Department of Orthopaedics

Internal Funding Opportunities

Emory Orthopaedics Seed Grants

Emory Orthopaedics provide seed grants to help clinician scholars and residents/fellows 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 strong scientific data that would result in at least:

  • one publication in a peer-reviewed journal (minimal expectation for resident seed grant) and
  • subsequent application to other funding agencies (i.e. foundation, DoD and/or NIH)

Successful Seed Grants (resulting in publication and/or grants) may result in subsequent supplemental grants to foster and expand these research programs.


Grant cycle for 2023:

RFA Posted

Application Due

Science committee review and Decision by

Executive Committee

Start of Funding

December 15th

January 15th

March 15th

April 15th


Please submit your application in one pdf file to


I. 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 requested amount of $12,000 will be available with possibility of no cost extension (NCE) upon approval of progress report and justification. If your proposal requires more funds, please include other secured funding source(s) that is available to successfully execute and complete the proposed project within the seed grant period. Faculty-initiated seed grant fund cannot exceed $12,000.
    • 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 and budget should include these costs.
  • For Resident/Fellow initiated grants: (maximum of five awards/year.)
    • Seed funding up to $3,000 will be available. If more funds are needed to complete the proposed project, please state other secured funding source(s). Resident/fellow-initiated seed grant fund cannot exceed $3,000.
    • The resident or fellow must be from the Orthopaedics department and is the initiating PI.
    • The resident must identify a Emory Orthopaedic faculty member to serve as  mentor for the project (letter of support is required).
  • A faculty or resident/fellow-initiated PI may submit only one application per funding cycle. Any previously awarded seed grant to the initiating PI must be completed (i.e. funds reconciled, account closed and progress report submitted to Thanh Doan). Previous awardees that have not completed their proposed seed research and submitted a progress report are ineligible from applying.
  • 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. 
  • The applicant(s) MUST clearly demonstrate their plans for dissemeniation (conference abstracts/presentations, manuscripts) and have specific targets and deadlines for subsequent grant submissions.
  • 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 and likely strengthen the proposal.
  • Failure to initiate the proposed work within 90 days of the Notice of Award (NOA) will result in retraction of the award and ineligibility for subsequent cycles.


II. Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their grant as a single pdf file to Thanh Doan,, within one month of the submission deadline.

A) Cover 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
A.2. Principal Investigators: Initiating PI and co-PI’s full name, contact email,their primary appointment, co-investigators and/or mentor. Please specify which grant mechanism, either faculty-initiated or resident/fellow-initiated.
A.3. 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.4. Detailed Budget:  Clearly state upfront the amount requested of the seed grant program and provide any other secured funding source(s) and amount that are needed to complete the proposal. Please include names and roles for personnel needed to complete the work, materials, supplies, facility costs, etc. Please disclose any conflict of interest (e.g. funding from company, investment in company, etc.)
*Note: The seed funds cannot be used for salary and fringe support of initiating PI or co-PIs, for travel, gift cards or for purchase of equipment.
A.5. Expansion and Continuance: Please state a specific plan for submission of work for extramural funding (i.e., grants from OREF or from other foundations, NIH, DoD, etc.). It is highly recommended that a time frame of submission be mentioned and how the data achieved in the proposed seed grant will contribute to the over-arching science program. Please explicityly include if PI has a track record of submitting and/or receiving awards from agency. At least 1 paragraph should be devoted towards this plan.
A.6. 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.7. 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.8. Letter of Support: For resident/fellow-initiated grant, a letter from a faculty mentor/advisor stating their support and involvement must be included in the application. This letter of support does not count towards the 2-page limit.

B) Project Description (2 pages maximum)

B.1. Specific Aims style page for the project (1 page)
B.2. Approach (1 page): Briefly and clearly describe the approach to accomplish the specific aims mentioned in B.1. This section must include and address statistical methods for sample size and analysis. If this is an under-powered pilot study, please state and provide justification as to value added for such proof of concept.

C) Biosketch of the initiating -PI, -resident or -fellow: NIH PHS format with personnel justification (guideline can be found at


III. Selection and Funding Procedures

Grants will be judged on four criteria, on a scale of one (best) to nine (worst):

1) The significance of the scientific question and innovative potential (A.3 and B.1)
2) The proposed aims and approach (A.4 and B.2)
3) The investigative team (A.2, A.5, A.6, A.7, A.8 and C.)
4) The plan for dissemination and subsequent grant proposals. (A.5)

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. All initiating PI’s will be notified (favorably or unfavorably) upon completion of review process.


IV. Follow-up

Thirty (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 be submitted as a single pdf file to Thanh Doan, When requested, a NCE may be granted upon review of the progress report and its justification for incompleteness. Seed projects may be expected to be presented at the Annual Orthopaedics Kelly Day. Failure to submit a progress report will result in ineligibility for subsequent seed grants.