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 and subsequent application to other funding agencies (i.e. foundation and/or NIH) using the data generated from the seed grant program.


There are two grant cycles per fiscal year:


Application Dates

Decision by Executive Committee

Start of Funding


December 15th – January 15th

February 15th

March 15th


June 15th – July 15th

August 15th

September 15th

Please submit your application in one pdf file to


  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 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. Please explicitly describe in the budget if or if not, funds are needed for use of such facilities.
  • 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 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. Any previously awarded seed grant of the initiating PI must be completed (i.e. funds reconciled and account closed) before able to receive the next seed award.
  • 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 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 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.

  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 (initiating PI and co-PI’s if any) and their primary appointment, investigators and/or advisors. Please specify which grant mechanism, either faculty-initiated or resident/fellow-initiated.

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:  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. 

*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.4. Expansion and continuance of seed project with other funding source: Please state a specific plan for submission of work for extramural funding (i.e., grants from OREF, 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.

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. Letter of Support: For resident/fellow-initiated grant, a letter from a faculty advisor stating their support and involvement must be included in the application.

  1. 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.

  1. Biosketch of the initiating -PI, -resident or -fellow: 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. All initiating PI’s will be notified (favorably or unfavorably) upon completion of review process.


  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 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.