Discovery Fund Synergy Awards
July 1, 2014
|Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Health Policy and Management JHU
Health Policy and Management, JHSPH
|Addressing medication regimen complexity in skilled home health care|
|Neurosurgery, Biological Chemistry
|Contributions of the Lin28/let-7 axis to neuropathic pain|
|Molecular Biology and Genetics
Medicine, ID, TB Center
|How does Pyrazinamide, a key drug for the treatment of TB, work?|
|Defining the epidemiology and feasibility of the HIV-infected deceased donor organ pool|
|A new paradigm for the development of clinically applicable diagnostic tools via imaging-based computational fluid dynamic modeling --- Prediction of left ventricular thrombus|
IGM, Biological Chemistry
Molecular & Comparative Pathobiology
Medicine, Immunogenetics & Transplantation Immunology
|v2.0 miRNA biomarker discovery for improved diagnostics|
Psychological and Brain Sciences, JHU Krieger
|Modulation of synapses by estrogen examined with subcellular resolution in the intact brain|
|Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
|Design, synthesis and characterization of glucose-triptolide conjugates as novel tumor-targeted anticancer agents|
Molecular Microbiology Immunology, JHSPH
|Imaging sensory activity in the Anopheles gambiae mosquito brain|
Angelo De Marzo
|Metagenomic studies of microorganisms in benign prostatic hyperplasia|
Epidemiology, Medicine, Biostatistics, JHSPH, SOM
|Left ventricular end diastolic pressure-guided volume management in dialysis patients|
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
|A multidisciplinary approach toward Lyme Borreliosis|
Mental Health, JHSPH, Psychiatry, SOM
|Sleep-disordered breathing and beta-amyloid in Down Syndrome|
|Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
|A superresolution study of the novel role of DNA replication in establishing asymmetric epigenetic information|
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Med
Anesthesia & Critical Care Medicine
|The evaluation of right sided heart pathology and right ventricular systolic pressure in pre-eclamptic patients with severe features|
|Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
|Superresolution imaging of protein-protein interactions in mammalian cells|
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announces the inaugural Discovery Fund request for applications:
Synergy Award Announcement
This announcement seeks proposals for innovative research projects led by faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (SOM). The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators and potentiate scientific achievements of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research programs. Applications are solicited from the entire spectrum of disciplines at the SOM, from basic to clinical, and from all levels of academic faculty. Collaborations across all Johns Hopkins entities are eligible for consideration, but proposals must include a SOM faculty member as principal investigator or co-principal investigator.
Synergy Awards will consist of up to $100,000, with an award term of one year. Applicants must describe a credible plan that they will make substantial progress with one year of funding. Carryover of funds to a second year will be considered with justification under special circumstances. Successful applicants may re-apply for an additional year of funding in response to a future Discovery Fund RFA.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014
Awards will be announced in mid-June for funding beginning July 1. It is expected that up to 10 Synergy Awards will be made this cycle. Additional Discovery Fund RFAs will be issued as funds become available.
Applications will consist of:
1. A research proposal, which should include four sections that succinctly describe the:
A) innovative hypothesis to be tested or goal to be achieved;
B) nature of the collaboration that enables the proposed work;
C) approach to be pursued during the year of funding; and
D) expected scientific impact of the proposed studies beyond the initial funded phase, including what future work would be enabled.
The research proposal section can be no more than four pages, not including any references. Shorter applications are encouraged. Since Synergy Awards are intended for new collaborative projects, no preliminary data are required.
2. A minimal budget description that describes how the funding will be allocated to each investigator in the collaboration and how it will be apportioned for any personnel, supplies and equipment. Any budget amount up to $100,000 can be proposed. Faculty salary and equipment costs can be included or excluded as desired. No indirect costs should be included in the budget.
3. An NIH-style biosketch for all investigators, without the personal statement, that includes all current and pending support from all sponsored and nonsponsored sources. Each biosketch is limited to four pages.
4. Up to five key words to aid in reviewer assignment.
Applications will be submitted through: (sorry, deadline has passed.)
Administrative questions about the application process can be best addressed by contacting Jolene Patey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-287-0246). JHM Research Council members Joel Pomerantz (email@example.com) and Kathleen Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) are available for scientific questions. The review process will stress the innovation of the project, its potential long-term impact and the synergy expected to result from the collaboration. Collaborators who have worked and published together in the past are not specifically excluded, but the project itself must be both highly innovative and as yet unfunded. Successful awardees may consult with the vice dean’s office for assistance if any administrative barriers to completing Synergy Award objectives are encountered.
Recipients will be expected to present their work as a team at a Discovery Fund Symposium, submit a six-month and final progress report, and report to the JHM Research Council on publications, reports of invention and external funding applications enabled by this award.
Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
David M. Levine Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
Antony Rosen, M.B. Ch.B., B.Sc. (Hons)
Mary Betty Stevens Professor of Medicine
Professor of Cell Biology
Professor of Pathology
Director, Division of Rheumatology
Vice Dean for Research