2017 HEMI Seed Grant Application Period Now Open

Feb 6, 2017 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute is pleased to announce that its annual HEMI Seed Grant Program is now accepting applications for 2017.  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 behavior and performance in extreme environments, such as extreme temperatures or pressures, intense radiative environments, extreme electromagnetic fields
  3. High-power laser interactions with matter
  4. Materials and structures applications in planetary science, space science and geophysics
  5. Applications of 3D printing or additive manufacturing techniques to design for dynamic or impact loadings
  6. Social science perspectives that relate to the broad HEMI mission


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.


The total budget request for a faculty member or team may not exceed $25,000. The project period is up to one year.

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.
  • Submit a proposal for external research funding through HEMI within one year of completion of the project.
  • Acknowledge the support of HEMI in publications or presentations as a result of this award.

Deadlines and Evaluation

The proposal deadline 5 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017. Please email the proposal as a single PDF document and the budget/budget justification in Excel to the HEMI Research Service Manager, Phyllis Sevik ([email protected]). The HEMI Seed Grant Program Review Committee may seek budget adjustments before making final decisions around the beginning of May 2017. 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.

For information on the proposal format, please click here.

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