Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact.

These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs.


Applications from all academic and professional disciplines at the university are welcome, and may cover fundamental, applied, or clinical research in any field, as well as the development of applied creative projects in the arts and humanities. Applications must include at least two faculty members and/or non-faculty members representing at least two separate schools or affiliates of the university. 

Applications are accepted once per year, typically in the spring semester. Check the Discovery Awards website for information about deadlines. 

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When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb