Funding Fridays | A Research Newsletter 
Funding Fridays is the title of a bi-monthly newsletter aimed at amplifying and consolidating external funding opportunities shared with the faculty through various channels. This newsletter will highlight and foster funding opportunities that offer cross-unit, multidisciplinary, or unique collaborative opportunities. It will also highlight all limited-institution submissions or opportunities that are high risk / high reward. Below you will find links to standard funding search engines for those interested in exploring more available opportunities.
Announcing Research Funding, Fulbright Chairs, and Award Winners
Halle Institute for Global Research
April 2021

Dear Global Researchers,

I know you are as excited as I am about returning to the field (and to the end of Zoom classes and meetings!). This is the third year of the Halle Institute’s intense focus on research funding, and we are delighted to announce that in that time we have provided over one million dollars of support to Emory faculty and students. With our partner contributions, that total jumps to nearly two million. We are proud of the projects that the Halle Institute supports which represent all nine Emory schools, include a variety of global partners, and are led by diverse researchers in terms of methods, geographies, and ranks.

In 2020-2021, the Halle Institute made awards to more than forty faculty and students. Congratulations to all our research grant winners and especially to those students in the Class of 2021! It has been a pleasure to see your accomplishments firsthand, and we know that your future endeavors will be global! Thanks, also, to the Halle Review Committee for their continued support throughout the selection process. See the full list of grant recipients here.
We are pleased to announce the Halle Institute’s newest set of Collaborative Research Grants, open to all regular, full-time faculty in all schools. We encourage you to apply with the expectation that you will conduct your research as planned; however, we will remain flexible in extending grant completion dates if university policy limits travel during the full grant period.  

I look forward to hearing about your 2021 projects,

Jeffrey Lesser

Kelly Richmond Yates
Associate Director
Featured Opportunity
Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities - Letter of Intent Due: July 20, 2021
This initiative will support observational or intervention research to understand and address the impact of structural racism and discrimination (SRD )on minority health and health disparities.

Projects must address SRD in one or more NIH-designated populations with health disparities in the US and should address documented disparities in health outcomes. It is also expected that projects will collect data on SRD beyond individual self-reported perceptions and experiences to include data at organizational, community, or societal levels.

Projects are expected to involve collaborations with relevant organizations or groups of stakeholders, such as academic institutions, health service providers and systems, state and local public health agencies, or other government agencies such as housing and transportation, criminal justice systems, school systems, patient or consumer advocacy groups, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations. Multidisciplinary research teams, including researchers from areas outside of the health sciences, such as economics, education, history, criminology, law, and political science, are encouraged.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to AVP for Research Kimberly Eck, [email protected]

UNITE Initiative
The NIH has established a new initiative called UNITE to end structural racism and racial inequities throughout the biomedical research enterprise. Part of ending racial inequities in biomedical research will be to ensure NIH-supported research benefits the health of all populations, especially those whose health is negatively impacted by racism. For this reason, conducting new research into health disparities, minority health, and health equity is an important goal of UNITE. 
As part of UNITE, the NIH Common Fund issued two funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) to bolster innovation, solve challenges, and address health disparities and advance health equity:

RFA 1: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity: Application Due May 28, 2021

RFA 2: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions: Application Due May 28, 2021

New Funding Opportunities
The Chan Zukerberg Initiative Rare As One: Due June 2, 2021
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for three-year collaborative projects from patient-led, U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3), rare disease advocacy organizations to develop a patient-led collaborative research network, with a key focus on improving diagnosis and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the disease area.

If awarded, each grant will be up to $600,000 total costs over a period of three years.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook, [email protected]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health: Due June 9, 2021
Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems.

RWJF will fund up to 4 awards of up to $500,000 each. Projects should take place under 36 months.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook, [email protected]

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities: LOI Deadline: July 20, 2021
There is increasing recognition that racism and discrimination contribute to poorer health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities and other populations that experience health disparities. In fact, all populations with health disparities experience increased exposure to racism and/or other forms of discrimination over the life course.

This initiative will support observational or intervention research to understand and address the impact of SRD on minority health and health disparities.

Projects must address SRD in one or more NIH-designated populations with health disparities in the US and should address documented disparities in health outcomes. Applications are expected to provide a justification for why the specific types of SRD included constitute SRD, such as how the racism or discrimination is structural rather than reflecting individual-level behavior and how the SRD results in differential treatment or outcomes for less advantaged individuals, groups or populations. For example, with a project examining discriminatory school disciplinary practices, documentation of different overall rates of student suspensions or expulsions by race/ethnicity would not be sufficient to label this pattern as SRD. However, different rates of student suspensions or expulsions by race/ethnicity for the same type of student behavior or violation could be evidence of SRD. Applications are also expected to provide a conceptual model identifying hypothesized pathways between the SRD and health outcomes. Potential health outcomes may reflect health status; health condition-specific or all-cause disability, quality of life, mortality and morbidity; biological measures that reflect cumulative exposures to and effects of SRD; health behaviors; or access to, utilization of, or quality of health care.

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects:
Internal Submission Due May 20, 2021

“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States.”

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:
  • Celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities,
  • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
  • African American Serving Institutions,
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions,
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
  • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

Mallinckrodt Foundation Grant Program: Internal Submission Due June 1, 2021

The mission of the Foundation is to support early-stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

Eligibility Criteria: The funds are designed to provide support for faculty members who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees and who are in the first to the fourth year of a tenure-track position. Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply.

Budget Terms: The regular grants provide $60,000 per year, for a period of up to three years. The Foundation will not fund overhead/indirect costs; however, salary is acceptable. Funding commences on October 1.

2022 Schmidt Science Fellows, In Partnership with Rhodes Trust: Internal Submission Due June 10, 2021

Schmidt Science Fellows, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, aims to develop the next generation of science leaders to transcend disciplines, advance discovery, and solve the world’s most pressing problems. Successful Fellows are expected to combine scientific curiosity with extraordinary academic achievement. They should have demonstrated a collaborative spirit and have the ambition to make a lasting impact in science and in society, conducting research and pursuing knowledge that will benefit the world.

Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 and are supported by the Program to undertake a full-time, postdoctoral study for at least one year in a world-leading laboratory in a field different from their existing area of expertise. Fellows also spend five weeks during their fellowship year at four residential meetings around the globe where they receive bespoke training to help them become the next generation of science leaders. In these meetings the fellows are introduced to new research ideas, techniques and questions, they are exposed to a wide range of cutting-edge science, leading thinkers, and institutions, and they receive tailored training in science communication, leadership and, how to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Throughout the Fellowship year, Fellows receive regular scientific and professional mentoring from a member of the Academic Council and they continue to have access to this support after their Fellowship is complete to further support their professional development.

Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32):
Internal Submission Due June 15, 2021

The goal of the Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional): Internal Submission Due August 2, 2021

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated and existing program of nutrition and/or obesity research. The Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORC) program is designed to support and enhance the national research effort in nutrition and obesity. NORCs support three primary research-related activities: Research Core services, a Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) program, and an Enrichment program. All activities pursued by Nutrition Obesity Research Centers are designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness and multidisciplinary nature of research in nutrition and obesity.

Finding Funding
Search Tool for Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities
The Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Foundation Relations have teamed up to create this resource site to provide a curated list of current funding opportunities and other resources. This site will help promote connections between Emory colleagues and corporate/foundation partners.
Free access available with Emory Email address. Formally IRIS. Provides access to the University Community to conduct funding searches. The database is provides funding opportunities for the physical and life sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Link for More Information is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs from over 27 federal agencies. Interested applicants can search for relevant funding opportunities by Keyword or Category or browse opportunities by agency. The portal is also a central source to apply for federal grants. Information on the processes for proposal submission through can be found in Proposal Submission.
Foundation Directory
Free access available through Databases@Emory. This database, produced by the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, includes extensive program details for thousands of leading foundations; detailed application guidelines for more than 7,000 grants; and a searchable file of approximately half a million grants.