The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announces a request for applications for the 10th Annual Discovery Fund in honor of Dr. Michel Mirowski and his wife Anna for Cardiovascular Research.

This announcement seeks proposals for innovative cardiovascular research projects led by faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (SOM). This award of up to $75,000 is to catalyze innovative ideas that are high risk and would not ordinarily be funded by the NIH until sufficient preliminary data are gathered. This award is not intended to support already established projects or incremental extensions of ongoing research programs. Collaborations across all Johns Hopkins entities are eligible for consideration, but proposals must include a SOM faculty member as principal investigator.

The Mirowski Discovery Award will consist of up to $75,000, with an award term of one year. Applicants must describe a credible plan that they will make substantial progress with one year of funding.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Awards will be announced by October 7 with funding beginning shortly thereafter.


The research proposal section (abstract, specific aims, innovation and impact and experimental plan) can be no more than three pages (single-spaced Arial font size 11), not including citations. Shorter applications are encouraged. Since the Mirowski Discovery Award is intended for new collaborative projects, no preliminary data are required.

The research proposal should be submitted as one PDF and contain the following:

  1. Limited submission form (obtained from
  2. Title
  3. Investigator (departmental and divisional affiliation)
  4. Abstract
  5. Specific Aims
  6. Innovation and Impact
  7. Brief Experimental Plan
  8. Citations (limited to 10)
  9. Budget
    A budget description that describes how the funding will be allocated to each investigator in the collaboration and how it will be apportioned for any personnel, supplies and equipment. Any budget amount up to $75,000 can be proposed. Faculty salary and equipment costs can be included or excluded as desired. No indirect costs should be included in the budget.
  10. An NIH-style biosketch for the investigator that includes all current and pending support from all sponsored and non-sponsored sources. The biosketch is limited to four pages.

Applications should be submitted to Administrative questions about the application process can be best addressed by contacting Susan Hayden (, 410-955-3097).

Award Requirements

Recipient will be expected to attend the dinner on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

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