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Emory Medical Care Foundation

Medical grants support research, boost careers

The Emory Medical Care Foundation (EMCF) awards up to 6 grants a year up, for a maximum of $30,000/award, to support research conducted by Emory faculty who are based at least 50% of their time at Grady. Proposals are due Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 1 each year (if the first of the month falls on a holiday or weekend, then submission is due the following Monday or non-holiday work day).

EMCF grants support the research careers of junior investigators and more senior investigators interested in pursuing research.  Nadine Kaslow, chair of the EMCF Research Committee, says the grants often lead to external funding, resulting in career advancement for faculty. "I received funding for a research project quite early in my career," she says, adding that it helped her advance.

Kaslow says the grants support research that is very relevant to the health care provided for patients served by Grady. "It really does support scholarship at Grady and it's one of the only places to get funding for the work we do. The research focuses on indigent populations and minority populations and their health care needs," she notes.
The small grant program is also meant to encourage clinicians and educators to engage in clinical and basic science research.

Kaslow sees the grants as having a three-fold purpose: they help people who haven't done much research get started, especially those early in their career. And they give those who have a lot of clinical work, such as the patient care at Grady, and/or a lot of teaching responsibilities, the opportunity to do research. And, "they help already established researchers shift their research career trajectories, often times to a focus on topics particularly pertinent to the Grady population," she said.
The grants can also be instrumental in helping people switch research areas or do in-depth within an area they've been working in, Kaslow says. Or they can support basic science research projects that have clinical significance.

Grants are only awarded to Emory faculty during their first 10 years.

For more information, contact Dr. Nadine Kaslow