Master of Science in Clinical Research – Apply by April 15
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March 19, 2021



Master of Science in Clinical Research – Apply by April 15

Applications are being accepted for the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program in the Emory Laney Graduate School. The MSCR provides didactic and mentored clinical and/or translational research training and is designed for predoctoral (medical students, PhD students or PharmD students), postdoctoral trainees (resident and fellow physicians or PhD postdocs), and junior faculty (physicians, PhD-level scientists).

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Register Today! Only 2 Weeks Until Community Engagement Forum

Join us April 1 & 2 via Zoom for the Georgia CTSA Community Engagement 5th Biennial Forum, One Georgia: Advancing Health Equity Amidst a New Normal. The forum provides an opportunity to develop and sustain new partnerships that improve population health. Professionals, students, and community members will share research, policy work, and programs that address health or healthcare in Georgia. Register today!

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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: Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for the CTSA Program to Address COVID-19 Public Health Needs – Due Dates Vary

NCATS is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for projects that address the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The CTSA Program is uniquely qualified to contribute to these efforts by performing high-priority clinical studies and trials to test therapeutics for COVID-19. NCATS is soliciting applications for Emergency Competitive Revisions to Existing NIH Awards (through PA-20-135) from current CTSA UL1 and U24 award recipients for clinical studies and trials in support of COVID-19 therapeutic interventions (see details in link below).

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*HEAL Initiative: Planning Studies for Initial Analgesic Development Initial Translational Efforts [Small Molecules and Biologics] (R34 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

The goal of this FOA is to solicit Initial Analgesic Development R34 applications that propose 2-year exploratory/planning awards that are expected to enable a future application for RFA-NS-21-015 HEAL Initiative: Team Research - for Initial Translational Efforts in Non-addictive Analgesic Development [Small Molecules and Biologics] (U19 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). The application must include a plan for developing a strong research team, as well as a strategy to collect preliminary data linking putative therapeutic targets to the proposed pain indication and supporting the hypothesis that altering target activity will produce desirable outcomes for the disease.

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Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Grants – Due March 31

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD) program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health services research and related areas to advance clinical and translational research (CTR). Review criteria include quantitative methodological research to fill gaps in CTR, innovation, feasibility, and plans for dissemination and translation of results. Awardees are encouraged to disseminate any software developed in their research to relevant publicly available software repositories. Full-time faculty from Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine, and UGA may submit proposals. New investigators are encouraged to apply; meritorious applications from new investigators will be prioritized for funding. Two awards up to $20,000 will be awarded.

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* Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (P30 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) – Internal Due April 1

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit meritorious applications for the Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers program. The main goal of these centers is to provide administrative and shared research support to foster and elevate multidisciplinary tuberculosis research and provide exceptional mentorship to new investigators.

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NOSI: Small Business Initiatives for Innovative Diagnostic Technology for Improving Outcomes for Maternal Health – First Due Date April 5

The purpose of this trans-NIH NOSI is to inform potential applicants that NIBIB and participating Institutes and Centers invite SBIR/STTR applications to develop technologies or tools to quantitatively predict or indicate an increased risk for maternal morbidity and mortality. This NOSI is part of the Implementing a Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) initiative, which supports research to reduce preventable causes of maternal deaths and improve health for women before, during, and after delivery.

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NOSI: Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows – First Date Due April 8

In accordance with NOT-OD-21-069 and ongoing efforts to support family-friendly work environments for the NIH-supported workforce, this NOSI requests applications for administrative supplements to support childcare costs on NRSA-supported Fellowship awards.

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Emory Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$ Development Research Program Due – April 9

This program aims to identify new and innovative research opportunities by supporting meritorious proposals that could expand into full research projects in the future, including those of high risk-high reward projects that might otherwise not be funded; to foster collaborative research between investigators; and to enhance translational research in lung cancer by increasing the number of meritorious investigators working on lung cancer.

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The James S. McDonnel Foundation 2021 Opportunity Award – Due April 9

The James S. McDonnel Foundation Opportunity Award provides 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.

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* Emory SOM Bridge Funding Program – Due April 15

This funding opportunity will assist investigators who have temporarily lost significant federal research funding, and to facilitate carefully planned changes in research direction. Bridge funding is available to investigators based on merit, potential for renewal of external funding, and availability of SOM funds.

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Emory SOM I3 Teams Research Awards – April 26

Proposals with a plan to cultivate an interdisciplinary team with an SOM PI and two or more additional departments from across Emory are solicited. Awards will provide seed money to support the infrastructure of building interdisciplinary collaboration with the ultimate goal of submitting a center or program project grant to target a significant problem with an impact at a clinical or basic science level. Potential proposals might include supporting a part-time employee to organize and analyze data, meetings to facilitate team formation, or generating preliminary data.

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Russell Sage Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project – Due April 29

Russell Sage Foundation seeks research projects that aim to deepen our understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States by analyzing data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive constructed by Sean Studies that can plausibly identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement and achievement inequality, or the effects of achievement and achievement gaps on other outcomes and forms of inequality, will be preferred over descriptive or correlational studies.

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HEAL Initiative NOSI: Administrative Supplements to Support Strategies to Increase Participant Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement in Clinical Studies – Due April 30

This NOSI provides an opportunity for clinical trials and studies funded by the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) initiative to address challenges of recruitment, retention and engagement of populations suffering from pain and opioid use disorder. NIH will support supplements to current HEAL awards that would either 1) enhance their patient, community, and other stakeholder engagement efforts or 2) improve recruitment, retention and inclusion of participants from U.S. racial and ethnic minority populations; or 3) both, as appropriate for a particular study.

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High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program (S10 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due May 1

This program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science – Due May 3

The Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science RFA prioritizes research that produces foundational knowledge about the neurobehavioral differences associated with autism spectrum disorders, which will directly inform the development or refinement of tools needed for translational efforts, such as biomarkers and outcome measures.

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Human Immunology Project Consortium (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) – LOI Due May 4

This FOA for the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) solicits applications from single institutions, or consortia of institutions, to participate in a network of human immunology profiling research groups in the area of infectious diseases, including HIV. The purpose is to characterize human immune responses/mechanisms elicited by vaccinations, vaccine adjuvants or natural infections by capitalizing on recent advances in immune profiling technologies.

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Human Immunology Project Consortium Coordinating Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – LOI Due May 4

The goal of this FOA is to support a Coordinating Center for the Human Immunology Project Consortium program. The HIPC program, supported through a separate FOA, will consist of 5-8 multi-project cooperative agreement (U19) awardees that will measure the diversity and commonalities of human immune responses under a variety of conditions and longitudinally using high-throughput systems immunology approaches coupled with detailed clinical phenotyping in well-characterized human cohorts.

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Russell Sage Foundation Research Grants Core Programs and Special Initiatives - Due May 4

The Russell Sage Foundation is especially interested in research at the intersection of behavioral economics and behavioral sciences and its other programs—Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments.

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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation RFP: Clinical Quality Measures to Improve Diagnosis – Due May 10

The foundation solicits novel ideas and approaches for developing new clinical quality measures to improve diagnosis, specifically targeting three major categories of disease: acute vascular events (such as stroke and myocardial infarction), infections (such as sepsis and pneumonia) and cancer (such as lung and colorectal).

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Gerber Foundation Research Grants and Novice Grants – Due May 15

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. The Foundation funds in three broad program areas: pediatric nutrition, pediatric health, and environmental hazards and 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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PCORI Building Capacity for PCOR/CER for Topics Related to COVID-19 – Due May 24

This special funding opportunity will support projects that enable organizations and communities to build their capacity and skills to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process on topics that address health outcomes related to COVID-19. Projects will also provide an understanding of the impact of stakeholder engagement strategies within different settings and stakeholder groups focused on this special area of interest.

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PCORI Building Capacity for PCOR/CER in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Due May 24

This special funding opportunity will support projects that enable organizations and communities to build their capacity and skills to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process on topics that address health outcomes related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. Projects will also provide an understanding of the impact of stakeholder engagement strategies within different settings and stakeholder groups focused on this special area of interest.

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* Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Ancestry Networks for the Human Cell Atlas – Due May 25

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. 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.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health – Due June 9

Systems for Action 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.

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Phlebotomy 101 Introduction to Venipuncture – March 25 & 26

Phlebotomy 101 is a two-day classroom and clinical, hands-on training to venipuncture offered through the Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs). The course is offered bi-monthly to research coordinators from Emory, MSM and UGA.

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National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Research Study Cohort 3 – March 25 – 26

NRMN SETH will be offering Grant Writing Coaching and Mock Study Section for Junior Faculty, and Early-Stage Investigators who are actively writing NIH style research proposals. The randomized controlled study is specifically designed to meet the needs of diverse investigators at RCMI, CTSA, IDeA and other NIH funded emerging research institutions committed to workforce diversity. Early-Stage Investigators will learn grant writing techniques developed at Northwestern University while working in small coaching groups with up to 5-6 study participants and 1 coach.

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Emory Lung Cancer SPORE/Winship Invest$ Career Enhancement Program – Due April 9

This program promotes the advancement of early career lung cancer investigators through the conduct of a mentored Career Enhancement Program (CEP). The goals of the CEP are to provide mentoring and guidance for early career academic physician-scientists, clinician-investigators, and laboratory-based scientists who wish to dedicate their efforts to translational research in the areas of diagnosis, imaging, prevention, treatment, and improvement in quality of life in lung cancer, and to enhance diversity among the lung cancer research community.

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* Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) – Due April 15

The Emory Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program, in the Emory Laney Graduate School at Emory University, provides innovative didactic and mentored research training to those interested in pursuing a career in clinical and/or translational research. The MSCR degree is designed for predoctoral (medical students, PhD students or PharmD students), postdoctoral trainees (resident and fellow physicians or PhD postdocs), and junior faculty (physicians, PhD-level scientists). The MSCR application deadline is for applicants not applying to the Georgia CTSA TL1 or KL2 programs (e.g., predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees supported by NIH T32 training grants or other mechanisms; junior faculty not applying to the KL2 program). For more information, please contact Cheryl Sroka .

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Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) – Due April 30

The Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR) is a formal 16-credit Emory Laney Graduate School program for trainees who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic and translational science and clinical medicine. Despite the explosive growth in biomedical knowledge, it has been increasingly difficult to translate this knowledge and discovery into applications for the treatment of disease and to benefit human health by addressing gaps between biology and medicine and promoting multidisciplinary team science. The CPTR enhances and transforms translational research training for predoctoral PhD students, postdoctoral fellows (PhD or MD) and junior faculty at Emory, MSM, Georgia Tech, and UGA.

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Free Online Trainings for Clinical Research Professionals

Georgia CTSA and the University of Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) have created a new Online Course Catalog with free course and program offerings available to clinical research professionals. Participants earn a certificate or badge with contact hours (continuing education – CE) from an accredited provider upon completion of a course or a program (series of courses). Contact hours can be used to meet requirements for CRP certification renewal. The newest program, “Diversity in Clinical Trials in the Time of COVID-19”, is now available online. Select a course/program that interests you and click on the blue “Enroll” button.

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Research Resources

N3C - COVID-19 Analytics Platform

Researchers studying COVID-19 are able to access an innovative 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

Participant Recruitment: Should Uninsured Patients be Offered Clinical Trials? (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bench2Market Talks: Licensing Strategies – April 14

Trying to determine how to maximize your technology value while minimizing time to market? Learn the pros and cons of different licensing options and better understand complex go-to-market strategies for your technology. This event is the eight session in the Bench2Market talks series which was created to provide commercialization guidance to the university research community. For more details on the series, view the full schedule .

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* Empowering a Perinatal Care Research and Intervention Network (PCRIN) for Georgia – March 27

Join Morehouse School of Medicine via Zoom from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM for MSM Community Physician's Network (CPN) Clinical and Translational Research Training.


Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Forum – April 1–2

Join Georgia CTSA Community Engagement via Zoom for our 5th Biennial Forum! One Georgia: Advancing Health Equity Amidst a New Normal One celebrates translational research and partnerships among community, academics, policy makers and practitioners. This FREE virtual forum will discuss community-academic exemplars’ research, technology and health, student research, and ways our health agencies, organizations, and researchers are navigating COVID-19 and its challenges.


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.



Team Science Skill Workshop Managing, Leveraging, and Mitigating Conflict – TODAY

Join Georgia CTSA for an interactive workshop via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. As conflict is more or less universal and largely inevitable, being able to manage conflict productively is a key skillset when engaged in work that involves interacting with others. After brief round-table of introductions on backgrounds and goals for the workshop, we will review the results of the Conflict Management Styles feedback report, as well as the group’s composite results. A free evidence-based personalized conflict styles report will be available to each attendee after taking the 5-minute assessment at Discussions will be facilitated on how different conflict styles may be more appropriate in given scenarios, and how to align the right style as the situation calls for it.


Healthcare Innovation Symposium – March 24

COVID Vaccines and Variants: Where Are We Headed? from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM via Zoom. Panel Discussants include David Stephens, MD.

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Emory SCORE V-RIP meeting – March 24

Join Emory SCORE via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn “The Skinny on Fat: Sex Modifies the Relationship between Adiposity and Mitochondrial Function” with Assistant Professor Jessica Alvarez, PhD, RD and “What’s Sex Got To Do With It?: Benefits of Including Sex as a Biological Variable from an Animal Model Research Perspective” with Professor M. Neale Weizmann, PhD.


CORPH Seminar – March 26

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM to learn more about “Qualitative Research in Healthcare, What Can It Do for You?" with Nitya Bakshi, MD, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, MD, Diana Ross, MSN, RN and Cynthia B. Sinha, PhD.


Overcoming Barriers to Diversifying Clinical Trials – March 29

Please join the NASEM from 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM for a virtual event to inform our consensus study report, Improving the Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials and Research. This workshop will review the challenges and barriers to having full representation and inclusion in clinical trials and clinical research from stakeholder groups that provide oversight and funding for this work.


Third Annual Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectureship – April 1

Please join us via Zoom at 12:30 PM. The Keynote Speaker, Cori Bargmann, PhD, Head of Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will present "Organizing Behavior Across Timescales." Dr. Bargmann is an alumna of UGA.


Principles of Global Clinical Research for Medical Devices – April 9

The USC International Center for Regulatory Science in partnership with the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Greater Los Angeles CTSA Consortium is looking forward to welcoming you to the Spring 2021 Regulatory Science Virtual Symposium via Zoom from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST. We are excited to host a full-day seminar on regulatory harmonization of clinical research for medical devices!


HIV & Aging: Mitochondria to the Metropolis - Population Determinants of Health – April 14 -16

This multidisciplinary conference will provide a venue for all attendees to build scientific partnership and contribute useful knowledge to the quality of care and life of persons aging with HIV.

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7th Annual Health Services Research Day – May 5

Health Services Research Day is going virtual! Join us for this symposium and networking opportunity where researchers across Georgia will learn about ongoing quality, effectiveness, and value-based research activities.

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Emory DOM Health Equity Day – May 11 (Abstracts Due March 31)

Emory Department of Medicine's inaugural Health Equity Day via Zoom from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM includes poster presentations on clinical quality, research, education, professional development, advocacy, and outreach; a case competition; storytelling pre-event; and keynote address from Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the institution’s Center for Health Equity. Submit Abstract .


Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference – June 11

Please join us for the 10th anniversary of our annual event to highlight the scope of pediatric research being conducted across the southeast and specifically at Emory, Children’s, Georgia Tech, and MSM. Get ready for an exciting day of presentations, poster sessions, networking and knowledge-sharing, plus a special 10th anniversary reception! Learn more and register .

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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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