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Small Grants Program Announcement

The Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions is a Hopkins-wide collaboration that brings together educators, researchers, and clinicians to focus on developing effective school-based health solutions to address barriers to health and wellness access among underserved student populations. The small grants program is designed to foster the development of research projects at Johns Hopkins that share this mission.  


  • Johns Hopkins University faculty
    • Research scientists, assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors
  • Johns Hopkins University fellows and graduate students/trainees with a faculty mentor 
    • All students must remain enrolled throughout the duration of the project  

Individuals from any Johns Hopkins University school or department are encouraged to apply.

Funding Amount:

Faculty may apply for up to $25,000, and students may apply for up to $10,000. All award terms are for one year. A no-cost extension may be available on request. Support may be used for personnel, supplies, or research supportNo indirect or overhead costs are allowed. 

The Consortium will fund up to three projects per year. Applicants who have successfully received a grant are not eligible to apply during the next application cycle.  

Priority will be given to projects demonstrating long-term implications beyond a single school. While the Consortium will consider international proposals, priority will be given to domestic projects.   

Application Process:

Application Opens: January 26th, 2021
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 24th, 2021 (All letters of intent will go to full proposal.)
Full Proposal Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2021

Submission Requirements:

Letter of Intent
  • Describes the goals of the project and the investigators in no more than 250 wordsEmail to Azka Tariq at atariq6@jhmi.ed
Full Proposal

Please send one PDF submission to Azka Tariq at with the following items: 

  • Cover Sheet (one page)
  • Project Narrative: No more than 3 pages single-spaced. Please use 1-inch margins with 12 point, Times New Roman font. Narratives should follow the suggested format and include the following headers
  • Project title  
  • Lay Summary (a brief, non-technical summary of the proposed project and its importance for school health) 
  • Specific aims
    • Clearly present project research questions and/or objectives.  
  • Background
    • Elaborate on the significance of the proposed project and the problems it will be addressing.  
    • Highlight how the proposed work contributes to the field of school-based health. 
  • Study/Project Design/Evaluation 
    • Outline project design/evaluation outcomes. Projects that include an implementation component must also identify how the effectiveness of the project will be evaluated and include measurable outcomes.
  • Innovation 
    • Describe how this project is novel (e.g., uses new or novel concepts, approaches, interventions, settings) 
  • Timeline
    • Provide a project timeline that includes key project milestones.
  • Sustainability
    • Describe how the project, if funded, will be sustained or will influence school health beyond the project period and/or outside of the specific setting in which it is implemented.
  • COVID-19 Considerations
    •  Summarize how this project can be accomplished in the context of the current pandemic, including any infection control precautions, plans to conduct work virtually (if applicable),  and considerations for potential school closures/hybrid instructional models.  
  • References (any format)
Letter of Support
  • Those proposing to work with a community partner must provide a letter of support summarizing their willingness and intention to partnerStudent applicants must also provide a letter of support from their faculty mentor. 
Budget Narrative

 The budget narrative should include an itemized budget table and budget justification.  

  • Itemized budget table. Include direct costs onlyFaculty or staff salary support is permitted. Indirect costs are not allowed 
  • Budget justification: Provide a brief narrative that describes each cost element and explains how each cost fits into meeting the project’s objectives.  

Please attach biosketch (up to 5 pages) for the Principal Investigator(s) and main co-Investigators. Optional: Students can include their mentor’s biosketch if desired.

Award Notification

Awardees will be notified by email no later than June 1, 2021and funding will be distributed on July 1, 2021. If selected to receive the grant, awardees must submit an interim progress report 6 months from the date of the award and may be asked to present their work at the Consortium’symposium.