Deadline approaches for Catalyst, Discovery awards

Faculty members have until the end of March to submit applications for the Johns Hopkins University Discovery and Catalyst awards, which support research. The deadline is Thursday, March 31, and details and application materials are on the Office of the Provost website.

Discovery Awards focus on cross-university research and discovery. The aim for these awards of up to $150,000 is to spark new interactions among faculty from across the university. A number of the awards are reserved for teams that will use the funds to get started while they seek an externally funded, large-scale grant or cooperative agreement.

Catalyst Awards are for early-career faculty who are undertaking exceptional research or creative endeavors. The awards of up to $75,000 will help these individuals launch their promising careers during the crucial years when startup funds are depleted and external funding or other support may be elusive. They are available to full-time faculty members appointed to a faculty position within no less than three years and no more than 10 years of the deadline.

The Discovery and Catalyst awards, which will provide $15 million in support over a three-year period, were announced in January 2015 by university President Ronald J. Daniels, Provost Robert C. Lieberman, and the university deans and directors to support the creativity and collaborative spirit of Johns Hopkins faculty. The first round of awards provided funding to 60 projects involving scholars from all 10 divisions.