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
Science Gallery Atlanta at Emory University-
Faculty Research Fellowship Program

APPLICATION CLOSES: December 21, 2021 5:00 PM EST

Program Overview & Fellowship Description:

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (SVPR) seeks to infuse faculty input into the evolution of Science Gallery Atlanta at Emory University (also known as Science Gallery Atlanta, or SGA), engage faculty as champions of SGA, and generally support scholarship at the intersections of the arts and science. To this aim, the Science Gallery Atlanta Research Fellowship Program is a one-year position (renewable for a second year based on completion of milestones). The fellow will dedicate on average 4-5 hours per week, though the exact amount of effort can vary somewhat throughout the year. The fellow will be compensated the equivalent of 10% of the fellow’s academic-year salary.

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
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)The Mercury Project: Call for Proposals 
LOI Deadline: Rolling basis
Evidence-based strategies to combat health mis- and disinformation and to increase the uptake of reliable health information are critical to an effective and equitable pandemic response. The Mercury Project is a $10M research consortium investigating the impacts of health misinformation and evaluating interventions to prevent its spread in the United States, Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. The Mercury Project invites letters of inquiry for research projects that address one or more of the following goals:

  1. Estimating the causal impacts of mis- and disinformation on online and offline outcomes in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, including health, economic, and/or social outcomes, differential impacts across sociodemographic groups, and quantifying the global costs of those impacts;
  2.  Estimating the causal impacts of online or offline interventions in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccines and other recommended public health measures by countering mis- and disinformation, including interventions that target the producers or the consumers of mis- and disinformation, or that increase confidence in reliable information.

Contact: Tiffany Worboy, Foundation Relations,

Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Deadline: 01/06/2022

Supports research and development programs in basic and applied research and advanced technology development that addresses environmental issues and leads to the development and application of innovative environmental technologies or methods that improve the environmental performance of DoD by improving outcomes, managing environmental risks, and/or reducing costs or time required to resolve environmental problems. Broadly, the program focuses on Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. There are two separate funding opportunities associated with this announcement as follows:
  • Core Broad Agency Announcement supporting standard research projects, and
  • SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Program supporting proof of concept testing during an effort of approximately one year.

Washington Center for Equitable GrowthAcademic Research Grants                    
LOI Deadline: January 26, 2022 (no later than 11:59 p.m. EST)
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to deepen our understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability. To do so, they support research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality, in all its forms, may or may not impact economic growth and stability. This request for proposals is organized around four main themes: (1) Macroeconomics and Inequality; (2) Human Capital & Well-Being; (3) Market Structure; (4) and The Labor Market.
  • Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range over 1 to 3 years.
  • Preference is given to projects creating new data that can be made publicly available, to studies that center race, and to studies that engage with relevant literature across disciplines.

Contact: Tiffany Worboy, Foundation Relations,

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported (U3) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Due Date(s) – January 31, 2022 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting health inequities among women in the US who are underrepresented, understudied, and underreported (U3) in biomedical research. Robust studies exploring sex and gender influences and social determinants of health are needed to reduce inequities. The proposed research must address at least one objective from strategic goals 1, 2 or 3 of the “2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research, Advancing Science for the Health of Women."

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,

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:
Limited-Institution Submission Opportunities
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.