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Research Breakthrough Award

The John Martinson Honors College’s Breakthrough Research Award aims to support high-impact research or creative projects led by faculty and conducted with JMHC undergraduate researchers.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Fund your high-quality research/ scholarship/ creative inquiry with undergraduates
  • Prepare for larger research grants
  • Expand the scope of your research
  • Experiment with non-traditional and translational research outcomes


Research Theme for 2023-2024 Funding Cycle

A survey of JMHC faculty, students and staff identified six issues facing the world that they are most interested in addressing. For 2023-2024, research themes are Climate and Environmental Crisis and Social Injustice. Research projects should be aligned with one of the primary research themes, preferably connecting to at least one other theme.

Research Application Information

Submit Application:  MAY 15th – JULY 15th, 2024 

Award Project Period: Fall 2024 - Fall 2025


The JMHC welcomes proposals from all disciplines. Applicants (Principal Investigator) must be faculty (tenure-track, clinical, lecturer) at Purdue University West Lafayette. Staff interested in pursuing this award are welcome to inquire about potential eligibility.  

Awards will range from $50,000 - $75,000. We anticipate funding up to three awards in the present funding cycle. 

For more information, contact Dr. Priyanka Brunese, Director of Research Development, JMHC at

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