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October 2020

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has compiled a list of funding opportunities specific to COVID-19. This list will be updated as new opportunities arise.

The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation: Moore Inventor Fellows

Internal application deadline: October 22, 2020

The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The Moore Inventor Fellows program focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical stage of research to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. The scope of this call is intentionally wide: proposed projects should be broadly within the program areas of foundation interest (science, environmental conservation and patient care). The exception is for nominees proposing ideas and inventions that target patient care. Within this realm, the foundation seeks overlap with its current emphasis on improving the experience and outcomes of patients, including solutions in the areas of diagnostic excellence, medication safety in the community and community-based serious illness care.

Eligibility Requirements
Candidates must:

  1. Be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.
  2. Be no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.). Note: An exception is made for physicians with five or more years of clinical training since obtaining their terminal degree. These clinicians are eligible if they are within five years of completing clinical training.
  3. Devote at least 25 percent of their faculty effort to their invention during the project period. Each host institution will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor's work. This can be "in kind" as released time or access to special facilities for which there is normally a charge. Interested applicants should submit the following documents at the following link: https://jhu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1824400

Internal Nomination Process

  1. Statement of Invention (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 2pg. text limit)
  2. CV of candidate, including educational and professional background, key accomplishments, honors and demonstrated areas of expert knowledge (two pages maximum)
  3. Budget (1 page maximum)
  4. Two preliminary letters of reference (one from an individual internally and one from an individual externally) (Note: candidates selected to move forward may be requested to revise these letters before submission; letters must be requested through application link below).

Apply here: https://jhu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1824400

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

Internal Application Deadline: October 26, 2020

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Eligibility & Requirements
Cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.

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)

Click here to apply by October 26. Questions? Comments? Email the Research Development Team at resapp@jhu.edu.

The Fisher Center Discovery Program 2021 - Request for Applications

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

To develop excellence in clinical research regarding environmental infectious pathogens, the Center has created the Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP). We award a maximum of $50,000 to individual Johns Hopkins researchers during a single annual grant cycle.

The grant is offered university-wide. We encourage cross-discipline and cross-school collaborative research. Any full-time faculty person from within Johns Hopkins University (JHU), including the schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Engineering, Business, Applied Physics Lab, and Arts/Sciences may act as PI. These Discovery Program grants are possible through the generous support of Sherrilyn Fisher.

Program Goals
The Fisher Center Discovery Program (FCDP) is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • To provide financial support for clinical or translational research related to environmental infectious diseases
  • To provide financial support for clinical or translational research related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 during the pandemic crisis
  • To provide resources for pilot or clinical studies that may lack traditional funding mechanisms
  • To promote novel, cross-disciplinary collaborative clinical research
  • To facilitate the research careers of early career researchers (faculty or trainees)


  • All full-time faculty members of Johns Hopkins University, especially junior faculty, are encouraged to apply.
  • Only Johns Hopkins University faculty members holding a terminal degree (MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DVM, or equivalent) may serve as Principal Investigator (PI).
  • Hopkins-affiliated postdoctoral fellows, house staff, medical school students, PhD students, graduate students, and undergraduate students may submit an FCDP application and be included as research team members on FCDP proposals. However, they may not be the PI. If the applicant is not a faculty member, the supporting Faculty member PI is required to write a letter of support indicating review and approval of the project.

Letter of Intent (LOI) is optional. LOI submission deadline: October 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Application Deadline: November 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Application Process
Application documents may be obtained online; applicants are strongly encouraged to review the document Fisher Center Discovery Program Application Guidelines 2021 linked from our website.

Contact 443-287-4840 or fishercenter@jhmi.edu with questions.

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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