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Institute of Health and Social Policy BSPH Student and Trainee Policy Impact Awards

The Institute for Health and Social Policy is pleased to announce a request for applications for our new Student and Trainee Policy Impact Awards. The awards provide up to $10,000 in support of innovative, timely and applied student-led public health policy projects. Priority will be given to projects at the nexus of health and social policy that:

  1. perform research in support of policy development, adoption, implementation, or evaluation;
  2. translate research results into policy; or
  3. transform policy into legislation.

Eligibility is restricted to full-time students in good academic standing who are currently enrolled in a degree program at BSPH or who are postdoctoral fellows at BSPH. The proposal must describe a well-formulated project and have a letter of support from a Hopkins faculty mentor.

We require that students and trainees work on an issue related to health and/or social policy. Social policy is defined broadly and may include, for example, policies related to employment, transportation, housing, and other key issues. Proposals should identify a key decision-maker or policymaker who would use the knowledge gained from the proposed work (i.e., a “principal knowledge user”), and articulate how the project could result in, or advance, policy or systems changes. A plan for the decision maker or policymaker's active participation in the project is highly encouraged but not required. Decision-making partners are not limited to government agencies or officials and can include community-based and non-profit organizations active in a relevant field of health and social policy.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should:

Use of Award Funds

Application Components

Cover Page (1 page)


o Introduction. Briefly describe the problem and health/social policy that will be addressed

o Specific aims. List the specific aims/goals of the proposed project.

o Policy significance of the proposed project. This section must include a discussion of how the project potentially advances health and/or social policy, as described in the award objectives.

o Principal knowledge users. The section should include who will use the knowledge gained from the proposed work. This can be a specific individual, agency, or organization. If possible, proposals should describe how the principal knowledge users will be associated with the project, for example, their involvement in decisions regarding objectives, methods and analysis; dissemination of the findings to key stakeholders; and implementation of results.

o Mentorship. This section must include a plan for how the student/trainee will be mentored during the proposal including frequency of meeting.

o Approach/methods. Succinctly describe how the aims will be accomplished. Be sure that the approach is feasible in the appropriate timeframe. If there are significant limitations of the approach/methods, please describe how these will be addressed.

o Expected outcomes. Describe the likely project outcomes and how they will be disseminated.

o Project timeline. Projects are expected to be no more than 1 year in duration.

o Student/trainee development. Briefly describe how the project fits into the candidate’s career development goals or trajectory.

o CV. Applicant's CV as an attachment (not counted towards the 5-page limit)

o IRB. A section on IRB is not required for the proposal; however, IRB approval may be required for the project.

Budget Description and Justification

Letter(s) of Support

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary review committee. There are three cycles each fiscal year applications can be submitted. Due dates and project start dates are as following:

The applications will be judged on the following criteria:

Up to 2 proposals will be awarded funding

Grant Recipient Requirements

All award recipients are expected to commit to the following:

1. At the time of receiving the award:

2. At six months after the project begins:

3. At project completion:

For more information, contact Nicole Moseley, Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy, at