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  • Application Due: 11:00 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 13, 2023
    • Click Here to apply
  • Award Announcement: October, 2023

Funding & Project Timeline

  • Up to 2 grants will be awarded at $60,000 each.
  • 18-month project timeline, with work commencing in October 2023 (inclusive of the submission to IRB and related processes).

Grant Program Description

The Breakthrough Research Grants Program provides funding for pilot projects led by faculty members from Ashoka University (Ashoka), and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) that involve interdisciplinary collaborations. This opportunity is focused on health data research including the following (but not limited to): 

  • Data analytics and intelligence, predictive modeling 
  • Bioinformatics tools including in omics (proteomics, transcriptomics, glycomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and epigenomics) 
  • Health and wellness behavior modification tools
  • Common data models (CDMs) 
  • Decision support systems 
  • Virtual consult 

Proposals that bring together interdisciplinary teams will be prioritized as well as those proposals that focus on Tuberculosis or Respiratory illness. 

Grant Program Objectives

  • Foster collaborations that advance scientific understanding and/or innovative solutions to health data research in India.
  • Promote growth in impactful interdisciplinary collaborations across Johns Hopkins University and Indian partner institutions.
  • Support development of new partnerships between research institutions in India and JHU faculty and students.
  • Promote equitable research partnerships among JHU faculty and Indian institutions.
  • Offer mentorship and training opportunities for JHU students and students in India.

Funding Use and Restrictions

Funds are intended for research support, including, but not limited to technical support, lab supplies, assays, travel costs, student costs, and limited research equipment. There will be no transfer of funds between JHU and the co-funding partner, Ashoka University. GKII funds will cover costs for JHU faculty and salary support may be requested. Similarly, funds from Ashoka University will support the requirements for their respective researchers. Cost sharing is not permitted.