Discovery and Catalyst Awards

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers affiliated with the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute’s (ROSEI) may be eligible for seed funding. ROSEI has partnered with the Provost’s Office to expand the existing JHU Discovery and Catalyst research programs and is offering an additional $50,000 on top of the conventional awards for impactful work aligned with the ROSEI’s research.

Discovery Awards, two cross-school/divisional PIs, if aligned with ROSEI’s research, are eligible for $125,000.

Catalyst Awards, early career PIs (3-10 years since full-time tenure-track appointment), if aligned with ROSEI’s research, are eligible for $125,000.

The application period for both awards is now open, and the deadline is midnight on Thursday, Feb. 15. Details and application materials are on the Office of Research website

Interested parties should apply directly to the Provost’s office. ROSEI professors that do not have conflicts of interest will be involved in the review process. Researchers are encouraged to contact the ROSEI research initiative leaders (listed with each initiative) to learn more about their efforts and potential synergies in extensions and related work. 

After helping to fund two Discovery and Catalyst Awards in its first year, ROSEI is co-funding three Discovery Awards for 2023-24. 

Spark Awards

For impactful sustainable energy research ideas that are not eligible for the Discovery or Catalyst Awards (ROSEI’s preferred mechanism for open funding) faculty may be eligible to pursue a ROSEI Spark Award. Please contact ROSEI Managing Director Ben Link for complete details on the process for such awards.