Find Translational Funding

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCIALIZATION


For Undergraduate Students | For Faculty/Graduate Students | For Companies

 

Translational funding enables Johns Hopkins inventors to move early research towards commercialization. JHTV is available to help Hopkins’ inventors – whether students, researchers or established entrepreneurs – identify and pursue relevant funding sources. This includes federal and state programs, as well as a set of philanthropic grant programs established specifically for Hopkins innovators and managed by the JHTV team. JHTV can also assist inventors in navigating the process of raising capital, such as through education about Maryland tax incentives and effective pitching.

The Funding Landscape in Maryland

The largest program available to incorporated startup companies in Maryland is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This highly competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. There are two types of SBIR funding, Phase I and Phase II.

The state of Maryland, through its Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), also provides a host of funding opportunities in support of innovation and technology advancement. Some funding helps to advance ideas, such as the Discovery Award from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, whereas other funding is available to startup companies, such as the Seed Investment Fund. Johns Hopkins University stakeholders may access Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) funding, which has the explicit purpose of promoting commercialization at Maryland’s top research universities, including Hopkins. MII funds support projects at both the pre-company and post-formation stage.

Entrepreneurs in Maryland can also take advantage of several state tax incentives when raising funds, including the Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit (BIITC), the Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit and the Research & Development Tax Credit. More information can be found through the Commerce Department at http://commerce.maryland.gov/fund.

Unique Opportunities at Johns Hopkins

Philanthropic Grant Programs: Through JHTV, Hopkins inventors can take advantage of several philanthropic grant programs established by generous supporters of our mission. These grants are awarded to advance translationally focused research and early product development. This includes student-specific as well as faculty-specific opportunities. These grants tend to focus on early stage research and ideas that require advancement to reach a point where the technology can be licensed or a startup formed. Current philanthropic funds include The Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research, the Ralph O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fundm and The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund (CTEF). For more information, please read about these funds below and contact Nina Urban at nina.urban@jhu.edu for additional information.

Industry Sponsored Research: Increasingly, industry is looking to academia as an early R&D partner. Sponsored research from industry supports Hopkins faculty through collaborations that can leverage the strengths of both academia and industry and bridge the gap between early scientific discovery and its translation into new products. These relationships, which JHTV actively facilitates through its Corporate Partnerships team, typically provide researchers with funding and access to the industry collaborator’s development expertise. Researchers may want to consider a sponsored research agreement to advance research in a targeted, translational fashion. Learn more about our industry collaborations here or contact Helen Montag at hmontag1@jhu.edu.

Venture Funding: Established startups with high growth potential typically seek angel or venture capital investment to fund product development, commercialization and growth. JHTV networks with regional, national and global investors, including angels and venture capitalists, to identify where investors’ focus overlaps with FastForward startups’ solutions. This includes a number of venture firms with a regular presence on the Hopkins campus, including Hopkins-focused life sciences fund Bluefield Innovations. In addition to facilitating investor meetings, the JHTV team guides startups through business plan development, pitching and other soft skills. For more information about venture funding, contact Jorge Aquino at jaquino1@jhu.edu.

 
Please refer to our map below to explore the specific ongoing funding opportunities, or contact Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu) for more information.

 

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For Undergraduate Students


Spark Grants

Size: $5,000-$10,000
Length of Project: Two semesters
Application Deadline: Late September
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students
JHU Contact: Kevin Carter (kevin.carter@jhu.edu)
More information: https://ventures.jhu.edu/fastforward-u-funding-opportunities/

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 (kevin.carter@jhu.edu)
More information: https://ventures.jhu.edu/oconnor-fund

 

 

For Faculty/Graduate Students (PRE-COMPANY FORMATION)


Pre-Proof of Concept

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (Discovery Program)

Size: Up to $345,000
Length of Project: Two years
Application Deadline: (Annual) Annually in January
Eligibility: Applicants from Maryland-based public and private, not-for-profit research organizations of all types (not including federal research labs) are eligible for this award. This includes universities, colleges, research institutes and medical centers
More Information: http://www.mscrf.org/content/fundingopps/investigatorgrants.php

 

Translational Research/Proof of Concept

JHU/ICTR – Accelerated Translational Investigational Pilot Study (ATIP)

Size: Up to $100,000
Length of Project: Up to 12 months
Application Deadline: Annually
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins faculty members, most technology is related to medicine
JHU Contact: ICTR Navigators at ICTR_Navigators@jhmi.edu
More Information: http://ictr.johnshopkins.edu/funding_opps/funding-opportunities/accelerated-translational-incubator-pilot-program-atip

JHU – The Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research

Size: $25,000-$100,000
Length of Project: Up to nine months
Application Deadline: Annually on March 15th
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins faculty members, technology without existing licenses
JHU Contact: Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu)
Notes: Repayment (2x grant amount) back into this philanthropic fund is required of JHTV; this may affect licensing revenue distributions made to inventors or departments.
More Information: https://ventures.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Request-for-Applications-2018.pdf

JHU – The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund (CTEF)

Size: $20,000 – $40,000
Length of Project: Up to four months
Application Deadline: Up to three times a year; October 15th, March 15th, and May 15th
Eligibility: Faculty members from the Whiting School of Engineering with pre-company technology
JHU Contact: Ben Gibson (bgibson@jhu.edu)
More Information: https://engineering.jhu.edu/cohen-translational-engineering-fund

JHU – The Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund

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

  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: https://ventures.jhu.edu/disclosure/
  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

JHU Contact: Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu)

More Information: Established through a generous multi-year gift, the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund provides $300,000 annually in seed funding to inventors across the university for vital proof-of-concept and validation studies. The annual funding cycle will occur each fall, complementing that of the Louis B. Thalheimer Translational fund, which occurs each Spring. Request for Applications (RFA): The Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund

JHU – Bloomberg School of Public Health Technology Development Accelerator Fund Seed Grant Program

Size: Up to $50,000
Length of Project: 12 months
Application Deadline: Two award cycles per year; details circulated to faculty 4-6 weeks in advance
Eligibility: Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty who have innovation(s) with commercial potential but require additional development, proof-of-concept or prototype design to spur interest or make the technology ready for licensing. Proposal must demonstrate a high probability of making it from the lab to the marketplace.
JHU Contact: Jorge Aquino (jaquino@jhu.edu)
More Information: The funding decisions are made by the faculty tech transfer committee, but the process is administered by JHURA with Charles Bartunek taking the lead. Funding opportunity announcements and solicitation of applications are typically circulated via email to the faculty about 4-6 weeks before the grant review.
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/funding/index.html

JHU/Deerfield Management – Bluefield Innovations

Size: Awards vary but are typically in the range of $3-5M and may be phased in upon achievement of development milestones
Length of Project: Typically 2-3 years
Application Deadline: The next round of short form per-proposal submissions closes November 15, 2018
Eligibility: Therapeutic research projects
JHU Contact: Jorge Aquino (jaquino@jhu.edu)
More Information: Bluefield Innovations is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Deerfield Management, an investment management firm committed to advancing health care. The goal of the collaboration is to catalyze early stage therapeutic development. It will provide up to $65 million in initial funding over five years, with additional funding available to advance research that shows strong commercial potential.
https://www.bluefieldinnovations.com/

TEDCO MII Technology Assessment

Size: $115,000 for JHU applicant / $165,000 if joint with UMBC, UMB, Morgan State and/or UMCP
Length of Project: Nine (9) months
Application Deadline: First business day of every odd month (i.e. January, March, May, etc.)
Eligibility: Johns Hopkins faculty inventors with patent filings that have not yet been licensed
Notes:

  • Requires working with a JHU / TEDCO site-miner (assigned by JHTV) andLetters of Support from both the site-miner and JHTV
  • $10,000 of the award can be used to pay down JHU patent expenses related to the technology (highly recommended)
  • 15,000 of the award is allocated for commercialization strategy support (robust commercialization report is a required deliverable)
  • If technology is licensed out of state, Hopkins is required to pay back TEDCO the full amount plus interest from the applicable licensing revenue

JHU Contact: Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu)
More Information: http://tedco.md/program/the-maryland-innovation-initiative-mii

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Validation Program

Size: Up to $230,000
Length of Project: 18 months
Application Deadline: Biannually in January and July
Eligibility: Unlicensed, Maryland research institution technologies with intellectual property filed at time of application
More Information: http://www.mscrf.org/content/fundingopps/exploratorygrants.php

 

 

For Companies


 

Startup Stage

TEDCO MII, Company Formation

Size: Up to $150,000
Length of Project: Up to nine months
Application Deadline: First week of every odd month (i.e. January, March, May, etc.)
Eligibility: Startup companies which have licensed Johns Hopkins technology from qualifying universities, including Johns Hopkins
Notes:

  • Work closely with a TEDCO site miner
  • Company must remain in Maryland or reimburse funds
  • Funding is in the form of a convertible debt note

JHU Contact: Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu)
More Information: http://tedco.md/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/RFA-MII-RFA-Company-Formation_v3.2-Updated.pdf

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Commercialization Program

Size: Up to $300,000
Length of Project: Up to one year
Application Deadline: Annually in January
Eligibility:

  • New startups that have licensed technology from a university or a research institute within 12 months of applying for a Program award, or
  • Established companies working on new products or technologies that they developed or licensed

JHU Contact: Nina Urban (ninaurban@jhu.edu)
More Information: http://www.mscrf.org/content/fundingopps/commercialization.php

SBIR Phase 1

Size: Up to $150,000
Length of Project: Up to six months
Application Deadline: (Three times per year) September 5, January 5 and April 5 for phase 1 and 2
Eligibility: Small businesses
Notes: Feasibility and Proof of Concept: The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed R/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further federal support in Phase II. Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for six months (SBIR) or one year (STTR).
More Information: https://sbir.nih.gov/infographic#phaseI

Early Stage

SBIR Phase 2

Size: Up to $1,000,000
Length of Project: Up to two years
Application Deadline: (Three times per year) September 5, January 5 and April 5 for phase 1 and 2
Eligibility: Small businesses
Notes: Research/Research and Development: The objective of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award. SBIR/STTR Phase II awards normally do not exceed $1,000,000 total costs for two years. Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for six months (SBIR) or one year (STTR).
More Information: https://sbir.nih.gov/infographic#phaseII

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Clinical Program

Size: Up to $750,000
Length of Project: Up to two years
Application Deadline: Annually in January
Eligibility: Maryland-based for-profit research companies of all types looking for pre-clinical and clinical research grants
Notes: Clinical research grant awards shall require a 1:1 match (Applicant: MSCRF), all or part of which may be in-kind. In-kind matches for both pre-clinical and clinical research grants may include personnel salaries, equipment and the like. Any and all in-kind matches that involve existing equipment must be justified.
More Information: http://www.mscrf.org/content/fundingopps/Pre-ClinicalClinicalGrants.php

Life Science Investment Fund

Size: Up to $200,000
Length of Project: One year
Application Deadline: (Every spring and fall) Application deadlines typically in April and October
Eligibility: There are three main eligibility requirements for a LSIF investment.

  1. he company must be a for-profit entity located in Maryland with fewer than 16 full-time equivalent employees.
  2. The company is pre-revenue or has received less than an aggregate of $1 million in equity investments from ‘Accredited’ investors (as defined in Rule 501 Reg. D).
  3. The company is developing a product (i) that requires FDA approval through the New Drug Application (NDA) or Biologic License Application (BLA) pathway, e.g., drugs, vaccines, biologics, etc., or (ii) that is defined by the FDA as a Class II or Class III medical device requiring approval through the 510(k) or Pre-Market Approval (PMA) pathways, e.g., medical devices, diagnostics, etc. (hereinafter a “Medical Product”).

More Information: http://tedco.md/program/the-life-science-investment-fund-lsif

TEDCO Seed Investment Fund

TEDCO’s Seed Investments exist to support certain types of Maryland companies in their effort to develop and commercialize new technology-based products. TEDCO makes investments in these companies so they can reach a critical milestone in their product development efforts and advance their technologies further along the commercialization pathway, which will increase the company’s valuation and lead to follow-on investment, sustainability and job creation.

More Information: http://tedco.md/program/seed-funding-program/

The Maryland Venture Fund

The Maryland Venture Fund is an early-stage, evergreen venture capital fund dedicated to funding and growing the next generation of outstanding businesses in Maryland. We are an experienced team with significant operating and venture experience whose focus is on making the entrepreneurs successful. With more than $100M in assets under management, we partner with exceptional entrepreneurs and help them build valuable companies that last.

More Information: http://www.marylandventurefund.com/