Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
October 29, 2020




The Emory BIRCWH program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is a highly selective career development program for junior faculty. The goal is to train junior faculty, through a mentored research and career development experience, to become independent investigators who use novel, interdisciplinary approaches to advance the science of women’s health and sex/gender research. Applications due March 1.

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Reminder: Abstracts Due November 9 for SE Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, the Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference, held virtually on March 4 - 5, 2021, brings together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative relationships. Clinical and/or translational researchers working across the southeast are invited to submit an abstract by November 9.

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Did You Know?

GT, Emory, and MSM Receive $5M Diabetes-related NIH Grant for COVID-19 Testing

Georgia Tech researchers, in collaboration with Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine, have received a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase COVID-19 testing for people affected by diabetes in Georgia. The grant was specifically awarded to The Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR), which is a joint collaboration among the three institutions.

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Funding (* New Opportunities)

NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19

This page contains a listing of active and expired funding opportunities specific to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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* NOSI: Repurposing Existing Therapeutics to Address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Through March 16, 2021

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes, i.e., “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). NCATS is particularly interested in projects that repurpose existing drugs or biologics (existing therapeutics) that have already begun or completed a Phase I clinical trial.

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* The Halle Institute for Global Research Collaborative Research Grants

Global Research takes on heightened importance in times of mounting xenophobia, racism, and fake news. The Halle Institute’s expanded funding for innovative geographic and thematic global projects is intended to meet these challenges. Our research grants are open to all regular, full-time faculty in all schools and may have single or multiple Emory faculty PI’s and student team members. View calls for proposals and grant details linked in the Grants section.

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Sanofi/Genzyme National Medical Research Grant – Open All Year Round

Sanofi Genzyme is committed to making a positive impact in the areas of rare diseases, rare blood disorders, multiple sclerosis, oncology, and immunology. The company welcomes applications for its Community Relations contributions program. With the goal of creating sustainable partnerships that have a lasting impact, the program provides support for nonprofit organizations focused on science education, access to health care, and other community needs, specifically in areas of the U.S. where Sanofi has a presence. Please contact Gayathri Srinivasan (gayathris@emory.edu) if you are interested in applying.

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SOM I3 Wow! Research Awards – Due November 9

In partnership with the Georgia CTSA, Emory SOM is soliciting proposals with the potential to make a transformational impact in either fundamental biomedical knowledge or translational impact. If successful, the project will provide new ways of thinking about a problem. Particularly creative ideas, even without preliminary data, will be considered provided feasibility is demonstrated. Collaborations are strongly encouraged but not required. Preference given to outside-the-box ideas. Awards will be made in $25,000 increments, up to $250,000 in total direct costs.

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* V Scholar Grant for Black & African American Cancer Researchers - LOI Due November 13

Due to additional funds being donated to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, V Foundation is pleased to be able to offer a second V Scholar grant opportunity in 2020. This grant opportunity will be specifically for researchers who come from the Black/African American community, a minority group that is underrepresented in the scientific community. The V Scholar Award supports early tenure-track faculty by funding a range of projects from laboratory-based fundamental research through bench to bedside research. Applicant must be an Emory University faculty.

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The Gerber Foundation Research Grants and Novice Grants – Due November 15

The Gerber Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care, and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. There are 2 categories of grants: (1) Research Grants and (2) Novice Grants. The Foundation funds in 3 broad program areas: Pediatric Nutrition, Pediatric Health and Environmental Hazards. The Foundation is looking for projects that will result in ‘new’ information, treatments, or tools that will result in a change in practice.

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NIH Loan Repayment Programs – Closes November 20

Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation. Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. Extramural New & Renewal Awards Online Application Period: Sep. 1, 2020 - Nov. 20, 2020.

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RWJF Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice – LOI Due November 24

The goal is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States. The research funded under this CFP must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community-driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism.

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MP3 Initiative Seed Grants – LOI Due December 1

The goal of the MP3 Initiative is to facilitate and grow basic and applied infectious disease research across scales at Emory, from molecules and pathogens within hosts to populations and pandemics. The main way in which the initiative will accomplish this is to provide sizable seed grants to interdisciplinary teams of researchers, to provide proof-of-concept and preliminary results for subsequent applications for research grants, program grants, center grants and training grants. An explicit requirement of funding through this program is the subsequent submission of extramural grants. Seed grants are only awarded to teams of researchers from different schools at Emory. Partnerships with CDC and Carter Center are strongly encouraged.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative – Due December 1

This initiative is designed to stimulate both creative individual scientists and multi-investigator teams to approach healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes using creative basic and translation science methods. Proposals should address the biomedical causes and molecular mechanisms underlying adverse pregnancies and their outcomes.

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Physician-Scientist Training Award – Due December 1

The Foundation established a program designed to recruit outstanding physicians into cancer research careers. They provide them with this opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor, after they have completed all of their clinical training. Physician-scientist applicants (MDs and DOs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research.

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Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP) – Due December 11

The ASAP initiative is accepting applications to support multidisciplinary research teams to join the newly established ASAP Collaborative Research Network. ASAP seeks to fund research projects that address key knowledge gaps in the basic mechanisms that contribute to Parkinson’s development and progression. Applications that focus primarily on Circuitry and Brain-body Interactions, inclusive of genetic and neuro-immune contributors to disease, will be considered.

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WHSC COVID-19 Center for Urgent Research Engagement (COVID-19 CURE) and Awards Program – Rolling Acceptance until December 15

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) announces the launch of the WHSC COVID-19 CENTER for URGENT RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT (COVID-19 CURE) and Awards Program, made possible by generous philanthropic support from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The CURE Center was created to facilitate high-impact science and discovery towards improved COVID-19 treatment and prevention research. The funds can be used to support new COVID-19 focused researchers, equipment/instrumentation, technical support, pilots and enhancing facilities for this work. In addition, COVID-19 CURE will act as a hub, facilitating and helping to prioritize Emory COVID-19 research activities. http://georgiactsa.org/documents/news/COVID-19-CURE.pdf .

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Drug Development Collaboratory (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required) – Due February 9

The purpose of this FOA is to support intramural-extramural collaborations on late-stage translational science projects between NCATS Therapeutic Development Branch (TDB) and extramural researchers, for therapeutic development of small molecules, biologics, or gene therapies.

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Winship K12 Clinical Oncology Career Development Training Program – LOI Due January 4

Selected scholars will have full-time appointments and will receive 75% protected time for research, formal mentored training in clinical cancer research, up to $100,000 per year (up to two years) to support salary and benefits, and up to $30,000 per year (up to two years) for other research/training related expenses. Potential applicants must first submit the K12 LOI. To support excellence and diversity among applicants and awardees, proposals are encouraged from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the sciences including women, members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Georgia CTSA TL1 (T32-like) Training Grant Clinical & Translational Research Training - Predoc Due February 15, Postdoc Due March 15

The TL1 program is focused on providing innovative didactic and mentored research training to individuals interested in careers that encompass clinical and/or translational research. The TL1 program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (medical and PhD students, resident and fellow physicians, PhD postdocs, and PharmD residents). Register for the free TL1 Application Workshop on December 9.

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Georgia CTSA KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Program – Due March 1

The goal of the KL2 Scholars program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or PharmD) committed to a career in clinical and/or translational research. The Georgia CTSA is committed to assisting junior faculty at partner institutions to become independent, established, and ethical clinical and/or translational research investigators. Register for the free 2-session KL2 Application Workshop on December 3 AND December 10.

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Emory BIRCWH Program – Due March 1

The Emory BIRCWH program, short for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is a highly selective career development program for junior faculty interested in women's health research and/or sex/gender science. The ultimate goal of the BIRCWH program is to train junior faculty, through a mentored research and career development experience, to become independent investigators who use novel, interdisciplinary approaches to advance the science of women’s health and sex/gender research. Communicable disease research is one area of focus for the Emory BIRCWH program. Register for the free 2-session BIRCWH Application Workshop on December 3 AND December 10.

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Seeking Mentors: Grant Writing Consultation

The new Georgia CTSA Grant Wise service offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. We are soliciting experienced faculty to serve as volunteer mentors. If you have experience in writing grants and you enjoy mentoring, we need you! After completing the online volunteer form, we will be in touch should we receive a request that matches your expertise. Contact lauren.james@emory.edu

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Research Resources

N3C - COVID-19 Analytics Platform Now Open

Researchers studying COVID-19 now are able to access an innovative new analytics platform that contains clinical data from the electronic health records of people who were tested for the novel coronavirus or who have had related symptoms. Part of the NCATS National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave, the centralized and secure data platform features powerful analytics capabilities for online discovery, visualization and collaboration.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Data Interpretation and Management: Image Manipulation (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Georgia Bio Innovation Summit – November 4-6

Join us as we showcase Georgia’s leadership in innovation, from basic research to manufacturing, to improve the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

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Bench2Market Talks: An Accidental Entrepreneur – November 11

Join us to learn from Dr. Pamela Bhatti, Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech, on her experience and lessons learned launching a life science startup. This interactive event will walk attendees through her startup experience and highlight resources for entrepreneurs in our clinical and translational ecosystem including the Georgia Tech based NSF ICORP program and NIH@NCATS program. This event is the third session in the Bench2Market Talks series which was created to provide commercialization guidance to the university research community. The series covers topics to help bring your technology from the lab to commercial success and explore market opportunities surrounding entrepreneurial and innovative ideas.

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Participants Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutic Trials

Adults 18 and older, from all races and ethnicities, are needed to participate in COVID-19 trials. Please spread the word to help recruit minorities, especially for vaccine trials. Register at www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org. Or contact Hope Clinic (Decatur) vaccine@emory.edu, 404-712-1371; Emory Children’s Center (main campus) ecc.vaccine@emory.edu, 404-727-4044; or Ponce CRS (Downtown/Grady) atl.ponce.crs@emory.edu, 770-286-3327.



Research Survival Skills Project Management – November 5

Calling all Emory faculty and postdocs! Join Professor Steve Walton from 1 PM – 4M via Zoom to learn more about Project Management. This session will teach participants a way of thinking and a set of tools that can help them plan so they are better equipped to meet project goals and navigate conflict.

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COVID FORCE Collaborative Seminar Series – November 6

Join us from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM with speakers Pratik Patel, MD and Mehgan F. Teherani, MD, MSGM. A COVID FORCE (Feasibility and Optimization of Research at Children’s) Collaborative was formed in March 2020. The mission of the COVID FORCE collaborative is to provide strategic coordination to facilitate the best possible research and remove barriers to move all research in this area forward.

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K-Club Transitioning to Research Independence Part 2 Grantsmanship – November 9

Join K- Club via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn tips and tricks for writing a successful grant application.

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Team Science Skill Workshop: Effective Communication – November 13

Join Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 12:00 PM -1:30 PM with Assistant Professor Shannon Marlow, PhD from University of Texas at San Antonio for an effective communication workshop! At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe what effective team communication is and what it is not; understand barriers that may prevent team members from constructively communicating with each other; and engage in behaviors that foster productive, effective communication among team members.

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Annual Workshop on Sex as a Biological Variable - December 2

Join us from 8:00 AM -12:45 PM via Zoom! In 2015, the NIH released a mandate requiring consideration of sex in all human subject and vertebrate animal research studies that utilize study subjects and/or materials (blood, tissues, cell lines) from them in order to strengthen research leading to the development, design, and testing of preventive and therapeutic interventions for both men and women.

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Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Conference - March 4 - 5, 2021 (Abstracts Due: November 9)

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, mark your calendar and plan to virtually join us in 2021 as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative partnerships. Clinical and/or translational researchers working across the southeast are invited to submit an abstract. All selected abstracts will be presented in a virtual format.

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For more information on Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), please visit the Georgia CTSA website . Do you have news, seminars, or events of interest to clinical and translational researchers? Send them to GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu .

Please include the following citation in any publications resulting from direct or indirect Georgia CTSA support, "Supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR002378. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health." KL2 Scholars should also list KL2TR002381 and TL1 Trainees should also list TL1TR002382.

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