Pilot Grant Programs

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

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, build new collaborations, and increase extramural funding for pediatric research.

Click here to view the current RFA.

Request for Waiver of Extramural Funding Application Requirement

The Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapies (CPCT) offers Late Stage Preclinical/IND Enabling Research and Clinical Trial Launch Grant awards.

Click here to view the current RFA.

The Global Health Office of Pediatrics (GHOPE) accepts proposals from Emory or Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta faculty members to conduct trainee-engaged pilot research, quality improvement initiatives, or programmatic work in global child health that supports sustainable global child health partnerships.

Applications are not currently being accepted. Click here to view the most recent RFA. 

For over 10 years the Georgia CTSA Pilot Grants program has distributed grant funding to support one to two year pilot projects that advance and transform laboratory, clinic, and community observations into interventions that improve public and individual health. Click here for more information.

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.

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. 

Click here for additional information.

2017 Awardees

2018 Awardees

2019 Awardees

2021 Awardees

The Pediatric Technology Center, in conjunction with the Health Analytics Council (HAC), offers pilot grant funding. 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 

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). Call for applications vary each year, but interested applicants can contact nursingresearch@choa.org for more information. 

2019 Research Grant Proposal

The Department of Nursing Research is announcing a call for letters of intent (LOI) for three $20,000 Dudley Moore Foundation grants. The Dudley Moore Foundation grant supports research led by Nursing and Allied Health at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. A nurse or allied health care professional at Children’s must lead the study. Physicians may not be a principal investigator but may be part of the research team.

  • LOI’s are due no later than Monday, July 1, 2019 by 5pm
  • Review of LOI/ Selection process by Children’s Research Proposal Committee by Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
  • Investigators invited to submit full proposals will be notified by email Friday, July 19, 2019; information regarding full proposal instructions will be included.
  • Submission of invited research proposals are due Friday, September 6, 2019 by 5pm.
  • Notification of research award will be sent no later than Monday, October 7, 2019.

Instructions for LOI:

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page Letter of Intent (LOI) detailing the following:

  • Project title
  • List PI and key personnel, indicate roles on projected proposal
  • Summary of project and methods (include hypotheses, aims/objectives)
  • Timeline of milestones
  • Simple budget and budget justification (percentage of time may be included within the amount of the grant)

Please send all completed LOIs to Kimberly High.

For questions regarding your proposed proposal, please contact Dr. Christina Calamaro, Director of Research & EBP for Nursing at christina.calamaro@choa.org. For information regarding the letter of intent and/or grant proposal processes, please contact Kimberly High, Senior Research Coordinator at kimberly.high@choa.org.

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).

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

Please click here for more information. 

The grants management system used for most internal Pediatric Research Alliance grant programs is Blackbaud Grantmaking, formerly known as GIFTS Online.

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