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January 2020

2020 Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund - RFA Available Now

The 2020 Request for Applications for Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) Discovery, Validation, Clinical, Commercial and Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs are available for download now. New this year is the "Launch" grant, which is open to new faculty or researchers of any rank who are new to the field of stem cell research. Detailed eligibility information and guidelines are available for download on MSCRF's website. Applications are due Thursday, January 16, 2020 by 5:00 PM. ORA must review and approve all applications before submission. If you plan to submit an application or have questions about the submission process please contact ORA Assistant Director of Grants Sharel Brown (sbrown80@jhmi.edu).

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program

Internal Application Deadline: January 23, 2020

The Packard Fellowships program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Johns Hopkins may nominate two candidates for this program.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering.
    • Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.
    • Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.
  • Candidates must be within the first three years of their faculty careers (initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2017 and no later than May 31, 2020).
  • Faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award.
  • Recognizing that certain areas of contemporary science and engineering already have access to relatively generous funding (for example, clinical research, research associated with the design and construction of large national facilities such as accelerators and space stations, and applied research of direct relevance to national security), the Packard Fellowships are directed to other, less generously supported fields.

Internal Nomination Process:
Interested applicants should complete their application at the following link: https://jhu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1803221. Requirements are listed below.

  1. Research statement describing why the research is important, five-year goals and how funds will generally be used (maximum of two pages of text, single-spaced, 12-pt font and 1-inch margins) (Note: figures, tables, and other reference material may be included in addition to the two page text limit)
  2. CV of nominee, including current external research support, educational background, publications, professional positions, and honors and awards
  3. Letter of recommendation from department chair
  4. 3-5 letters of recommendation from people outside of JHU (at least one recommendation must be from a person who has had no supervisory of collaborative contact with the nominee)

NOTE: The Packard Foundation places a strong emphasis on the letters of recommendation for nominees. Letters should be from well-established, well-regarded academics, or individuals well known within academia. They should focus on the nominee as a researcher and individual, rather than a specific project, and should be as effusive as possible.

For more information on this program, visit the foundation website. Email the Office of Foundation Relations with questions or comments 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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January 2020 articles:
Third Thursdays with the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR)
Update to Organization Policy on Registration of Clinical Trials
Changes in HSR Recertification
Update on Insurance and Research Participant Financial Responsibility Information Sheet: Signature No Longer Required
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
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
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
2020 Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund - RFA Available Now
The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Program
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Point of Contact for NIH Loan Repayment Program
JHU SOM Update on NIH Policy on Foreign Involvement
Disclosure of Payments from Foreign Educational Institutions and Government Agencies
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

This Month's Departmental Listings

Upcoming Deadlines for January, February and March

Holiday Schedule at the Genetics Research Core Facility


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