Pediatric Research Alliance 2018 Pilots: Request for Applications

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018, 6:00 PM EST

PURPOSE: To stimulate new research projects, build new collaborations, and increase extramural funding for pediatric research.  Proposals should be aimed towards generating preliminary data for subsequent extramural grant applications. 

AMOUNT: Up to $50,000 for 12 months

TYPES: Two types of awards will be offered:

  • Center-based awards
  • Junior Faculty Focused awards


  • The principal investigator(s) must hold a faculty appointment at their institution(s) which allows them to serve as principal investigator on extramural grant applications.
  • All applications must involve two or more investigators, at least one of whom:
    • Has a primary faculty appointment in the Emory Department of Pediatrics (DOP) OR
    • Is on the professional staff at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). This includes those Emory faculty outside of the Emory Department of Pediatrics who are on CHOA's professional staff and all non-faculty clinicians who are on CHOA's professional staff.
  • Faculty from GRA-affiliated institutions are encouraged to apply; however, a faculty appointment at a GRA-affiliated institution is not required.


  • The principal investigator (PI) must have a current rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor at Emory and be no more than 7 years into their faculty appointment. If the PI’s primary faculty appointment is not in the Emory Department of Pediatrics, the PI must have professional staff privileges at CHOA. Please note that adjunct faculty appointments do not meet this requirement.
  • The PI must have NIH New Investigator status, meaning she/he has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award such as an R01. Click here for a detailed definition and exclusions.
  • The PI cannot be PI on any grant with more than $200,000 of direct costs per year.
  • The PI must be on a trajectory to become independently funded, meaning they expect to apply as PI for K or R level funding within the next three years. Submitting an extramural grant proposal (of any level) as PI within 1 year of the end date of a funded pilot is a firm requirement.
  • The application must include a mentor and a mentee, similar to an NIH K career development award.
    • The mentee serves as PI of the application.
    • The mentor must be listed as a co-investigator to fulfill the requirement for a second researcher.
    • The mentor must include a statement in the application on the applicant’s likelihood of being successful as an independent researcher. 
  • Both the scientific plan and the candidate’s past and future productivity will be factored into the funding decision.
  • The applicant’s career objectives must be clearly stated on her/his biosketch.


  • Funds may not be used to build databases or other infrastructure.
  • Investigators may not receive funding from a Pediatric Research Center or the Pediatric Research Alliance for multiple projects if the projects have the same or overlapping aims.
  • If you received a Pediatric Research Center pilot grant in the past and are not in compliance with the requirements of your previous award, you are not eligible to apply for another pilot grant from the Pediatric Research Alliance.  All pilots awarded in 2011 or later required the PI to submit a proposal for extramural funding within one year of the end date of the pilot project. Unless no cost extensions were granted, pilots awarded between 2011 and 2015 should have concluded by 6/30/2016 and led to submission of an extramural research proposal by 6/30/2017. If you are not sure if you are in compliance, please contact Jennifer Villaseñor to confirm your eligibility. To request a waiver of the extramural funding application requirement, please click here.

REQUIREMENTS: The principal investigator(s) must:

  • Submit a progress report within one month of the end date of the pilot project in the format specified in the Notice of Award.
  • Submit a related application for extramural funding within one year of the end date of the pilot project.
  • Present the progress and results of your project as requested by the center director.
  • Submit an annual update report in our online grants management system in response to requests/prompts from staff for up to six years after the end date of the pilot project. This report must include publications, extramural grant applications and awards, press releases, conference presentations, invention disclosures, patents (pending and approved), and devices or technology that resulted from the pilot.

THEMES: Please see below for center-specific themes and requirements. All proposals must relate to child health.

The primary component of your application is your research plan: a 5-page, single-spaced, Arial 11 font, 1” margin scientific plan document that includes the following:

  • Specific Aims
  • Background and Significance (Be sure to include the significance of the problem under study to child health.)
  • Experimental Design and Methods
  • Note: References should be listed but are not included in the page limit. Appendices are not allowed.

​JFF applicants also must include a separate 2-page career development plan.

Helpful Links:

All applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portals:

Center- and Program-Specific Themes

Director: Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
Coordinator: Karen Kennedy, PhD

2016 Success Rate: 20% (10 applications received/2 funded)

Topics appropriate for this CCIV funding opportunity include but are not limited to studies of host and pathogen interactions. This includes studies to enhance understanding of:

  • Basic molecular biology questions of pathogen interactions with their host
  • Innate and adaptive immune responses to pathogens
  • The development of microorganisms for alternative purposes
  • The use of high-throughput screening techniques to identify novel therapeutics

Director: Subra Kugathasan, MD
Coordinator: Jennifer Villaseñor, RN

2016 Success Rate: 67% (3 applications received/2 funded)

CTID is seeking applications in the areas of immune mediated disorders and transplantation biology. Priority will be given to innovative translational research and integrative mechanistic research. At least one award will be made to an early / mid career investigator who does not yet have R01 (or equivalent) support. We particularly encourage applications from  individuals who have not previously received a CTID pilot award. Collaborative proposals should clearly engage and require the expertise of all listed investigators.

Director: Mehul Raval, MD, MS
Coordinator: Tracy Willoughby

Historical success rates not available.

CORPH is seeking applications that address the full gamut of outcomes research spanning health services, disparities, quality improvement and population health. Any topics related to outcomes research will be accepted for funding consideration. We are, however, specifically encouraging applications in broad topic areas including contemporary pediatric population health issues with societal impact including, but not limited to, injury prevention, opiate use in pediatric populations, and childhood obesity.  Furthermore, we encourage applications that employ mixed-methods and qualitative research methods research. In all cases we seek projects that will provide preliminary data needed to support subsequent extramural funding opportunities.

Center Director: Ami Klin, PhD
Communications Operations Director: Chris Gunter, PhD
Coordinator: Christina Wessels

2016 Success Rate: 20% (10 applications received/2 funded)

Topics appropriate for this Marcus Autism Center funding opportunity include research which is clinically or translationally relevant to autism and related disorders:

  • treatment clinical trials;
  • implementation science, including cost-benefit analysis, value-based proposition, or service utilization;
  • genetic studies of autism or autism-relevant phenotypes; or
  • understanding of mechanisms in autism pathobiology.

Proposals must factor in diagnostic characterization costs if new patients are involved in the study.

Program Officer: Stacy Heilman, PhD
Coordinator: Jennifer Villaseñor, RN

​2017 Success Rate: 17% (12 applications received/2 funded)

Any child health focused clinical, translational or basic science projects will be considered.

Eligibility requirements for JFF awards are different than those for center-based awards. Please read the above eligibility section carefully. In addition, JFF applications must include the following:

  • Career Development Plan (max. 2 pages) - Please follow the instructions provided in the above Helpful Links section.
  • Statement from mentor on the applicant’s likelihood of being successful as an independent researcher.