Healthier World Challenge Grants

We recognize that innovation comes in all shapes and levels of progress, and that developing effective and new ideas is a cyclical process. To support the development of the best and brightest ideas, we are offering two annual grants programs available to multidisciplinary teams that will solicit and review competitive proposals for solving targeted problems.

Planning Grants

Planning grants provide an opportunity for teams of faculty, staff and students from several Johns Hopkins schools or divisions to form and work towards identifying a social challenge and problem-solving approach. 

  • Project Teams convene, identify potential areas for research or design innovation, develop proposals together, collect data, potentially go on site to field-test concepts on a small scale, and define sustainable scale-up options.

Implementation Grants

Implementation grants are awarded to enable teams of faculty, staff and students from several Johns Hopkins schools or divisions to produce findings and innovations sufficient to beneficially impact communities in LMIC and/or to procure next-phase funding from government, foundation, and corporate sources. This is where ideas started under planning grants (or other, already developed concepts) can be translated to real-world application. 

  • In concert with local partners, teams go on site to scale up seed project solutions, collect data to evaluate and report results, design innovation products or implement services and plan next steps.


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Grants Awarded 2017



Grant Stories & Impact

Coming in 2018


Further Support for Research Teams

Beyond the Healthier World funding grants, the Alliance for a Healthier World also supports multidisciplinary teams with a variety of collaborative activities including events, useful tools, sources of funding and learning opportunities.

Additional Funding Sources

JHU opportunities:

External opportunities: