Internal Funding Opportunities

Emory Orthopaedics Seed Grants

Emory Orthopaedics provide seed grants to help clinician scholars and residents establish new and exciting both clinical and translational research, with the aim of enhancing the prevention and treatment of diseases relating to Orthopaedics care. The expectation is to obtain pilot data for a project that would result in at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal and subsequent application for a foundation grant using the generated data.

There are two grant cycles per fiscal year:


Application Dates

Start Dates


November 15th – December 31st

February 1st


May 15th – June 30th

August 1st

Because of COVID-19 disruption, we are extending the deadline for this 2020 Summer cycle to July 31st. Please submit your application in one pdf file to Thanh Doan.

  1. Criteria for Eligibility
  • For Faculty initiated grants (Expecting a maximum of 5 awards per cycle; two specifically geared towards pediatrics)
    • Seed funding for a maximum amount of $12,000 will be available with possibility of no cost extension (NCE) upon approval of progress report and justification.
    • The Initiating PI’s must hold a primary appointment in the Orthopaedics department and be a physician scholar (PhD partners may be co-PIs. However, PhDs cannot serve as initiating PIs).
    • Funds cannot be used for salary or fringe support for the PI or co-PI. The use of departmental or institutional core facilities is highly encouraged.
  • For Resident initiated grants: (maximum of five awards/year.)
    • Seed funding up to $3,000 will be available.
    • The resident must be from the Orthopaedics department.
    • The resident must identify a faculty member to serve as an advisor on the project (letter of support is required).
  • An applicant may submit only one application (as PI) per funding cycle.
  • The proposal must be for an original project that has not been previously or currently funded by any agency. It is recognized that a proposal may represent a new direction or extension of a previous or current funded research project. 
  • Multi-investigator proposals that foster and demonstrate interactions are highly encouraged to strengthen intra- and inter-departmental relations. Collaborations with faculty at partnering institutions (GT, UGA, etc.) are allowed.
  • Failure to initiate the proposed work within 90 days of the Notice of Award (NOA) will result in retraction of the award with possibility to re-apply at subsequent cycles.
  1. Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their grant as a single pdf file to Thanh Doan, by the deadline for each cycle (December 31st and June 30th deadlines respectively.)

  1.  A letter (2 pages maximum) from the principal investigator(s) using the following organization (i.e. A.1, A.2, etc.) to describe:

A.1. Project Title; List the principal investigators, investigators and/or advisors; and specify which grant mechanism (either faculty or resident)

A.2. Significance and Innovation of the proposed project, the long-term goals of such project, and potential scientific/medical outcomes associated with the project, and planned peer-reviewed journal for submission.

A.3. Detailed Budget:  a proposed budget for use of the seed funds, including names and roles for the personnel, materials, supplies, etc. *Note: The seed funds cannot be used for salary and fringe support of the PI or co-PIs, for travel, gift cards or for purchase of equipment.

A.4. A plan for submission of work for extramural funding (e.g. grants from OREF, NIH, etc.)

A.5. Reference of five articles (include authors, title and journal) that the applicant considers to be their own most significant, recent contributions. If multiple PIs, please reference five articles per PI.

A.6. Declaration of any Conflict of Interest. Please list any potential conflict of interest that may occur or arise from or during the proposed research. Explain how the conflict of interest is mitigated and managed during the proposed research. If no conflict occurs, please state so.

A.7. For resident grants – must include a letter from a faculty advisor stating their support and involvement.

  1. Project Description (2 pages maximum)

B.1. Specific Aims style page for this project (1 page)

B.2. Brief Approach (1 page) Include an overview of the plan that was not already mentioned in B.1. Description of statistical methods for sample size and analysis is recommended.

  1. Biosketches of the PI’s/resident – a NIH PHS format with personnel justification (guideline can be found at


III. Selection and Funding Procedures

Applications will be submitted for review by expert reviewers. A departmental executive committee will review scored applications and recommend for funding based on priority scores.


  1. Follow-up

30 days prior to the award end date, the faculty or resident must provide a progress report describing the outcome of the award including any subsequent conference presentations, journal submissions or grant applications. Progress reports should also be submitted via a single pdf file to Thanh Doan. Upon review of the progress report, a NCE could be awarded. The project may be expected to be presented at the Annual Orthopaedics Kelly Day.