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Foundation and Faculty News at Emory


  • Letters of inquiry for the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award are due on December 2. The Award provides up to $100,000 per year for two years. Each year, up to three awards are given. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities but not the recipient’s salary.

    The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. A goal of the Technological Innovations award is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited. If the proposal is invited, it is due on April 27, 2020. There is no limit to the number of requests that Emory can submit.


Faculty News

OFR Faculty Workshop November 22 

OFR is hosting a Foundation Funding Workshop for Early Career Faculty on November 22

Are you an early career investigator who is interested in learning more about foundation funding for your research? Please join the Office of Foundation Relations on Friday, November 22, for a Faculty Funding Workshop: Private Foundation Opportunities for Early Investigators. The workshop will run from Noon– 1:30 p.m. in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by Wednesday, November 20, to Barbara Voss at barbara.voss@emory.edu

At the workshop you will hear from faculty representatives who will share their experiences with private funders. Dr. Aubrey Kelly, Dr. Chethan Pandarinath, and Dr. Jesse Waggoner will speak about the private foundation grants they’ve received from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Klingenstein-Simons awards.

The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) team will be there to answer any questions regarding foundation funding. OFR can help identify foundation prospects, develop proposals, and steward relationships.


Congratulations to...

  • Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, is exploring 'intellectual humilty' in a new grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


  • Dr. Charles Moore for his recent Health Care Heroes Award in Community Outreach. Dr. Charles Moore is also featured in HBO's Sanjay Gupta's documentary, "One Nation Under Stress." In the 1960s, Americans had among the highest life expectancy in the world. Today, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of major developed nations.


  • Dr. Jesse J. Waggoner for his distinction as a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist. On July 18, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the 15 physician scientists who are each receiving a 2019 Clinical Scientist Development Award of $495,000 over three years



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