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.
Important Change to NIH Applications
3/12/21: NIH Announces major changes to the biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.

The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.
Featured Opportunity
Notice of Intent to Publish: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities - Anticipated Deadline: August 20, 2021
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), with other NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications on (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities.

This Notice of Intent to Publish (NOITP) is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in April 2021 with an expected application due date in August 2021.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to AVP for Research Kimberly Eck,

New Funding Opportunities
2021 Emory Integrated Core Facilities S10 Grant Program - First Due Date: April 1, 2021

The Emory Integrated Core Facilities ( desire to aid investigators apply for S10 grants to obtain cutting-edge platforms that can be housed and supported within an existing core facility.

The two NIH program announcements are listed below:

To aid investigators, the EICF will:
  1. Assist with identifying major users of the equipment at Emory and at our Georgia Core Facilities Partnership (GCFP) universities (
  2. Provide grant text that addresses the Administration (Organization / Management Plan) and Institutional Commitment for the platform to be within one of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities.
  3. Review and edit the grant application
  4. Draft a letter of support that describes the institutional support for the platform.

  1. April 1, 2021: Email Mike Zwick ( and Nicole Tharp ( the proposed platform and an initial list of major/minor users.
  2. May 1, 2021: Email Mike Zwick ( and Nicole Tharp ( a complete draft of the grant application.
  3. June 1, 2021: Grant Submission Deadline to NIH Please contact Mike Zwick ( with any questions

Ancestry Networks for the Human Cell Atlas: Deadline April 9, 2021

This funding opportunity supports the continued growth of the HCA, with the aim of filling potential gaps in the first draft of the healthy reference atlas around ancestral groups that have been historically understudied in the biomedical sciences. While there are no specific quotas for this RFA, it is expected that all of the tissue will be from understudied populations. This RFA seeks to attract a new set of grantees primed to answer questions related to commonalities and potential differences in ancestry at the cellular level, as well as grantees with experience in community engagement and building diverse cohorts, and/or access to ancestrally diverse donors and tissue. 

Because varying projects require different resourcing levels, a budget limit has not been set on a per-project basis. Proposed budgets should reflect the project scope. 

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

James S. McDonnell Foundation -- 2021 Opportunity Award: Deadline April 9, 2021

The JSMF Opportunity Awards provide up to $250,000 in seed funds expendable over a flexible time period (between 2 and 4 years) as needed by researchers to design and carry out new studies motivated by questioning, revisiting, or re-examining the current state of academic knowledge of human cognition and behavior using a dynamic, context-sensitive lens. JSMF can support up to 8 Opportunity Awards each year.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

Please direct any questions you have regarding these funding opportunities to Kesley Tyson (404) 778-7986 or via e-mail at
Emory University Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$ Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Request for Grant Proposal - Application Due April 9, 2021
Emory University’s Lung Cancer SPORE aims to promote the advancement of early career lung cancer investigators through the conduct of a mentored Career Enhancement Program (CEP).

This RFP is designed to solicit proposals from eligible candidates (criteria listed below), and will fund CEP candidates for 2 years upon successful completion of the first year, with a maximum of $50,000 per year in direct funds. Proposals relevant to lung oncology with high translational significance and innovation are requested, and will be reviewed by the SPORE’s CEP Review Committee prior to any funding decisions. Awardees are expected to provide twice-annual progress reports to the CEP Committee and to present their progress twice annually at the Lung Cancer SPORE investigator meeting. Awardees are granted access to the SPORE Administrative, Pathology, and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics core resources and opportunities for collaboration that arise from membership in the SPORE.

Emory University Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$
Developmental Research Program (DRP) - Application Due April 9, 2021
The Winship Lung Cancer SPORE Developmental Research Program (DRP) aims to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into full research projects in the future.
DRP pilot projects must conduct basic, translational or clinical research into the cause, prevention, detection or treatment of lung cancer. Awards will be in the amount of $50,000 for a 1-year project period.

Proposals relevant to lung oncology with high translational significance and innovation are requested, and will be reviewed by the SPORE's DRP Review Committee prior to any funding decisions. Pilot project renewals for a second year are considered on a competitive basis and will be judged on progress, relevance to lung cancer, translational potential, and the potential to grow into a full project. Individual investigators are eligible to submit additional proposals in subsequent years.

Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19: Deadline: April 20, 2021
Award Amount: up to $4,000,000 for urban communities; up to $3,000,000 for rural communities
Estimated Total: $250,000,000

This notice solicits applications for projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of local government implementation of evidence-based health literacy strategies that are culturally appropriate to enhance COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and/or other mitigation measures (e.g., public health prevention practices and vaccination) in racial and ethnic minority populations and other socially vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minority rural communities. Applicant eligibility is limited to localities (e.g., cities, counties, parishes, or other similar subdivisions). OMH encourages applicants to partner with a Minority Serving Institution for quality improvement activities and program evaluation.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health: Due June 9, 2021
Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems.

RWJF will fund up to 4 awards of up to $500,000 each. Projects should take place under 36 months.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
New Chemistries for Un-drugged Targets through A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) Collaborative Research Program: Internal Submission Due March 15, 2021

The purpose of the ASPIRE Collaborative Research Program is to facilitate translational and clinical research between NCATS intramural scientists and the extramural community to develop approaches that will enhance the ability to discover and develop new chemistries towards previously undrugged biological targets (i.e., biological targets with no known drugs to modulate their function) across many human diseases and conditions. NCATS intramural scientists have established an integrated NCATS ASPIRE platform consisting of physical and virtual modules for automated synthetic chemistry, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), engineering, informatics, and biological testing.

Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (P30 Clinical Trials Not Allowed): Internal Submission Due April 1, 2021

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit meritorious applications for the Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (TRACs) program. The main goal of these centers is to provide administrative and shared research support to foster and elevate multidisciplinary tuberculosis (TB) research and provide exceptional mentorship to New Investigators. TRACs will provide core facilities, services and mentoring opportunities to achieve the goals of the program.

Application budgets are capped at $600,000 (direct costs) per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

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.