Award Guidelines: Innovation Award 2015-2016

Please Note: A faculty member may participate in only one application in which s/he is budgeted to receive funds from the award, whether s/he be listed as corresponding PI, co-PI, Investigator, or Collaborator.  There is no restriction on the number of applications a faculty member can participate in as a collaborator or consultant who will not receive any awarded funds. A faculty member cannot apply for both a Synergy and Innovation Award as a budgeted recipient of awarded funds.

The Innovation Award is designed to support innovative, single investigator-initiated projects that have not been previously funded or published. The expectation is that these awards will provide seed funding for bold, innovative new projects and enable new scientific directions and achievements of the highest quality and impact. Innovation Awards are not intended to support already established projects or minor extensions of ongoing research programs. All school of medicine faculty members are eligible. Innovation Awards will consist of up to $50,000 with an award term of one year. Applicants must present a credible plan describing how they will make substantial progress with one year of funding. Carryover of funds to a second year will be considered with justification under special circumstances.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

Funding will begin July 1. Up to 10 Innovation Awards will be made this cycle.


All school of medicine faculty appointed at the level of instructor or higher are eligible; this award is not restricted to early-career investigators.  A principal investigator may only participate in one school of medicine Discovery Fund application and cannot apply for both Synergy and Innovation Awards. Current Discovery Fund Synergy Award recipients are not eligible for an award for this cycle. The proposal cannot be duplicative with other funding at the time of the award.


Applications will consist of:

1.   A cover sheet: See the attached form.

2. A research proposal, which should include four sections that succinctly describe the following:

  • Innovative hypothesis to be tested or goal to be achieved; why is the problem important; how are the proposed studies novel; explain what this funding will allow you to do that you otherwise could not
  • Qualifications of the investigator to carry out the proposed work
  • Approach to be pursued during the year of funding
  • Expected scientific impact of the proposed studies beyond the initial funded phase, including what future work would be enabled

The research proposal section can be no more than three pages. References are not included in the three-page limit. Shorter applications are encouraged.

3.  A minimal, one-page budget that describes how the funding will be allocated to personnel, supplies and equipment. Any budget amount up to $50,000 can be proposed. Faculty salary and equipment costs can be included as desired. No indirect costs should be included in the budget.

4.  A National Institutes of Health-style biosketch (old format) without the personal statement that includes all current and pending support from all sponsored and nonsponsored sources. The biosketch is limited to four pages.

Each proposal must be submitted with the above four items, compiled into a single PDF. The PDF file name format must be: Last name of Corresponding PI dot First Name of Corresponding PI dot pdf. For example: Pomerantz.Joel.pdf

Each PDF must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2015, to


Administrative questions about the application process can be best addressed by contacting Jolene Patey at or 443-287-0246. Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Council members Joel Pomerantz ( and Kathleen Burns ( are available for scientific questions. Successful awardees may consult with the vice dean’s office for assistance if any administrative barriers to completing Discovery Fund objectives are encountered.

Post-Award Requirements

Recipients of Synergy and Innovation Awards will be expected to present their work at a Discovery Fund Award Symposium, submit a six-month and final progress report, and report to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Council on publications, reports of invention and external funding applications enabled by this award.

Innovation Award Cover Sheet

  • 2015-2016 Innovation Awardees