Six Seed Grants awarded by Alliance for a Healthier World

Alliance for a Healthier World awards six planning grants worth up to USD$25,000 each during the second cycle of Healthier World Challenge Planning Grants. The successful research proposals were received from multidisciplinary teams representing faculty, staff and students at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Peabody Institute, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Whiting School of Engineering.

The six awards total USD $148,000 and join the Alliance’s earlier cycle of planning grants which awarded $170,000 across eight teams. 

Since starting in mid 2017, the Healthier World Challenge Grants program has awarded a total of USD$318,000 across 14 multidisciplinary teams.

Since starting in mid 2017, the Healthier World Challenge Grants program has awarded a total of USD$318,000 across 14 multidisciplinary teams.

Successful Proposals in Cycle Two

Successful research proposals from cycle two planning grants will focus on low-and middle-income communities in Chile, India and Peru. Basic details of each proposal are listed below. Read more about each research project on our Grants Awards page:

1. “Reaching Vulnerable Girls in India with HPV Vaccination (RVGI)”

  • RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of Carey Business School, School of Education, International Vaccine Access Center, Jhpiego, and Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Mary Jennings, Sharon Kim, Somesh Kumar, Adetoun Olateju, Eric Rice, Megan Wysong, Vineet Srivastava
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: India
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Gender Equity and Justice, Transformative Technologies and Institutions

2. “Transformative Technology for Zero TB in Tibetan Kids”

  •  RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of School of Medicine, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Lelia Chaisson, Richard Chaisson, Kunchok Dorjee, Jason Farley, Lisa Folda, Dawa Phunkyi, Tsetan Sadutshang, Sonam Topgyal
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: India
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Transformative Technologies and Institutions

3. “Testing a thermal cooker to reduce household air pollution and make cooking with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) affordable and sustainable in Puno Peru.”

  • RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of Carey School of Business, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Whiting School of Engineering.
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Elba Angeles, Sara Castro-Klaren, Leonora Condori, Paul J Ferraro, Steven A. Harvey, Marissa Henry, Joseph Katz, Suhey Vilca Mamani, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Kendra Williams, Abigail Winiker
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: Peru
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Gender Equity and Justice, Transformative Technologies and Institutions, Healthy Environments, Food and Nutrition Security

4. “Child development through safe play and song-based learning”

  • RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Peabody Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Whiting School of Engineering
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Audrey Buckland, Jennifer Brimhall, Steven Chow, Kelly Fisher, Delia Haustein, Elli Leontsini, Jessica Rothstein
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: Peru
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Healthy Environments

5. “Addressing Health System Barriers to Evidence-Based Asthma Care in Low-Resource Communities of Lima, Peru”

  • RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Medicine, and Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Karen Baldwin, William Checkley, Marilu Chiang, Oscar Flores, Josiah Kephart, John Mann, Suzanne Pollard, Ileana Rodriguez, Elisa Romani
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: Peru
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Healthy Environments

6. “Planning the implementation of data-driven computational technologies to reduce waiting lists in a health delivery network for low income patients in Chile”

  • RESEARCH TEAM: A collaboration of Carey Business School, School of Medicine, and Whiting School of Engineering
  • TEAM MEMBERS: Jiarui Cai, Jocelyn Dunstan, Diego Martinez, Maria Soledad Martinez, Rodrigo Martinez, Diana Prieto, Jingwen Shao
  • COUNTRY FOCUS: Chile
  • THEMATIC AREA(S): Transformative technologies

Reflection on Cycle Two Planning Awards

Following a highly successful collaborative event at the Peabody Library in October, the Alliance received several strong research proposals for its second cycle of Healthier World Challenge Planning Grants.  The proposal review emphasized the health equity framing of the challenge, the potential impact of the research topic, and the diversity of expertise from the research team. 

The Alliance's definition of a complex global health equity problem is one that requires inputs and expertise from disciplines outside of the biomedical sciences. Consequently, leadership and involvement is recommended from faculty, staff and students across international relations, engineering, education, business, the social sciences, creative arts and bioethics to work side by side with biomedical science colleagues, implementing partners and disadvantaged communities.

For future rounds of Healthier World Planning Grants, the review committee will look for clear and strong articulation of the health equity framing of complex global health problem. The Alliance team will be reviewing and reworking the proposal guideline documents to ensure that they are accessible to the entire Johns Hopkins community and expect this will foster ever greater collaboration across all Johns Hopkins divisions.

Upcoming Opportunities

Implementation Grant Cycle

To build on preliminary research concepts, the Alliance for a Healthier World is offering multidisciplinary research teams a valuable opportunity to expand their impact. Implementation Grants will award teams up to USD$250,000 each to be spent over a period of three years. 

Unlike the planning grant to convene a working team to describe a health equity problem and identify areas for research or design innovation, the implementation grant proposal will ask applicants to address the complex health equity issue using a multiple discipline approach. The Alliance's four thematic areas will again be a guiding structure for the implementation grant structure. 

The first cycle of Healthier World Challenge Implementation Grants is now open with completed proposals due by the 1st June, 2018

  • Please note, Implementation Grant applicants will also need to submit a letter of intent (LOI) that describes the key aspects of the proposal by May 1st, 2018.

Want Further Information?

The AHW website funding section hosts funding grants information including:

  • Request for Application (RFA) documents for planning and implementation grants
  • Instructions for submitting online
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Previous grant awardees

We welcome any questions or suggestions about our grants, events, support services or other opportunities.  Please email the team at ahealthierworld@jhu.edu