Healthcare Innovation Symposium: COVID Vaccine Boosters
Georgia CTSA
Weekly eRoundup
October 22, 2021


Healthcare Innovation Symposium: COVID Vaccine Boosters – October 29

Join the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program and Georgia CTSA from Noon – 2:00 PM for the 35th Healthcare Innovation Symposium via Zoom. Keynote speakers Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, and Sara Oliver, MD, MSPH, and guest panelists will discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters - Why, What, and When? Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Drs. Rafi Ahmed, Walter A. Orenstein, and Carlos del Rio. Register now!

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Former Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholar Receives Award for Excellence in HIV Research

Colleen Kelley, MD, MPH, associate professor, Emory School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health, and former Georgia CTSA KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholar , was awarded the HIV Medicine Association’s 2021 Award for Excellence in HIV Research . In announcing the award, the Association said Dr. Kelley “has been a tireless champion for underserved populations in both clinical care and research participation.”

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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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Investigator-Initiated Seed Grants in Healthcare Innovation – LOI Due November 1

The Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program, with partners including Georgia CTSA, announces seed grants to fund multi-investigator & multi-disciplinary teams examining healthcare services and clinical effectiveness. The funding priority for this round will be for proposals that address issues in dealing with pandemics. Two types of grants will be offered: Preliminary Study Grants or Complete Project Grants.

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* Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03) – Internal Due November 3

NIOSH/CDC invites grant applications for Training Project Grants (TPGs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training.

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Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center for Health in Aging – Due November 5

Seeking applications that fit the overall mission of the Emory Center for Health in Aging, can be completed in 1 year, and require no more than $45,000 in direct costs. Pilots can include basic science, translational studies, and health services research. Cross-disciplinary proposals with investigators from more than one School or Department/Division are encouraged. Include Budget Template .

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Templeton World Charity Foundation – LOI Due November 5

The Templeton World Charity Foundation launched a new five-year strategic framework that emphasizes both interdisciplinary scientific research on fundamental aspects of human nature, and the development of practical tools and innovations for human flourishing. The Foundation is eager to expand their scientific understanding of how the practice of religious and spiritual exercises are linked to outcomes that are associated with human flourishing and to develop science-informed innovations in the practice of religious and spiritual exercises that impact on our capacity to live well.

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HEAL Initiative: Advancing Health Equity in Pain Management (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Required) – LOI Due November 9

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications to accelerate development, testing and implementation of evidence-based interventions - that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for NIH-designated populations that experience health disparities in the United States - to mitigate disparities in provision of care and treatment decisions, reduce susceptibility to chronic pain and improve patient outcomes.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Award – Due November 12

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation aims to provide support to physician-scientists at the Assistant Professor rank to conduct an outstanding clinical research project with high significance and potential to improve human health; enable research time protection to ease the tension between research and clinical responsibilities; and facilitate development of strong mentorship relations in a supportive institutional environment.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows – Prelim Due November 12

This program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy.

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

The Gerber Foundation works to provide support for innovative research focused on the nutrition, care, and development of infants and toddlers, from the first year before birth to 3 years of age. Two categories of grants will be offered: Research Grants and Novice Research Grants. The Foundation funds in three broad program areas: Pediatric Nutrition, Pediatric Health, and Environmental Hazards.

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RRF Foundation for Aging Research Grants – LOI Due November 15

Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) funds research that seeks to identify interventions, policies and practices to improve the well-being of older adults and/or their caregivers. Preference is given to projects aimed at generating practical knowledge and guidance that can be used by advocates, policy-makers, providers, and the aging network.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Recovery Efforts – Concept Due November 17

This CFP aims to fund research on how COVID-19-related relief and recovery policies and programs impact child health and well-being. HER is interested in understanding how social and economic programs and policies related to poverty reduction - such as financial payments to families, income assistance programs, housing assistance or housing security programs, and increased access to social services - impact child obesity, diet quality, food security, and other relevant child and family health outcomes among lower-income and families of color.

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* The Albert E. Levy Award for Excellence in Scientific Research – Due November 30

The Office of the Provost and the University Research Committee (URC) annually recognize outstanding contributions to scientific research of two members of the Emory faculty. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be submitted by faculty members from any school or unit of Emory University.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative – Due December 1

BWF’s Next Gen Pregnancy 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. The formation of new connections between reproductive scientists and investigators who are involved in other areas is particularly encouraged.

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Emory Roybal Center for Dementia Caregiving Mastery Pilot Project – LOI Due December 3

The Emory Roybal Center for Dementia Caregiving Mastery plans to support two or more Pilot Projects in the amount of $75,000-115,000 for 12-months (total direct and indirect). Our pilot project award program will support both junior and senior investigators across the U.S. to conduct NIH Stage I-III intervention research that will strengthen the context-specific role mastery of informal caregivers of persons living with a dementing illness.

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* Genomic Curriculum Development for Medical Students – Internal Due December 6

This NHGRI R25 program offers to support the development of curricula for Master of Science degree programs in genomics, genomic medicine and/or genomic informatics for medical students.

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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Technological Innovations in Neuroscience – Due December 6

Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards support scientists who work on novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. The program is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism.

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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience McKnight Scholar – Due January 10

The McKnight Scholar Award program gives promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate their ability to solve significant problems in neuroscience, which may include the translation of basic research to clinical practice.

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Emory URC Proposals – Due January 14

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 and URC-Halle Institute Global Research Award. All regular, full-time Emory faculty, of all ranks, are welcome to apply. Postdocs, Fellows, Adjuncts, Research Track lines in some schools, and part-time faculty are not eligible.

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* Emory SYNERGY II Nexus Award Call for Proposals – Due January 15

The intent of the funding program is to seed collaborative research across schools, leading to the growth of new synergistic research collaborations between faculty from the 3 WHSC schools (SOM, RSPH, Nursing) and faculty from ECAS, Candler, Law, Goizueta, or Oxford. The collaborative projects should equally enhance the scholarship of both co-leaders and lead to longer-term shared projects between faculty members that is sustainable through extramural support.

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Winship Clinical Oncology Career Development K12 Program – LOI Due November 1

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Winship K12 Clinical Oncology Career Development Program. The goal of Winship’s K12 is to establish an exceptional training program for clinician-investigators in the conduct of therapeutic cancer clinical research studies with a focus on phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials; and to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders in clinical oncology.

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Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP) – Internal Due November 2

The goal of the program is to expand the cadre of neurosurgeon investigators trained to conduct high-quality, impactful research into neurological disorders, making use of their neurosurgical training.

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Minority Health Policy Fellowship Due – December 1

The Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University is designed to prepare physicians, particularly those from groups underrepresented in medicine, to become leaders in transforming health care delivery systems and promoting innovation in policies, practices, and programs that address health equity and social determinants of health for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

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

The goal of the KL2 Scholars program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, PharmD) committed to a career in clinical and/or translational research. 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 free two-session KL2 Application Workshop on November 4 AND 11.

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Emory BIRCWH RFA – Due February 1

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 (HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, influenza, HCV/HBV, bacterial and fungal diseases, antimicrobial resistance, etc.) is an area of focus for the Emory BIRCWH program. However, compelling applications outside these areas, but aligned with the BIRCWH research objectives, will also be considered. A free two-session BIRCWH application workshop will be held on November 4 AND 11.

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

The Georgia CTSA, the NIH-supported Clinical and Translational Science Award TL1 program)6 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 provides an opportunity to complete the Master of Science in Clinical Research or the Certificate Program in Translational Research. The TL1 program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (medical and PhD students, resident and fellow physicians, PhD postdocs, and residents). Register for free TL1 Application Workshop December 3.

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Research Resources

Insights to Inspire: Diving Deeper into Interoperability

Read the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration’s blog post “Insights to Inspire: Diving Deeper into Interoperability,” which discusses how to reach the next level in your informatics capabilities and how to build a high-performing informatics team.

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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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NRMN Grant Writing Coaching Group Study - Cohort IV – Application Due: October 29, Event: December 9, 10

The National Research Mentoring Network’s (NRMN) U01 Grant Writing Coaching Study at MSM under Principal Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, announces upcoming cohort and solicits help in recruiting junior faculty and early-stage investigators from your institution 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. Apply as a study participant via the link to Study Participants Application Cohort 4 . Apply as a Coach via Cohort 4 Coach Application .

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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 Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Authorship: I Can't Say No (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

Fall 2021 NANOFANS Webinar Series – October 27

The Fall 2021 NanoFANS (Focusing on Advanced Nanobio- Systems) program will offer a weekly webinar during the month of October. The focus of this event will be “Organ-on-a-Chip Technology.” All webinars will be held from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

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Bench2Market Talk: Translational Funding Opportunities – October 27

Seeking funding for technology development? Join us via Zoom from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM to hear from a panel of funders and programs that support commercialization. They will discuss their available resources for innovators and highlight what technology types and development stages are most appropriate for their funding opportunities. Come ready with questions for the panel!


SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop – November 15

Looking for startup funding? Thinking about an SBIR or STTR? Join previous award winners via Zoom at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM to learn from experienced academic investigators how to craft a well written proposal. Presented by Georgia CTSA and Emory SOM.



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.


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.


Georgia Maternal Health ECHO Project – 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 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.



BERD Research Forum – TODAY

Join researchers and biostatisticians as Georgia CTSA hosts the second annual Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Research Forum from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Robert Krafty, PhD, Herman Taylor MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, and David Benkeser, PhD will present talks focusing on “Challenges in Mobile Health and High-Frequency Data.” Q&A and possible collaborations will be discussed. In-person registration is closed, Zoom registration only.


10x Genomics Seminar – October 26

Join us via Zoom from 10:30 AM – Noon to learn more about how to resolve highly complex biological systems, while bringing into focus the details that matter most.

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Healthcare Innovation Symposium – October 29

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to learn more about “COVID Vaccine Boosters- Why, What, and When?” The keynote speakers will be Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Sara Oliver, MD, MSPH, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


K-Club – November 8

Join us via Zoom from Noon – 1:00 PM for a presentation by John S. “Pete” Lollar, III, MD, on “Experimental Design, the Art of Scientific Measurement, and the NIH Policy on Enhancing Reproducibility in Research”.


Creative Scientist Workshop: Remote Trials, Future or Fiasco – November 9

Join University of Buffalo CTSI and MUSC via Zoom from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM for a unique exploration of the strengths, opportunities, and challenges presented by remote trials. This free virtual workshop will feature keynote addresses by speakers from throughout the CTSA network and beyond in the morning followed by interactive trial makeovers in the afternoon.

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Childhood Infections and Vaccines Virtual Symposium – November 15

Join us via Zoom at 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM to learn more about “HIV, COVID-19, and Influenza.”


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

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM as Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD, UC Irvine, leads an interactive workshop on using formal interventions to support early-stage discovery collaborations. Using a “scaffolding intervention” allows collaborations to fast-track convergence such that members’ disparate and diverse expertise is more effectively integrated, which leads to increased productivity.


Emory SCORE SABV Workshop – December 1 (Abstracts Due TODAY)

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 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

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Blue Sky Group: Addressing Threats to Lifelong Bone Health – December 1

Join researchers and clinicians via Zoom from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM as the Georgia CTSA hosts a Blue Sky Group on Addressing Threats to Lifelong Bone Health. This Blue Sky Group session will be led by Dr. Joseph Kindler, PhD, CTR, from the University of Georgia.


Southeast Regional Clinical & Translational Science Conference – March 3-4 (Abstracts Due - November 8)

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. Researchers working across the southeast are invited to submit an abstract by November 8. Read Call for Abstracts .

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