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 Events
Featured Opportunity
Applications accepted through January 14, 2022

The University Research Committee (URC) announces the annual Call for Proposals for funding to be used during 2022-2023 in the following categories:
  • URC Regular Award
  • URC Interdisciplinary Award
  • URC-Halle Institute Global Research Award (specific criteria apply)

All regular, full-time Emory faculty, of all ranks, are welcome to apply. URC eligibility follows criteria for “full-time faculty” as defined within each school. Postdocs, Fellows, Adjuncts, Research Track lines in some schools and part-time faculty are not eligible.

New Funding Opportunities
Imagine, Innovate, and Impact (I3) Rapid RFP: Emory SOM/Georgia Tech Computational and Data Analysis to Advance Single Cell Biology Research Awards
Deadline: November 29, 2021

The Dean of the Emory School of Medicine (SOM) and the Executive Vice President of Research (EVPR) of Georgia Tech are soliciting proposals to advance the state-of-the-art of computational/data analytics designed to advance single-cell biology. Research proposals may address a wide range of topics, including the development of novel single-cell analytical approaches, algorithms for standardizing and batch correcting data, integration of multi-dimensional single-cell omics, and devising cellular and gene communication networks. These awards are intended to support highly innovative projects in their early phases of development. The awards will be administered through the Emory SOM Imagine, Innovate, and Impact (I3) awards program (on the Emory side) and the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (on the Georgia Tech side) with funding support provided by both the SOM Dean and Georgia Tech EVPR. 

Equity in Access to Rare Disease Clinical Trials
Deadline: December 2, 2021

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community’s independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer’s medical and/or scientific strategies. Pfizer’s GMG competitive grant program involves a publicly posted Request for Proposal (RFP) that provides detail regarding a general area of interest, sets timelines for review and approval, and uses an internal Pfizer review process to make final grant decisions. Organizations are invited to submit an application addressing the practice gaps as outlined in the specific RFP.

HERCULES Exposome Environmental Health Sciences Pilot Grants

LOI Deadline: December 6, 2021

The HERCULES Exposome Research Center (NIEHS P30 ES019776) is pleased to announce the 2022 Pilot Project Program. A major focus of HERCULES is to advance the science of the exposome (the comprehensive analysis of environmental exposures over a lifetime); however, the Pilot Project Program supports any research in the environmental health sciences that aligns with the mission of NIEHS. The Pilot Project Program supports developmental projects aimed at competing for NIEHS R21 or R01 research grants, and it is expected that an application for such a grant will be submitted after the pilot funding.

American Heart Association: Career Development Award
Deadline: December 6, 2021

Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research. Award start date: April 1, 2022.
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs - Collaborative Research
LOI Deadline: December 1, 2021

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through collaboration between two or more scholars. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities, and lead to manuscripts for print publications or scholarly digital grant products. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged but must propose a humanistic research agenda.

Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund – Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience
LOI Deadline: February 15, 2022, 11:59 pm EST

The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship supports early-career investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The award of $225,000 is payable over a three-year period beginning July 1. It may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or for any other purpose which promotes the scientific activities of the Klingenstein-Simons Fellow.

Contact: Nicole Dancz-Bal, Office of Foundation Relations,

Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development
Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance the research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers, and builders.

Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program
Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Seed Grant Program was initiated in 1981. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.

Genomic Curriculum Development for Medical Students
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 6, 2021

The overarching goal of this NHGRI R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum Development. This NHGRI R25 program offers to support the development of curricula for Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in genomics, genomic medicine, and/or genomic informatics for medical students.

2022 Mallinckrodt Scholars Award v2.0
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2021

The Mallinckrodt Scholars Program was established to support investigators (in their 5th-8th years of a tenure-track position) who are engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. This is a very selective opportunity in which 31 institutions from around the country are invited to submit two candidates for consideration. From all nominations, four are chosen for direct interviews in St. Louis, from which one to two are chosen to be the Mallinckrodt Scholar(s).

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grants Opportunity
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 9, 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." Keck does not, however, fund translational biomedical research.

Diabetes Research Centers
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 13, 2021

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Diabetes Research Centers that are designed to support and enhance the national research effort in diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic diseases. Diabetes Research Centers support two primary research-related activities: Research Core services and a Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) program. All activities pursued by Diabetes Research Centers are designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and multidisciplinary nature of research in Diabetes Research Center topic areas. The NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers program in 2021 consists of 16 Centers each located at outstanding research institutions with documented programs of excellence in diabetes-related research. General information about the NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers program may be found at (

Pediatric Obesity Discovery Science Research to Improve Understanding of Risk and Causal Mechanisms for Obesity in Early Life
Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 13, 2021

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative, discovery research studies to better characterize early-life risk factors and elucidate underlying causal mechanisms through which these risk factors contribute to the development of obesity during infancy and early childhood. Studies should aim to understand biological mechanisms that mediate behavioral and/or metabolic risk for obesity development in young children and how risk may be modified by other contributors such as psychosocial, contextual, and/or environmental factors. This FOA encourages multidisciplinary teams of scientists including, but not limited to those with expertise in basic, translational, clinical, and behavioral research.

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.