FastForward-U Funding Opportunities

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FastForward U Funding opportunities

Through the gracious support of Johns Hopkins alumni, FastForward U has the opportunity to provide funding to the most dedicated and promising student ventures. For all of these, a rigorous screening process applies to all applicants.

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Please refer to our map below to explore the specific ongoing funding opportunities, or contact Kevin Carter ( for more information.




FastForward U Graduate Student Award

Size: $5,000
Length of Project: Two semesters
Application Deadline: November 12, 2019
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doc students
JHU Contact: Kevin Carter (
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JHU Undergraduate Summer Entrepreneurship Award

Size: $10,000
Length of Project: Full-time over the summer
Application Deadline: Annual award, March deadline
Eligibility: Undergraduate students launching or developing a business or technology
JHU Contact: Kevin Carter (
Notes: FastForward U Summer Entrepreneurship Award provides $10,000 and support services to one student startup to work on their venture full-time over the summer and receive one-on-one mentorship from a prominent Johns Hopkins alumnus and entrepreneur.
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Spark Grants

Size: $500-$1,000
Length of Project: 90 days
Application Deadline: Monthly
Eligibility: All Johns Hopkins University Students
JHU Contact: Kevin Carter (
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Ralph O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund

Size: $5,000-$10,000
Length of Project: Two semesters
Application Deadline: Late September
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students
JHU Contact: Kevin Carter (
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The Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund

Size: $25,000-$100,000
Length of Project: Up to nine months
Application Deadline: Annually on October 15th

  1. Your technology must be formally disclosed to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures office and assigned a case number (e.g. C12345). Disclose an invention here:
  2. The invention must not be subject to any preexisting exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or options.
  3. At least one investigator must be a faculty, post-doctoral fellow or graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.

More information: 2018 Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund Request for Applications

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