2018 HEMI Seed Grant Application Period Now Open

Mar 15, 2018 | 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 2018.  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. Existing HEMI fellows are encouraged 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. HEMI leadership anticipates funding one current HEMI Fellow in addition to at least one external award.

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.

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 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 Seed Grant project phase. Which funding agencies and programs will be approached with future proposals?
      • Impact – Describe how this project will impact HEMI 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 $25,000 for a period up to 12 months) HEMI Seed Grant Program will support all costs with the exception of faculty salary. 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, April 16, 2018. 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 middle of May 2018. 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 Scott McGhee ([email protected]) if you experience technical difficulties completing your submission or need further help in preparing your proposal.

For information regarding the Seed Grant program and application process, click here.

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