Applications open for 2017 Catalyst and Discovery awards

This is the third year for the awards, founded with an institutionwide commitment of $15 million

Early-career faculty and cross-divisional teams can seek funding for their innovative and collaborative ideas during the 2017 round of the Johns Hopkins University Catalyst and Discovery awards. Application materials can be found on the Office of Research website, and faculty can submit their proposals until March 31.

This is the third year for the awards, which were founded in 2015 with an institutionwide commitment of $15 million.

"We recognized the need for our university to play a key role in fostering faculty—individually and as teams—to pursue previously unexplored questions with the potential to change disciplines and lives," wrote university President Ronald J. Daniels, Provost Sunil Kumar, and the deans and directors of the university's divisions in an email announcing the call for 2017 applications.

The Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Awards are for early-career faculty across the university 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 with appointments within no less than three years and no more than 10 years of the deadline.

The Johns Hopkins University Discovery Awards focus on cross-university, faculty-led research and discovery. These awards of up to $150,000 are intended 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.

The 2016 awards cycle provided funds to 34 Catalyst awardees and 24 Discovery teams representing fields and divisions across the institution. Their work includes projects seeking to understand pancreatic cancer, pursuing research on international financial liberalization, and exploring the cultural and psychological underpinnings of technical design by examining two centuries of Japanese fascination with humanoid robots.

In their announcement of the 2017 funding, university leaders said the previous winners exemplified the One University ethos, and "through these initiatives and others to come, we will continue to do all we can to support our faculty, who form the intellectual heart of our institution."

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