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.
Featured Opportunity
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs - Collaborative Research:
LOI Deadline: December 1, 2021
The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through collaboration between two or more scholars. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities, and lead to manuscripts for print publications or scholarly digital grant products. The program allows projects that propose research in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged but must propose a humanistic research agenda. Collaborations among different types of institutions are welcome. For example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions. NEH encourages applications from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

New Funding Opportunities
Community Impact Grant Program
Application Due Date: August 27, 2021

Throughout our nation, we are faced with many health inequities. Health outcomes for people living in vulnerable communities, and already disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health (SDOH), are at an even greater health risk. SDOH are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. Medline is committed to social determinants of health and through the Community Impact Grant Program we can promote good health for all people.­ ­

Medline is investing resources to help non-profit organizations address prevalent health challenges, stimulate health equity and improve population health in under-resourced areas. We will award results-focused grants that offer community-centered solutions and immediate impact. Through collaboration with community experts, we can provide essential resources, re-direct adverse outcomes, and improve the well-being of people. This is, and always will be, our ongoing commitment to communities.

Individual grants are capped at $25,000. Grant Recipients will be announced in October 2021.

Halle Institute for Global Research - Emory Fulbright Distinguished Chair Programs
Application Deadline: Dates Vary

The Halle Institute has established four Emory Fulbright Distinguished Chair programs in collaboration with Fulbright offices and commissions in Brazil, India, Korea, and South Africa. Distinguished Chairs are innovative and dynamic scholars who spend a semester at Emory to conduct research, teach courses or workshops, and engage with Emory’s academic community. Hosted by appropriate schools, departments, and programs in any discipline, Distinguished Chairs offer rich engagement with faculty and students. Their contributions strengthen international cooperation between their home institution and Emory, and they support Emory as a global academic community of choice for researchers across a wide array of disciplines.

  • Fulbright Korea Distinguished Chair
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021

The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
Earliest Submission Date: September 5, 2021

Although scientific and technological discoveries have improved the health of the U.S. population overall, some populations continue to experience a disproportionate burden of disease and risk factors, unmet health care needs, and other adverse health conditions. Work activity is known to be important to health as a source of “exposures and risk factors,” a source of beneficial social and economic resources, and attainment of social position and status. Because work can be modified and is amenable to intervention, the examination of the role of work as a (SDOH) presents an opportunity for research that may illuminate causal pathways and potential solutions for health disparities.

The main objective of this initiative is to determine the extent and mechanisms by which work as a social determinant of health (SDOH) both contributes to, and helps ameliorate, health and health care disparities. A recent workshop on September 28-29, 2020 organized by NIMHD highlighted key ideas for furthering research on work as a SDOH that include conceptualizing work as a social class marker, as a source of “exposures and risk factors,” and as a source of beneficial social and economic resources such as income and wealth, neighborhood conditions, health care access, education, and social networks. Some key questions include: What are the specific and modifiable mechanisms by which work explains health disparities? To what extent does work as a social class marker, source of “exposures and risk factors” and/or source of beneficial social and economic resources explain health disparities? Which health disparities does work as a SDOH explain?

Of particular interest are projects designed to examine pathways and mechanisms using conceptual model(s) grounded in minority health and health disparities theories that recognize that health disparities arise by multiple and overlapping contributing factors acting at multiple levels of influence (See the NIMHD Research Framework)

Gilead Foundation: HIV Research
Application Due Date: September 10, 2021

The program provides financial support to the institutions of 4 junior faculty researchers for a 2-year period. Each award is funded up to USD130,000 (inclusive of any indirect costs), to be paid in annual installments of up to USD65,000 per year for 2 years. Funding for the second year is contingent upon submission of a progress report by each junior faculty researcher and approval by the Co-Chairs of the Scientific Review Committee which oversees the program.

Recipients of these competitive awards under the program will be selected by a committee comprised of leaders in the field of HIV (the "Scientific Review Committee" or the "Committee"). The Committee will review complete applications and select research proposals based on their scientific merit, feasibility, and innovation. Announcement of Award Recipients will be made at an awards acknowledgment session hosted by the Committee and senior representatives from Gilead.

March of Dimes: 2022 Research Grants
Application Due Date: September 10, 2021

March of Dimes is committed to advancing the health of all moms and babies, and that involves seeking answers through a diverse research portfolio. They are actively seeking applications for research grant funding that involve translational and actionable science that will lead directly to interventions or preventions.
The proposed research should focus on one of these priority areas: 
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Developmental Origins of Infant Health
  • Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

They anticipate making at least two awards in each category, with each ranging from $200,000 - $300,000. Grants will be distributed for 24 months to 36 months, with a set of deliverables to be met for each year, before the next year’s support can be distributed.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Nicole Dancz,

Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants: LOI Deadline: October 1, 2021
This initiative focuses on fundamental research and capabilities needed to tackle grand challenges in infectious disease pandemics through prediction and prevention.

The PIPP Phase I initiative intends to support planning activities encompassing (1) articulation of a grand challenge centered around a critical and broad question in pandemic predictive intelligence; (2) proposals of novel conceptual research and technology developments that aim to advance state-of-the-art forecasting, real-time monitoring, mitigation, and prevention of the spread of pathogens; and (3) multidisciplinary team formation. Successful Phase I proposals must identify an innovative interdisciplinary grand challenge that engages integrated computational, biological, engineering, and social/behavioral approaches to formulate and solve critical problems relating to predictive intelligence for pandemic prevention. PIs of Phase I Development Grants are strongly encouraged to develop research and technical approaches that start to address critical aspects of the identified grand challenge.

NSF’s PIPP activities place great emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff convergent research that has the potential for large societal impact. To that end, prospective principal investigators (PIs) must develop teams and proposals that work across scientific, disciplinary, geographic, and organizational divides, push conceptual boundaries, and build new theoretical framings of the understanding of pandemic predictive intelligence.

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce (PRMHW)
Internal Submission Due August 8, 2021

The purpose of this program is to provide support to entities providing health care, health care providers associations, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), taking into consideration the needs of rural and medically underserved communities, to establish, enhance, or expand evidence-informed or evidenced-based programs or protocols to promote resilience, mental health, and wellness among their providers, other personnel, and members, collectively known as the “Health Workforce.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—Fall 2021 New Directions Fellowship internal competition:
Internal Submission Due August 13, 2021

The Mellon New Directions Fellowship is intended to support outstanding faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years (between 2009 and 2015) and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.

Fellows will be expected to pursue systematic training and academic competencies outside their own distinctive fields in order to advance a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows' home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate.

This fellowship does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as the completion of a book. Rather, it is a longer-term investment in the scholar’s intellectual range and productivity.

Important Notes:
  • Priority will be given to applications that manifest: (1) a strong focus on issues of race, ethnicity, and migration; or (2) a focus on filling in the gaps left by more traditional narratives in the history of the Americas.
  • The second field of study must be a foray into a new area of intellectual inquiry/subject and not just an enhancement of skills to go further in the primary field. Language study, technical training, or skills acquisition such as GIS mapping do not, by themselves, constitute a new direction.

Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program:
Internal Submission Due August 30, 2021

The purpose of this program is to plan, develop, operate or participate in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies, to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among health care students, residents, professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees, public safety officers, and employers of such individuals, collectively known as the “Health Workforce,” in rural and underserved communities.

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.