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July 2019

Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

Application deadline: July 15, 2019 by 5:00PM

Funding is available to support multidisciplinary research in prostate cancer through the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund. For the 2019 funding cycle, there will be two types of awards that can be applied for: traditional one-year pilot awards of $100,000 (3 awards) and one-year team science projects of $200,000 (up to 2 awards). Awards for the team science projects should explain how support will be used to create and submit a program project grant, for example a P01.

Both types of awards will be for one year with an option to request a no cost extension for one additional year.

Funding is open to all JHU affiliated faculty. Partnership with a Brady Urological Institute faculty member is highly encouraged, but not required. An emphasis will be placed on funding research with a high priority given to project innovation as well as collaboration with basic science, data science, and engineering faculty.

Funds are to be used for supporting the proposed research application, however they should not be used to support PI salary. Awardees will be notified in mid to late August (2019). The award period will be from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2019 by 5:00PM (EST)

For more information, visit the website. Applications should be submitted using the application portal. Please be certain that you are submitting an application for the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to David "Brandy" Yeater via email (dyeater1@jhmi.edu).

Searle Scholars Program

Internal Application Deadline: July 18, 2019
Full Application Deadline: September 27, 2019

The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of 15 outstanding early-career scientists each year who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. The program is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. Applicants are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2018. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
  • Applicants who were nominated for awards in the previous competition year but were not awarded may still meet the eligibility criteria for the current competition.

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-point font and one-inch margins) Figures, tables and other reference materials may be included in addition to the two-page text limit.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications

Apply by emailing the Office of Foundation Relations at FoundationRelations@jhu.edu by July 18.

NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)

Internal Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
Full Application Deadline: September 13, 2019

The NIH Director's Early Independence Award supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Applications with multiple PDs/PIs will not be accepted. Only single PD/PI applications are allowed.
  • The receipt date of the terminal doctoral degree or end of post-graduate clinical training of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020.
  • At the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous (not the most recent) doctoral degree for more than twelve months.
  • At the time of award, either:
    • the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree, or
    • an authorized official of the degree-granting or training institution must certify that all degree requirements have been met and that the receipt date of the degree (as will appear on the transcript) will be before September 30, 2020.
  • Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year (i.e., 80% effort of a 12-month appointment) to the Early Independence Award project in years 1-2 of the project period. In years 3-5, awardees may reduce effort towards the Early Independence Award project but must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year to independent research in general.
  • Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence.
  • Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:
    • The PD/PI's current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors.
    • The PD/PI's research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31 or F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility).
    • The PD/PI does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his/her research.
    • The PD/PI, according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution.

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)

Apply here by August 1, 2019. Email the Research Development Team (resapp@jhu.edu) with any questions.

Fisher Center Discovery Program

Letter of Intent (Optional) Deadline: August 19, 2019
Internal Deadline: September 23, 2019

Funding for clinical or translational research related to environmental infectious diseases. Funding for pilot or clinical studies that lack traditional funding mechanisms. Early-career investigators encouraged to apply. Up to $50,000 will be awarded, and a maximum of 5 projects will be funded.

This program provides funding for projects focused on clinical or translational research related to environmental infectious diseases (ID). Environmental ID includes disease causing agents found in air, soil, and water, in addition to vector-borne or zoonotic diseases, as well as those found in built environments (home, hospital, and community) capable of causing human illness. Provides resources for pilot or clinical studies that may lack traditional funding mechanisms. Promotes novel, cross-disciplinary collaborative clinical research among JHU schools and with non-JHU research partners. To facilitate the careers of early-career investigators.

Eligibility and Requirements:
All full time JHU faculty members, especially junior faculty, are encouraged to apply. Only JHU faculty members holding a terminal degree may apply as Principal Investigator (PI). Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, house staff, medical school students, PhD students, graduate students, and undergraduate students may submit an application, but a faculty member needs to serve as PI.

Application Process:
Access application instructions and download the application form at: https://hopkinsinfectiousdiseases.jhmi.edu/research/research-areas/environmental-id/fisher-center-discovery-program-grants/

For additional information, email fishercenter@jhmi.edu or 443-287-4840

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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July 2019 articles:
Research Billing Buzz eNewsletter - June 2019
Clinical Research Annual Reports
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH Requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
Searle Scholars Program
NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
Fisher Center Discovery 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
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants

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