Discovery and Catalyst Awards

The application period for 2023 Catalyst and Discovery Awards is now open! The final day to submit is February 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM. See below to learn more about the guidelines, and where to apply.


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 $150,000. Follow this link to learn more about the 2023 guidelines, and to apply.

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. Follow this link to learn more about the 2023 guidelines, and to apply.

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. 

ROSEI is continuing this program during the 2022-23 academic year after a successful first year in which it helped fund two Discovery and Catalyst Awards

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.