Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World announces $250K in available grant funding

CBID students participate in field work

Students from the Whiting School of Engineering’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design participate in interactive field work in Uganda (Image: Polly Ma)

Johns Hopkins is launching a wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary effort to tackle health equity challenges across the globe, with grants of up to $25,000 up for grabs starting this summer.

The Alliance for a Healthier World aims to engage experts and students from every corner of Johns Hopkins—in not only research but other partnerships both formal and informal. This week’s launch includes a call for proposals for new collaborative projects that aid disadvantaged populations.

The vision is to build up a network for events, mentorships, and shared resources, ultimately fanning out beyond Johns Hopkins to increase fundraising and partnerships with governments, foundations, and corporations.

The alliance’s efforts will focus on four key global health themes:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Healthy environments
  • Gender equity and justice
  • Transformative technologies and institutions

The pilot project planning grants—now open for submissions through July 15, with additional cycles opening in October—adhere to those principles. The alliance is looking for teams of faculty members and students at Hopkins who can research and propose solutions related to the four key themes, in any geographic area.

The teams must cross at least two disciplines, a requirement that encourages non-traditional collaborations. Application materials offer a few concepts for inspiration—solutions related to domestic violence, food and water contamination, or the depletion of forests and wetlands.

Adapted from The Hub.

Open Page

Submissions for Season 2 of Driver vs Driver opens Tomorrow

Last year, Driver vs Driver, a first-of-its-kind, crowd-sourced innovation show, debuted on the Golf Channel. The goal of this show was to open the doors of innovation to inventors, product designers, and engineers from all walks of life and to provide them with an avenue to share their best concepts for the next great golf driver. Wilson has long believed that true innovation can and should emerge from anywhere and everywhere.

Season Two of Driver vs. Driver is about to get underway with submissions being accepted from May 2 through June 4, 2017. The show will follow the journey a product idea takes – from napkin sketch to prototype to a final, finished product – to reach the PGA Tour and be played by thousands of professional and amateur players worldwide.

If selected as a finalist, student(s) will not only have the chance to travel and participate in the television show but also work alongside aerospace engineers, industrial designers and product development specialists from WilsonLABS, the innovation hub at Wilson.  The winning individual or team will take home a cash prize, and we will ultimately produce the driver under the Wilson brand name.

To receive more information on this program, visit

Attend the 14th Annual Physics Fair, Hosted by the Department of Physics & Astronomy

The 14th Annual Physics Fair is free and open to the public. It will be held from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 29th,2017 at JHUs Homewood Campus, The Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, 3701 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. The program throughout the day will include competitive events designed for students of all ages: high school (9-12), middle (5-8) and elementary (1-4). There will be ”Challenge Contests” for each level, which are 30-minute individual written competitions and exciting “Bowl Contests” which are competitions resembling those of “It’s Academic.” Award prizes will range from $25 – $100, each of which will be given to the individual winners of the “Challenges” along with individual certificates of achievement. The winning “Bowl” teams will receive trophies for their schools, individual prizes, and certificates of achievement. All contest participants get a book of their choosing from a wide variety of topics and interests for all age groups.

Additional information regarding the Fair and team registration for the Bowl competitions is available by phone (410-516-7346), email and on the web.


DMSE Welcomes Professor Mingwei Chen

On April 1, 2017, Dr. Mingwei Chen will officially join the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Chen will also serve as an affiliate to the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI).

Dr. Chen’s research is focused on the structure and properties of advanced materials. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Paul A. Siple Memorial Award from the US Army (2006), the Outstanding Overseas  Chinese Scientist Award from the China Academy of Sciences (2010), and a Highly Cited Researchers Award from Thomas Reuters (2014).

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Chen served as a professor at Tohoku University and as PI and division leader of the Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR).


Society for Biomaterials features Steven Lu, from The Secant Group

This past Wednesday evening, the Society for Biomaterials hosted a guest speaker from The Secant Group. Steven Lu is a senior scientist at the organization. The Secant Group connects “technologies of traditional biomedical textiles with regenerative medicine to create high-performance materials that help medical technology to improve the quality of life”.

Kathryn Drzewiecki featured speaker at Soceity for Biomaterials Meeting

On February 7th, Kathryn Drzewiecki was the guest speaker for the Society for Biomaterials meeting. Drzewiecki is currently studying Biomedical Engineering as a Doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University. She was recently awarded a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Foundation.


Seminar from Professor David Baker on March 3rd

On March 3rd, Professor David Baker, Director of the Institute of Protein Design at the University of Washington will give a seminar titled: “Computational design of candidate diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines”.

David Baker is a biochemist and computational biologist who has pioneered methods to predict and design the three-dimensional structures of proteins.

The seminar will take place in Maryland Hall 101, at 1:00 PM.

Back to top