Funding Opportunities

Winship researchers receive funding through a variety of awards and grants. View a selection of federal and private funding opportunities for which Winship researchers may be eligible to apply.

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Damon Runyon wishes to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers. To do so, in 2014, the Foundation established a pilot program designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only) into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their clinical training.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer
  • Eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

The award will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed.

Detailed information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website,

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Contact: If you have any questions, please call the Foundation at (212) 455-0520.

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NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.

Submission Limitations: Emory University may submit only 2 applications for this program.

Internal Competition Guidelines: Interested applicants must submit an abstract of their proposed projects (not to exceed 2 pages) and an NIH-style biosketch to Holly Sommers via email ( by no later than the internal deadline above for consideration. [It is very helpful if the abstract and biosketch can be combined into a single PDF with the abstract first.] Please put NIH DP5 – [Applicant Name] in the subject line of the email. Please note that written reviews or summary statements from the internal review and selection process will not be available.

Internal Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Contact: Holly Sommers, Director, Pre-award Grants Administration, Emory UniversityView Award Details

Sidney Kimmel Foundation - Kimmel Scholars Program

The Kimmel Scholar Award is a two‐year, $200,000 award given to promising young cancer researchers. Of the 15 annual Awards, ten are typically given in the fields of basic cancer research and five for translational science. Please review the application FAQs for additional information regarding eligibility and selection.

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation uses an online application. All components of the application are to be submitted online with a hard copy mailed within two days of submission to:

  • Gary I. Cohen, MD
    Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC
    6569 North Charles Street, Suite 300
    Baltimore, MD 21204
Application Deadline: December 2, 2015 by 3pm Eastern time
Contact: Email Kathryn Fletcher at with questions about the application process.View Award Details

Keck Foundation Research Program

The Keck Foundation Research Program supports projects in medical research and science and engineering that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.  Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Keck is MOST interested in basic science projects
  • That focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • That will be transformative across multiple fields
  • That are “great leap” projects with the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies  
  • That are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • That demonstrate a high level of risk

Keck is NOT interested in projects
  • That involve clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • That have a narrow/specific disease focus, unless it has broader application
  • That are bricks and mortar
  • That involve establishment of core facilities
  • That are eligible for any federal funding

One-Page Abstract Requirements (in 12-point font and 1-inch margins):
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please provide Lucy Grantham ( your one-page abstract no later than Wednesday, December 9, which will then be forwarded to the internal Keck Committee for review. The abstract should include:
  • Abstract/overview of the research proposed emphasizing any unique aspects
  • Mention of pilot studies or data, if any – including unpublished findings – that support the idea
  • Brief description of the key personnel and methodologies
  • Brief justification of the particular need for Keck’s support
  • Estimated budget broken down
Abstract Deadline: December 9, 2015
Contact: Lucy Grantham, Director, Foundation Relations at (404) 727-4096 or

Coulter Translational Partnership Funding

What is the Coulter Translational Partnership (CTP)? A roadmap to bring university innovations to a critical endpoint that will attract follow-on funding from investors/industry.

Annual Program Funds for Distribution:

  • $1.2 million a year for all projects
  • $300,000 worth of in-kind resources (reimbursement, marketing consultants, etc.)


  • 2 Principal Investigators – one technical expert and one clinical expert
  • At least one PI must be an Emory or Georgia Tech faculty member

Application Process:

  1. Meet with CTP team to discuss project potential (Must meet with CTP team to get a Pre-Proposal RFP)
  2. Pre-Proposal Application (Due January 31)
  3. Full Proposal Application (Invitation only)
  4. Funds dispersed July 1

Katie Merritt or Shawna Hagen

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

The Clinical Investigator Award program supports the most promising early career physician-scientists willing to devote their efforts to the development and application of new diagnostic approaches and therapeutic strategies for cancer and cancer prevention through clinical investigation. The award will provide $450,000 over three years in financial support for the investigator’s scientific needs. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt owed by the awardee.

The Foundation is seeking independent investigators engaged in disease-oriented research that is characterized by exceptional innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists whose work is likely to meaningfully impact the practice of cancer medicine. Preference is given to those whose research adheres to the “Handshake Rule,” meaning that the physician will conduct research studies that directly involve patients. Each institution may nominate five (5) such outstanding individuals committed to productive careers in clinical cancer research who have a junior faculty appointment at your institution to compete in this year’s selection of the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. Five (5) nominations will be accepted for review per institution, including all its affiliated schools. Only one application will be accepted from a mentor (including co-mentorships) or investigator per review session.

Contact: Dana Ray at
Internal Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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AGA - Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer. This grant provides a one‐time $40,000 award to a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non‐federal career development award devoted to conducting research relevant to the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of digestive cancer. The award is intended to supplement existing career development funding.

Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full‐time faculty position at a North American institution. AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2016
Contact: Please direct all questions to the Research Awards Manager at (301) 222‐4012 or

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Pilot Grants in the Environmental Health Sciences

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded HERCULES Center (Emory Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures) and C-CHEM2 (Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome and Metabolomics)have funds available for pilot project grants up to $40,000.

Six to seven pilot projects will be awarded and all applications must focus on the role of the environment in human disease. Projects can include basic, biomedical, translational, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral or community-based participatory research approaches. Two of the pilots will be awarded through the C-CHEM2 for children’s environmental health projects. Grants must focus on the role of the environment in human disease.

Awards are open to investigators at Emory and Georgia Tech who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators on NIH grant applications (Instructor and above, tenure-, research- or clinical-track).

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

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NIH Grants & Funding

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