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May 2019

Malone Center: Call for Seed Grant Proposals

Proposal deadline: May 25, 2019

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare announces a call for proposals for the 2019-20 academic year as part of its seed funding initiative to support research, expand collaboration among the center's affiliates, and create new partnerships with external collaborators.

The Malone Center Seed Grant Program aims to assist faculty and research staff with development of innovative, collaborative proposals that will advance the Malone Center mission: to develop engineering innovations that will enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency of health care.

We encourage proposals that will create broader resources within the center for the use of all our affiliates. We also welcome proposals that will help place the principal investigator and the research team in a good position to receive additional external funding from federal agencies, foundations, and industry.

All Malone Center affiliates may submit proposals to this program. Joint proposals are strongly encouraged. Outside researchers with ideas meeting the objectives of the program are invited to find collaborators among the Malone Center faculty and develop and submit a proposal with them.

*All proposals received before or on Saturday, May 25, will be reviewed and considered for funding by Sunday, June 30.

More information about the Malone Center Seed Grant program and proposal instructions are available on the Seed Grants page of the Malone Center website.

Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

Internal deadline: May 28, 2019

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports the independent research conducted by young investigators of outstanding promise in sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The Pew Charitable Trusts especially encourages proposals that are creative, innovative, and risk-taking. Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Johns Hopkins may submit one nomination and The Pew Charitable Trusts anticipates funding one $300,000 award.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
  • As of Oct. 17, 2019, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor or instructor are not eligible.)
  • On June 14, 2019, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 14, 2016), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, in work toward board certification, or on parental leave does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates who took parental leave should contact Pew's program office to ensure that application reviewers are aware of their circumstances.
  • Candidates may be nominated a maximum of two times.

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

  1. JHU Limited Submission Cover Shee
  2. Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
  3. Proposal (maximum of four pages of text only, single spaced: 12-pt font and one-inch margins) a. Note: figures, tables, and other reference material may be included in addition to the 4 pg. text limit
  4. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  5. Budget (two pages maximum)
  6. Letter of Recommendation from the Department Chair/Director. Letters of Recommendation can be submitted separately to FoundationRelations@jhu.edu stating the applicant's name in the subject line.

Questions? Comments? Email the Office of Foundation Relations at FoundationRelations@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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"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
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Malone Center: Call for Seed Grant Proposals
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
JHU SOM Update on NIH Policy on Foreign Involvement
Disclosure of Payments from Foreign Educational Institutions and Government Agencies
New Institutional Letter of Support Required for Institutional Training Grant Applications
Notice to the Johns Hopkins Community Regarding the National Science Foundation Grant Reporting Requirement for Harassment Findings and Actions
Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications
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