Award Guidelines 2016-2017

Synergy Awards will consist of up to $100,000 with an award term of one year and will support novel collaborative research projects led by full-time, tenure-track academic faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. These awards are meant to spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators and scientific achievements of the highest quality and impact.

Eligibility: Applications are solicited from all disciplines at the school of medicine, from basic to clinical, and from full-time, tenure-track academic faculty members. Collaborations across all Johns Hopkins entities are eligible for consideration, but proposals must include a school of medicine full-time, tenure-track academic faculty member as one of the co-principal investigators. Collaborators who have worked and published together in the past are not excluded, though the project itself must be new, highly innovative, and as yet unfunded and unpublished.

Each proposal must include a member of the school of medicine faculty as one of the collaborating principal investigators. All principal investigators may be school of medicine faculty members; there is no requirement for one of the investigators to be faculty members outside of the school of medicine. 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 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.

Innovation Awards will consist of up to $50,000 with an award term of one year and will support new, 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 new projects and enable scientific directions and achievements of the highest quality and impact

Eligibility:  All school of medicine full-time faculty members appointed at the level of instructor or higher are eligible; this award is not restricted to early-career investigators. A principal investigator may only submit or participate in one school of medicine Discovery Fund application and cannot apply for both Synergy and Innovation Awards. Current Discovery Fund 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.

Application Guidelines

Applications will consist of:

    1. A cover sheet (please see the attached form)
    2. A research proposal of no more than three pages (including figures/tables); references are not included in the three-page limit. Shorter applications are encouraged. Please use a font size of 11 points or larger with margins of 0.5” on all four sides.

The research proposal should include four sections that succinctly describe the:

–Innovative hypothesis to be tested or goal to be achieved, why the problem is important, and how the proposed studies are novel and not merely an extension of previously funded or published work. Explain what this funding will allow you to do that you otherwise could not. Preliminary data are not required.

–For the Synergy Award, explain the nature of the collaboration that enables the proposed work. Is this a new collaboration? If not, applicants must describe how the project represents a new direction.

–For the Innovation Award, explain the qualifications of the investigator to carry out the proposed work, the approach to be pursued during the year of funding, and the expected scientific impact of the proposed studies beyond the initial funded phase, including what future work would be enabled

3.  A minimal, one-page budget that describes how the funding will be allocated to personnel, supplies and equipment. 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 is required for all faculty members—including but not limited to principal investigator, co-investigator, collaborator and consultant—without the personal statement, which includes all current and pending support from all sponsored and nonsponsored sources. Do not include completed support. Each biosketch is limited to four pages.

For the Synergy Award, any budget amount up to $100,000 can be proposed.

For the Innovation Award, any budget amount up to $50,000 can be proposed.

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.

Submission

Each proposal must be submitted with all components compiled into a single PDF. A specific file name format is required for the PDF: last name of corresponding principal investigator dot first name of corresponding principal investigator dot pdf (for example: Burns.Kathleen.pdf).

The application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 2, 2016.

Synergy Award: Submit via email to SynergyAward@jhmi.edu.

Innovation Award: Submit via email to InnovationAward@jhmi.edu.

Application deadline: May 2, 2016
Funding announcement: By July 1, 2016
Award start date: July 1, 2016

Up to 10 synergy awards and up to 10 innovation awards will be made this cycle.

Questions?

Administrative questions about the application process can be addressed by contacting Renee Bryant via email at rbryant@jhmi.edu.

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 reports, and report to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Council on publications, reports of invention and external funding applications enabled by this award. Successful awardees may consult with the vice dean’s office for assistance if any administrative barriers to completing Discovery Fund objectives are encountered.

 

DISCOVERY FUND COVER SHEET 2016

  • Inaugural School of Medicine Discovery Fund Symposium 2016