HEMI/APL A&MD Seed Grant Opportunity

HEMI/APL A&MD Seed Grant

Congratulations to our 2022 HEMI/APL A&MD Seed Grant Awardees!

Prof. James Spicer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Drs. Yo-Rhin Rhim and Dajie Zhang, JH-APL Air and Missile Defense; seed grant titled, “Photo-assisted processing of micro-structured ultra-high-temperature-ceramics.”
Mr. Matt Shaeffer and Mr. Justin Moreno, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute; Dr. David Brown, JH-APL Air and Missile Defense; seed grant titled, “Hypersonic impact studies of large particles.”


The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and the Applied Physics Lab are pleased to announce the HEMI/APL A&MD Missile Defense Seed Grant Opportunity.  The goal of this program is to provide seed funding to advance the fundamental science, applied research, and engineering development associated with air and missile defense.

Directions of particular interest include those discussed during the HEMI/A&MD Workshop on July 21, 2022. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Improved understanding of erosion phenomena encountered at hypersonic conditions

– High hypersonic impacts of energetic materials on materials capable of operating at high temperatures

– Performance and durability of material systems for enhancing operation at hypersonic conditions

– Material systems capable of mitigating extreme environments encountered in hypersonic flight.

This opportunity is open to HEMI Fellows, faculty members who have a primary appointment in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Civil and Systems Engineering, and Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Staff who can serve as Principal and Co-Investigators. Each proposal should have at least one PI from HEMI or the listed departments, and at least one PI from APL.

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

Obligations of Award Recipients
Award recipients will be expected to:

  • Complete the 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 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. Assume a period of performance of November 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023. 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 is 5 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022. Please email the proposal as a single PDF document and the budget/budget justification in Excel to [email protected]

The HEMI/APL Seed Grant Program Review Committee may seek budget adjustments before making final decisions around the beginning of October 2022. The Principal Investigators should ensure that the proposal is clearly written and contains all required elements. Although reviewers are chosen who are familiar with some of the proposed areas of research, it is sometimes not possible to have an expert in every field represented by the proposals. Therefore, it is imperative that you make a convincing argument as to 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.