Established through a generous multi-year gift from Neil Cohen ’83 and his wife, Sherry, the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund provides up to $200,000 seed funding to support the initial stage of innovation and advance discoveries on a commercial path. Recipients are awarded $25,000 to $100,000 to conduct work over a period of up to nine months.

Size: $25,000-$100,000
Length of Project: Up to nine months
Award Timing: February announcement and March award

Applications are now closed. 


To be considered, your application must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your technology must be formally disclosed to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures office and assigned a case number (e.g. C12345). Report an invention here:
  2. The invention must not be subject to any preexisting exclusive licenses, non-exclusive licenses, or
  3. At least one investigator must have a full, joint, or courtesy faculty appointment at the Whiting School of Engineering.
  4. The application must NOT exceed 5 pages, excluding the cover page and letters of support, with a minimum 10 point font size and half inch margins.

Please note: The Cohen Translational Engineering Fund is an evergreen fund. When Cohen-funded technologies are successfully licensed, a portion of the Hopkins’ license revenue (1.5X the award amount) is used to replenish the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund to support future projects.  Therefore, if a technology receives a $100,000 award, $150,000 is repaid to the Cohen Translational Engineering Fund before any revenues are distributed to Johns Hopkins, including inventors.

More Information can be found on the Whiting School of Engineering’s translation page.


For information about this and other translational funding