Pilot Grant Programs

Several pilot grant programs are available to promote child health-related research.  Please click here for a summary and see below for more details.

Pediatric Research Centers

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with partners at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine, offers an annual research pilot program aligned with the themes and aims of the pediatric research centers. These pilot award funds are designed to stimulate new research projects and build new collaborations in child health-related research areas.

Click here to view the current RFA--closed April 2, 2018. 

Request for Waiver of Extramural Funding Application Requirement

Awardees by year:










The Emory University Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the availability of research awards for MD and MD/PhD fellows and residents. Please click here for more information.

Imlay Innovation Fund

The Imlay Innovation Fund is intended solely to support collaborative activities and pediatric innovation and discovery efforts between Georgia Tech and Children’s, focusing on practical steps that will lead to clinical impact as well as potential commercial opportunities. 

We are now accepting pre-proposals until 5pm, Monday Febuary 12th.

Key Dates for 2018 - Call is currently closed.

  • February 12: Pre-Proposal Deadline
  • March 1: Invitation for Full Proposal
  • April 26: Full Proposals Due
  • May 29: Oral Pitch Sessions
  • July 2: Notification of Funding


Proposals should focus on solving a problem related to the theme of Quality and Patient Safety.  Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection Prevention
    • Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
    • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
    • Surgical Site Infections
    • Improving Handy Hygiene compliance
  • Sepsis – early predication and management
  • Medication Error Prevention
  • Designing Healthcare Environment to support the delivery of safe and effective care
  • Addressing Behavioral Health Needs in the healthcare and community setting

Approaches to solving quality and patient safety problems may include human factors engineering, predictive modeling, development of devices and technologies, and other novel approaches to address healthcare problems. 

Click here for additional information

2017 Awardees

2018 Awardees - To be announced shortly.

The Pediatric Technology Center, in conjunction with the Health Analytics Council (HAC), announces the inaugural call for proposals from the HAC.

This call focuses on the following three categories:

  • Data identification, extraction, and harmonization to support CLABSI predictive modeling.
  • Predictive model development to assess individual patient risk for CLABSI at time of admission and then daily throughout hospitalization.
  • CLABSI Risk Decision Support application. 

Key Dates for 2018 - Call is currently closed.

  • Proposal Due Date: February 2, 2018
  • Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2018

Please click here for more information.


In 2000, Children’s community volunteers known as "Friends" established a unique research initiative to fund Children’s physician and fellow clinical research projects that translated directly to the improvement of quality care to Children's patients. It was the first such fund for Children’s and the largest volunteer funded project of its kind for all pediatric hospitals according to the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). A designated portion of Friends' annual fundraising efforts contributes to this fund.

Quick Facts:

  • Funding Limit: $25,000
  • Funding Term: 6 -18 months
  • Eligibility: Members of Children’s Professional Staff who do not also have a compensated Emory faculty appointment
  • Post Award Expectations: Must provide final report; must be willing to present finding to Friends groups, Children's leadership, and other groups as requested
  • Additional Information: Fund does not provide for investigator salary support
  • Call is currently closed, but may reopen in future years

Previous Friends Awardees 

Quick Wins

Are you frustrated with a device that you use? Is there a clinical process you see that needs improvement? Do you have a brilliant idea for a system, device, or program that would make life better ‘For the Kids’?

Quick Wins is a funding program put in place to provide rapid solutions to unmet clinical and business needs at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The multidisciplinary team is a result of the $20M alliance between Georgia Tech and Children’s and is made up of clinicians, researchers, and administrators from both entities. With this collaboration, Georgia Tech and Children’s strive towards the goal of becoming the global leaders in pediatric technologies. The team meets monthly to review project proposals submitted by small teams comprised of individuals from each organization. The proposals must address a project that can deliver a workable solution to into the hands of a clinician or team within 18 months from the receipt of funds and project start. The proposing team must include individuals from both CHOA and GT. For more information, please contact Leanne West or Sheri Russell.

Quick Facts:

  • Funding Limit: Varies
  • Funding Term: 12 - 24 months
  • Eligibility: Project proposals must be submitted by teams comprised of individuals from each organization, Children’s and Georgia Tech. The proposals must address a project that provides an answer to an unmet business or clinical need as identified by a clinician, technologist, or Children’s leader.
  • Deadline: Ongoing - submissions received by the 1st day of each month will be reviewed that month; all others will be reviewed the following month.
  • Post Award Expectations: The project must be capable of delivering a workable solution (at minimum a validated “prototype”) into the hands of a clinician or team within 18 months from the receipt of funds and project start date.
  • Additional Information 

Dudley Moore Nursing and Allied Health Research Fund

For Nurses & Allied Health Professionals

This fund, created through a generous commitment from the Dudley Moore family, was established to foster new and grow existing pediatric translational research among Children’s nursing staff and allied health professionals. 

Researchers supported by this fund include clinical bedside nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and other advanced practice clinicians. For these pilot studies, a Children’s nurse/allied health professional participating on the application must serve as the principal investigator (PI). Applications are typically solicited in May and October of each year, but interested applicants should contact nursingresearch@choa.org to confirm that a call for proposals is planned. 

Here is a list of previous awardees:

2016 Awardees

2015 Awardees

2014 Awardees

2012 Awardees

For further information, please contact the Department of Nursing Research (nursingresearch@choa.org).

Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium

Offered annually, this seed grant competition is an opportunity for the scientific and business community including entrepreneurs, clinicians, scientists, businesses, academic researchers and medical and engineering graduate and undergraduate students, to request funds towards the development, testing and commercialization of pediatric medical devices. Check their website for the date of the next competition.

Emory University Research Committee (URC) Funding

The Emory URC is a standing committee of the Faculty Council responsible for awarding small research grants (~$30K) to the faculty of Emory University. The program is intended to support research and creative projects of faculty in fields for which there is little or no external funding or to explore new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support.

Applications are solicited regularly from all regular, full-time faculty members of Emory University. Applications are typically due in mid-late January each year. Click here for more information.

Engaging Emory & Children's Researchers Seed Grant Program

Note: This grant program is no longer in operation.

The EECRC/EECRSeed funding mechanism is a legacy funding program that awarded funds for basic, translational, and clinical research toward understanding the mechanisms and potential treatments for diseases of children. Bridge funding and seed funding for new research programs provided dozens of researchers since 1998 with the means to collect the preliminary data needed to successfully compete for extramural funds to cultivate and sustain their research programs. This important seed grant mechanism generated an impressive 14-fold return on investment at last count. 

Junior Faculty and New Investigators who are looking for seed funding for their research programs should consider the annual Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center Pilot call found under the "Pediatric Research Center" tab. This program offers targeted funding in a variety of areas including a Junior Faculty Focused initiative. 

Previous EECRSeed Awardees