The Healthier World Challenge Planning Grants program is 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, five planning 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 planning 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.


We will have two planning grant cycles:

  • Cycle One PG closes on July 15, 2017
  • Cycle Two PG closes on November 15, 2017 **Extended to November 22nd, 11.59PM (EST)**
  • Cycle Three PG closes on TBC, 2018


  1. Download the 2017 Healthier World Challenge Planning Grants Request for Applications document. **Updated Nov 9, 2017**
  2. Submit application online via FluidReview process.  See direct link below


If you have questions, please contact



To learn about larger grants available for next steps, please see our Implementation Grants page.

Previous Grant Awardees

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