President's Frontier Award 2022 call for nominations

The award is an investment in an individual's academic creativity and promise for leadership

Johns Hopkins University will again choose a recipient of the President's Frontier Award, the most prestigious internal award at Johns Hopkins University. The award of $250,000 is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional scholarship and is on the cusp of transforming their field. One to three finalists are also awarded funding toward their research.

The recipient of the President's Frontier Award has freedom to decide how best to use the funds to push their work forward. That may include a research sabbatical, lab support, hiring of assistants, travel, publication of findings, or other purposes that advance academic pursuits. At the conclusion of the award year, the recipient will give a public lecture.

The program was launched in 2015 with a commitment of $2.5 million from trustee Louis J. Forster, A&S '82, SAIS '83, and is now partnered with a $1 million donation from alumnus David Smilow, A&S '84.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are accepted from faculty members. Materials must be submitted by Oct. 12, through the online nomination system on the Office of Research website. That website also offers details on what should be included in a letter of nomination and what materials are needed.

This award is intended for a full-time faculty member in any division who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement and for whom the award will significantly expand their prominence as an intellectual leader within their relevant fields of study. The ideal candidate will be a mid-career, full-time faculty member. The award is not intended to recognize lifetime achievement but rather is an investment in an individual's academic creativity and promise for leadership in their field of study.

Previous winners have come from across the university. Their areas of research include stem cell research, molecular biology, nephrology, musical composition, astrophysics, mathematics, and genetics. Learn more about the past awardees and finalists on the JHU Research website.

"I encourage our community to help us add a deserving name to the list of winners by nominating an outstanding colleague—within or outside their division—who are likely to be the next leader of their field," said Provost Sunil Kumar in an email calling for nominations.

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