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.
Grant Writing Resource
Featured Opportunity
Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity: LOI Deadline: April 28, 2021
This FOA requests research grant applications to support collaborative investigative teams or individual scientists who propose unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, would have a major impact in developing, disseminating, or implementing innovative and effective interventions and/or strategies that prevent, reduce, or eliminate health disparities and inequities. Research addressing community-prioritized research questions, cross-cutting issues such as social determinants of health across sectors, multiple levels and systems that contribute to health disparities, and/or priority areas of multiple NIH Institutes and Centers are particularly encouraged. Applicants may propose projects addressing any disease, condition, or health-related topic with demonstrated health disparities/inequities, including but not limited to:

  • Chronic disease related outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, many others)
  • COVID-19 disparities
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias disparities
  • Cancer disparities
  • Maternal morbidity and mortality disparities
  • Mental health, substance misuse, and stigma around seeking treatment
  • Multimorbidity/comorbidity
  • Behavior change

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
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.

The Chan Zukerberg Initiative Rare As One: Due June 2, 2021
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for three-year collaborative projects from patient-led, U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3), rare disease advocacy organizations to develop a patient-led collaborative research network, with a key focus on improving diagnosis and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the disease area.

If awarded, each grant will be up to $600,000 total costs over a period of three years.

Contact: Office of Foundation Relations, Connor Cook,

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,

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities: LOI Deadline: July 20, 2021
There is increasing recognition that racism and discrimination contribute to poorer health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities and other populations that experience health disparities. In fact, all populations with health disparities experience increased exposure to racism and/or other forms of discrimination over the life course.

This initiative will support observational or intervention research to understand and address the impact of 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. Applications are expected to provide a justification for why the specific types of SRD included constitute SRD, such as how the racism or discrimination is structural rather than reflecting individual-level behavior and how the SRD results in differential treatment or outcomes for less advantaged individuals, groups or populations. For example, with a project examining discriminatory school disciplinary practices, documentation of different overall rates of student suspensions or expulsions by race/ethnicity would not be sufficient to label this pattern as SRD. However, different rates of student suspensions or expulsions by race/ethnicity for the same type of student behavior or violation could be evidence of SRD. Applications are also expected to provide a conceptual model identifying hypothesized pathways between the SRD and health outcomes. Potential health outcomes may reflect health status; health condition-specific or all-cause disability, quality of life, mortality and morbidity; biological measures that reflect cumulative exposures to and effects of SRD; health behaviors; or access to, utilization of, or quality of health care.

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences: Internal Submission Due April 15, 2021

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period."

Searle Scholars Program Internal Competition: Internal Submission Due April 15, 2021

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to select universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. This program supports the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants annually.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects:
Internal Submission Due May 20, 2021

“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States.”

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:
  • Celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities,
  • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
  • African American Serving Institutions,
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions,
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
  • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

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.

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.