Launchpad GRANTS

The Healthier World Challenge Launchpad Grants (formerly referred to as Planning Grants) are designed to allow teams of faculty members and students from several Johns Hopkins schools or divisions and their partners to develop proposals and/or execute work to support proposal ideas that engage multiple disciplinary approaches to pursue health equity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for a period of up to 4 months.


  • Each cycle, Launchpad Grants of up to USD$25,000 will be awarded and are expected to be used over a period of 4 months. Additional teams may receive smaller grants (e.g. USD$10-15,000) depending on available funds.

  • Project teams are expected to use these funds to convene, identify potential areas for research or design innovation, collect data, potentially go on site to field-test concepts on a small scale, and/or define sustainable scale-up options.

  • At the end of the grant period, teams are required to submit a report on their activities.

  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to grants.



  1. Teams are expected to include at minimum one Principal Investigator (PI), one external partner, and at least two enrolled students; co-PIs are also allowed. The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a full-time JHU faculty member who is eligible to serve as a PI for grants in their Division or School. PIs will be requested to submit a letter of support from their relevant Dean or Department Chair.

  2. Each team should have representation from at least one of the health sciences schools or entities, and at least one from the other Divisions and Schools. More diverse collaborations and applications from junior faculty/staff are encouraged.

  3. Applications should involve one or more partners outside of JHU.

  4. Applicants may focus their proposal on a single or multiple low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Applications focusing on marginalized populations in the United States or American Indian (First Nations) communities are also accepted.

  5. Applications should be able to demonstrate potential impact and/or innovation. We recognize not all applications will have data – if that’s the case, explain to us how you think your idea will pursue health equity.


Our next Launchpad Grant cycle is being finalized now. We’ll have more details soon.


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Previous Grant Awardees

To understand previous research proposals funded by Healthier World Challenge grants, please see our Awardees page  .