FAQ - the healthier world challenge GRANTS
What is a Co-PI and who can be one?
A Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) is a faculty or staff member who is responsible for conceptualizing and leading a research project in coordination with a team of other Co-PIs. This role is similar to that of a Principal Investigator (PI), but is held by multiple individuals where responsibilities are shared equally, instead of one person. Each team will have at least two Co-PIs, though you can have more.
Any full-time faculty or staff member who is eligible to serve as PI for a grant in their division can be a Co-PI. This includes junior faculty members, and staff in APL.
Who are considered “partners”?
Partners may include community members, community-based or non-profit organizations, private-sector corporations, community leaders, advocates, government agencies, or other academics that are active in the area of interest.
What do the teams look like?
We encourage you to be diverse and creative when constructing your teams. Each team is required to have Co-PIs from at least one health sciences division, and one non-health science division. More diverse collaborations and applications from junior faculty/staff are encouraged.Applicant teams must include a minimum of two enrolled students and demonstrate how they will play an active role in the project. Note that students cannot be used to fulfill the multidisciplinary requirement.
The scope of health equity is very broad. What projects will you fund?
While our four themes have been identified as priority areas, the Alliance for a Healthier World recognizes that there are many complex problems that lie outside these topic areas. We invite all submissions that harness multiple disciplinary approaches to achieve health equity across the world. We particularly encourage teams to consider addressing one of the cross-cutting approaches that AHW champions.
Am I allowed to submit multiple applications?
Yes, you can be a co-PI on multiple applications or grant types (i.e. you can serve as the co-PI for both a Launchpad and Impact grant proposal). Projects must be substantially different. If you have questions, contact the program manager (email@example.com).
What do I need to include in my letter of support?
We request a letter of support that states the Co-PI will be affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for the duration of the grant. The letter needs to be signed by the Chair of the Co-PI’s department OR Dean of the school/division.
For Launchpad grants, the application says I need to “demonstrate potential impact and/or innovation.” What if we are just starting and don’t have data?
We recognize not all applications will have data and some may be in early “ideation” stages – if that’s the case, explain to us how you think your idea will promote health equity! We are looking for projects that are thoughtful, well-articulated, and have potential for larger success.
What are the required results?
At the end of the Launchpad grant period, recipients are expected to submit to the AHW either a brief summary of outcomes and information about proposals resulting from the Launchpad grant activities.
Recipients are also expected to produce a brief report summarizing their collaboration activities and complete a short survey to provide information for future cycles.
During the Impact grant period, recipients will be expected to submit:
brief interim (6-month) progress & financial reports as well as final reports that outline the project’s accomplishments, including impacts on policy and plans for continuation of the research through applied for or received external funding, and a summary of use of grant funds at project completion;
copies of working papers/publications, policy briefs, or other deliverables identified in agreement with AHW resulting from the funded project for posting, and within 12 to 18 months of the award;
notify AHW of specific outcomes from the project (e.g., publications, further collaborations, further research funding, awards, legislative or policy actions, etc.).
How long do I have to spend the money?
For the Launchpad grants, you have up to five months from the award date to spend the funds.
For the Impact grants, you have up to three years from the award date to spend the funds.
Can I use this money for salary support?
Yes. We have removed all salary spending restrictions for both Launchpad and Impact grants. For Launchpad applications, this means that any faculty or staff member (at JHU or external) can use the grant to cover a percentage of her/his/their salary. For Impact applications, this means there is no cap on faculty or staff salary (at JHU or external). Students, consultants, and partners are allowed to charge salary.
Do you charge indirect costs?
No indirect costs are charged, as this is an internal JHU grant.
Do I need to have ethical (i.e. IRB) approval?
It is the responsibility of the Co-PIs to ensure that the project meets ethical standards if required, and that all team members comply with these practices. Funds will not be transferred without proof of IRB approval.
Q&A from the East Baltimore Virtual Session
July 9, 2019:
Q: Will this presentation be available later?
A: Yes. This session will be recorded and archived to the AHW website.
Q: Could you clarify a bit more about the salary cap for faculty and staff, if that is something that has been decided yet?
A: Caps for this cycle have not yet been decided. In previous cycles, the cap for the Impact grant was 10%. Once the amount has been confirmed, our website will be updated with the terms.
Q: Can you resubmit an impact proposal if it is not selected for funding?
A: non-funded proposals from previous cycles can be submitted. Please consider the feedback from previous reviews when submitting your proposal for new cycles.
Q: Is the match process with non-sciences faculty available for the Impact Grant? Or are we expected to team up with non-sciences faculty beforehand? My project has three co-PIs from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Engineering.
A: The match process is available for the Impact grants. If you are interested in learning more about the process and participation, please click here. If you have additional questions about the matching process, please contact Nina Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ashley Boston (email@example.com).
Q: Where is the link for the matching process for faculty located?
A: Click here
Q: What are the levels of specificity for disadvantaged populations that need to be included on the proposal?
A: We want to give teams flexibility in defining their interactions with the community. Within this broad spectrum, we would like to see proposals that identify specific inequities versus a generalized approach. Ex: people of Ghana vs those that may belong to a disadvantaged group (i.e. gender minority, geographic location, racial minority, etc.).
Q: Does effecting change through the project require an RCT or other intervention models accepted?
A: We do not specify methodology. You can provide an RCT or any other model that you see exemplifies change. We also accept more broader definitions depending on how your team would like to show that change has happened. We will accept assessments, RCTs, and other models as your team defines.