Georgia CTSA-Supported Investigators Recognized As Highly Cited Researchers
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December 10, 2021


Georgia CTSA-Supported Investigators Recognized As Highly Cited Researchers

Georgia CTSA is proud to announce that several of our supported investigators have been named on the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate. Researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade are identified on this annual list.

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Blue Sky Group: Cooperative Extension in Georgia – January 19

Join researchers and clinicians via Zoom from 4:30-6:00 PM as the Georgia CTSA hosts a Blue Sky Group on Cooperative Extension in Georgia. This session will be led by Dr. Alison Berg, PhD, RDN, from UGA, and several Extension faculty colleagues. Discuss topics include what is extension, current extension health and wellness research and outreach projects. Share your experience, learn from others, and find potential collaborators!


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Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst Director Presents at NCATS 10 Year Anniversary Event

On December 7th, NCATS hosted a virtual event to commemorate the Center’s 10-year anniversary. During the ‘The Future of Clinical Research’ session, Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, presented the outstanding accomplishments of the Georgia CTSA Innovation Catalyst team in creating mobile tools that push the boundaries of clinical research and participation. He remarked, “We questioned how do build apps for our faculty, our staff, our students, such that they can conduct clinical research with mobile apps? We realized even simple apps have clinical value when it comes to research. So, we made a core service within our CTSA - something we call the App Hatchery.” Thanks, Wilbur, for representing Georgia CTSA ‘on stage’ at NCATS 10!

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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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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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Promoting Partnerships Amongst Healthcare Providers for All Species – Due January 7

This award is focused on creating and promoting partnerships between COHA member institutions and allied health science practitioners to support optimal health for people, animals, and the shared environment. The award aims to leverage expertise across CTSA organizations to benefit human and animal health, emerging disease education, and outreach to underserved communities. Please contact Dr. Bradley Phillips or Dr. Benjamin Brainard at UGA for any help needed in identifying potential UGA vet med faculty collaborator(s).

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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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HEAL Initiative: Developing Quantitative Imaging and Other Relevant Biomarkers of Myofascial Tissues for Clinical Pain Management (R61/R33, Clinical Trial Required) – LOI Due January 11

NIH intends to support the development of innovative quantitative imaging and other relevant biomarkers of myofascial tissues for pain management involving research participants using a two-phase grant funding mechanism. This effort is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative to speed the development and implementation of scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis.

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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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* Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program – Emory Internal Due January 13

Emory is one of 52 Institutions invited to nominate up to 2 submissions for the ONO Initiative in 2022. The Ono Pharma Foundation will only consider proposals for scientific research projects addressing the following field of science: Chemical Biology Research. Chemical Biology is defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology.

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Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants RFP – LOI Due January 14

Georgia CTSA’s Pilot Grants Program is soliciting proposals that either a.) generate preliminary data and refine research strategies for subsequent extramural grant applications OR b.) develop the best approaches and methodologies to address complex translational and clinical research problems.

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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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* Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research Pilot Project Program – LOI Due January 21

The GCDTR is a collaboration of Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine, with funding provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and interinstitutional sponsors. GCDTR is seeking pilot grant proposals in the field of diabetes translation research that advances health equity. Two levels of funding are available for applicants: Preliminary or formative research and Prospective clinical or community-based studies.

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Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Academic Research Grants – Due January 26

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to deepen our understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability. This request for proposals is organized around four main themes: (1) Macroeconomics and Inequality; (2) Human Capital & Well-Being; (3) Market Structure; (4) and The Labor Market.

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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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* Johnson & Johnson QuickFire Challenge: Improving Detection of Neurotoxicity in Immunotherapies – Due March 18

J&J is seeking methods and technologies aiming to optimize patient care for immunotherapies within the hematologic malignancy space by enabling the early detection of neurotoxic events. Of particular interest are technologies aiming to identify clinical manifestations to predict acute toxicities, including movement and neurocognitive 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. Two free KL2 grant writing workshops held in November were recorded and can be found on the KL2 webpage .

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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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PREHS-SEED Mentored K12 Career Development Program – Due February 1

Emory, in partnership with MSM, received NIEHS funding to establish a Pediatric and Reproductive Environmental Health Scholars Southeastern Environmental Exposures and Disparities (PREHS-SEED) mentored K12 career development scholars program. The overarching goal is to recruit junior clinical faculty scholars (Assistant Professor level, MD, PhD, PharmD) and mentor them in environmental health research in collaboration with communities experiencing environmental injustices in the Southeastern US.

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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).

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Research Resources

Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

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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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Panel Discussion with a CTSA Program Awardee Who Successfully Leveraged an SBIR Grant – January 13

Join us via Zoom at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM to learn how Melax Tech successfully leveraged the SBIR grant in the development of their natural language processing technology with additional support from the CTSA program. Panel Discussion with CTSA Program Awardee Who Successfully Leveraged an SBIR Grant will be hosted by Lili Portilla, M.P.A., featuring: Hua Xu, Ph.D., Founder of Melax Tech, Frank Manion, Ph.D., VP for Innovation at Melax Tech and Pablo Cure, M.D., M.P.H., the Program Officer for the SBIR grant.

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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.


Community Grant Writing Academy – Apply by January 14

Georgia CTSA’s Community Engagement (CE) program is soliciting applications to support community-based organizations seeking to learn how to develop grant proposals to fund research and other health initiatives to address community health priorities. The purpose of this CE Grant Writing Academy (CGWA) is to provide prospective participants with the knowledge, resources, and skills to write a competitive research or health initiative grant.

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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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MSM Technical Assistance Workshop for Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants – December 10

Join us via Zoom at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to learn more about “Submitting a Competitive Grant Proposal to the Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant Program” with Pilot Grants Director Jeff Sands, MD.

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CIAG Seminar – December 10

Join us in person or via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Genetically Informed Precision-based Therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Autoimmunity" with Professor Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD.


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.


K-Club Updates to the NIH Biosketch and Other Support Documents: – December 13

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Updates to the NIH Biosketch and Other Support Documents: What an Early Career Researcher Needs to Know” with Assistant VP for Research Administration Office of Sponsored Programs Holly Sommers and Associate Vice Chair for Research Department of Pediatrics Stacy Heilman, PhD.

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CORPH Seminar – December 17

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM to learn more about “Addressing Early Childhood Adversities Through Intervention and Implementation Research" with Professor Daniel Whitaker, PhD.

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NIH Virtual Workshop: Technology to Improve Maternal Health – January 18

This NIBIB workshop from 12:00 – 6:30 PM seeks to further advance interdisciplinary collaborations in maternal health technology by bringing together researchers, technology developers, and community partners to identify technology gaps and consider how new technologies can be used to improve maternal health and ultimately treat and/or prevent maternal morbidity and mortality.

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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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Team Science Skill Series: “Crash Course” on Team Science – January 28

Join us via Zoom at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM! This 120-minute workshop will cover the basics of team science and will be followed up by deeper dives into specific topics in future 60-minute workshops. Graduate students, post-docs, and all levels of academic faculty are all welcome to attend this workshop.

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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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For more information on Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), please visit the Georgia CTSA website . Do you have news, seminars, or events of interest to clinical and translational researchers? Send them to by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email .

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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