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  • LOI Due: 5:00 pm EDT, Friday, October 14, 2022
  • Application Due: 5:00 pm EDT, Friday, November 11, 2022
  • Award Announcement: December 20, 2022

Funding & Project Timeline

  • Up to 3 proposals will be awarded at $50,000 each.
  • 18-month project timeline, with work commencing in January 2023 (inclusive of the submission to IRB and related processes).

About GKII

The Johns Hopkins Gupta-Klinsky India Institute mission is to improve society through research, education, policy, and practice by mobilizing Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students, and alumni to work with partners in India. Its two-fold strategic priorities include – Enhancing Opportunities by networking with faculty, students, and collaborators, providing student and faculty exchange opportunities, lowering barriers to work in India with access to know-how, and establishing partnerships and frameworks promoting collaborative research; and Core Initiatives involving seed grants, incubator funding, programmatic investment, and fundraising opportunities in high-priority core areas including Infectious diseases, Maternal, child and adolescent health, Health systems strengthening, Climate change & environmental security, Non-communicable diseases, and Technology & digital health.

Grant Program Description

The Breakthrough Research Grants Program supports JHU faculty pilot projects involving interdisciplinary collaborations with India-based research institutes. This opportunity focuses on non-communicable disease and disorders (NCDs) across the human lifespan. Successful proposals will address research and analytical projects that generate, synthesize, and disseminate innovations, research, and knowledge to prevent and control NCDs in India and to advance India’s NCD research and development agenda. Projects can include public health and policy research as well as basic science to clinical and translational research. Studies that involve implementation science approaches and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of a number of NCDs and infectious diseases are also allowed.

Grant Program Objectives

  • Foster collaborations that advance scientific and clinical research and/or innovative solutions to health challenges 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. Salary support may be requested.