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Research Breakthrough Award

The John Martinson Honors College’s Research Breakthrough Award ($50,000-$75,000) aims to support Purdue faculty conducting high-impact research or creative projects with a team of 5-8 JMHC students. We welcome proposals related to Health and Well-being that offer immersive undergraduate research or creative experiences.

Applications for the 2024-25 Research Breakthrough Award are now open!

Application and Relevant Documents

Please use the following links to apply for the JMHC Research Breakthrough Award

Apply Here Proposal Template (Word) Budget Template (Excel) Call for Proposals (PDF)

Information Session - Recording

A virtual informational session about the JMHC Research Breakthrough Award took place May 17. Please feel free to access the recording below by using the Zoom password: Wn$8.kRb

View Video Recording

Research Application Information

Important Dates

  • Call for Applications Opens: May 15, 2024
  • Informational Webinar: May 17, 2024
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2024 

Faculty (tenure-track, clinical, lecturer) from all disciplines at Purdue University - West Lafayette and Indianapolis should consider applying to fund your high-quality research/ scholarship/ creative inquiry with undergraduates, to prepare for larger research grants, to expand the scope of your research and experiment with non-traditional and translational research outcomes.

Awards will range from $50,000 - $75,000. We anticipate funding up to three awards open to all eligible investigators in the present funding cycle. In 2024-2025, we expect to fund an additional award open only to our Indianapolis faculty.

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

2024 Research Breakthrough Award Recipients
  • Dr. DeMaria (College of Health & Human Sciences) and Dr. Seigfried-Spellar (Purdue Polytechnic Institute)
  • Dr. Jarriel (John Martinson Honors College)
  • Dr. Wilhelm, Dr. Enders and Dr. Iyer-Pascuzzi (College of Agriculture)
2024 Breakthroug Seed Award Recipients
  • Dr. Bellisario (John Martinson Honors College)
  • Dr. Diaz (College of Engineering)
  • Dr. Williams (Purdue Polytechnic Institute)
  • Dr. Fortin (College of Veterinary Medicine)

Research Theme for 2024-2025 Funding Cycle: Health and Well-being

For 2024-2025, the research theme is Health and Well-being. This is based on the survey of JMHC faculty, students and staff of issues facing the world that they are most interested in researching. Figure on right shows some of the themes identified in the survey. This is not a comprehensive list, but can be used to illustrate the breadth, depth and interconnected nature of these issues. We welcome proposals related to research topics that range from physical and mental health, healthcare for all individuals, and healing and revitalization of local and global communities.

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

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