Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Forum Highlights: Advancing Health Equity Amidst a New Normal
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April 23, 2021



Georgia CTSA Community Engagement Forum Highlights: Advancing Health Equity Amidst a New Normal

Celebrating translational research collaborations, the Georgia CTSA Community Engagement 5th Biennial Forum, One Georgia: Advancing Health Equity Amidst a New Normal was held virtually on April 1 and 2, 2021. The forum provided an opportunity for attendees to develop and sustain new partnerships that improve population health. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms greeted the forum attendees via this video .

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Call for Mentors: TEAMS Program

Are you a mid to senior level faculty member with a strong research track record and looking to enhance your mentoring and communications skills? The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring for Science) Program is seeking learning community mentors, one-on-one mentors and content experts to participate in the 2021-2022 academic year program. Sign up HERE .

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Did You Know?

NIH Changes to Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021 (Part 2 of 2)

Full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic, are reflected in changes to the NIH Other Support Format Page. Disclosure of support is not limited to NIH or university work but is inclusive of all received resources and R&D activities. The format re-organization separates funded projects from in-kind contributions. An electronic signature block has been added for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted.

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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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* Notice of Intent to Publish ROA for NIH Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Initiative

This Notice is to alert the community that NIH plans to publish two additional ROAs in support of the PASC Initiative, one on PASC Data Repositories and one on a Mobile Health Platform. The solicited research will improve understanding of and develop strategies to prevent and treat post-acute manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection across the lifespan. This Notice is being provided for informational purposes to allow potential applicants additional time to develop responsive applications.

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* Emory OCR and OFR Funding Opportunities – Due Dates Vary

Emory Offices of Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations is pleased to provide a curated list of current funding opportunities. OCR Funding Opportunities: Facebook and Pfizer Global Medical Grants. OFR Funding Opportunities: William T. Grant Foundation, Oncology Nursing Foundation and When Everyone Survives Leukemia Research Foundation. Should you identify an opportunity of interest, please let us know by submitting the Funding Opportunity Interest form linked on the page.

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* NOSI: Administrative Supplements for Workforce Development at the Interface of Information Sciences, AI/ML, and Biomedical Sciences – Due May 14 (Emory Internal Due April 21)

The NIH Office of Data Science Strategy announces availability of funds for Administrative Supplements to certain institutional research training, career development, or research education awards. The funds will support the development and implementation of curricular or training activities at the interface of information science, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), and biomedical sciences to develop the competencies and skills needed to make biomedical data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and AI/ML-ready. For questions, please contact Holly Sommers ( ).

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* Pediatric Research Pilot Grants – LOI Due April 30

Children's and Emory is offering two funding opportunities to stimulate new research projects, build new collaborations, and increase extramural funding for pediatric research. Proposals should be aimed towards generating preliminary data for subsequent extramural grant applications.

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NOSI: Administrative Supplements for RADx-UP Phase I Projects to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake – Due May 10

This NOSI seeks to support administrative supplements to RADx-UP recipients to address the urgent need to expand outreach and education efforts to promote testing and foster vaccine confidence, acceptance, and uptake in underserved and vulnerable communities.

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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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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Support Enhancement of Software Tools for Open Science – Due May 15

This Notice announces the continuing availability of administrative supplements NOT-OD-20-073 to active awards that focus on biomedical software development or have a significant software development component. The goal of these supplements is to invest in research software tools with recognized value in a scientific community to enhance their impact by leveraging best practices in software development and advances in cloud computing.

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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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NOSI: Support for Existing Data Repositories to Align with FAIR and TRUST Principles and Evaluate Usage, Utility, and Impact – Due May 20

The goal of this NOSI is to strengthen NIH-funded biomedical data repositories to better enable data discoverability, interoperability, and reuse by aligning with the FAIR and TRUST principles and using metrics to measure their effectiveness. This NOSI provides an opportunity for existing repositories to increase FAIR-ness and TRUST-worthiness to improve their usage, utility, and impact throughout the data resource lifecycle.

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* NOSI: Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community-engaged COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations – RADx-UP Phase II (Emergency Supplement - Clinical Trial Optional) – Due May 24

This NOSI provides an expedited funding mechanism to support Phase II of the RADx-UP initiative. These two-year Testing Research Projects will (1) expand the scope and reach of RADx-UP testing interventions to reduce COVID-19 disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations and (2) address scientific questions on interventions to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing given the increasing availability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

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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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Intramural - Extramural Collaboration for Drug Screening with Biofabricated 3-D Disease Tissue Models (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – LOI Due May 28

The purpose of this FOA is to promote partnerships between intramural investigators at the NCATS 3-D Bioprinting Laboratory and extramural researchers to jointly develop and demonstrate the use of 3-D biofabricated tissues for disease modeling and drug screening.

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* SOM I3 (Imagine, Innovate and Impact) Venture Award – Due June 7

Emory SOM is soliciting innovative research proposals to catalyze promising early-stage concepts with commercial potential that do not yet qualify for funding from external sources. The I3 Venture Research Awards aim to cultivate inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs driven to solve medicine’s challenges and create patient impact.

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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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HEAL Initiative: NOSI: Limited Competition to Support Mentorship of Junior Investigators – Due June 12

This NOSI provides an opportunity for researchers funded by the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) initiative to devote more time to patient-oriented research and mentoring. For the purposes of the K24 award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes therapeutic interventions and clinical trials.

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* Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32) – Emory Internal Due June 15

The goal of the Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. For any questions, please contact Holly Sommers (

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Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center Call for Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative Collaborative Grant Program – Due June 25

This funding mechanism is intended to stimulate new, collaborative research in therapeutic delivery among Georgia Tech, Emory University, and UGA investigators. The collaborative grant team must have a minimum of two investigators and must have an equal partnership of faculty from two of the participating institutions with budgets split between the universities as equally as possible.

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Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation – Due June 28

Pfizer’s CTI partnering model focuses on accessing cutting-edge science and innovative discoveries aligned with Pfizer’s current core research areas of Oncology, Inflammation & Immunology, Rare Diseases, and Internal Medicine. Please reach out to Kevin Lei for any questions and to apply.

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Rachleff Innovation Award – Due July 1

This award funds extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

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* Emergency Award: RADx-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01 Clinical Trials Optional) – Due July 7

This Phase II RADx-UP FOA is designed to expand research to understand and address the social, ethical, and behavioral implications of COVID-19 testing interventions among underserved and vulnerable populations.

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* Emergency Awards: Community-engaged COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations RADx-UP Phase II (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – Due July 8

This FOA uses an emergency U01 mechanism to support Phase II of RADx-UP initiative. These two-year Testing Research Projects will (1) expand the scope and reach of RADx-UP testing interventions to reduce COVID-19 disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations and (2) address scientific questions on interventions to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing given the increasing availability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

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Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) – Internal Due August 2

This FOA invites applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated and existing program of nutrition and/or obesity research. The Nutrition Obesity Research Centers program is designed to support and enhance the national research effort in nutrition and obesity.

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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, “Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Trial Design”, is now available online. Select a course/program that interests you and click on the blue “Enroll” button.

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Duke University Population Health Summer Institute Workshops

The virtual Summer Institute is now offering ten workshops, taught by expert Duke Faculty, that will support your research goals. You’ll strengthen your foundational knowledge in population health sciences and learn new research methods to help see questions from new perspectives. Students, trainees, and early- to mid-career researchers and professionals who work in health care and health services research are eligible to apply! Register by May 17.

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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

Informed Consent: The Right to Participate in Research (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

Bench2Market Talks: Go to Market Strategy – May 12

This interactive workshop at 11:30 AM will guide you through the process of setting commercialization milestones and determining your most critical next steps for a 'killer' experiment. Speaker, Brian Walsh, is an industry leader with more than 30 years of experience successfully taking technologies from ideas to the market. For more details on the series, view the full schedule .

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Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) Baby SharQ Tank – Submit by June 15

Looking for guidance and funding to help your early stage medical device novel innovation get to a ‘minimally viable prototype’? Baby SharQ Tank wants to help you. A team of pediatric physicians and surgeons along with a skilled engineering team focused on medtech device design and development, are collaborating with GCMI to help pediatric proceduralists and entrepreneurs who may have a device idea or a solution for an unmet clinical need in pediatric healthcare with potential to make it a viable business opportunity. The winning team will receive guidance and in-kind funding from generous sponsors to take the idea to the next level and see if it can be made a reality for future funding opportunities.

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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.



Team Science Skill Workshop: Coordinating Multiple-Related Teams – TODAY

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM for an interactive workshop on “Coordinating Multiple-Related Teams” with Marissa Shuffler, PhD, Associate Professor, Clemson. The goal of this workshop is to help interdisciplinary researchers understand coordination and teaming dynamics from a multi-team system perspective, as well as to provide practical guidance and recommendations for interventions that may help to facilitate cross-team functioning.


ARC (Aflac Research Conference) Seminar – April 27

Join us via Zoom from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM to learn more about “Late Effects Following Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation For Sickle Cell Disease” with Assistant Professor Beth Stenger, MD, MSc.


BridgeResearch: A Virtual Informational Event – April 27

Harvard Catalyst, Harvard University’s Clinical and Translational Science Center, invites you to this virtual event from 12:15-1:15 PM ET via Zoom. Join four panelists with backgrounds in nursing, engineering, public health, business, and other scientific roles to hear their perspectives on implementing c/t research into their work.

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Emory SCORE's Virtual Research in Progress Meeting – April 28

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM to learn more about “Table for Four: A Focus Cerebral Ischemic Stroke Model in the Young and Aged Mouse: Comparative Studies Between Male & Female” with Instructor Zachory Wei, PhD and “Search, Triangulate, Validate, Repeat: Assembling a Cohort of People with Disorders (Differences) of Development” with Professor Michael Goodman, MD, PhD.


Rigor and Reproducibility Seminar Series – April 29

Join us via Zoom from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM to learn more about poor Artificial Intelligence development and reproducibility in Medical Imaging algorithms with Professors John Banja, PhD and Lance Waller, PhD.


Data Science to Power Implementation with Social Determinants of Health Meeting – April 30

Have you wondered how to make data work for you, how to make sense of the deluge of data, and how to use data to help in your day-to-day clinical, policy, and other decisions? Join CTSA hub at UMB and Johns Hopkins via Zoom from 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM to learn more!

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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.


Nanotechnology in Vaccine Delivery – May 5, 12, 19, 26

Spring 2021 NanoFANS program will offer a weekly webinar from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM via Zoom. The focus of this event will be “Nanotechnology in Vaccine Delivery.”

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CIAG Seminar – May 6

Join us via Zoom from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM to learn more about “Molecular Requirements for the Generation of Functional B Cells in Humans” with Stuart Tangye, PhD

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K-Club – May 10

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Perfecting and Integrating The Career Development Components of a K Grant Application” with Jaime S. Rubin, PhD.

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Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center's (REM) Annual Retreat – May 10

Join us from 10:30 – 12:30 via Zoom for the annual retreat hosted by UGA, Georgia Tech, and Emory with keynote from Dr. Ted Ross, “Universal Vaccines for Flu and COVID-19.” Advances in the delivery of molecular and biological therapeutics that will enhance the body’s ability to heal itself will be discussed, along with opportunities to meet with PIs who will apply to the “Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative” collaborative grant RFA on this topic. Register now to collaborate with PIs via SLACK one month prior to the event.

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Emory DOM Health Equity Day – May 11

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.


Blue Sky Group: COVID -19 Vaccine Hesitancy – May 12

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Blue Sky Groups are unstructured meetings that provide a unique opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities. Share your experience, learn from others, enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary networking and find potential collaborators!


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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