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June 2021

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.

Boost and Propel Research Awards Request for Applications (RFA)

Deadline: Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Eligible: All Johns Hopkins University faculty
Grant Period: One year, with possible renewal

BOOST and PROPEL awards are clinical research grants that award Clinical Research Unit (CRU) resources such as research space, specialized research nursing, imaging assistance (i.e. DXA,CV core), and research nutrition resources to ICTR investigators, based on merit and willingness to be actively monitored by the Translational Research Evaluation Committee (TREC) for study-specific milestones. All projects are monitored on a quarterly basis for attainment of milestones.

The goal of these awards is designed to accelerate meritorious protocols to produce efficient, high quality, safe and disseminatable research. They are unique within the ICTR in that awards are for CRU resources and applicants undergo a rigorous, NIH-style, multidisciplinary review process via the TREC review committee.

BOOST- 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- 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.


All investigators must submit an application to a Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning their BOOST/PROPEL application. The CRU must be selected as a study site by completing Section 9, questions and 10 on the eIRB application.

Applications must be submitted through the ICTR Connection Request website:

Review the Request for Applications for detailed instructions and more information. For questions, please contact Shernice Madison at smadison@jhu.edu or crus@jhmi.edu.

ICTR Team Science Award

Application Deadline: June 18, 2021, 11:59 pm

While many awards still go to individuals, advances in translational research are increasingly dependent on teams of individuals with different perspectives and skills working collaboratively towards a common goal. The concept of Team Science answers the question, "How do groups, particularly interdisciplinary groups, move through a process together?" Although seemingly simple, the field that studies the Science of Team Science has demonstrated that successfully conducting science in teams can be anything but. Thus, the goal of this award is to recognize the great work Johns Hopkins researchers have been doing as interdisciplinary teams and to highlight best practices and share lessons learned in Team Science. We expect this will be an annual award.

The Award

Three teams within the Johns Hopkins system will be selected to receive the ICTR Team Science Award. In addition to self-satisfaction and external validation, these three teams will:

  • Celebrate with a 'coffee break' package from the Bakery, our neighbor at Northeast Market
  • Receive a prize of either $2,000 to be used for team functions OR a project-specific consultation with the ICTR Research Navigators to see how we can best support your research
  • Be featured at an ICTR Team Science event in which they will share their success and describe how they overcame challenges
  • Have bragging rights for a year

Teams will be provided with a project-specific consultation by the ICTR Navigators to help identify how the ICTR can best support their research.


Any person within Johns Hopkins who is part of a Team Science biomedical research project is eligible to submit an application on behalf of a team. A Team Science project is defined as any group of interdisciplinary researchers working collaboratively toward a specific scientific goal. Interdisciplinary research can be defined as either cross-school collaborations (i.e., Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Education, or Business), or as collaborations across different multiple department or fields of study. (See the National Cancer Institute's Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide for more information on Team Science.) The team must include at least three members, led or co-led by a Johns Hopkins researcher, and have worked together on more than one research protocol.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted here: https://redcap.link/TeamScience

View the Request for Applications.

For more information, visit https://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/funding_opps/funding-opportunities/ictr-team-science-award/ or contact TeamScience@jhmi.edu by June 4, 2021.

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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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
Sponsored Training Opportunities
Summer Required Training
Restriction of Visitors
Johns Hopkins Occupational Health Services
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Boost and Propel Research Awards Request for Applications (RFA)
ICTR Team Science Award
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Updated Guidance from NIH on COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients
COVID-19 and Research Updates
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 Comunity 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
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