The JHU Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) staff is dedicated to helping faculty achieve their research and academic goals by maximizing support from private foundations and corporations.

Information related to selected grant competitions open to all eligible applicants is provided here as a service to grant-seekers. The list is refreshed weekly and sorted by deadline. A list of limited submission funding opportunities, which are subject to an internal review process managed by JHU's Research Projects Administration, may be found here.

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Selected Grant Competitions

Updated 4/8/2014





Funding Amount


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 2014 Medical Research Grants To fill critical voids in current pediatric cancer research

Applicants may be M.D., D.O., Ph.D, or M.D./Ph.D. See web site for specific eligibility requirements for each grant program.

Up to $450,000 over three years

Bridge Grant:
Springboard Grant:
'A' Award for early scientists:

Reach Award:
Whitehall Foundation The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. The principal investigator must hold no less than the position of assistant professor, or the equivalent, in order to participate in the application process. The applicant need not be in a tenure track position but must be an independent researcher and have Principal Investigator status at his/her institution, usually construed as having lab space independent of another Principal Investigator. $30,000—$75,000 per year for up to 3 years

Three cycles:  

April 15; October1; January 15 (LOI)
Autism Speaks To advance understanding of relationships between GI and CNS processes Investigators holding full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointments or equivalent full-time non-tenure track appointments at accredited academic, medical or research institutions are eligible to apply. $500,000 per year for up to 3 years 4/16/2014 (LOI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation To implement paired healthcare payment and delivery system changes that incorporate a focus on reducing disparities in care and/or outcomes

Applicant organizations should have an active collaboration that includes at least one payer (e.g., health plan, insurance company, employer, government payer) and one or more provider / health care organizations (e.g. health centers/clinics, provider organizations, hospitals, network of physician offices, regional coalition of providers and health care organizations). Applicants may also be a single integrated delivery system and health plan. Multi-payer partnerships are encouraged. Any partner can be the lead applicant. The remaining partner(s) must play active roles throughout the project.

up to $500,000 over three years 4/18/2014
Health Effects Institute Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award To bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply. At the time of application the candidate should have two to six years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree and must be at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at an academic or research institution. Up to $150,000 per year with a maximum of $450,000 for three years 4/22/2014 (LOI)
Spencer Foundation New Civics Initiative To understand how education, inside and outside schools, can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people Doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Up to $350,000 for 1-4 years For grants up to $350,000: 4/29/2014 for preliminary proposals
Grand Challenges Explorations Round 13

Explorations Round 13 Topics

The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization – colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. $100,000 5/6/2014
Freidrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance Phillip Bennett and Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award

For pre-clinical and clinical investigations research projects with the potential to advance treatments for Friedreich's Ataxia

open to physician researchers, neurologists, and neuroscientists Up to $250,000 a year for one or two years 5/15/2014 (LOI)
L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

Raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences
Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations

  • Must have completed Ph.D. and started postdoctoral position by 9/1/2014.
  • Must be U.S. born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics
  • Cannot be in a faculty position
Must commit to at least ten hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)
Up to $60,000 toward postdoctoral work 5/19/2014
Genzyme - Patient Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Awards The PAL program funds innovative projects in lysomal storage disorder (LSD) awareness and education, community mobilization, non-profit development and good governance activities, patient care and support programs.  Non-governmental, non-profit organizations  Not specified 6/6/2014
AGA-Pfizer JAK-IBD Research Grant To encourage innovative research into the role that Janus kinase pathways play in inflammatory bowel disease MD, PhD or equivalent degree and a full-time faculty position. No geographic or age restrictions. $100,000 over two years 6/6/2014
Children’s Heart Foundation Clinical research in the areas of molecular genetics/biochemistry, devices/procedural research (catheterization & surgical), and long-term care of children with congenital heart defects as they become adults Investigators affiliated with educational or non-profit organization Up to $100,000 per year over 2 years 6/6/2014
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Bio-Therapeutics Impact Award: to accelerate the development of clinical trials for promising biologic approaches to treating childhood cancer See foundation guidelines Up to $1.5 million over 3 years 6/12/2014
American Association of Thoracic Surgery Alton Ochner Research Scholarship Surgical scholarship surgeons within first two years after residency committed to pursuing an academic career in cardiothoracic surgery $160,000 over two years 7/1/2014
AO Foundation Start-Up Grants Seed money in support of projects to advance surgical treatment of trauma and degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system through research, development and education Investigators within five years of doctoral degree or first position as assistant professor; includes those currently enrolled in residency programs or fellowships. Senior investigators with innovative and novel projects will also be considered.

$65,000 to $100,000 up to 18 months

American Heart Association National Innovative Research Grants Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., or equivalent doctoral degree and a faculty appointment. See citizenship requirements. Up to $150,000 over 2 years 7/24/2014
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Training Grant to support the development of a scientist in emergency medicine Must have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent); hold a university appointment in or be actively involved with a department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine; be an SAEM member during the award period. See web site for more details. Up to $100,000 over 2 years 8/1/2014
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Career Transition Fellowships To support young scientists who have the potential to make significant contributions to MS research Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent). Individuals with less than two or more than five years of postdoctoral research experience at the time are ineligible for this award Up to $550,000 over five years April/May (Pre- Applications); Mid-August (Full Application)
The Dana Foundation - Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program To support clinical researchers with new therapies and treatment in neuroscience Junior and senior level investigators are eligible to apply Up to $300,000 over three years Requests reviewed on a rolling basis
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - LRRK2 Challenge 2012 To support work that can significantly contribute to a better understanding of the gene/protein leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), its relevance to Parkinson's disease (PD) and effective ways to translate LRRK2 research into therapies for patients. Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply as Principal Investigators to this program. Up to $125,000 over one year Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis

Thrasher Research Fund - E.W. “Al” Thrasher Award

To support hypothesis-driven projects with innovative solutions that address significant health problems that affect children.

Doctoral-level degree is required.

Up to $300,000 over three years (including 7% in indirect costs).

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.