HEMI/APL SEED GRANT

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2022 SEED GRANT INFORMATION

The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), through the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute
(HEMI) and the Applied Physics Lab (APL) are pleased to announce the HEMI/APL Seed Grant
Program. The goal of this program is to provide seed funding to advance the fundamental
science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions.

While all directions related to the HEMI Mission will be considered, some directions of particular interest include:

  1. Structures in extreme environments, such as blast, extreme temperatures, impact/crash, natural hazards, disasters, nuclear events
  2. Materials for nuclear environments
  3. Materials behavior and performance in extreme environments
  4. High-power laser interactions with matter
  5. Materials and structures applications in planetary science, space science, and geophysics
  6. Hypersonics and hypersonic applications
  7. Dual-phase combustion of metal powders and the generation of nano oxide particles
  8. Materials and structures for energy applications, including energy storage
  9. AI/ML applied to extreme environments

Eligibility

All faculty and researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Staff, who can serve as Principal and Co-Investigators are eligible to apply. Existing HEMI fellows are encouraged to apply. Each proposal should have at least one PI from WSE and at least 1 PI from APL.

Award

The total budget request for a faculty member or team may not exceed $50,000. The project period is up to one year. HEMI and APL leadership anticipate funding two seed grant awards.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Award recipients will be expected to:

  • Complete research within one year. No-cost extensions will not be offered and funds remaining at the end of the one-year period will be returned to the Institute/APL.
  • Submit a proposal for external research funding through HEMI within one year of completion of the project.
  • Acknowledge the support of HEMI/APL in publications or presentations as a result of this award.

Proposal Format

  • Title Page – Include proposal title, investigators, their departments, and e-mail addresses.
  • Narrative – Not to exceed 3 pages. Must include the following:
    • Statement of the Problem or Area of Investigation
    • Project Goals and Objectives – Include the research objectives and/or technique or tool developments that will be accomplished during the HEMI/APL Seed Grant project phase.
    • Future Funding and Goals – State how this project will help the proposing team attract new or additional external funding following the HEMI/APL Seed Grant project phase. Which funding agencies and programs will be approached with future proposals?
    • Impact – Describe how this project will impact HEMI/APL and/or the broader JHU research community. If the proposal involves multiple investigators, one of the investigators must be designated as the Principal Investigator, with the remaining investigators as Co-Investigators.
  • Budget and Budget Justification – (Budget not to exceed $50,000 for a period up to 12 months). Facilities and Administrative costs cannot be charged to this grant.
  • Curriculum Vitae (one or 2 pages, standard NSF or NIH formats).

Deadlines and Evaluation

The proposal deadline 5 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2022. Please email the proposal as a single PDF document and the budget/budget justification in Excel to [email protected].

The HEMI Seed Grant Program Review Committee may seek budget adjustments before making final decisions around the beginning of December 2022 with a proposed start date of January 2023. The Principal Investigator should ensure the proposal contains all required elements and is clearly written. Although reviewers are chosen who are familiar with some of the proposed areas of research, it is not possible to have an expert in every field represented by the proposals. Therefore, it is imperative that you make a convincing argument why this research is important in your field and should be funded at this time.

Please contact Katie Vaught if you experience technical difficulties completing your submission or need further help in preparing your proposal.