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Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Funding Opportunities

The mission of the Wendy Klag Center is to promote research into the origins, detection, measurement and prevention of conditions that affect behavioral, socioemotional and/or cognitive development, and evaluation of services and policies that support optimal development of affected children and their families. The center also provides funding mechanisms for faculty and students to support innovative research and professional training in areas that are consistent with its mission. Awardees must agree to engage with the growing community of investigators with research projects focused on autism and developmental disabilities within the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The 2014-2015 grants have been announced; see the awardees here

A call for proposals went out in November 2014. The application deadline for the next round of proposals is January 30, 2015.

What types of projects are eligible?

Faculty Projects

Principal investigators must be full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Collaboration with other JHSPH faculty, as well as with faculty members from other JHU divisions and/or the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is encouraged. Funding requests may be for up to $50,000 and up to two awards are anticipated during each round of applications. Pilot studies that can be leveraged into competitive grant applications are particularly consistent with the goals of this fund, as are proposals that serve to stimulate collaboration among investigators to tackle these important issues. Awards can be used to purchase equipment, supplies, pay student, post-doc, or staff salaries, and support other research needs. Salary support for JHSPH faculty is also permitted, as long as the amount of salary support requested is matched by the department. This departmental commitment should be evidenced by a letter from the chair of the department. Awards are for one year of support, with a possibility of a one year renewal using the same mechanism described below. Faculty cannot receive concurrent funding from the Faculty Innovation or Center for Global Health funding opportunities.

Student/Post-Doctoral Projects

Eligibility is restricted to full-time students in good academic standing who are currently enrolled in a degree program in the JHSPH and to postdoctoral fellows in the JHSPH. Funding requests may be for up to $15,000. The proposal must describe a well-formulated research project, training, or practice opportunity. Awards can be used to support research or training needs and for stipend support. Students receiving these awards will be designated as Wendy Klag Scholars, continuing a tradition of scholarship already in place through the Wendy Klag Memorial Fund.

What is the application format?

Faculty projects: The body of the application can be no longer than five single-spaced pages and should contain the following: abstract, introduction, specific aims, significance, methods and any relevant preliminary data or information. The significance section should include how this work will bring something new to the problem of autism and developmental disabilities and how pilot data might generate further research and grant submissions. The application should also include an NIH-format biographical sketch, a proposed budget, a detailed and reasonable budget justification, other support (including pending applications), figures and references as appropriate. These are not included in the five-page limit. If the proposed activity is part of a larger grant, there should be an explicit explanation of the larger grant and how this proposal fits into it. Applications should not collapse description of an R01 into five pages and should be relatively free of jargon. Proposals should be targeted to a fairly broad audience so that reviewers from different backgrounds can understand what is planned and why.

Student/Post-doctoral projects: The body of the application can be no longer than five single-spaced pages. If the support requested is for research, the instructions for the faculty project application should be followed. If it is for another activity, it should include a description and rationale for the project, including where it will take place, the student's and the advisor's roles, a mentoring plan, and how this activity may dovetail with ongoing activities. For either type of application, include training and/or research goals, a detailed budget justification, and a current JHSPH transcript. A letter of support from a full-time JHSPH faculty advisor who will supervise the project is required. Collaborations with other institutions, including the Kennedy Krieger Institute, state or local governments, or non-profit associations, require both a letter of support from the affiliated program supervisor and a letter from a JHSPH faculty member to confirm that student skills (e.g., analytical) are commensurate with project demands.

How do I apply?

Follow the above directions and send your completed application to Michelle Landrum at

How are awards decided?

Applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee of faculty members with expertise in the area.