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The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health provides resources to faculty to explore opportunities to assist in their research and other academic endeavors. Listed below are a few of these opportunities.

Faculty Innovation Fund Award

The Faculty Innovation Fund supports the research of Assistant Professors with a primary appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal of this fund is to stimulate innovative research that will strengthen faculty members' abilities to compete for extramural funding. The maximum award is $35,000 and there are generally 3 to 5 awarded per year. Some of the Faculty Innovation Fund applications may be designated as candidates for specific, additional funding opportunities. These include:

  • Ho-Ching Yang Memorial Faculty Award
    Supports projects involved in cancer research that have particular importance to improving the health of populations.
  • The Richard L. Gelb Cancer Prevention Fund
    Supports research efforts in cancer prevention that assist in translating those findings into practical strategies and programs.
  • The Gustav J. Martin Innovative Research Fund
    Supports innovative research on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Application submission is due every year in February. All areas of scientific inquiry are eligible for this award. Please contact Gregory Kirk (Vice Dean for Research) at for further details regarding this opportunity.


Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Fund

The Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has a yearly funding opportunity for full-time faculty members and students at the JHSPH to support innovative research and professional training in areas that are consistent with the Center's mission. Awardees must agree to engage with the growing community of investigators focused on autism and developmental disabilities within JHSPH. Details on the funding initiative and application requirements can be found here.

Bloomberg American Health Initiative: Spark Awards

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative (BAHI) will support faculty research every year, with work in each of the five focus areas eligible for funding: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence.  Spark funding is intended to support innovative research projects to advance knowledge in the five BAHI focus areas while providing the foundation for future work.

Applications are due March 1, 2017. 

A total of $150,000 is available in the initial round this year.  It is anticipated this funding will support up to four projects led by faculty with primary faculty appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, each up to $75,000.  A similar opportunity is anticipated next year, with additional opportunities available for research in future years.

Information on this solicitation and details about Spark awards can be found here.  You can find more information on the BAHI initiative and the challenges within the focus areas here:​​

Center for Global Health

The Center for Global Health offers a number of funding opportunities for faculty and students engaged in the study and research of pressing international health issues, including up to eight full tuition Global Health Scholarships to the Bloomberg School's masters’ programs and a $5,000 Pulitzer Reporting Fellowship. Faculty Pilot Grants in Global Health Research, in the amount of $50,000, are designed to strengthen recipients’ ability to secure funding from current sources. Faculty interested in having students support their overseas research projects can recruit students for Established Field Placements, a travel grant of $3,500. Visit the Center's website to learn more about these and other funding opportunities.

JHU Technology Development Accelerator Fund Seed Grant Program

The purpose of the Technology Development Accelerator Fund (TDAF) is to further the development of Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty innovations with commercial potential. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that require additional development, proof-of-concept or prototype design to spur interest or make the technology ready for licensing. The technologies could include patentable inventions or copyrightable material, such as software or assessment tools. Suitable projects are tyically those that are beyond the basic research stage and beyond the interest of most federal funding agencie. Proposal must demonstrate a high probability of making it from the lab to the marketplace. The TDAF is not generally intended to support "de novo" development of ideas on which no substantial work has yet been undertaken, nor is it meant to support copyrightable academic monographs or educational material.

Grants of up to $50,000 (no indirect costs will apply) will be awarded to researchers for projects up to 12 months in duration.  The funding decisions are made by the faculty tech transfer committee, but the process is administered by JHURA with Charles Bartunek taking the lead.  Funding opportunity announcements and solicitation  of applications are typically circulated via email to the faculty about 4-6 weeks before the grant review.  There are two award cycles/year.