SOM Discovery Fund for Synergy & Innovation Awards

In 2015, the president, provost, and the deans of the University announced a new funding program for innovative, collaborative research or creative projects.

More than ever, the answers to the most challenging questions cannot be accomplished entirely within one academic discipline, or even one division. The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs.

The review process will evaluate the innovativeness of the project, its potential long-term impact and the synergy expected to result from the proposed crossdivisional collaboration. Collaborators who have worked and published together in the past are not excluded, but the project itself must be both highly innovative and as of yet unfunded. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished faculty.

Recipients will submit a final progress report, including any completed work, reports of invention, and any external funding applications/awards enabled by this funding. Recipients may also be asked to present their work at a Provost Research Symposium. Carryover of awarded funds to a second year will be considered with justification under special circumstances.


  • Award Guidelines 2016-2017
  • 2016-2017 Synergy & Innovation Awardees
  • Award Guidelines: Synergy Award 2015-2016
  • Award Guidelines: Innovation Award 2015-2016
  • 2015-2016 Synergy & Innovation Awardees