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May 2018
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The Hartwell Foundation 2018 Individual Biomedical Research

Internal deadline: May 15, 2018

Johns Hopkins University anticipates being named one of The Hartwell Foundation's Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research for 2018 and, as such, eligible to participate in this year's competition for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Program (IBRA). The Hartwell Foundation provides funding for transformative early stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources, and that has the potential to benefit children of the United States. The estimated award amount is $300,000.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Faculty members at any level are encouraged to apply.
  • Nominees must be chosen from faculty and research staff drawn from appropriate areas of basic and applied life sciences, including engineering focused on biomedical applications.
  • The recipient should be a citizen of the United States or hold permanent residence, must hold a full-time appointment in the sponsoring institution, and must be eligible to serve as a principal investigator in biomedical research with their own dedicated lab space.
  • Must produce compelling justification that Hartwell support will be truly transformative to the career of the Nominee. i.e. Hartwell prefers to support assistant professors with no significant external funding.

Internal Nomination Requirements

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Preliminary Proposal Summary - Please provide a brief 1-2 page description of the proposed research describing how it addresses a critical problem or an unmet need, the proposed innovation, and its benefit to children in the United States. Briefly note how the research is early-stage, innovative and cutting edge.
  3. NIH Biosketch (no more than 5 pages)

Questions? Comments? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


William T. Grant Scholars Program

Internal deadline: May 22, 2018

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. It is recognized that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.

Scholars Program applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Proposed research plans must address questions of policy and practice that are relevant to the Foundation's focus areas. The estimated award amount is $350,000.

Researchers interested in applying for Scholars Awards must select one focus area:

  • Reducing Inequality - research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes
  • Improving the Use of Research Evidence - research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence reaches the hands of decision makers, responds to their needs, and is used in ways that benefit youth

The Program seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas, and intend for the research supported to inform change.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applicant received his/her terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) within seven years of submitting the application. For Ph.Ds this is the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.
  • Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenuretrack position in a university.
  • Applicant's division must be able to guarantee that 50% of applicant's paid time will be devoted to research.
  • The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Internal Nomination Process:
Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Proposal (maximum of two pages of text only, single spaced: 12-pt font and one-inch margins) (Note: figures, tables, and other reference material may be included in addition to the 2 pg. text limit)
  3. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  4. Budget (two pages maximum)

Questions? Comments? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


WW Smith Charitable Trust Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS Research Grants

Internal deadline: May 31, 2018

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust is a private foundation specifically focused on areas involving basic needs for food, clothing and shelter; supplementing higher education scholarship programs; supporting maritime education/maritime heritage preservation; and basic medical research primarily in Heart Disease, Cancer and AIDS. The W.W Smith Charitable Trust will make grant funds available for eligible scientists in support of basic heart disease, cancer and AIDS research projects. The Trust highlights the importance of basic medical research in the area of Juvenile Diabetes and continues to provide funds for finding a cure. The philosophy of the Trust has been not to replicate governmental funding organizations, but identify and fund projects that are unique and meritorious. The estimated award amount is $100,000 for each of the 3 areas.
For more information, visit the WW Smith Charitable Trust website and click "download medical application." Enter "wwsctmed216" when prompted for the application password in order to view the detailed information.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Faculty with primary appointments in universities, hospitals and research centers within the Delaware Valley area may apply.
  • The Trust will not support large general programs or project grants fund research centers.

Internal Nomination Process:
Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Sheet
  2. Statement identifying area of research (heart disease, cancer or AIDS) for which you are applying
  3. Proposal (maximum of two pages of text only, single spaced: 12-pt font and one-inch margins) (Note: figures, tables, and other reference material may be included in addition to the 2 pg. text limit)
  4. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  5. Budget (two pages maximum)

Questions? Comments? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.


Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge

No application deadline

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is sponsoring a $2 million prize to the first team to develop a viable selective alpha-synuclein PET tracer and agree to make that tracer available broadly.

The ability to image alpha-synuclein deposition in the brain would be a game-changing achievement for the Parkinson's disease (PD) field. The accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein is a pathological hallmark of PD and a priority target for drug development given its hypothesized contribution to neurodegeneration. In vivo imaging of alpha-synuclein pathology could be useful as a biomarker of the presence of disease and disease progression and as a pharmacodynamic tool for drug development. With this prize, the Foundation seeks to attract research teams and accelerate momentum to speed the development of such a tracer.

Contestants: Anyone is eligible for the prize who agrees to all contest rules. Contestants may be MJFF funded or not and can be from either academia or industry.

Contest rules:

  1. Contestants must apply for the prize with pre-clinical and clinical data supporting the broad use of their alpha-synuclein radiotracer. Judges may ask for additional data, including but not limited to raw imaging data.
  2. NOTE: All contestants must agree to make the winning radiotracer available for use by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and MJFF awardees through a nonexclusive license or other MJFF-approved mechanism.

Criteria for winning: The winning contestant must demonstrate that the radiotracer binds with relatively high selectivity to alpha-synuclein according to pre-specified criteria and must demonstrate proof-of-concept in human subjects, including people with Parkinson's disease and/or another synucleinopathy. See below for more details on submission requirements.

Timeline: There is no deadline for submissions. The $2 million award will be issued to the first contestant who submits compelling evidence of a viable selective tracer and agrees to its widespread use. If no award is given by mid-2018, The Michael J. Fox Foundation will evaluate the state of the field and utility of such a prize.


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