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SCIBAR | Support for Creative Integrated Basic and Applied Research

SCIBAR Funding Opportunity

The SCIBAR initiative seeks research applications crystallized around an ambitious goal with a realistic pathway from scientific insight to meaningful application in generating hypotheses and addressing an important public health challenge.

Proposals should elicit enthusiasm in this shared vision throughout the School and stimulate the highest caliber science to advance its goal. We expect SCIBAR to spark new or expanded areas of excellence in the School. Inspired by the Highly Integrated Basic and Responsive Research (HIBAR) movement, the Initiative challenges faculty to take the School’s research in new directions by forging non-traditional partnerships and integrating the basic and applied sciences to solve the most pressing public health problems.

Selected projects will be funded in the amount of up to $1 million each over four years. Funding will be available for up to four projects commencing in July 2020. The Dean’s office of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will provide support for up to two awards, and up to two additional awards will be funded by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Projects selected for funding by the Dean’s office must be promising investments for the School as a whole. Projects supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative must be projects that advance one or more of the five focus areas. Based on the success of the initial SCIBAR initiative, it is expected that the program will have additional rounds of funding in the future.

The Application Process

  • Teams will form in the summer & prepare a short concept summary (2-3 pages) of their idea
  • Concept summaries will be reviewed by a selection committee and 10-12 chosen for further development
  • Selected teams will be provided with $10,000 each to further develop their idea
  • Pitches will be presented to the School community who will have the opportunity to ask questions and vote for their favorites
  • Based on feedback from the public pitches & further consultation, teams will develop a full proposal (10-12 pages)
  • Full proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee with help from content experts

Who is eligible?

  • The Principal Investigator(s) must have a primary full-time faculty appointment in the Bloomberg School; up to two PIs may be named
  • Teams must involve key roles for faculty from at least two Bloomberg School departments
  • Non-professorial faculty can serve as leads with approval of their department chair
  • Inclusion of staff and students in the planning and execution of projects is highly encouraged

What will a successful proposal look like?

Projects to be supported by SCIBAR are more expansive in scope and problem-focused than normally funded by a typical NIH or foundation award. SCIBAR awards are an opportunity to think of innovative new approaches that are unlikely to be funded by a traditional funding source. The award requires bringing basic and applied research to bear on a single problem. The proposal must be led by individual(s) with a primary full-time faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and include key roles for faculty members from at least two JHSPH departments.

Successful proposals will:

  1. Identify a major national or international public health challenge and an ambitious goal. Explain why it is ripe for tackling now.
  2. Explain the hypotheses that will be evaluated or identified.
  3. Embody a successful collaboration between basic and applied science and involve the ‘end-user’ of the research. The proposal should provide a potential pathway from insight to application.
  4. Address how the proposal’s goal is informed by our commitment to advancing health equity, a central tenet of the School’s mission.
  5. Describe an approach to engaging other faculty and students in the effort.
  6. Provide a clear spending plan. This plan may include support for individuals in other divisions of the University, other academic institutions or external organizations, but should avoid unnecessary consultants or other experts who are unlikely to participate in the work.
  7. Explain the potential practice implications of the work, and the opportunities for the work to affect change broadly.
  8. Identify how results might be leveraged to provide future funding opportunities or expand the field in general.
  9. Specify a set of milestones for the project over four years.

Incorporating principles of health equity in SCIBAR proposals

One of the criteria for evaluating proposals for the SCIBAR award is how the proposal is informed by the School’s goal of advancing health equity.

According to the World Health Organization: Equity is the absence of avoidable, unfair, or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically or by other means of stratification. "Health equity” implies that ideally everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential.

Healthy equity is important because everyone has an opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter where they live, who they are, or how much money they have.

Health equity is relevant to both basic and applied research. See the FAQs to learn more about how SCIBAR applications can consider health equity in defining the questions to be addressed and in the design and conduct of the research proposed.

How to Apply


Subject to change as planning progresses.

October 15, 2019Letters of Intent Deadline
November 25, 2019
3-5 pm in Feinstone

Poster Session

  • Optional, Public Review
December 15, 2019Concept Summary Deadline
January 30, 202012 Finalists Announced
January - March 2020Skills Building Sessions
February 19, 2020All-Day Alan Alda Center Pitch Training for 12 Finalists
February 20, 2020School-Wide Alan Alda Center Science Communication Training
March 18, 2020Pre-Pitch Sessions for Finalists only
June 29 - July 10, 2020Online Pitch-It! Event
July 24, 2020Full Proposals Due
September 1, 2020Winners Announced