Faculty Grants Program

SNF Agora Announces Call for Applications

About the SNF Agora Institute

The SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, founded in 2017, is a multi-disciplinary academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening global democracy by improving and expanding civic engagement and inclusive dialogue, and by supporting inquiry that leads to real-world change. By building integrated partnerships with scholars, practitioners, students, and the public, we use research to identify and sharpen strategic choices that members of the public and civic and political stakeholders around the world can make to realize the promise of democracy.  

For more information about the institute, please read SNF Agora’s strategic plan here. 

Faculty Grants Program

The purpose of the SNF Agora Faculty Grants program is to encourage and support work by faculty at Johns Hopkins, particularly faculty from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS), that is complementary to SNF Agora’s mission. This could take the form of scholarship, convenings, public engagement, policy briefings, etc. SNF Agora wants to support and amplify this work through its institute, and foster faculty collaboration across the university on ideas and efforts that could reinvigorate global democracy and the civic spaces that fuel it.  

The SNF Agora Faculty Grants program typically provides smaller grants (less than $5,000) to support faculty work, but may also provide one to two larger grants per year with up to $20,000 in funding 

The grant period is up to 12 months from the selected start date, which must be July 1 or later.


Full-time faculty from across Johns Hopkins University are eligible to apply: Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Peabody Institute of Music, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Whiting School of Engineering. Priority will be given to faculty from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Applicants can propose new projects or seek funding to supplement ongoing projects that are closely connected to SNF Agora’s mission. 

Selection Criteria 

Each proposal will be evaluated on four factors: 

  • Relevance to SNF Agora: The proposal must be for a project that supports the mission of SNF Agora. Ideal proposals draw a clear line from the project’s aim to the SNF Agora mission.
  • Feasibility: The proposal must be implementable within 12 months from the start of the grant.
  • Innovation: The proposal should offer an innovative or under-explored approach for addressing the issue it is taking on or seek to amplify uncommon perspectives on that issue.
  • Public Impact: The proposal should articulate how the project will engage with public problems and include how its public impact will be examined. 


We are currently welcoming applications for our AY 2021-22 Faculty Grants program. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete the application form found here. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 4, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Decisions regarding Faculty Grants will be announced in mid-May. As part of your application, we ask that you submit your current CV and a drafted budget. You must also include a proposal as describe below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at snfagoraapplications@jhu.edu.

Proposal narratives for grants of up to $5,000 should be no more than 500 words. Proposal narratives for grants of $5,0001 to $20,000 should be no more than 1000 words. Narratives should address questions such as the following:

  • What is the problem or challenge this project seeks to address and what do you propose to do to address it?
  • How does this project advance the mission and goals of SNF Agora?
  • What is the intended “output” of the project? This includes scholarly and public writing, events, convenings, toolkits, and so on.
  • Who is the intended audience for this project? If you are seeking funding for an event, will the event be open to all members of the Johns Hopkins community?
  • Is this a new project or a project already in progress? What is the project’s start date? What groundwork has been laid to ensure the feasibility of the project? Please note, the earliest the funding will be available is July 1 based on our application timeline.
  • Do you already have funding for this project?  If so, please describe the source(s).