Who is eligible to apply?
All registered Hopkins undergraduates in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, the Peabody Institute, and the Whiting School of Engineering (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors that are NOT graduating prior to December of the academic year of the award) in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation, suspension, or leave for any reason) are eligible. Applications may be by individuals or teams of undergraduates.
HOUR especially encourages applications from students from underserved backgrounds (e.g. first-generation students, low-income backgrounds), students who are underrepresented in their field of study, and/or those who may not have previously had an opportunity.
What kind of projects are accepted?
Individual or team undergraduate projects in early-stage development that need funding to create a prototype or pilot program to assist in their viability/ competitiveness for larger competitions/ award programs, patent application or other considerations. All projects should involve the betterment of human health – whether focusing on mental health and wellbeing, community health, alleviating disease, or more – in service to others, especially in the communities Hopkins call home.
This funding is NOT intended for curricular class assignments like CBID, senior capstone, honors projects, or other regular course projects (independent research for credit is the exception).
Does the project have to be related to my/ our majors or minors?
No, we strongly encourage interdisciplinary teams to apply. We are happy to consider projects directly related to your major/ minor or passion projects based on your other interests as long as they meet the spirit of the program.
Do I need to have a mentor?
A mentor is NOT required. If you do not have a mentor and would like assistance identifying one, HOUR staff is happy to work with you.
What is required to apply?
- Basic information for the online application
- Project proposal, clearly articulating the project design, health impact, timeline, and goals/ next steps. See Catalyst Proposal Guidelines and Catalyst Review Rubric for guidance.
- Basic budget outlining use of award funding (in $100 increments but not more than $1000 total request)
Can I apply to and or receive HOUR opportunities more than once?
Yes, you are encouraged to continue to apply to our programs throughout your undergraduate career at Hopkins. Projects evolve, interests change and HOUR wants to encourage your exploration. In the case of “tied” review scores in an individual program cycle, preference will be given to students that have not previously received funding through HOUR programs.
Is there a formal presentation due at the end of the project?
Yes, all HOUR program recipients are expected to present their project at a DREAMS (occurring in the Fall and Spring semesters) or other HOUR approved presentation event. Projects can be presented in many formats. See the DREAMS page for examples. This presentation should occur within one academic year after the award period is complete. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis after the recipient contacts the HOUR office about a conflict.