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
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]

"Predicting future pandemics to protect our health, communities and economy"

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.

New Funding Opportunities
Johnson and Johnson - Decoding Disparities QuickFire Challenge: Application Deadline: June 25, 2021
In order to help profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity and eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat, it is important to help address health inequities impacting communities of color.

We encourage US-based innovators to submit data-driven research methodologies, tools, or technologies leveraging data aiming to better detect, understand, or reduce the root causes of health inequities and inform the crucial next steps we need to take towards achieving equity, with considerations to the following:

Data Integration aspect of population health management to:
  • Identify gaps within communities of color that are amenable to change
  • Provide actionable insights to inform potential targeted interventions and resource development

Barriers to equitable access to health care across the patient journey including the patient/physician level and clinical encounter and ideas to better understand health disparities in therapeutic areas of interest to the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson including Mental Health, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Cardiovascular Disease. Additional details on the areas of interest can be found here.

RADx-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations: LOI Deadline: July 7, 2021
High rates and disparities of COVID-19 infection, morbidity, and mortality continue among underserved and vulnerable populations across the United States. The overarching goal of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative is to understand and ameliorate factors that have placed a disproportionate burden of the pandemic on underserved and/or vulnerable populations, specifically by implementing programs that expand the scope and reach of COVID-19 testing interventions to reduce these disparities. To address barriers to testing and vaccination, social, ethical, and behavioral research is urgently needed to inform related mitigation efforts. This Phase II RADx-UP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to expand research to understand and address the social, ethical, and behavioral implications (SEBI) of COVID-19 testing interventions among underserved and vulnerable populations.

Facebook Research - Instagram request for proposals on safety and community health: Application Deadline: July 13, 2021
In 2021, Instagram requests research proposals to help us better understand experiences on Instagram that may or may not contribute to the safety and health of our community. This includes, but is not limited to, research that will help us better understand equity and fairness issues facing our communities, develop better policies, assess possible improvements to protect our younger community, or better understand the mechanisms (e.g., social support, social comparison) through which Instagram usage would directly impact the people that use our service. We especially encourage researchers investigating topics that may affect teen communities or underserved or vulnerable communities to apply.

  • Projects can focus on safety and community health in online platforms more broadly, though the findings should be scalable/relevant for Instagram.
  • We encourage applications from and proposals focusing on people across the globe.

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 Brazil Distinguished Chair
Submission Deadline: August 2, 2021

  • Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair 
Submission Deadline: July 30, 2021

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

  • Fulbright South Africa Distinguished Chair
Application Closed. Stay tuned for more details in Spring 2022. 

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
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.

Centers for HIV Structural Biology:
Internal Submission Due June 22, 2021

The goal of the Centers for HIV Structural Biology program will be to support teams of scientists to develop and utilize cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to address the most challenging scientific questions involving the structures and functions of HIV-related macromolecular complexes. Centers are expected to move beyond the determination of static structures and into an understanding of the dynamics of complexes with an eye toward informing mechanistically based discovery and/or design of interventions for the prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV. The development of specific interventions is not the purpose of the FOA; rather, the goal is to establish new technologies and methodologies to facilitate the discovery of new therapeutic targets, elucidate the mechanisms of action of interventions, or determine the structural basis for interventional failures.

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.