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.
Upcoming Funding Related Events

This event is open to researchers from both universities and is intended to spur new research collaborations and expand existing partnerships that seek to develop, leverage, apply, and/or critically evaluate artificial intelligence (AI). AI stretches across numerous fields and can be applied broadly to improve our lives and society and can be viewed through critical lenses such as ethics, social justice, and equity. A variety of perspectives is essential for identifying and addressing all facets of AI research.

Those who are experts in AI as well as those who do not currently work in the space but are interested are welcome to attend. Researchers from disciplines such as Business, Law, Humanities, Health Sciences, Basic Sciences, and Engineering with an interest in this shared research space are highly encouraged to attend.

When: March 15, 2022, 4 - 7 p
Where: Houston Mill House, Emory University
849 Houston Mill Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
*Free parking available on site
Featured Opportunities
Emory - Georgia Tech Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program: AI.Humanity
Deadline April 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR) at Emory University and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are delighted to announce a new collaborative research seed grant program. 

The purpose of the AI.Humanity seed grant is to spur new research collaborations and expand existing partnerships to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to improve society and our daily lives. Projects may incorporate research including, but not limited to, aspects of ethical and social considerations, social justice, health disparities or bias in AI data. Applied projects are welcome.

This jointly funded program will provide a maximum of $100,000 over a one-year project period to support research projects that will explore how AI can be improved or used for societal good.
New Funding Opportunities
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for BRAIN Initiative Connectivity across Scales (BRAIN CONNECTS):
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunities Announcement:
March 15, 2022

The NIH Institutes and Centers contributing to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies®(BRAIN) Initiative intend to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support Comprehensive Centers to develop and test technologies that can be scaled to brain-wide atlases of human and non-human primate circuit connectivity.

Centers will establish data collection, analysis, and dissemination pipelines to demonstrate the feasibility of mapping region-to-region connectivity with a minimum resolution of individual cells and/or axon fibers. They will demonstrate the significance of the approach within the context of a chosen CNS sub-volume, by testing specific hypotheses relating circuit structure to function. They will also incorporate toolsets and infrastructure for integrating separately collected data from smaller volumes, as well as from other data collection modalities, and for enabling the neuroscience community to interact with and mine the data for new research questions.

Awards will be integrated into the BRAIN CONNECTS Network, consisting of projects from this FOA and its companion announcements, as a coordinated effort aimed at developing the research capacity and technical capabilities to generate wiring diagrams that can span entire brains across multiple scales.

Two Opportunities:
NEA Research Labs
Deadline: March 28, 2022

Establishes NEA Research Labs to create transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts practitioners, but also for non-arts sectors such as healthcare, education, and business or management. Each Research Lab will design a transdisciplinary research agenda, conduct project activities to execute that agenda, and prepare and disseminate reports and other products or services that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of the following areas of special interest:
  1. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation;
  2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning; and
  3. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being

Emergency Awards: RADx®-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
Deadline: May 2, 2022

The goal of this RADx®-UP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct social, ethical, and behavioral implications (SEBI) research to understand and reduce barriers to COVID-19 testing, as well as COVID-19 disparities that arise from barriers to testing among underserved and vulnerable populations.

Emergency Award: RADx-UP Community-Engaged Research
on Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Testing
among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
Deadline: May 2, 2022

The goals of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) are to implement and rigorously evaluate SARS-CoV-2 rapid testing strategies in communities experiencing COVID-19 health disparities. These two-year Rapid Testing Research Projects will evaluate (1) rapid testing interventions to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission among underserved and vulnerable populations and (2) partnership-driven research to implement and evaluate rapid testing and reduce COVID-19 disparities.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Equity Resource Center
Deadline: May 10, 2022

Establishes an AISL Equity Resource Center (AERC) to advance equity within the informal STEM learning field through community building; supporting and extending infrastructures; technical assistance; and communications. This program does not define or bound the concept of equity. Instead, it allows the proposer to both define equity in relation to the needs of the informal STEM learning field and design and deploy creative approaches that promote equity across the informal STEM learning field. Overall, the AERC will serve public and professional communities in the informal STEM learning field through the following functions:

  1. Cultivating a multi-sector, diverse community dedicated to promoting equity in informal STEM learning experiences and environments;
  2. Raising the visibility and impact of equity-focused research and practice in the informal STEM learning field and its contributions to the overall STEM endeavor;
  3. Supporting AISL PIs, prospective PIs, and partners in enacting their commitments to equity with respect to research and practice; and 
  4. Promoting equitable practices that support the AISL program.

Innovation Corps Hubs
Deadline: May 11, 2022

In this updated and more integrated model of the NSF I-Corps program, the I-Corps Hubs are comprised of a Lead and initially seven Partner institutions to form the operational backbone of the National Innovation Network (NIN). Each Hub is now funded through a single award, and the term "Hub" refers to a consortium of institutions of higher education spanning distinct geographic regions with common goals and challenges to collaborate to provide entrepreneurial training to members of the scientific community (students, postdocs, faculty, and other researchers). Each Hub has a Lead institution to oversee operational management of the consortium and seven initial Partner institutions that contribute to the success of the Hub objectives, activities, and expected outcomes. A Lead institution may be a current or former I-Corps Node or Site (Track 1), or they may be entirely new to the I-Corps program (Track 2).
Hubs are required to add at least one New Partner Institution (NPI) annually. NPIs are expected to collaborate with the Hub and demonstrate that the proposed activities of the NPI are coordinated with the Hub’s objectives and expected outcomes. Funding for NPIs will be provided through supplemental funding.

BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects
Deadline: July 1, 2022

Supports R34 planning grants and R01 research grants for projects that seek to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior using innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches. Planning projects must use an approach that will establish feasibility, validity, or other technically qualifying results that, if successful, would support, enable, and/or lay the groundwork for a potential, subsequent Targeted BRAIN Circuits R01 research projects. All projects should aim to improve the understanding of circuits of the central nervous system by systematically controlling stimuli and/or behavior while actively recording and/or manipulating dynamic patterns of neural activity. Diverse species or experimental systems and a cross-species/comparative approach are welcome and should be chosen based on their power to address the specific question at hand and to reveal generalizable and fundamental neuroscience principles.

Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
Deadline: September 9, 2022

Supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Please see the following link for detailed topic lists for the participating DoD components. 

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI): Engineered Living Systems (ELiS) and Brain-Inspired Dynamics for Engineering Energy-Efficient Circuits and Artificial Intelligence (BRAID)
Deadline: September 9, 2022

Supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in one of the following two research areas: Engineered Living Systems (ELiS) and Brain-Inspired Dynamics for Engineering Energy-Efficient Circuits and Artificial Intelligence (BRAID).

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative
Deadline: September 2022

Supports potentially transformative proposals in any area of CISE research from PIs who are in their first academic position post-PhD. The goal is for the PI to have the essential resources to launch their research career so that they may establish an independent research profile.

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce
Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2022

The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research
To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development

Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2022

This FOA seeks to support programs that include innovative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering (BME) design education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation’s needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies.

Applications are encouraged from institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors. This FOA targets the education of undergraduate biomedical engineering/bioengineering students in a team-based environment.

Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease (IDAD)
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, March 28, 2022

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to participate in the Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease (IDAD) cooperative research program, which will focus on defining the immunologic states and dynamics that drive autoimmune disease. The main objective of this program is to enhance our understanding of the immunologic processes, events, and changes that underlie the clinical manifestations of autoimmune diseases, including disease flare, remission, and progression of established disease, as well as the progression from a state of elevated risk to clinical diagnosis of autoimmune disease.

NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for Skills Development
  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development
  • Outreach

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Internal Call for Applications 2023
Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 14, 2022

From Pew's website, "The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level."

Grant Level: "The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period."

Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32)
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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.

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.