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For the last two years, the Catalyst and Discovery Awards have showcased the innovative and collaborative spirit of the Johns Hopkins faculty. We continue to support that spirit through this third call for applications from early-career faculty and new cross-divisional teams.

With an unprecedented institution-wide commitment of $15 million in 2015, 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.

In September, we celebrated the 34 catalyst awardees and 24 discovery award teams from the 2016 cycle at the Baltimore Museum of Art, gathering scholars and researchers representing fields and divisions across our institution. Their work encompasses such endeavors as 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. The one university ethos that inspired these programs was evident.

We encourage you to submit your proposals for 2017 in these two areas:

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

Details and application materials are on the Office of Research website. The application deadline is Friday, March 31.

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.

Sincerely yours,

Ronald Daniels

Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fred Bronstein
Dean of the Peabody Institute

Patricia Davidson
Dean of the School of Nursing

Bernard Ferrari
Dean of the Carey Business School

Elaine Hansen
Director of the Center for Talented Youth

Mariale Hardiman
Interim Dean of the School of Education

Michael Klag
Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health

Vali Nasr
Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Paul Rothman
Frances Watt Baker and Lenox D. Baker Jr. Dean of the School of Medicine

T.E. Schlesinger
Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering

Ralph Semmel
Director of Applied Physics Laboratory

Winston Tabb
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums

Beverly Wendland
Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

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