Catalyst and Discovery Awards open for 2020 funding

Faculty members can now submit proposals for grants of up to $100,000

Since launching in 2015 with a $30 million commitment from Johns Hopkins University leadership and its divisional deans and directors, the Johns Hopkins Catalyst and Discovery Awards have opened doors to advance researchers' careers and paved the way for new partnerships to apply for substantial additional grants.

Applications for the 2020 awards cycle are now being accepted.

The Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Awards are designed to support early-career faculty across the university who are undertaking exceptional research or creative endeavors. Awards of up to $75,000 help these individuals launch their promising careers during the crucial years when startup funds may be depleted and external funding or other support may be elusive. They are available this round to faculty members appointed to a full-time tenure-track faculty position within no less than three years and no more than 10 years of July 1, 2020.

The Johns Hopkins University Discovery Awards focus on cross-divisional research and discovery. These awards of up to $100,000 were created to spark new interactions among faculty from across the university. Faculty teams use these funds to get started while they seek an externally funded large-scale grant or cooperative agreement.

In September, the 33 Catalyst awardees and 32 Discovery Award teams from the 2019 cycle were celebrated during an event at the university's George Peabody Library. The evening gathered scholars and researchers representing fields and divisions across the institution whose work encompassed such endeavors as creating high-performance catalysts with novel materials, investigating treatments and interventions for ovarian cancer and heart failure, and writing a musical composition based on a Zadie Smith lecture about President Obama's distinctive voice and use of language. The Catalyst awardees alone represented 26 university departments, including Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Composition, Materials Science and Engineering, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Political Science, and International Health.

In an email message sent today to the Johns Hopkins community to announce the new round of funding, university leaders wrote that they are proud of the initiative that has already supported the "extraordinary potential of more than 100 of our early-career faculty and enabled exciting interdisciplinary collaborations for hundreds more."

Details and application materials are available on the Office of Research website. Applications for both programs are due by midnight on Monday, March 30.

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