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
"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
Cures Within Reach Issues RFP for Repurposing Research Led by a US-Based Racial/Ethnic Minority Principal Investigator: Application Deadline: July 30, 2021
Cures Within Reach (CWR) works to improve patient quality and lifespan by leveraging the speed, safety, and cost-effectiveness of medical repurposing research, driving more treatments to more patients more quickly. To that end, CWR has issued a Request for Proposals seeking clinical repurposing trials in any disease led by a racial/ethnic minority that is underrepresented in biomedical research (as defined by the NIH): Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
CWR is interested in approved generic or proprietary drugs, devices, nutraceuticals, or diagnostics that could be repurposed to create "new" treatments to reduce the symptoms, progression, or incidence of; restore function lost to; reduce or eliminate severe side effects of currently used therapies for any unmet medical need. Repurposed therapies can be used alone or in combination with other therapies or repurposed from an approved adult indication into a pediatric indication. Therapies must already be approved by the FDA, EMA, or any other regulatory agency or otherwise readily available for human use.
CWR is interested in both previously funded minority PIs and supporting minority PIs who are early-stage investigators and have received little or no extramural research funding to date. PIs who have not received extramural funding previously and/or do not currently have their own lab should include a Letter of Support from a funded, senior researcher who will act as a mentor for the proposed clinical trial and the PI.

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 an 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)

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, [email protected]

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program:
Internal Submission Due July 22, 2021

Keck funds innovative, high-risk, and high-impact projects that are top institutional priorities. Typically Keck projects solve important science and engineering questions and also develop novel techniques and/or instruments that can be disseminated throughout the research community: "By funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers, we are laying the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply."

  • Senior or early career investigators performing basic (not clinical) research
  • Projects must be distinctive, novel, pushing the edge of the field or questioning the prevailing paradigm
  • Support is for pioneering biological, science, and engineering research and the development of breakthrough technologies, methodologies, and/or instrumentation
  • Projects should fall outside the mission of public funding agencies, demonstrating that private philanthropy, generally, and the W.M. Keck Foundation, in particular, is essential to the project’s success
  • Medical research projects conducted in hospitals are not eligible

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.

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.

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.