41 interdisciplinary research teams win Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

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Addressing inequities in access to federal and state benefit programs for people with disabilities.

Locate immediate relief to increased CO2 emissions by using fossil fuels.

Study the geometry of neural networks to detect biases in artificial intelligence.

These are among 41 multidisciplinary projects that have been selected to receive support from Johns Hopkins University’s Discovery Awards program this year. Each project team is made up of members from at least two JHU entities that aim to solve a complex problem and expand the horizons of knowledge.

In total, the winning project teams, chosen from a record 274 submissions, include 136 individuals representing 11 Johns Hopkins entities.

“As the past year has shown, the pressing challenges we face as a society demand not only bold new approaches, but also cross-functional and multidisciplinary collaborations,” said Ronald J. Daniels, President of the Johns Hopkins University. “This year’s proposals, in number and caliber, demonstrate the extraordinary spirit of innovation and partnership intrinsic to our university. These awards will enable our faculty to work together across our community in pursuit of innovative research and new areas of study.

The Discovery Awards program was announced in early 2015, as was the Catalyst Awards program for early career researchers. Together, the two programs represent a $30 million commitment from university leaders, as well as deans and directors of JHU divisions, for faculty-led research.

The Discovery Awards aim to spark new interactions between researchers at the university rather than supporting established projects. Teams can apply for up to $100,000 to explore a new area of ​​collaborative work with a focus on preparing a large-scale grant or externally funded cooperative agreement.

This year’s record pool of applications also required a significant number of reviewers: more than 70 faculty members from across the university were solicited for their input.

“The Discovery Awards have transformed the Johns Hopkins community,” said Denis Wirtz, Vice President, Research. “These have seeded new research collaborations between professors from different schools and units of the university, covering many areas of investigation. The academic and financial returns have been remarkable.

The full list of recipients and their projects is available on the Research Office website.

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