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The Lerner Center For Public Health Promotion

Research Pilot Grant Program

2020-2021 Request for Proposals

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The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion seeks proposals from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) faculty to conduct novel research projects with the potential for high impact. The Research Pilot Grant Program provides support for faculty research in the early or pilot phase that focus on chronic disease prevention and improving health behaviors.  

The Lerner Center will make up to six (6) awards for a maximum of $50,000 each for 12-month research 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). Novelty, creativity, and innovation are highly encouraged. The project timeline is as follows:

Letter of intent (LOIs) 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

Proposed research projects may include: new collection of data to contribute to new or existing research;  creation of data-informed methods to inform new interventions;  development or pilot of a new public health intervention;  and evaluation of the design, implementation, or impact of a pilot intervention. 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 proposals will include a highly impactful and innovative project. Please ensure that proposed projects can be completed within the 12-month project period.


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 Associated are not eligible to apply. Prior to applying, please verify that the JHSPH faculty member can remain involved throughout the course of the project, which includes maintaining current faculty status at JHSPH.  A change in status may lead to forfeiture of funding. Proposals with multiple principal investigators (MPI) will be accepted if at least one principal investigator (PI) holds a primary appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Current Research Pilot Grant Projects

Additional Information

For additional information about this program or these projects, please email