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Funding Opportunities and Support

Faculty in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health may apply for several internal funding opportunities which can help jumpstart their ideas and advance their career trajectory. These pilot or innovation awards often provide the initial support to gather data or explore support small project ideas which can then be leveraged into future grant applications.

Below are a few of these internal funding opportunities.

Faculty Innovation Fund Award

The Faculty Innovation Fund supports the research of full-time, early-stage faculty with a primary appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal of this fund is to stimulate innovative research projects that will strengthen the faculty member’s research trajectory. Many research leaders in the school received their initial independent funding through these awards. All areas of scientific inquiry are eligible for this award. The maximum award is $35,000 and there are generally 2 to 4 awarded annually. Application submissions are due each year in the spring. Check out our outstanding past awardees.

Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Fund

The Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has a yearly funding opportunity for full-time faculty members and students at the JHSPH to support innovative research and professional training in areas that are consistent with the Center's mission. Awardees must agree to engage with the growing community of investigators focused on autism and developmental disabilities within JHSPH. View details on the funding initiative and application requirements.

Bloomberg American Health Initiative: Spark Awards

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative supports faculty research every year, with work in each of the five focus areas eligible for funding: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. Spark funding is intended to support innovative research projects to advance knowledge in the five BAHI focus areas while providing the foundation for future work.

Center for Global Health

The Center for Global Health offers a number of funding opportunities for faculty and students engaged in the study and research of pressing international health issues, including up to eight full tuition Global Health Scholarships to the Bloomberg School's masters’ programs and a $5,000 Pulitzer Reporting Fellowship. Faculty Pilot Grants in Global Health Research, in the amount of $50,000, are designed to strengthen recipients’ ability to secure funding from current sources. Faculty interested in having students support their overseas research projects can recruit students for Established Field Placements, a travel grant of $3,500. Visit the Center for Global Health website to learn more about these and other funding opportunities.

JHU Technology Development Accelerator Fund Seed Grant Program

The purpose of the Technology Development Accelerator Fund (TDAF) is to further the development of Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty innovations with commercial potential. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that require additional development, proof-of-concept or prototype design to spur interest or make the technology ready for licensing. The technologies could include patentable inventions or copyrightable material, such as software or assessment tools. Suitable projects are typically those that are beyond the basic research stage and beyond the interest of most federal funding agencies. Proposal must demonstrate a high probability of making it from the lab to the marketplace. The TDAF is not generally intended to support "de novo" development of ideas on which no substantial work has yet been undertaken, nor is it meant to support copyrightable academic monographs or educational material.

Grants of up to $50,000 (no indirect costs will apply) will be awarded to researchers for projects up to 12 months in duration. The funding decisions are made by the faculty tech transfer committee, but the process is administered by JHURA with Charles Bartunek taking the lead. Funding opportunity announcements and solicitation of applications are typically circulated via email to the faculty about 4-6 weeks before the grant review.

Center for AIDS Research CFAR scholar awards

The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research provides pilot grants to faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support HIV/AIDS research projects. Junior faculty in other JHU schools are eligible to apply if the proposal meets all other criteria. The primary purpose of these awards is to strengthen the individual’s ability to secure independent NIH research funding with foci on R- and K-series awards.

The budget for the grants is a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs. Indirect costs will be calculated by the CFAR and added at the time of funding. We plan to award up to six (6) 1-year grants, with a start date of July 1, 2021. Please carefully read the full Application Instructions prior to applying. Download Application InstructionsView more details on the CFAR website.