IDIES Seed Funding Initiative

The Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) is pleased to announce its 2020 IDIES Seed Funding Program (SFP) offering. The goal of this initiative is to provide seed funding for data-intensive computing projects that

  1. will involve areas relevant to IDIES and JHU institutional research priorities;
  2. are multidisciplinary; and
  3. build ideas and teams with good prospects for successful proposals to attract external research support by leveraging IDIES intellectual and physical infrastructure.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

In an effort to support and promote the growth of data-intensive, multidisciplinary, multi-investigator sponsored projects at Johns Hopkins, IDIES invites faculty and researchers to submit proposals detailing their ideas for research. Proposals should adhere to the three main goals (a-c) listed above.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are faculty and research scientists from multiple (at least two) departments at the Johns Hopkins University who can serve as Principal and Co-Investigators, and who have not previously been selected to receive an IDIES Seed Funding Program award for the same collaboration and/or project in the past.

Award Amounts: The total budget request for a faculty team may not exceed $25,000. Please see specific budget guidelines below. The project period is up to one year beginning March 1, 2020.

Obligations of Award Recipients

Award recipients will be expected to:

  1. Complete proposed 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.
  2. Prepare a slide, oral and poster presentation along with other teams to be presented during the October 2020 IDIES Annual Symposium.
  3. Submit a proposal for external research funding through IDIES, striving to do so within one year of completion of the project.
  4. Submit a progress report to the IDIES Executive Committee ( by the end of the project. The PI will be asked to provide information on grant proposals and publications to scholarly journals, including those submitted, pending and in progress. Due 90 days after project end date.
  5. Acknowledge the support of IDIES in publications or presentations that result from this award.

Proposal Format

  1. Title Page – Include proposal title, investigators, their departments and e-mail addresses.
  2. Narrative – Not to exceed 3 pages. Must include the following (a-d):
    1. Statement of the Multidisciplinary Problem or Area of Investigation
    2. Project Goals and Objectives – Include the research objectives and/or tool developments that will be accomplished during the SFP project phase.
    3. Future Funding and goals – State how this project will help the proposing team attract new or additional external funding following the SFP phase. What funding agencies and programs will be approached with future proposals?
    4. Multidisciplinary Team – Describe how this project will bring together investigators from multiple departments and/or centers, additional resources (internal or external), and if this is a new group of collaborators or if members have worked together before. One of the investigators must be designated as the Principal Investigator, with the remaining investigators as Co-Investigators.
  3. Budget and Budget Justification – (Budget not to exceed $25,000 for a period up to 12 months) IDIES SFP will support all costs with the exception of faculty/researcher (tenured and non-tenured-track) salary and Facilities and Administrative costs.
  4. Curriculum Vitae for PI and all Co-Investigators (one or two pages, can be standard NSF or NIH formats).
  5. Font Size – Font size for all proposal documents should be:
    1. Minimum 10-pt: Arial, Courier New, Palatino Linotype (Microsoft), Helvetica or Palatino (Macintosh)
    2. Minimum 11-pt: Times New Roman

Deadlines and Evaluation

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020.

The IDIES Seed Funding Program Review Committee may seek budget adjustments before making final decisions by the end of February, 2020. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2020. A committee of 3-5 affiliate members will review the proposals. The committee will consider several factors before making a decision. Those factors include a healthy balance between the different schools and scientific domains, how to maximize the impact of such a relatively modest investment, how data-intensive is the core research, what phase of their professional career are the PIs, whether supporting this research would expand the existing cross section of IDIES research, and a strong prospect of future external funding.

The PI 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.

This call is supported by a partnership that includes funding from the following Johns Hopkins divisions:

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sheridan Libraries
  • Carey Business School
Please contact Tara Engel ( if you experience technical difficulties completing your submission or are in need of further clarification regarding the requirements.

2020 Awards are Complete

Check back in December 2020 for information about 2021 submissions.

IDIES Seed Funding Initiative