November 2013

Funding from Foundations/Private Sources

JHU's Corporate and Foundation Relations maintains a Web site listing upcoming grant competitions that are sponsored by foundations and other private sources: They are in addition to the limited-submission RFPs periodically announced by the Research Projects Administration office. The opportunities are listed in order of deadline and links to each funder's application information are provided. Contact Karin Hunt ( with any questions.

Michelson Grant and Michelson Prize

Found Animals offers Michelson Grants of up to $750,000 USD for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female cats and dogs. To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for "proof of concept" studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. Scientists from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply.

The first step to apply for a Michelson Grant is submission of a letter of intent. Letters of intent are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis and, if approved, researchers are invited to submit grant proposals for a March, July, or November deadline.

The Michelson Prize is a $25 million prize will be awarded to the first entity to develop a safe and effective single dose, permanent, non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs. The winning entry for the Michelson Prize must meet the following criteria: The winning entry will have, at minimum, the following characteristics:

  • Single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
  • Safe and effective in male and female cats and dogs
  • Ablates sex steroids and/or their effects
  • Suitable for administration in a field setting
  • Viable pathway to regulatory approval
  • Reasonable manufacturing process and cost

Rita Allen Scholars Program for 2014

RESPONSE REQUESTED BY: November 13, 2013

The Rita Allen Foundation supports research scientists in the early stages of their careers who demonstrate potential for becoming leaders in cancer, immunology and neuroscience. Interested candidates should be in a tenure-track appointment, but for no more than three years as of February 1, 2014, and provide persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in research in one of the relevant fields. The Foundation provides awards up to $110K annually for a period of up to five (5) years. More information is available at

Johns Hopkins has been invited to submit one nomination for the Rita Allen Scholars Program for 2014. An internal peer review to select the nominee will be managed through the Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration. Interested candidates should submit the materials listed below in sequence in one PDF document via e-mail no later than Wednesday, November 13, 2013, to

  • JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (see for a copy)
  • Curriculum Vitae (two-four pages)
  • Proposal narrative (no more than four single-spaced pages, including references)
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant's department chair/director
  • Names and contact information of four people acquainted with the applicant's work (at least two individuals should be from outside of Johns Hopkins)
  • Detailed list of past, current, and pending support from other funding sources, "both public and non-public"

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within three (3) business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Janet Palmer at (410) 516-3295. Please note: Applications will not be accepted unless submitted to The selected candidate will be informed as soon as possible. Nominations and letters of support must be electronically submitted to the Rita Allen Foundation by Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Education and Training to Professionalism Grant Program


The Institute for Medicine as a Profession is dedicated to advancing the principles of medical professionalism as a field of study and a force in shaping policy. The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by fostering innovation in health professionals' education. To these ends, we are continuing a joint grant program that aims to enhance the place of professionalism in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

IMAP and Macy will support faculty-directed programs that address one or several of these critical components of professionalism. These include but are not restricted to such concepts as:

  • Putting Patient Interests First: As professionals, physicians must not allow their own interests or that of their institutions to take precedence of patients' well-being. Conflicts of interest must be resolved in favor of the patients.
  • Enhancing Social Justice: Physicians should work actively to eliminate discrimination in service delivery, whether based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, or other social categories.
  • Promoting a Just Distribution of Finite Resources: Physicians are required to provide health care that is evidence based and cost effective. Physicians' professional responsibility demands scrupulous avoidance of unnecessary tests and procedures so as to protect patients from harm and preserve health care resources.
  • Promoting Self-Regulation: Physicians are responsible for their own performance as well as that of colleagues and other team members.
  • Encouraging Physician Advocacy: Future physicians should understand the need for advocacy not only for their patients but for the common good. They should be taught the skills necessary to fulfill this responsibility.

Applicants must be faculty members at accredited medical schools, hospitals, or health care systems, and/or participating in approved residency programs. Applications from surgery and medical sub-specialties are especially encouraged.

Only ONE application per institution will be considered. A proposal from a consortium of institutions is welcome.

IMAP and Macy will give five awards annually to educational programs in professionalism. Grants will be provided for a two year period at $25,000 per year. The program will also fund airfare and lodging for two faculty members from each program to attend a national IMAP-Macy meeting on educating to professionalism. These travel funds are in addition to the $25,000 per year, and should not be included in the budget proposal.

The School of Medicine expects to nominate one candidate for this program. The deadline to submit materials for internal review is Monday, November 18, 2013. Interested applicants should submit the following materials in one PDF document to

  1. SOM Limited Submission Cover Sheet (contact for a copy)
  2. Program Proposal and Budget (see LINK for detail)
  3. Program Timeline
  4. Three letters of support, including one from the Dean of the Faculty and one from the director of the relevant residency program. The letters should also articulate and endorse the proposed strategy for sustaining the curriculum after grant funding ends. (not needed for internal submission)
  5. One CV for each member of the teaching faculty for the project. Each CV should be no more than 2 pages. NIH format is acceptable
  6. Your institution's IRS tax determination letter. (not needed for internal submission)

Each applicant should expect to receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials within 48 hours. If you do not receive any acknowledgement, please contact Karen Falter at (410) 502-2132. Complete applications must be received by the Josiah Macy Foundation by email in .pdf format at no later than 5 p.m. EST December 9, 2013.

Brain Research Foundation - 2014 Seed Grant Program


The Brain Research Foundation has invited Johns Hopkins to nominate two faculty members to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2014 Seed Grant Program. The program's main objective is to provide start-up funds for new research projects and innovative programs "that have the potential of becoming competitive" for an NIH funding initiative or other external funding sources. The Brain Research Foundation's goal is to have the initial effort produce opportunities for research projects, collaborations, and scientific advancements. The two selected nominees from Johns Hopkins must be tenured/tenure track Assistant or Associate Professors working in the area of neuroscience. The grant period is for one year in the amount of $50,000 (direct costs). More information is available at

About the Foundation: "The Brain Research Foundation funds innovative neuroscience research that expands understanding of how the brain works, and provides educational programs for researchers, families struggling with debilitating brain disorders and the general public. The Foundation plays a critical role in the scientific process by funding grants that are the starting blocks to discovery, allowing scientists to prove the feasibility of their projects and produce data that will make them eligible for larger government and institutional funds."

The JHU Review Process: An internal peer review to select the nominees will be managed through the Office of the Assistant Provost for Research Administration. Applicants should submit the materials listed below in sequence in one PDF for internal review by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, to

  • JHU Internal Submission Cover Sheet (visit
    funding-special-private.htm for a copy)
  • Biographical Sketch including other support (using the current NIH format including a page listing other support - four pages maximum)
  • Project Summary (one page maximum, single-spaced, ½ inch margins, Times New Roman, 11 pt.)

Applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt of their materials. If any applicant does not receive an acknowledgement within three business days, please contact Janet Palmer at (410) 516-3295 or by e-mail at Each selected nominee's Letter of Intent must be submitted to the Brain Research Foundation by 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Mallinckrodt Scholar Program

Johns Hopkins Medicine is one of thirty medical schools that have been invited by the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation to submit two nominees for the current competition that will provide one to two awards of $100K per year for a period of four years. The nominee should be a faculty member at the rank of at least Assistant Professor (or now being promoted to that rank). While both basic science and clinical research proposals are considered, the foundation emphasizes support for basic science research (in any discipline).

Applicants must hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree, and be in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure-track position. The selected nominee must be available to travel to the foundation's offices in St. Louis, Missouri in June for a formal interview. (Travel expenses will be covered by the foundation.) The start date is October 1, 2014.
Applicants should submit preliminary applications for internal review to at the Office of Research Administration by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013. The foundation deadline is January 15, 2014.
The guidelines and more specific information about this program can be found at

Gruber Foundation Invites Nominations for 2014 Neuroscience Award

Deadline: December 15, 2013

The Gruber Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience, which honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system. Established in 2004, the Neuroscience Prize provides an unrestricted cash award of $500,000, a gold medal inscribed with the recipient's name, and a citation describing the achievement for which the recipient is being honored.

Nominations for the Neuroscience Prize are invited annually and may be submitted by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study.

Individuals from anywhere in the world who have conducted highly distinguished research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system can be nominated.

For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, see the Gruber Foundation Web site. Contact: Link to Complete RFP.

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November 2013 articles:
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
Funding from Foundations/Private Sources
Michelson Grant and Michelson Prize
Rita Allen Scholars Program for 2014
Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Education and Training to Professionalism Grant Program
Brain Research Foundation - 2014 Seed Grant Program
Mallinckrodt Scholar Program
Gruber Foundation Invites Nominations for 2014 Neuroscience Award
Dean's Research Integrity Lectures

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