Nominations now open for the President's Frontier Award

JHU's most prestigious internal award recognizes academic creativity and promise for leadership

Nominations are now open for the most prestigious internal award at Johns Hopkins University.

The $250,000 President's Frontier Award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional scholarship on the cusp of transforming their field. In addition, up to three finalists are awarded funding for their research.

This award does not recognize lifetime achievement but rather is an investment in an individual's academic creativity and promise for leadership and innovation. It is intended for a full-time, midcareer faculty member in any division who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement and for whom the award funding will significantly expand their prominence as an intellectual leader within their fields of study.

The chosen researcher will have the freedom to decide how best to use the awarded funds to advance their projects. That may include a research sabbatical, lab support, hiring of assistants, travel, publication of findings, or other purposes that enhance academic pursuits. At the conclusion of the award year, the recipient will give a public lecture.

Nominations for the 2023 award may be submitted through Oct. 25 using the online nomination system on the Office of Research website, and both faculty and self-nominations will be accepted. The website also offers details on the letter of nomination and other materials needed.

A selection committee of Johns Hopkins faculty will review the submissions and identify a group to advance to the second tier. In consultation with deans and department chairs, President Ron Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar will make the final selection for the award.

The President's Frontier Award 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.

The outstanding faculty who have been previously recognized come from a number of different programs and schools. Details about the awardees and finalists are available on the JHU Research website.

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