An exterior view of 555 Penn under construction in December 2022 with blue skies above

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

March 30 deadline

Nexus Awards now accepting applications to support endeavors at 555 Penn

$15M in annual funding will support additional Johns Hopkins research, teaching, and academic conferences in the nation's capital; applications due by March 30

Correction: The timeline for submitting applications was misstated in an earlier version of this article. The Hub regrets the error.

Faculty and cross-divisional teams are invited to submit proposals for a new major funding initiative to support universitywide endeavors anchored at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the university's new home in Washington, D.C.

The Johns Hopkins Nexus Awards—similar to the university's Catalyst and Discovery awards—will support university faculty collaborating through bold interdisciplinary innovations. However, Nexus Award proposals must be connected to research and programming to be conducted at 555 Penn, which will have its grand opening this fall.

"As a community of scholars, we are excited about the promise taking shape in our new, expanded presence in the heart of our nation's capital," Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels said. "The Nexus Awards represent a substantial investment in the creative collaborations our faculty from across the university will bring to 555 Penn, and we can't wait to see what ideas they'll bring to the table."

The Provost's Office will accept applications through March 30 to fund proposals in three categories: research, teaching, and convening efforts. This year's awards will be announced in the spring and funding will begin on July 1, which coincides with the relocation of the university's D.C.-based academic programs to the new facility.

In addition, applications will open Sept. 1 for rapid-response awards spanning research, teaching, or convening, with a rolling deadline in recognition of the unanticipated opportunities that may arise for D.C.-based efforts.

Applications from all academic and professional disciplines within the university are welcome, and proposals must make significant use of 555 Penn. Applications must include at least one representative from any of the following: Applied Physics Lab, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, Center for Talented Youth, Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, Jhpiego, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Peabody Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Sheridan Libraries, and the Whiting School of Engineering. The funding can be used for salary, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or technicians, equipment, and travel, as well as events held at 555 Penn.

Each category has its own set of specifications:

Research: Teams may request up to $300,000, with an award term of up to two years focusing on either a new area of collaborative work or an expansion of an ongoing area of collaborative work in fundamental, clinical, or applied research, or projects within the arts and humanities. Proposals may include an external, D.C.-based partner. While applications from a single faculty member are welcome, there is keen interest in proposals from multiple faculty members that span more than one school/division of the university

Teaching: Applicants may request up to $25,000 for up to one year with the option to renew for a second year for undergraduate or graduate courses and co-curricular opportunities that will make significant use of 555 Penn. Proposed courses can span multiple departments, schools, or divisions, and can be a new offering or incorporate 555 Penn into an existing course taught in Baltimore that will make use of the new facility. Faculty members may apply as individuals, but proposals from multiple faculty members that span more than one school/division of the university are encouraged.

Convening: Teams may request up to $100,000, with an award term of up to one year for the development and execution of a conference or a series of conferences on any topic at 555 Penn. These may be one-time events or a series of related events.

Rapid Response: In tandem with the annual request for applications, the Nexus Awards will also maintain an open call for rapid-response research, teaching, or convening proposals anchored at 555 Penn to support unanticipated opportunities that may arise for D.C.-based efforts. These proposals follow the same eligibility and application guidelines for each category, may be submitted at any time, and must include a detailed explanation of why a rapid-response award is necessary. The review period and decision notification occur within approximately 10 days of submission. Applications will be accepted in this category starting Sept. 1.

Details and applications are available on the Office of the Provost website.