devices, platforms, technologies, analytics, or biomarkers that will lead to more nuanced measurements of disease status, 2) the development of novel quantitative methodologies that will integrate various sources of data to better understand patient heath status, predict patient outcomes, and recommend treatment course, 3) the incorporation of scientific knowledge and individualized care into the clinical workflow, and 4) the research of ethical questions regarding patient consent and use of patient data.

A minimum of eight applicants will be awarded $50,000 of funding for eight months as part of this pilot project discovery program. Awardees may be eligible to receive an additional $25,000 of funding for four months, pending progress review.

Access the Request for Proposals now; applications will be due on October 23, 2015. Funding decisions are expected by December 15, 2015. For more information contact the Hopkins inHealth team: inhealthpilots@jhu.edu.

Barth Syndrome Foundation 2015 Request for Research Grant Proposals

Application Deadline: 10/31/15

The Barth Syndrome Foundation, Inc. (BSF) and its international affiliates announce the availability of funding for basic science and clinical research on the natural history, biochemical basis, and treatment of Barth syndrome (cardinal characteristics: cardiomyopathy, neutropenia, underdeveloped skeletal musculature and muscle weakness, growth delay, exercise intolerance, cardiolipin abnormalities, 3-methylglutaconic aciduria). It is caused by a mutation in the tafazzin gene (TAZ, also called G4.5), resulting in an inborn error of lipid metabolism.

Idea grants are available for 1-2 years with budgetary maximum of US $50,000. BSF's Research Grant Program allows young, non-tenured investigators to include in their submitted budget up to 75% of the total grant amount as PI salary. In addition, for clinical applications requiring that volunteers travel to a clinical research site, these travel expenses will be handled separately and excluded from the budget limitation. All investigators at every professional level are encouraged to submit their best ideas. There are no geographical limitations to this funding. All information and documentation can be found on the BSF website at 2015 Request for Research Proposals.

Jefferson Science Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2016 Jefferson Science Fellows program. Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Nominees/applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and will be required to obtain a security clearance.

The deadline for 2016-2017 program year applications/nominations is November 2, 2015. To learn more about the Jefferson Science Fellowship and to apply, visit the JSF website at: nationalacademies.org/jsf.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant Programs
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges will soon be available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

  1. Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

    Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:


  2. New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

    Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

  3. In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. For more information please visit AAS.

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund 2015 Requests for Applications (RFA

Letter of Intent Deadline: Tuesday, November 19, 2015 by 5:00pm

Instructions for the LOI can be found at https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=2222979&p=5503280&g=5597611

Application Deadline: January 14, 2016

Note: Please review the FAQ carefully. Only one application per Principal Investigator may be submitted although investigators can participate in more than one project.

Investigator Initiated: http://www.mscrf.org/_media/client/pdf/RFA-MD-16-1.pdf

Exploratory: http://www.mscrf.org/_media/client/pdf/RFA-MD-16-2.pdf

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: http://www.mscrf.org/_media/client/pdf/RFA-MD-16-3.pdf

Pre-Clinical or Clinical Stem Cell Research: http://www.mscrf.org/_media/client/pdf/RFA-MD-16-4.pdf

FAQ: http://www.mscrf.org/_media/client/pdf/2014FAQsver3.pdf

The Commission encourages collaboration between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and researchers. Projects leading to advances in regenerative medicine will receive highest priority.

If you have questions about any of these initiatives, contact Gayle Mowbray Walters at gmwalters@jhmi.edu

New Funding Opportunity! Research Accelerator and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Grant

The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN) announces a new grant funding opportunity to promote inter-institutional research collaborations between Johns Hopkins Medicine and JHCRN affiliated institutions. This grant, "Research Accelerator and Mentorship Program," will fund 1 to 3 projects, up to $50,000 over a 12-month period. Proposals including clinical and community-based research, practice-based research, and health services research are encouraged.

Applications are now being requested. Letters of intent are due by December 1, 2015 and complete applications are due by January 15, 2016. Eligible applicants include Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty and JHCRN affiliate institution staff. Principal investigators are required to involve a minimum of 1 JHCRN affiliate institution co-investigator. JHCRN affiliated institutions include: Anne Arundel Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Inova Health System, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Reading Health System, and all of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
See full RFA details here.

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Physician-scientists who are both clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer.

In an effort to confront the crisis arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon wishes to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers. To do so, in 2014, the Foundation established a pilot program designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only) into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their clinical training.

The goals of the program are to:

  • transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer
  • eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

The award will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed.

The 2016 application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Detailed information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation's website, www.damonrunyon.org/for_scientists/more/physician_

American Asthma Foundation (AAF) Scholars Program

The American Asthma Foundation (AAF) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for 2016 AAF Scholar Awards. The AAF's mission is to improve treatments for, prevent, and find a cure for asthma by developing important new pathways of investigation in basic research regarding asthma.


  • Scientists at non-profit research institutions in the U.S. from any relevant field are eligible.
  • Applicants must be within 10 years of their first independent faculty appointment
    (i.e., appointed on or after December 1, 2005).
  • Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding.
  • Investigators already in asthma are also eligible, but they must be proposing work that is a clear departure from their current research program.

Award policies along with the application can be found at www.americanasthmafoundation.org. Please keep in mind:

  • The application deadline is 2 months earlier than in prior years: December 1, 2015.
  • Most AAF Scholars will be studying asthma for the first time. AAF seeks innovative scientists from across the broad spectrum of science, asking them to apply their expertise to asthma. AAF is interested in biologists as well as chemists, physicists and engineers.
  • Scientists already in asthma are also eligible to apply, but they must be proposing work that is a clear departure from their current research program. So in targeting investigators for a 2016 AAF Scholar Award, the best matches will likely not be in the asthma field.
  • Because AAF asks investigators to consider a change in the focus of their research, preliminary data are not required.

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October 2015 articles:
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement (between Johns Hopkins and a company receiving an NIH research award)
Biosafety Reminder Update
Matthew Larson Foundation Grants in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
ALS Therapy Alliance
Hopkins inHealth Request for Pilot Proposals Announcement
Barth Syndrome Foundation 2015 Request for Research Grant Proposals
Jefferson Science Fellowship
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant Programs
Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund 2015 Requests for Applications (RFA)
New Funding Opportunity! Research Accelerator and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Grant
Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award
American Asthma Foundation (AAF) Scholars Program
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

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