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Round two: RFPs open for funding to support practical ethics activities

Grants of up to $75,000 are available to support pilot activities in the field of practical ethics. The request for proposals, the second in the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program, has a deadline of June 19.

Brief statements of intent are due April 24.

The proposals may include original research, novel educational experiences, or other innovative projects that take on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions, and in society. Proposals may address any area of practical ethics within the disciplinary expertise of the applicant(s).

The project period may not exceed one year. The total request amount may not exceed $50,000 for single-division proposals and $75,000 for proposals involving cross-divisional faculty teams. The earliest anticipated start date is Sept. 1.

An initial round of funding, launched in 2015, focused on developing the interest and capability of Johns Hopkins faculty to engage with areas of practical ethics other than bioethics. With that support, faculty members examined a range of topics, including the production, consumption, and discarding of disposable plastic consumer goods; ethics education for undergraduates in engineering; mass incarceration and solitary confinement of African-Americans; and university-community engagement and related educational curricula.

All the projects were presented to the Johns Hopkins community at a symposium held in January.

"Following the success of those projects, the university now aims to deepen and broaden the entire portfolio of practical ethics efforts," said JHU Provost Sunil Kumar in a message sent recently to faculty.

Proposals may be initiated by faculty whose primary appointment is in any of Johns Hopkins' nine academic divisions or in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, or by scientists at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

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