Funding Opportunities

The Johns Hopkins Tuberculosis Research Advancement Center (TRAC) provides pilot grants to faculty and senior postdoctoral fellows in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support TB related research projects. Junior faculty in other JHU schools are eligible to apply if the proposal meets all other criteria. The primary purpose of these awards is to generate preliminary data to strengthen the individual’s ability to secure independent extramural research funding focusing on R- and K-series awards. 

Funds Available

The budget for faculty grants is a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs. The budget for grants awarded to senior postdoctoral fellows is a maximum of $25,000. Indirect costs will be calculated by the TRAC and added at the time of funding. Awards will be for one year, with potential for carryover if progress is achieved. The number of grants awarded will depend on the budgets of approved applications. The earliest start date will be July 1, 2024.


  • Applicants must be appointed full-time instructors; Research Associates; or Assistant Professors in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, or Nursing; or Assistant Scientists or Assistant Lecturers in the School of Public Health at the time of the planned award. Junior faculty at other JHU schools are eligible to apply and strongly encouraged to do so as we are seeking people “new to TB.”
  • Senior Postodoctoral fellows are eligible to apply for funding at the $25,000 tier for postdoctoral awards. Postdoctoral fellows may only apply with a letter from their department chair confirming a pending faculty appointment. The award will not be granted until the faculty appointment is active. If a postdoc is on a T32, TRAC funds cannot pay for training and stipends that are already paid for by the T32.
  • Associate Professors in the field of TB are eligible to apply if there is no history of an R01 award or its equivalent and the criteria of an NIH New and Early Stage Investigator are met. Any Associate Professor new to TB research is eligible to apply. Those in other faculty titles/status are not eligible. Those in “visiting” or “adjunct” status are not eligible.

2024 Important Dates

o Letter of Intent due date: Monday, March 4th by 8:00AM EDT – Apply here!
o Applicant feedback on LOI by: Monday, March 11th
o Application due date: Monday, April 22nd by 8:00AM EST
o Award announcement: By Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Please carefully read the full application instructions prior to applying. LOIs should be submitted through the online application here.

Also, if you need to help from a TRAC mentor, please let us know ASAP so we can match you appropriately. Our Cores [Developmental Core, Clinical Core, Microbiology, Immunology, Animal Modeling and Imaging (MIAMI) Core, Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics Core, Bioinformatics, Modeling and Biostatistics Core] are also available to assist. Please let us know how we can help you succeed!

For full application instructions, please see the TRAC Development Award RFA Spring 2024

Application Materials

Eligibility by JHU School