‘What’s Your Why?’ Georgia CEAL Ad Campaign to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
September 10, 2021


‘What’s Your Why?’ Georgia CEAL Ad Campaign to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

According to the September 8, 2021, Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, only 44% of residents are fully vaccinated. Georgia CEAL has launched an advertising campaign to address vaccine hesitancy, one of the factors contributing to the low vaccination rate especially in medically underserved and vulnerable populations.

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K-Club: Research Career Development – September 20

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM for a research career development session highlighting programs and resources. Topics may include Emory SOM faculty development courses, KL2/K12s, grant editing support through Georgia CTSA’s GrantWise service, and other Georgia CTSA resources to help launch your research career. K-Club is an educational forum providing support to young investigators on obtaining research career development awards.


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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* CPCT Pilot Grant – Rolling Until All Funds Have Been Allocated

The Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapies (CPCT) offers Late Stage Preclinical/IND Enabling Research and Clinical Trial Launch Grant applications. CPCT's mission is to operate at the forefront of novel cell-based therapeutics to develop new paradigms for the treatment of human diseases. Two types of competitive grants are available: planning grant and implementation grant.

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Enduring Hearts RFA – Due September 30

The Children’s Heart Research and Outcomes (HeRO) Center is pleased to announce the availability of research funding due to a generous contribution from Enduring Hearts . The goal of this program is to catalyze research at Emory, Georgia Tech, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to solve major problems associated with cardiac transplantation in children. Complete and upload this budget template in the necessary sections of the application.

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Halle Collaborative Research Grants – Due September 30

The Collaborative Research Grants (Bonn, Halle Foundation – Germany, Nanjing, Tel Aviv, Yonsei) support the Halle Institute's goal of fostering international research across all disciplines. Collaborative Research Grants are open to all Emory regular, full-time faculty in any school or discipline.

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CFAR-Series Pilot Grant Proposals – LOI Due October 1

The Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will fund a variable number of one-year pilot awards up to $40K for research projects that aim to advance HIV prevention, treatment, care, and/or cure strategies. Opportunities: 1) a CFAR-03 to help faculty generate preliminary data to strengthen the competitiveness of subsequent NIH applications that align with NIH/OAR high-priority areas of HIV research and 2) a CFAR-K to provide funds that augment or extend HIV-relevant NIH K research funding.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2022 Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) – Due October 1

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

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* HEAL Initiative: Interdisciplinary Teams to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Device-Based Pain Relief (RM1 Clinical Trial Optional) – LOI October 3

This FOA is designed to support interdisciplinary research teams of multiple PD/PIs to investigate the mechanism of action of device-based pain relief with the overall goal of optimizing therapeutic outcomes for FDA-approved or -cleared technologies.

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Emory SOM I3/WHSC Synergy/ Kaiser Permanente Georgia Research Awards – Due October 8

The I3 Synergy KP GA RFP will support collaborative research proposals between Emory and Kaiser Permanente Georgia that address complex and intriguing healthcare and clinical questions vexing our health systems related to Post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) and behavioral medicine.

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Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Emory SOM/Georgia Tech Research Awards – Due October 11

The I3 Emory SOM/Georgia Tech Research Awards aim to spark synergistic interactions among investigators, at least one from Emory SOM and Georgia Tech each, and enable concepts of artificial intelligence that are of the highest quality and have demonstrated tangible potential for advancing today’s medicine to the next level of efficacy using innovative computation and engineering. The RFP is focused on two areas: advancing health analytics and data science research with an emphasis on health equity and access to healthcare.

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VECD Fogarty Global Health Research Fellowship – Apply by November 1 (Application Webinar – September 15)

The application portal is now open for the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 2022-2023 cohort. This outstanding program offers a year-abroad opportunity for US and LMIC postdocs and US doctoral students to develop research skills in a global health setting. The entire spectrum of science is possible and relevant in LMIC settings, including basic, clinical, translational, population, and implementation science.

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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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Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science – Due October 25

The Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science, conferred by the Presidents of the academic institutions of the Georgia CTSA, recognizes and promotes excellence in multi-disciplinary research teams within the Georgia CTSA. This award will be presented to an outstanding multi-disciplinary research team in recognition of its innovative and impactful research that has, or will likely, advance clinical and translational science and positively impact human health. The recipient of the Presidents' Award of Distinction for Team Science will receive $5,000 towards their team science research program. Teams will be recognized at the Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Conference, March 3-4, 2022.

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Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams – Due October 25

The Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams recognizes and promotes excellence in developing multi-disciplinary research teams within the Georgia CTSA. This award will be presented to a developing (i.e., early stage) multi-disciplinary research team that demonstrates great potential for innovative and impactful advances in clinical and translational science. The recipient of the Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams will receive $2,500 towards their team science research program. Teams will be recognized at the Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference, March 3-4, 2022.

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Grant Wise Consultations

Would you like an experienced grant writer to help provide guidance for your grant? Grant Wise is a service that offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. Simply submit an online request for a consultation and then be paired with a senior faculty member.

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Georgia CTSA COVID-19 Biorepository

The Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Center at Emory has established a COVID-19 Biorepository that includes residual nasopharyngeal (NP) swab samples from over 1,700 patients known to be COVID-19 positive and negative. Our goal is to provide de-identified samples to investigators validating or developing diagnostics and therapeutics in an effort to improve the understanding of the effects, response, and mechanism of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Animal Use: A Conscientious Objection (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

2022 Petit Scholars Program – Due September 19

Calling all undergraduate students! Applications are now open for the 2022 Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars, a paid fellowship program for undergraduates to conduct independent, bio-related research for a full year at the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) at Georgia Tech. Fellowship program is open to undergraduate students from all Atlanta-area universities and colleges.

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Bench2Market Talks: Networking Tips – September 29

The B2M free educational series is hosted monthly from September – June to provide commercialization guidance to the university research community. Join Dr. Randall Lucius on September 29 from 11:30am-12:30pm for an interactive webinar to learn how to re-engage with your community, campus, and industry post-pandemic.

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8th Annual Medical Device Regulations Conference – September 21-23

The annual conference will be held virtually by UGA. Topics such as COVID-19 EUA Lessons Learned, FDA Updates - CDRH and ORA, Tissue-based Devices, Digital Devices, and International Updates will be presented by highly experienced professionals and technical experts from FDA and the medical device industry. Students: $25 conference, $25 workshop; Government and Academia: $50 conference, $50 workshop.


Soft Lithography for Microfluidics Short Course – September 23 & 24

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech will offer a short course on “Soft Lithography for Microfluidics.” This course module is designed for individuals interested in hands-on training in the fabrication of microfluidic devices using the soft lithography technique. Due to the nature of the lab portion of the course, registration has a maximum of 10 participants.



Participants Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Studies

All races and ethnicities are needed to participate in COVID-19 trials. Please spread the word to help recruit minorities, especially for vaccine trials.


Georgia Maternal Health ECHO Project – September 14, October 13, November 10

Georgia Maternal Health ECHO is a forum to share best practices to facilitate recognition, prevention, response, reporting, systems learning, and respectful care relating to leading causes of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in Georgia. Sessions will from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM with topics such as: Perinatal Mental Health, Hypertensive Complications of Pregnancy and Cardiac Complications of the Perinatal Period.


Implicit Bias in Maternity Care Training – October 23

Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Maternal Health Equity is sponsoring Implicit Bias in Maternity Care training on October 23 hosted by the March of Dimes. Registration is free and CEUs will be provided. The webinar is open to residents, physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, students, faculty, and other interested community members.


Harvard Catalyst Community-Engaged Research Course – Apply by October 1

The purpose of this online course (October 13 - December 17) is to build the skills of researchers to develop trusting relationships and impactful research with the community and to prepare community partners to engage in health research. Applications are open to all with interest in learning more about the basic principles of incorporating community engagement in health research. Fee for CTSA members: $1125.

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Pediatric Research Grand Rounds – September 15

Join us via Zoom at 8:00 AM to learn more about “A New Era in Graft versus Host Disease Management” with Associate Professor Muna Qayed, MD, MSc.



Team Science Workshop: Putting the TEAM Back Into Virtual Teams – September 17

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Managing Virtual Teams (VTs)” with Lucy Gilson, PhD. Dr. Gilson will provide a brief history of VTs research - key findings that have remained consistent and some that have changed over the last 25 years: leadership, planning, member familiarity, and communications media. These are areas where we as leaders can have a direct impact on the success of our virtual teams. This talk is designed to be informal and interactive!


Rigor and Reproducibility Seminar Series – September 17

Join us via Zoom at 2:00 PM for an Introduction to the upcoming “NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing.” Attendees will be able to ask questions and present ideas/concerns about how Emory can support researchers to meet this policy.


K-Club – September 20

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM for a research career development session. Topics may include SOM faculty development courses, KL2/K12s, grant editing support and other Georgia CTSA resources.


Georgia Bio Patient Advocacy Summit – September 21

Join us for Georgia Bio’s 2nd Annual Patient Advocacy Summit from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The event will bring together the patient advocacy community, industry, and legislators to showcase best practices and cutting-edge examples of how life sciences companies can more fully incorporate the patient voice into the work they do and to help identify policy issues for the 2022 Legislative Session.


Health Services Research Center Seminar – September 22

Join us via Zoom at 2:00 PM to learn more about "Examining the Social Determinants of Health that Influence Violence and Injury" with Assistant Professor Randi N. Smith, MD, PhD.


Blue Sky Group: Single Cell Technologies and Analytics – October 5

Join researchers and clinicians from across the state as the Georgia CTSA and the Emory School of Medicine host a Blue Sky Group on Single Cell Technologies and Analytics via Zoom from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. This Blue Sky Group will contain multiple speakers who will explain the power of the technology and how they are using it in their own research programs.


Pediatric Research & Career Development Symposium – October 5

The Annual Pediatric Research and Career Development Symposium showcases the local clinical, basic and translational research conducted by our fellows and junior faculty at Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth Provider-to-Provider Communication Workshop – October 12-14

This virtual event led by NIH aims to identify research gaps, explore barriers and facilitate successful, sustainable implementation of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural settings.

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Team Science Workshop: Multiteam Systems – October 15

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Multiteam Systems” with Associate Professor Marissa Shuffler, Ph.D.

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Blue Sky Group: Vaccine Development and Testing – October 19

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:30 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. Discussion topics may include burning issues, funding opportunities and cross-institutional collaborative research opportunities.


BERD Research Forum – October 22

Join researchers and biostatisticians as Georgia CTSA hosts the second annual Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Research Forum in-person and via Zoom from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM! The forum will contain multiple speakers who will present “Challenges in Mobile Health and High-Frequency Data.” Q&A and possible collaborations will be discussed.


Team Science Workshop: Facilitating Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams – November 19

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Facilitating Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams” with Assistant Professor Maritza Salazar Campo, Ph.D.


Emory SCORE SABV Workshop – December 1 (Abstracts Due – October 4)

The Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual “How to Incorporate Sex as a Biological Variable in Your Research” virtual workshop via Zoom on December 1 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We invite submission of abstracts for consideration by October 4 as either 15-minute oral presentations or virtual poster presentations.

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Southeast Regional Clinical & Translational Science Conference – March 3-4, 2022

Hosted by the Georgia CTSA, mark your calendar and plan to join us in 2022 as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative partnerships. Additional information, registration, and the call for abstracts will be announced in the coming months.

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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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