HEMI Seed Grants, 2022

The goal of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute's annual HEMI Seed Grant Program is to provide seed funding to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions.

While all directions related to the HEMI mission will be considered, some directions of particular interest include:

  1. Structures in extreme environments, such as blast, extreme temperatures, impact/crash, natural hazards, disasters, nuclear events
  2. Materials behavior and performance in extreme environments
  3. High-power laser interactions with matter
  4. Materials and structures applications in planetary science, space science, and geophysics
  5. Hypersonics and hypersonic applications
  6. Dual-phase combustion of metal powders and the generation of nano oxide particles
  7. Materials and structures for energy applications, including energy storage
  8. AI/ML applied to extreme environments


All faculty and researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) staff, who can serve as principal and co-investigators are eligible to apply. Existing HEMI fellows are encouraged to apply.


The total budget request for a faculty member or team may not exceed $25,000. The project period is up to one year. HEMI leadership anticipates funding at least one seed grant award.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Award recipients will be expected to:

  • Complete research within one year. No-cost extensions will not be offered and funds remaining at the end of the one-year period will be returned to HEMI.
  • Submit a proposal for external research funding through HEMI within one year of completion of the project.
  • Acknowledge the support of HEMI in publications or presentations as a result of this award.

Proposal Format

Details about the title page, the narrative, the budget and budget justification, and the curriculum vitae are on the HEMI Seed Grants website.

Deadlines and Evaluation

The proposal deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, April 25. Please email the proposal as a single PDF document and the budget/budget justification in Excel to kvaught1@jhu.edu.

The HEMI Seed Grant Program Review Committee may seek budget adjustments before making final decisions around the beginning of June. The principal investigator should ensure the proposal contains all required elements and is clearly written. Although reviewers are chosen who are familiar with some of the proposed areas of research, it is not possible to have an expert in every field represented by the proposals. Therefore, it is imperative that you make a convincing argument why this research is important in your field and should be funded at this time.

Please contact Katie Vaught if you experience technical difficulties completing your submission or need further help in preparing your proposal.