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Emory Orthopaedics Seed Grants

Emory Orthopaedics has provided seed grants to assist faculty and/or resident establish new and exciting research that advances our knowledge, prevention and treatment of diseases relating to Orthopaedics care. The goal would be to obtain pilot data for a project that could subsequently obtain additional external funding or to address a scientific question achievable with the allotted budget. For the 2017-2018 seed grants, we encourage submissions targeting these three focused areas (multiple target is encouraged):

• Spine – To promote research related to spinal disease prevention and treatment.
• Articular Cartilage – To promote research related to prevention or treatment of cartilage degeneration or injury.
• Pre-clinical and Translational – To promote collaborations between the clinicians and the preclinical or translational researchers within the department. It is recommended that these grants include a team consisting of an MD and a PhD investigator (or co-advisors on a resident project).

For this year, there are two grant cycles:

Cycle Application Date Earliest Funding Date
Fall 2017 June 1- July 31 Sept 1
Spring 2018 Dec 1- Jan 31 March 1

I. Criteria for Eligibility

For Faculty initiated grants

  • Seed funding up to $7,500 will be available
  • Must include a PI from the Orthopaedics department
  • Seed funds cannot be used for salary support of PIs

For Resident initiated grants:

  • 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
  • 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 previously- or currently-funded research project.
  • Multi-investigator proposals that foster and demonstrate interactions are highly encouraged to strengthen intra- and inter-departmental relations.

II. Application Procedure

    Applications will be accepted for deadline of July 30th for Fall 2017 cycle or for deadline of Jan 31st for Spring 2018 cycle. Applicants should submit their grant as a single pdf file to Nick Willett,

  • A. 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
  • A.3. 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 support of the PI or co-PIs, for travel 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. For resident grants – Must include a letter from a faculty advisor stating their support and involvement.
  • B. Project Description (2 pages maximum)
  • B.1. Specific Aims style page for this project (1 page max)
  • B.2. Brief Approach (1 page max). 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.
  • C. Biosketch of the PIs/resident – NIH style preferred (guideline can be found at

III. Selection and Funding Procedures

  • A committee of investigators will review applications and recommend action. Decisions will be made in consultation with the Department chair. Work funded under this mechanism must meet all regulatory requirements of Emory University School of Medicine. Funds unexpended by the end of the fiscal year of the award initiation will be relinquished (extensions may be granted on a case by case basis).

IV. Follow-up

  • One year after the initiation of the award, the faculty or resident will provide a progress report describing the outcome of the award including any subsequent conference presentations or grant submissions. The project may be expected to be presented at the Annual Orthopaedics Kelly Day.