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Center for Injury Research and Policy


High-quality and innovative research. It is at the center of our mission.

Research has taught us that many injuries, just like diseases, are preventable. Yet, too many injuries still occur, and new hazards emerge every day. As public health researchers, we ask ourselves, ‘How can we use the tools of science to prevent injuries and improve trauma outcomes now and into the future?’. Our research finds the answers.

— Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director of Research

The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy is one of 10 U.S. “Centers of Excellence” in injury control research that has been funded for more than 30 years by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. Our research is highly relevant to policy and program development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination locally, nationally and internationally.

The Center’s research is shaped by the expertise of our faculty from across the spectrum of injury control, from primary prevention to acute care and rehabilitation, and includes addressing both unintentional and intentional injuries across the lifespan. A valuable component of all investigations conducted by the Center’s faculty is our commitment to multidisciplinary research as a strategy for developing evidence-based solutions to the devastating and costly impact of injuries in our society.


The Center has four priority research areas: 

The Center has also identified five populations of special interest. These groups are vulnerable to higher risk of experiencing certain types of injuries or injury outcomes for a variety of reasons including age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and exposure to physical and/or psychological trauma.


With support from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Center has dedicated resources to support Exploratory Research Projects, which will be awarded annually, depending on available funding. Exploratory research topics should demonstrate a high degree of overlap with the mission of the Center and should address one of NCIPC’s current research priorities. These projects are expected to address one or more of the following:

•             lead to the development of new and innovative research
•             are exploratory in nature
•             identify novel needs
•             extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications
•             lead to a breakthrough in a specific injury area

Eligibility: Full time faculty at any of the Divisions of the Johns Hopkins University are eligible to be the PI. Junior faculty (Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, or equivalent) and individuals from historically underrepresented groups, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, will receive preference for funding. Students may be part of a team but cannot serve as the PI or Co-PI.

2020-21 Exploratory Research Funding Cycle  

Application Details: Submit applications electronically by 5:00 P.M. EST on May 31, 2020. See PDF for full details.

Please direct administrative questions to Ms. Elise Omaki, Research and Practice Development Specialist for the Center, at Please direct scientific questions to Keshia M. Pollack Porter, Director of the Center’s Research Core, at

2019-20 Exploratory Research Funding Awardees

Johnathon Ehsani HeadshotAwardee: Johnathon P. Ehsani, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Civil and Systems Engineering

Proposed Title: E-scooters, Bikeshare and Rideshare: Helping or Hurting?  A National Survey of Safety Practices and Usage Patterns for New Mobility Products and Services

Project Summary: This proposed project will conduct a national survey to understand the relationship between exposure, trip purpose and prevalence of safety practices by users of new mobility.


Terrinieka Powell HeadshotAwardee: Terrinieka W. Powell, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Proposed Title: Preventing Injury and Early Substance Use among Youth Affected by Parental Drug Abuse: A Human-Centered Design Approach

Project Summary: This project supports an ongoing research project designed to prevent injury and early substance use among youth affected by parental drug abuse. Young adults affected by parental drug abuse will serve as full partners as we collaboratively develop and conduct component testing of a prevention intervention for this population. This work may ultimately provide life saving strategies to youth who are most susceptible to child injuries and early substance use, but often overlooked.