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.
Important Funding Notice
2/22/21: U.S. National Science Foundation could get $600 million in pandemic relief bill (Science) The National Science Foundation (NSF) could receive an additional $600 million as part of the massive coronavirus pandemic relief bill moving through Congress this week.  The money is not mentioned in the $1.9 trillion plan being taken up today by the budget committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. But ScienceInsider has learned it is expected to be added to the legislation before the full House votes on the package later this week. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) would get a one-time budget increase of $150 million. The money comes from a $750 million allocation made available to the House science committee, led by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX), for programs under its jurisdiction.  
Featured Opportunity
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - 2021 John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures: Internal Submission Due March 17, 2021
The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars program provides support for collaborative research on historical and contemporary topics of major scholarly significance. The seminars bring together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields—mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences—for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. The maximum grant award for each Sawyer Seminar is $225,000.

Only one submission is allowed for Emory University; thus, we are holding a limited opportunity competition.
  • Interested applicants should submit the following items by 5 pm on March 17, 2021, in order to be considered for this competition.
  • An executive summary (1-page description of proposed work)
  • The rationale for raising the central questions to be addressed and the potential significance of the inquiry to be pursued (max 2 pages)
  • A general budget and budget narrative (1-page max)
  • Short CVs (1-2 pages) for the principal seminar organizers

Contact: Kristin Anderson, Office of Foundation Relations (

Notice of Intent to Publish: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Anticipated Deadline August 20, 2021
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), with other NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications on (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities.

This Notice of Intent to Publish (NOITP) is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in April 2021 with an expected application due date in August 2021.

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

New Funding Opportunities
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation - Young Investigator Grants Deadline: March 25, 2021
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest non-government, donor-supported organization that distributes funds for psychiatric brain and behavior disorder research.

Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree (e.g., M.D. with [minimum PGY-IV] training, Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D., etc.) and already be employed in research training or a faculty research position. The YI Grant is intended to support advanced post-doctoral fellows, instructors, and assistant professors (or equivalent).

Applicants must have an on-site mentor or senior collaborator who is an established investigator in areas relevant to psychiatric disorders. The mentor/sponsor role is usually extensive for fellowship extension (mentor), and more senior colleague/advisor (sponsor) for an applicant prepared to initiate independent science.

The Foundation’s BBRF Young Investigator Grant (YI) program offers up to $35,000 a year for up to two (2) years to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Nicole Dancz,  

2021 Emory Integrated Core Facilities S10 Grant Program - First Due Date: April 1, 2021

The Emory Integrated Core Facilities ( desire to aid investigators apply for S10 grants to obtain cutting-edge platforms that can be housed and supported within an existing core facility.

The two NIH program announcements are listed below:

To aid investigators, the EICF will:
  1. Assist with identifying major users of the equipment at Emory and at our Georgia Core Facilities Partnership (GCFP) universities (
  2. Provide grant text that addresses the Administration (Organization / Management Plan) and Institutional Commitment for the platform to be within one of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities.
  3. Review and edit the grant application
  4. Draft a letter of support that describes the institutional support for the platform.

  1. April 1, 2021: Email Mike Zwick ( and Nicole Tharp ( the proposed platform and an initial list of major/minor users.
  2. May 1, 2021: Email Mike Zwick ( and Nicole Tharp ( a complete draft of the grant application.
  3. June 1, 2021: Grant Submission Deadline to NIH Please contact Mike Zwick ( with any questions

James S. McDonnell Foundation 2021 Opportunity Award: Deadline April 9, 2021

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for three-year collaborative projects for the generation of healthy, single-cell reference data from pediatric tissue samples for the Human Cell Atlas (HCA). The Pediatric Networks should collectively generate new tools, open-source analysis methods, and data from a diversity of donors and organs that provide valuable contributions to the HCA community. Applications should focus on healthy human tissues that will contribute to a reference atlas.

Because varying projects require different resourcing levels, a budget limit has not been set on a per-project basis. Proposed budgets should reflect the project scope.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

James S. McDonnell Foundation -- 2021 Opportunity Award: Deadline April 9, 2021

The JSMF Opportunity Awards provide up to $250,000 in seed funds expendable over a flexible time period (between 2 and 4 years) as needed by researchers to design and carry out new studies motivated by questioning, revisiting, or re-examining the current state of academic knowledge of human cognition and behavior using a dynamic, context-sensitive lens. JSMF can support up to 8 Opportunity Awards each year.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

Please direct any questions you have regarding these funding opportunities to Kesley Tyson (404) 778-7986 or via e-mail at
Emory University Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$ Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Request for Grant Proposal - Application Due April 9, 2021
Emory University’s Lung Cancer SPORE aims to promote the advancement of early career lung cancer investigators through the conduct of a mentored Career Enhancement Program (CEP).

This RFP is designed to solicit proposals from eligible candidates (criteria listed below), and will fund CEP candidates for 2 years upon successful completion of the first year, with a maximum of $50,000 per year in direct funds. Proposals relevant to lung oncology with high translational significance and innovation are requested, and will be reviewed by the SPORE’s CEP Review Committee prior to any funding decisions. Awardees are expected to provide twice-annual progress reports to the CEP Committee and to present their progress twice annually at the Lung Cancer SPORE investigator meeting. Awardees are granted access to the SPORE Administrative, Pathology, and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics core resources and opportunities for collaboration that arise from membership in the SPORE.

Emory University Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$
Developmental Research Program (DRP) - Application Due April 9, 2021
The Winship Lung Cancer SPORE Developmental Research Program (DRP) aims to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into full research projects in the future.
DRP pilot projects must conduct basic, translational or clinical research into the cause, prevention, detection or treatment of lung cancer. Awards will be in the amount of $50,000 for a 1-year project period.

Proposals relevant to lung oncology with high translational significance and innovation are requested, and will be reviewed by the SPORE's DRP Review Committee prior to any funding decisions. Pilot project renewals for a second year are considered on a competitive basis and will be judged on progress, relevance to lung cancer, translational potential, and the potential to grow into a full project. Individual investigators are eligible to submit additional proposals in subsequent years.

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,

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC):
Internal Submission Due March 15, 2021

The purpose of this FOA is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms elicited by vaccinations, vaccine adjuvants or natural infections by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies. Studies supported under this FOA will measure the diversity and commonalities of human immune responses under a variety of conditions and longitudinally using high-throughput systems immunology approaches coupled with detailed clinical phenotyping in well-characterized human cohorts.

Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) Coordinating Center
Internal Submission Due March 15, 2021

The goal of this FOA is to support a Coordinating Center for the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) program. The HIPC program, supported through a separate FOA, will consist of 5-8 multi-project cooperative agreement (U19) awardees that will measure the diversity and commonalities of human immune responses under a variety of conditions and longitudinally using high-throughput systems immunology approaches coupled with detailed clinical phenotyping in well-characterized human cohorts.

Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT): Internal Submission Due March 18, 2021

This FOA is seeking applications for a portable sensing device to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs, i.e. scents or odors) emanating from the skin and to develop a catalog of VOCs as distinct signatures for at least 20 human diseases and conditions. These sensing devices must be able to associate VOC patterns using artificial intelligence to patients with various conditions for diagnostic purposes along with capabilities to incorporate and integrate vital signs. For VOC monitoring, these sensing devices can be Electronic-nose (E-nose) technology, Gas Chromatography (GC), or any sensing technology able to detect VOC patterns associated with the disease. This new program is called SCENT, which stands for Screening for Conditions by E-Nose Technology.
To ensure project success, this FOA requires multidisciplinary collaborations and a team science approach. Groups may include a combination of the following: Biomedical engineers, material scientists, biosensing experts, software engineers, chemists, clinicians, clinical trialists, biostatisticians, data analysts and/or other relevant experts in academia and industry.

New Chemistries for Un-drugged Targets through A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) Collaborative Research Program: Internal Submission Due March 15, 2021

The purpose of the ASPIRE Collaborative Research Program is to facilitate translational and clinical research between NCATS intramural scientists and the extramural community to develop approaches that will enhance the ability to discover and develop new chemistries towards previously undrugged biological targets (i.e., biological targets with no known drugs to modulate their function) across many human diseases and conditions. NCATS intramural scientists have established an integrated NCATS ASPIRE platform consisting of physical and virtual modules for automated synthetic chemistry, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), engineering, informatics, and biological testing. The FOA will support intramural - extramural collaborations to develop additional physical modules that will enhance the platform’s capabilities. The anticipated outcome includes identification, design, synthesis, and validation of new chemical entities as starting points for drug development of novel targets, and the expansion of chemical space available for drug screening.

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.