Welcome Georgia CTSA 2023 – 2024 KL2 Scholars
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Weekly eRoundup
August 18, 2023


Welcome Georgia CTSA 2023-2024 KL2 Scholars

Congratulations to the new scholars in the Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholars Program . The goal of the Georgia CTSA KL2 Program is to support and enhance career development for junior faculty interested in a career that encompasses clinical and translational science (CTS) and clinical and translational research (CTR). The KL2 Program supports career development for junior faculty from a wide variety of disciplines at the Georgia CTSA partner institutions.


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Informatics Lunch and Learn: Big Data and Nursing Wisdom - The Key to Unlock Healthcare Innovation

Georgia CTSA’s Informatics program offers the next Lunch & Learn webinar providing free informatics guidance to the university research community. Join us Wednesday, August 30, from 12:00 - 1:00PM. Ramya Govindarajan, MSPH, Director of Database Projects, Emory School of Nursing, will discuss national implementation of Project NeLL, an EHR big database and suite of applications for teaching data science, designed by nurses for nurses. Learn more .


Funding (* New Opportunities)

Small Business Initiatives for Innovative Tools and Technologies for Improving Outcomes for Maternal Health – Due Dates Vary

This NOSI is intended to encourage interest in the small business community to develop various approaches, technologies, and tools to address the health issues of maternal morbidity and mortality (MMM) by achieving a wide array of outcomes, such as 1) the identification, phenotyping, subtyping, and stratification of patients at a greater risk of MMM, 2) multi-level interventions to address racial disparities in MMM, and 3) clinical decision-making that considers social and cultural biases. It focuses on the development and validation of tools, technologies, and approaches, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, that indicate states of increased risk for and presence of MMM.

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PHS 2023-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

This Notice of Funding Opportunity invites eligible US small businesses to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications. United States small businesses that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R&D mission(s) of the NIH, CDC, and FDA awarding components identified in this NOFO are encouraged to submit SBIR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2023-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH, CDC, and FDA ).

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PHS 2023-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

This Notice of Funding Opportunity invites eligible US small businesses to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. United States small businesses that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R&D mission(s) of the NIH awarding components identified in this NOFO are encouraged to submit STTR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2023-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH, CDC, and FDA ).

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SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program Technical Assistance and Late-Stage Development (SB1, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to encourage applications from small business concerns (SBCs) to the newly re-authorized Commercialization Readiness Pilot program. The NOFO aims to facilitate the transition of previously or currently funded SBIR and STTR Phase II and Phase IIB projects to the commercialization stage by providing additional support for technical assistance and later stage research and development not typically supported through Phase II or Phase IIB grants or contracts.

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Preclinical Proof of Concept Studies for Rare Diseases (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due Dates Vary

This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) provides funding to conduct efficacy studies in an established rare disease preclinical model to demonstrate that a proposed therapeutic agent warrants further development. The goal of this NOFO is to spur therapeutic development for rare diseases by advancing projects to the point where they would attract subsequent investment supporting full Investigational New Drug (IND) application development or progression to clinical trials in the case of repurposing or repositioning.

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Georgia CF Research and Development Program – LOIs due September 1

The Cystic Fibrosis Research Program is preparing an application for “Georgia CF Research and Development Program” grant from CF Foundation. This will include a pilot grant program, with at least two grants at either $60k/year or $80k/year direct costs for 1-2 years. Note: Proposals submitted for other recent opportunities are welcome to be reused, if relevant to RDP grant’s goals. At this time, we only request a 1-2 page Letter of Intent, so please send your ideas! Questions: contact RDP Pilot Program Co-Directors Nael McCarty, PhD or Jessica Alvarez, PhD .

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Collaborative Partnership to Advance Global Health Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – Due September 2

The goal of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to develop, establish, implement, and maintain a successful collaborative partnership to advance NIH priorities, support NIH collaboration on global health, and advance biomedical research internationally. This program will support a partnership between the NIH and the recipient(s) with the commitment and capacity to help extend NIH research-related programs worldwide.

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Accelerating Behavioral and Social Science through Ontology Development and Use: Research Network Projects – LOIs due September 3

This funding opportunity invites applications to support research projects focused on the expansion of existing or development of new ontologies for behavioral or social science research (BSSR). The research projects must include multi-disciplinary teams of subject matter experts in one or more BSSR fields, as well as ontology-related informatics and computational approaches. Projects should address health-related behavioral and social science problems not easily solved without improvement in semantic knowledge structures (e.g., controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies).

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Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – Due September 6

Two Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) ( Technologies and Innovations for Healthy Living ) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process, or service for commercialization with the aim of improving minority health and/or reducing and ultimately eliminating health disparities in one or more NIH-defined populations that experience health disparities. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, and culturally acceptable.

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* Emory SOM Image, Innovate, and Impact (I3) GCMI Research Awards RFP – Due October 24

In partnership with Georgia CTSA, SOM is soliciting Emory proposals that will accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to health benefits through collaborations between Emory and GCMI. Proposals are intended to improve patient care by more effectively and efficiently developing and commercializing devices and products through preclinical and product development services. Collaborations with GCMI are required.

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* NIH Build UP Trust Challenge – Due November 14

The NIH Build UP Trust Challenge seeks solutions that increase research participation and the adoption of medical care by building trust and improving engagement with historically underserved communities. The NIH Build UP Trust prize challenge aims to identify new and promising scalable strategies that increase research participation and the adoption of existing and new tools and approaches to detect, treat, and monitor diseases, conditions, and disorders by improving engagement with minority health populations and populations with health disparities .

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Education and Training

MSCR 515 – Scientific Communication for Clinical & Translational Science – Due August 18

Faculty and postdocs are invited to enroll in a fall semester elective course in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) and Certificate Program in Translational Science (CPTS) in the Emory University Laney Graduate School. Tuition awards are not available, but faculty and postdocs at Emory may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed at least one year. This virtual course is 1-credit and will meet Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm starting September 7 through November 9. For more information and instructions on how to enroll, contact Rachel Hardison.


Phlebotomy 101 Training – August 24 & 25

Phlebotomy 101 is a two-day introductory classroom and clinical hands-on training that teaches the techniques of venipuncture to research coordinators monthly and is led by GCRC nurses. The course is only offered to Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), and the University of Georgia (UGA) faculty and staff. Please note: the course is open to research professionals that serve the adult population only. We do not accept pediatric research professionals. Learn More .

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Calling All Clinical Research Professionals: Discover the Power of eMPACT!

Are you looking for a free, comprehensive career navigation system that can help you achieve your professional goals in the field of Clinical Translational Science? Introducing eMPACT (Empowering Purposeful Advancement of Careers and Training in the Research Workforce), a dynamic platform designed to promote purposeful training and career advancement for professionals like you.


Free Online Trainings for Clinical Research Professionals

Georgia CTSA and SC CTSI created an 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 program (series of courses). Featured Program: Emerging Technologies in the Medical Device Industry

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Research Resources

NIH Offers New Resource to Aid Researchers in Grant Application

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review has developed a resource to help researchers in the NIH grant application process. It highlights institution- and investigator-specific information, including key actions that must be taken well in advance of application submission to aid the research community, especially those new to submitting NIH grant applications.

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TEAMS Mentoring Program - Call for Content Experts

Are you an expert in providing feedback, managing a team, grant writing, manuscript development, people management, or other academic skills? Are you interested in paying it forward to help junior scholars? Then we want you as an expert for Georgia CTSA’s TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring for Science) Program! Share your expertise virtually with a small group of mentees and commit to at least a one-hour meeting per year. Learn more .
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Call for Mentors: Georgia CTSA TEAMS Program

Calling all mentors from Emory, Georgia Tech, MSM, and UGA! Are you a mid to senior-level faculty member who enjoys mentoring? Are you looking to enhance your mentoring and communications skills and meet new colleagues? Georgia CTSA TEAMS (Translational Education and Mentoring for Science) is seeking experts in public health, clinical and translational science, community engagement, health equity, and more for the 2023-2024 academic year. Sign up now !
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Grant Wise

Would you like an experienced grant writer to help provide guidance for your grant? The Georgia CTSA Grant Wise service offers the opportunity for one-on-one feedback from experienced senior faculty on grant writing. Receive support with developing a timeline, reviewing specific aims, writing/editing the text, and responding to reviewers. Grant Wise is available to faculty of institutions within the Georgia CTSA - Emory, Georgia Tech, MSM, & UGA.

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Georgia CTSA Match

Looking to connect with experts in your field? Join the new Georgia CTSA Match! The platform encourages meaningful networking and collaboration by pairing researchers based on similar interests. These matches will help you to build networking opportunities acting as a catalyst to spur your research forward. Discover more and Join Now!

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Georgia CTSA Ethical Dilemma of the Week

Data Interpretation and Management: Let's Not Mention That in the Report (PDF)

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Innovation & Translation

C3i Validation and Execution Program – Due August 25

The National Institutes of Health is providing an opportunity for academic and small business grantees to participate in an entrepreneurial training and mentorship course aimed at providing business frameworks and essential tools to successfully translate biomedical technology from the lab to the market through our commercialization assistance program. To be eligible to participate, you must have an NIBIB-funded grant award (R41, R42, R43, R44, R00, R01, U01, P41) that is active or in a No-Cost Extension through May 2024.

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Lab2Launch is the first-of-its-kind shared laboratory at Emory University designed to support scientist-entrepreneurs in a community-driven environment in taking their discoveries from the lab to market, located on the 1st floor of the new Health Sciences and Research Building II. Geared towards Emory-affiliated founders and innovators, Lab2Launch provides critical offerings such as access to scalable lab spaces, top-of-the-line instrumentation, and events and programming. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program from the Small Business Administration is meant to help increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of SBIR/STTR applications from each for the states. For startups in the state of Georgia that are competitive for an SBIR/STTR, we are able to offer $2450 to help cover the upfront fee of hiring a grant writing consultant to help that startup craft and submit their SBIR/STTR. Note: Most grant consultants stop taking clients ~8 weeks from the SBIR/STTR deadline. Questions? Contact Kevin Wu .

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PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease

PD GENEration is a Parkinson’s Foundation initiative that offers genetic testing and genetic counseling at no cost for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). When you participate, you will have the opportunity to improve Parkinson’s research and better manage your Parkinson’s in the future. Sign up today or email for more information.

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SPARX3: Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial

We are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial to learn more about the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson’s disease. Sign up today or email for more information.

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Team Science Skills Series – August 25

Join us via Zoom from 12:00 – 2:00 PM for the Georgia CTSA Fall 2023 Team Science Skill Series. The first interactive workshop, “Crash Course" on Team Science, will cover the basics of team science. Register now!

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Invisible Corps, U.S. Public Health Service Documentary – Sunday, August 27

Join the Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) & the Emory Veterans Employee Network (EVEN) from 4:00 – 6:00 PM for the documentary viewing of Invisible Corps. This 60-minute film covers the history and role of the USPHS Commissioned Corps in the FUTURE health of our nation and the world. A panel discussion will be held immediately after the film featuring the Producer of the Documentary, Chris Schueler & Rear Admiral (ret.) Kenneth Castro, Professor, Emory University.

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ORCID Workshop for Researchers – August 30

Join us from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET to learn more about how to set up your ORCID iD. Getting and using your free ORCID iD and ORCID record can help you save time and get credit for your work in funding, publishing, and research reporting workflows. Funding organizations, publishers, and research institutions are increasingly requiring or asking for ORCID iDs from researchers, so this workshop will help you make sure you are ahead of the game.


Blue Sky Group: LGBTQ+ Health - September 6

Join researchers and clinicians from across the Georgia CTSA via Zoom on September 6 from 11:30-1:00 PM for a session on LGBTQ+ Health. The discussion will be opened by Dr. Don Operario, a leading researcher in this field. Blue Sky Groups provide a unique opportunity for attendees to drive the agenda and catalyze future collaborations and research opportunities. Share your experience, learn from others, network, and find collaborators! Learn more .


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 GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu by noon on Thursday. To suggest subscribers or unsubscribe to the listserv please email GeorgiaCTSA@emory.edu .

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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