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March 2020

Boost and Propel Clinical Research Awards

Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:59 PM

The Johns Hopkins Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Clinical Research Unit is requesting applications for the Boost and Propel award program, which is open to all Johns Hopkins University Faculty. Boost and Popel awards are clinical research grants that will be accepted on a quarterly basis, that award Clinical Research Unit (CRU) services, including research space, overnight beds, phlebotomy, specialized research nursing, and CRU-based imaging (i.e. DXA, CV core) to investigators, based on scientific merit. Research studies will be monitored by the Translational Research Evaluation Committee (TREC) for study-specific milestones. Funding for this program is supported by the CTSA grant for clinical research projects initiated in the ICTR Clinical Research Units. Grants are for one year with possible renewal based on study progress and achieving pre-determined milestones.

BOOST awards are for junior investigators, first-time R01 awardees, K awardees, and KL2 scholars to generate pilot data for a larger grant submission or to supplement research funds for the K project.

PROPEL awards are intended for established investigators who are performing early stage clinical trials, deep phenotyping studies, or studies that address Maryland health priorities. PROPEL can augment resources of a funded project or provide resources for small pilot and feasibility studies.

The application deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020. Any Johns Hopkins University faculty member interested in funding for a new or ongoing clinical research project is eligible to apply.

All investigators must submit an application to a Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning the award application.

Please review the full Request for Applications for the application, directions, and the complete list of required supporting documents.

For questions and more information, please contact Shernice Madison at smadison@jhu.edu or crus@jhmi.edu or visit the links below:

Boost and Propel Award Information
Request for Applications (RFA)
Forms and Templates
Frequently Asked Questions

Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health K12 Program

Application deadline: April 1, 2020

The Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) K12 program of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is accepting applications for the 2020 cycle. BIRCWH was established to develop highly qualified, independent investigators to conduct women's health and sex gender differences research.

The program provides 3 core strength areas:

  • diseases specific to women (e.g. women's cancer and reproductive biology)
  • sex and gender differences in disease expression (e.g. immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and genetics)
  • social determinants of women's health and disparities (e.g. violence against women, trauma, addictions and poverty)

The award is expected to consist of salary support up to $100,000 (75% effort) and fringe and up to $22,500 for research support and scholarly travel. The scholar position is a junior faculty appointment and lasts for a maximum of 2 years-- support is contingent on performance and continued funding

Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointments at the university when applying for the award.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by 11:59 pm.

For more information, contact Karla McCarthy at kmccarthy@jhu.edu or visit the links below:

Request for Applications
Application Requirements

William T. Grant Scholars Program

Internal deadline: April 16, 2020

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 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. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. 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, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people (ages 5-25)
  • Improving the Use of Research Evidence: research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. Particularly research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries (ages 5-25) 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:

  • Applicants must have received their terminal (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) degree within seven years of submitting their application. 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 tenure-track position.
  • This award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Internal Nomination Process:
Interested applicants should complete their application here: https://jhu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1807305

Requirements include:

  1. Summary of research and mentoring plan, including one or more research projects, mentoring activities designed to develop new areas of expertise, and alignment with the Foundation's priorities (4 pages max)
  2. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  3. Budget (two pages max)

Questions? Comments? Email the Office of Foundation Relations at FoundationRelations@jhu.edu

Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

Internal deadline: April 23, 2020

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 hold a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine, or related field
  • As of Sept. 10, 2020, nominees must hold a full-time appointment 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 15, 2020 candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before June 15, 2017), 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 complete their application at the following link: https://jhu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1807933.

Requirements are:

  1. Abstract (one page, double-spaced)
  2. Proposal (maximum of four 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 4 pg. text limit
  3. Curriculum Vitae of investigator, including current external research support and publications
  4. Budget (two pages maximum)
  5. Letter of Recommendation from the Department Chair/Director

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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March 2020 articles:
5th Annual Trends in Clinical Research Symposium
Research Billing Buzz eNewsletter
Managing Investigational Product Returns from Research Participants
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
Boost and Propel Clinical Research Awards
Johns Hopkins Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health K12 Program
William T. Grant Scholars Program
opkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions Small
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
New System to Request Outgoing Subawards
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
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization
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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