Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers Director Recognized for Achievements During COVID-19 and Beyond
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November 19, 2021


Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers Director Recognized for Achievements During COVID-19 and Beyond

“Without a doubt, support from the Georgia CTSA changed the trajectory of my career. It connected me to mentors, protected time and matched me with clinical research which is so important to me,” says Colleen S. Kraft. Known as one of Emory’s leading infectious disease experts, Colleen S. Kraft, MD, MSc, is no stranger to media outlets and medical community for her role as a trailblazer in national efforts toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Highlights of the 2021 Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Forum

Focusing on the theme ‘Advances & Challenges in Mobile Health and High-Frequency Data’, over 130 researchers, statisticians, professors, and PhD students registered to attend this year’s virtual and in-person Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) Research Forum on October 22, 2021. The goal of this year’s forum was to facilitate new collaborations on the methodology or application of advances in mobile health and technology.

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Did You Know?

Georgia CTSA Leader Commands Honor Guard During Emory’s Veterans Day Ceremony

The 13th annual commemoration began with the Honor Guard, which consists of veterans and ROTC cadets, marching to the flag under the command of retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 1st Sgt. Andrew West, executive center administrator for the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance.

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Special Opportunity

JCTS Call for Papers – Due January 15

Call for Papers for special themed issue of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. Goal is to curate a set of manuscripts that highlight advancements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in clinical and translational science, particularly regarding promoting diverse research leaders, developing diverse trainees, funding, and promoting health equity-oriented research, and ensuring clinical trials research participants reflect the underlying racial/ethnic diversity of our nation.

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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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* Corporate Funding Opportunities – Due Dates Vary

Five new corporate funding opportunities are available: Google Research - Research Scholar Program, Pfizer Global Medical Grants - Women’s Health Endometriosis, Pfizer Global Medical Grants - Inflammatory Bowel Disease focused Fellowship programs, Pfizer Global Medical Grants - Inflammatory Bowel Disease Competitive Grant Program and Pfizer Global Medical Grants - 2022 Global Hemophilia ASPIRE. Should you identify an opportunity of interest, please let us know by submitting the Funding Opportunity Interest form. Please note the Funding Opportunities link is for Emory faculty, researchers, and staff only and can only be accessed through a email address.

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* Google Research Scholar Program – Due December 1

Google released news of a funding opportunity for early-career professors who graduated with a doctoral degree no earlier than 2014. The Research Scholar Program provides $60,000 unrestricted gifts to support research at institutions. Institutions may submit as many applications as desired so long as each applicant meets the criteria.

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Investigator-Initiated Seed Grants in Healthcare Innovation – Extended Deadline: LOI Due December 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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Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program – Internal Due December 2

The objective of the Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty who are working in new research directions in the field of neuroscience.

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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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HERCULES Exposome Environmental Health Sciences Pilot Grants – LOI Due December 6

The HERCULES Exposome Research Center will fund six pilot awards at $30,000 (direct costs) each. Pilot projects must focus on the role of the environment in human disease, and may include basic (cellular and animal), biomedical, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral projects, or community engaged research.

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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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2022 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program – Internal Due December 9

This program was established to support early-stage investigators engaged in biomedical research who have the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide faculty members with support to move a project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained.

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2022 W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grants Program – Internal Due December 9

This program was established to support innovative, high-risk, and high-impact projects that are top institutional priorities. Typically, Keck projects solve important science and engineering questions and also develop novel techniques and/or instruments that can be disseminated throughout the research community.

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Pediatric Obesity Discovery Science Research to Improve Understanding of Risk and Causal Mechanisms for Obesity in Early Life (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) – Internal Due December 13

The FOA is to support innovative, discovery research studies to better characterize early-life risk factors and elucidate underlying causal mechanisms through which these risk factors contribute to the development of obesity during infancy and early childhood.

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Diabetes Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) – Internal Due December 13

This FOA invites applications for Diabetes Research Centers that are designed to support and enhance the national research effort in diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic diseases. Diabetes Research Centers support two primary research-related activities: Research Core services and a Pilot and Feasibility program.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Single-Cell Biology Data Insights – Due December 14

This new funding opportunity invites researchers, both individually and as part of collaborative teams, to advance tools and resources that make it possible to gain greater insights into health and disease from single-cell biology datasets. Applications for two types of grants are welcome and will be reviewed independently. The maximum budgets for proposed projects are $400,000 total costs for Expanded Projects, and $200,000 total costs for Focused Projects.

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* Bridge Funding Program – Due December 15

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

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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 SOM Imagine, Innovate and Impact (I3) Wow! Research Awards – Due January 13

Emory SOM Awards are soliciting proposals to promote innovative research. In the current round, grants will be considered for proposals with the potential to make a transformational impact in either fundamental biomedical knowledge or translational impact are being solicited. If successful, the project will provide new ways of thinking about a problem.

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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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* Program for Retaining, Supporting, and EleVating Early-career Researchers at Emory (PeRSEVERE) – Due January 18

Emory SOM has been awarded the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists. The Program for Retaining, Supporting, and EleVating Early-career Researchers at Emory (PeRSEVERE) is a one year supplemental research fund that will support the research productivity and retention of 10-13 early career faculty with family caregiving responsibilities or other issues caused by COVID-19.

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Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience – Due February 15

The Fellowship supports innovative research by early career investigators. The research should have relevance for understanding the mechanisms underlying any of a wide range of neurological and behavioral disorders, and it may lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.

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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.

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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.

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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

Study Recruitment with Social Media

The Georgia CTSA Recruitment Center offers research investigators targeted Facebook advertising services. Social media ads allow researchers to segment populations by age, gender, location, and interests to optimize delivery of advertisements. These ads can drive traffic to study websites, surveys, or to increase public awareness. To learn more about adding this and other strategies to your recruitment efforts, please reach out to our team.

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Georgia CTSA Statistical Consulting for Georgia Tech – Mondays

The statistics research group directed by ISyE professor Yajun Mei, offers free online consulting for data-analysis questions in the domain of bio-related initiatives every Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am. Connect either in person in IBB#1317 at Georgia Tech or via BlueJeans video conferencing.

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Virtual Stat Tuesdays for UGA Faculty and Trainees

Dr. Kevin Dobbin, UGA co-Director for the Georgia CTSA Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) Program, is offering a free internet-based statistical consulting clinic for UGA clinical and translational researchers (faculty, graduate students, post-docs) every Tuesday from 11am - noon. The virtual stat clinic is via Zoom video conferencing, and users must have UGA login credentials to access.

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Virtual Stat Fridays for Morehouse School of Medicine Faculty, Staff, and Students

R-CENTER Study Design, Biostatistics & Data Management Core directed by Dr. Robert Mayberry, MS, MPH, PhD offers free weekly statistical consulting clinic for faculty, staff, and students on Fridays from 10:00 AM – noon. Sign-In in MRC Annex, Bldg. F, S-14 Conference Room. Twenty minutes immediate assistance for basic statistics questions, without scheduling a formal consultation.

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Authorship: Replacing a First Author on a Second Submission (PDF)
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Innovation & Translation

Georgia Tech BME Capstone Spring 2022 Call for Projects – Due December 10

What's the answer to your "I wish I had..." or, "What if we could...?" when it comes to your ideas for enhancing patient care through novel medical device? What if you could partner alongside and advise a Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering (BME) team to investigate and design a patentable solution for that idea in just 16 weeks? BME Capstone is currently seeking project proposals for the Spring 2022 semester.

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Emory Startup Launch Accelerator (SLA) – Due December 23

The Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in partnership with the Hatchery, is calling for startup idea applicants for the spring 2022 SLA accelerator. The program helps early-stage founders through a defined process that will allow teams to rapidly take their ideas and test them with customers to discard, change and build a business model to move the startup forward.

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Biolocity Funding Opportunity – January 4 (Meet by December 17)

Biolocity is a multi-institutional program at Emory University and Georgia Tech that provides education, funding, and commercialization support to early-stage biomedical technologies. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the commercial success of biomedical innovations that solve an unmet clinical need and positively impact human health. If interested, please schedule a technology meeting with the Biolocity team before December 17 by completing our online meeting request form .

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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.


Maternal Health ECHO 2022 – Third Wednesday, Beginning January 19

Georgia Maternal Health ECHO provides a virtual community learning platform for clinicians and community advocates to collaborate on the implementation of solutions to address maternal mortality and severe morbidity in our state. ECHO sessions are monthly, and typically, on the third Wednesday, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

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CBPR Partnership Academy – Due January 24

Funded by NIH, the Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy is a multi-faceted training and mentoring program designed for new community-academic partnerships that are interested in exploring and engaging in a CBPR approach to eliminate health inequities in their communities. 12 two-person teams will be selected for the 2022-23 cohort, with all program expenses covered (including tuition and travel expenses for a one-week in-person course, if public health guidance allows).

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Pediatric Enrichment Series – When to Call for Help – Today

Subspecialists are often called for common concerns that may or may not feel commonplace to those raising the questions. This session at noon will feature a few of our highly called upon subspecialists including Dr. Larry Greenbaum (Nephrology) and Dr. Pete Fischbach (Cardiology) and Dr. Jamika Hallman-Cooper (Neurology) to share some points of wisdom and open discussion on collaborations on clinical challenges.


CORPH Seminar – Today

Join us in-person at Egleston Classroom 5 and via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Systems Science Applications in Recognizing Pediatric Clinical Deterioration” with Assistant Professor Naveen Muthu, MD.

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Team Science Workshop: Facilitating Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Teams – TODAY

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.


Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers – November 29, December 2 & 9

Join Harvard Catalyst, Harvard University’s Clinical and Translational Science Center, for the free new webinar series, Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers, open to translational researchers and research staff at any career stage. This ongoing series explores approaches to developing skills in “boundary crossing” by addressing common topics and themes such as building a diverse team, managing your time and projects, resolving conflict, communicating your science, and more!

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Emory SCORE SABV Workshop – December 1

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.


BIRCWH Leadership Webinar – December 9

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Global Opportunities for Women’s Health Research” with Professor Kathryn Yount, PhD.


Pediatric Enrichment Series Mentoring Best Practices: What Mentors and Mentees Need to Know – December 9

Please join us at noon to hear about exciting new programming being developed by the Pediatric Mentoring Committee and for a facilitated panel discussion to learn from Pediatric mentor and mentee pairs about how they cultivate and navigate these relationships so important to successful career development.


COVID Force Seminar – December 10

Join us via Zoom at 11:00 AM to learn more about “RADx: Developing an Oasis in A Medical Desert Bringing COVID-19 Testing to Under Resourced Communities While Also Helping to Develop Point of Care Testing Strategies" with Assistant Professor Mark Griffiths, MD.


Blue Sky Group Cooperative Extension in Georgia – January 19

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA for a session on Cooperative Extension in Georgia via Zoom at 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Share your experience, learn from others, enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary networking and find potential collaborators!

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

Join us at Callaway Resort and Gardens as we bring together researchers from across the region to present the best new health-related preclinical, clinical, implementation, and population- based research and build collaborative relationships. Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference is Joni L. Rutter, PhD, acting director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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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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