FAQ - the healthier world challenge GRANTS

What is a PI and who can be one?

A PI is a Principal Investigator.  Any full-time faculty member who is eligible to serve as PI for a grant in their division is eligible. This includes junior faculty members, and staff in APL.

Who can be a co-PI and what are their responsibilities?

A co-PI must be full-time, tenure track (including instructors), research, or emeriti faculty at Johns Hopkins University. While the PI has the ultimate responsibility to lead the project, a co-PI is a research team member who will be making a significant contribution to the project and will share leadership responsibilities with the PI.

Who are considered “partners”?

Partners may include government agencies, community-based or non-profit organizations, private-sector corporations, or community leaders or advocates, 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 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. Applicant teams must include a minimum of two enrolled students and demonstrate how they will play an active role in the project.

The scope of health equity is very broad. What projects will you fund?

While the four themes described earlier 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.

Am I allowed to submit multiple applications?

You can only be a PI or co-PI on one project, however, you may serve on the research team of other projects, as long as you are not the project lead.

What do I need to include in my letter of support?

We request a letter of support that states the 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 PI’s department or Dean of the school/division.

Can I apply to both planning grant cycles?

Yes, but we will not consider applicants who have been awarded a grant in the first cycle without submission of the required reporting documents (see the detailed RFA documents, available to download here)

For planning 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 pursue health equity! We are looking for projects that are thoughtful and have potential for larger success.

What are the required results?

At the end of the planning grant period, grant recipients are expected to submit to the AHW either:

  • a copy of their proposal resulting from activities supported by the Planning Grant that will be submitted for a subsequent Implementation Grant (Scenario A) OR
  • a copy of their proposal resulting from activities supported by the Planning Grant that will be submitted to an external funder (Scenario B) OR
  • a brief report describing “lessons learned” if not submitting for additional funding (Scenario C)

Recipients are also expected to produce a brief report summarizing their collaboration activities and complete a short survey to provide information for future cycles.

At the end of the implementation 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 planning grants, you have up to four months from the award date to spend the funds.  
For the implementation grants, you have up to 3 years from the award date to spend the funds.

Can I use this money for salary support?

Planning grant funds in general are not to be used to support the salary of full-time faculty. Funds can be used to support student or consultant (or partner) salaries.

Do you charge indirect costs?

No, no indirect costs are charged for internal JHU grants