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
Featured Opportunities
Global Perspectives on Race+ Ethnicity+ and Nation+
Deadline: February 24, 2022
 These grants support research that examines race, ethnicity, and/or nationality as broadly conceived in any country outside the United States. Projects might include, but are not limited to, the interplay of race, ethnicity, and/or nationality on inequalities/inequities and the egalitarian movements they foster; imperialism and colonialism; ethnic conflict; community and coalition building, and race, ethnicity, and/or nationality with gender, sexuality, religion, education, labor, science, art, and/or health. 

2022 MP3 Initiative Seed Grants (MP3 SG)
Letter of Intent Due March 1, 2022

The goal of the MP3 Initiative is to facilitate and grow basic and applied infectious disease research across scales at Emory University, from molecules and pathogens within hosts to populations and pandemics. The main way in which the initiative will accomplish this is to provide sizable seed grants to interdisciplinary teams of researchers, to provide proof-of-concept and preliminary results for subsequent applications for research grants, program grants, center grants and training grants. An explicit requirement of funding through this program is therefore the subsequent submission of extramural grants. Importantly, to fully establish interdisciplinary research programs, seed grants are only awarded to teams of researchers from different schools at Emory University. Furthermore, partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center are strongly encouraged.

Drug Development Training Program (DDTP):
Deadline: March 4, 2022

Drug Development Training Program (DDTP) at Genentech is for recent doctoral graduates who are looking to gain hands-on training and mentoring in multiple areas of clinical and pre-clinical drug development. DDTP participants will get the chance to spend three years gaining invaluable, on-the-job experience in one of the functions of the Development Sciences (DevSci) organization based in South San Francisco, California. The DDTP is now recruiting its third class for a September 2022 - January 2023 start date. Recent graduates of a doctoral program (e.g. Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., DVM) or in the final year of the doctorate are eligible to apply. Recent graduates are defined as being within two years since graduating from a doctoral program.

Contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to coordinate: [email protected].

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

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
Coordinating Center for the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, February 21, 2022

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) seeks applications for the Coordinating Center (CC) of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAIC) program. The CC serves as a facilitator for OAIC site interactions and as a conduit for translating OAIC objectives and findings to both scientific and general audiences. The proposed CC must demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively with all OAIC sites and possess sufficient scientific expertise in geriatrics and related areas to serve the national coordination functions of the OAIC program. The CC should be proposed only by institutions with (1) the ability to coordinate multi-site projects as demonstrated by previous HHS funding for a coordinating center of a multi-site research grant, and (2) demonstrated scientific expertise in clinical aging research.

NIH Neuroscience Doctoral Readiness Program
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective approaches to biomedical research education and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. This Neuroscience Doctoral Readiness Program (DR Program) expects that the proposed research education programs will incorporate extensive research experiences within the participating NIH Institutes missions and well-designed courses for skills development and education to prepare recent baccalaureates from diverse backgrounds to transition into and complete rigorous, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or D.D.S./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields.

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

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.