An Exploration of Practical Ethics program announced July 8 by Provost Robert C. Lieberman invites faculty to propose original research, novel educational experiences, or other innovative projects in practical ethics. Funding will be awarded for several proposals in that interdisciplinary field, which focuses on ethical issues that arise in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions, and in society.
The provost, the president, the director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the deans of six schools have allocated funds to support pilot activities. Those funds have been matched by a gift from university trustee Andreas Dracopoulos, for a total of $400,000.
The proposals must be initiated by applicants whose primary affiliation is in one of the supporting schools: the Carey Business School, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Peabody Institute, SAIS, School of Education, or Whiting School of Engineering. Faculty with primary institutional affiliations in other schools, or in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, may be listed as co-investigators. The total project period may not exceed one year, and the total requested amount may not exceed $75,000 for single-division proposals or $100,000 for proposals involving cross-divisional faculty teams.
"The deep disciplinary expertise at Johns Hopkins University, combined with a desire to address some of the world's most vexing social and ethical challenges, provides a unique environment in which to forge new understandings and new solutions in the realm of practical ethics," the Provost's Office says in its call for proposals. "Within the university, the Berman Institute of Bioethics was established to address ethical challenges in clinical care, public health and health policy, and biomedical science. The university now seeks to develop the interest and capability of Hopkins faculty to engage with other areas of practical ethics that lie outside the scope of bioethics, or reach beyond it to where pressing ethical issues and challenges also abound. "
Proposals may address any area of practical ethics within the disciplinary expertise of the applicants except those that are the purview of the Berman Institute. The submission deadline is Oct. 26, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards is Jan. 1, 2016.