Water Institute Seed Grant Request for Proposal



This opportunity announcement is now closed! 

The JHU Water Institute seeks to transform water research at Johns Hopkins by forming new collaborations and by supporting new ventures and ideas. The Institute seeks proposals that align with our mission and themes.  Proposals may address any relevant scientific, scholarly, management, or policy issue related to our themes. 

The goals of this seed grant program are to:

  • Increase the ability of awardees to obtain outside funding
  • Raise the profile of water research at Johns Hopkins University by sparking innovation or convening important events 

This seed grant program will consider applications for:

  • Scholarly work such as knowledge building and research: up to $50,000
  • Organizing meetings to build research networks, such as workshops/meetings, up to $10,000


  • October 1, 2014: letter of intent: sent to water@jhu.edu
  • November 3, 2014 - 8:00am: proposals due
  • December 1, 2014: Awards Announced
  • January 1, 2015: Funds distributed


The Institute addresses the global water challenge of providing the quality and quantity of water needed to sustain the health of mankind and the environment.

  • Water and Health
  • Water in the Environment
  • Water Security and Resiliency
  • Water and Agriculture
  • Water and Energy
  • Water Infrastructure


  • Create opportunities for Hopkins researchers within and outside of JHU through new and leveraged funding:
  • Discover 21st century solutions through research programs.
  • Train the next generation of leaders through coursework, fellowships, and internships.
  • Disseminate knowledge through publications, media outreach, and high profile public activities.


Only Johns Hopkins University Faculty and JHU APL Senior or Principal Staff are eligible to apply. 
Application format

Letters of intent:

  • Title
  • 250 word abstract
  • Identification of key collaborators (‘cc all collaborators on submission).


  • 4 page concept note
  • NSF or NIH style biosketches for all faculty
  • Budget and Budget justification


Successful proposals will address these criteria:

  • Scholarly merit
  • Demonstration of new collaborations or novelty of idea
  • Clear, specific plan to build off this seed grant and obtain future funding
  • Impact
  • Ability to inform Policy – informed by evidence-based research
  • Ability to help with sustainable development
  • Ability to generate future revenue for the researchers– through patents, executive training programs, or attract outside funding
  • Capacity for relationship building – strengthening ties to outside organizations.  

For further information, please contact the Deputy Director, Dr. Luke MacDonald, by email through luke.h.macdonald@jhu.edu.