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The Lerner Center For Public Health Promotion

Community Scholars Grant Program

2020-2021 Request for Proposals

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The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion seeks proposals from community scholar and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) faculty collaborations to conduct novel projects with the potential for high impact. The Community Scholars Grant Program provides support to facilitate sustainable, cross-sectorial partnerships between JHSPH faculty and community-based organizations to yield improved knowledge and implementation of effective health promotion programs, media campaigns, and policy efforts to promote public health. The Community Scholars must represent a CBO and must apply in collaboration with a JHSPH faculty member. Applicants should propose a health promotion project that grows the capacity of the Community Scholar, the JHSPH faculty member, and the CBO.  

The Lerner Center will make up to six (6) awards for a maximum of $50,000 each for 12-month health promotion implementation or evaluation projects. Project funds are limited, and smaller-scaled projects are encouraged. Projects implementing or evaluating an initiative from The Monday Campaigns will be given priority (see examples of past projects). The project timeline is as follows:

Letters of intent due:March 2, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
Applications due:April 27, 2020 (5:00 pm ET)
Awardees announced:Early June, 2020
Project period:July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Project Description

Community Scholar health promotion projects should focus on impacting health behaviors, policies, or environments to reduce risk for chronic disease at the individual, community, societal, or national levels. Projects can involve a range of activities, including implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs, health messages, or policies. Priority areas include:  environmental concerns;  injury or violence prevention;  and chronic diseases. Projects should incorporate cross-cutting themes of: health equity; policy change; and media or communication strategies. Projects implementing and evaluating The Monday Campaigns initiatives are of particular interest and will receive priority consideration.  

Successful applicants will demonstrate Community Scholar capacity for growth; represent a newly formed or growing JHSPH/CBO partnership; and include a highly impactful and innovative project. Please ensure that proposed projects can be completed within the 12-month project period.


Awarded teams must include at least one Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) faculty member and one Community Scholar, representing a community-based organization (CBO).  Prior to applying, please verify that both the Community Scholar and the JHSPH faculty member can remain involved throughout the course of the project, which includes maintaining current faculty status at JHSPH.  A change in partner status may lead to forfeiture of funding.   

Eligible faculty must be on the scientist or professor track (assistant, associate, or full) with a primary appointment in JHSPH, effective no later than the project start date. Postdoctoral fellows and Research Associates are not eligible to apply. All Community Scholars must be professionals who represent or are employed by the partnering CBO.     

Current Community Scholars Projects

Additional Information

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