Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research: Pilot & Feasibility Pilot Award Program

Pilot & Feasibility Pilot Award Program Announcement: SMALL GRANT AWARD (GCDTR‐03)
Application Deadline: February 6, 2017

Emory University, in partnership with Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine, has received funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to establish the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (Georgia CDTR). The mission of the center is to facilitate and grow diabetes translation research at Emory, its partner institutions, and regionally. In alignment with this mission, this Request for Pilot and Feasibility Applications is a solicitation for pilot proposals that focus on Type II translation research in diabetes care and prevention. Type II (T2) translation is defined as research focused on translating interventions/approaches that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, communities, and populations at risk with an emphasis on reach, sustainability, and potential for widespread implementation.Investigators are encouraged to propose studies that align with the focus of one or more Research Cores within the Center:  Disparities, Design and Evaluation, and Engagement and Behavior Change. The Disparities Core addresses the roles of demographic, life-span, race/ethnicity, immigration, and diabetes co-morbidities (e.g., co-existent CVD, HIV or cognitive and psychological disorders) on diabetes rates, treatment, and outcomes. The Design and Evaluation Core focuses on models of delivering effective preventive and health care services, including innovative use of technologies, workforce development, and/or metrics and evaluation. The Engagement and Behavior Change Core focuses on enhancing adoption and maintenance of prevention and care interventions for diabetes among those in need and incorporates expertise and resources from the fields of behavioral sciences, screening, and community-based participatory research. In addition, proposals are encouraged, although not required, to focus on the following target populations: minorities, the elderly, youth, and persons with HIV.

Faculty researchers from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, the Atlanta Veterans’ Affairs System, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University are eligible to apply for pilot and feasibility funding if they fit in one of the following categories:
  • New investigators without current or past NIH research support as a principal investigator or program director (priority)
  • Established investigators with no previous work in T2 translation diabetes research
  • Established investigators who propose testing innovative ideas that represent a clear departure from their ongoing research interests

Application Information
Applicants should submit the following materials in one pdf file to Mr. Mark Hutcheson at no later than 5:00 pm on February 6, 2017:
  • Cover page with the title of the proposal, names and credentials of the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators, and the Center Core or Cores (Disparities, Design and Evaluation, and/or Engagement and Behavior Change) to be engaged with the proposed research.
  • Summary/Abstract:  Maximum 30 lines.
  • Specific Aims:  Maximum one page.
  • Research Strategy:  Must include sections for Significance, Innovation, and Approach.  Maximum 5 pages.
  • References: No page limit.
  • Protection of Human Subjects:  Maximum one page.
  • A projected Budget and Budget Justification. The Budget must be in the NIH R&R detailed (not modular) format.

Application formatting:
  • Use paper size no larger than 8 ½" x 11”.
  • Provide at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages.
  • Font size must be 11 points or larger (smaller text in figures, graphs, diagrams and charts is acceptable as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%).
  • Type density must be no more than 15 characters per linear inch (including characters and spaces).
  • Text color must be black (color text in figures, graphs, diagrams, charts, tables, footnotes and headings is acceptable).
  • The following fonts are acceptable, although other fonts may be used if they meet the above requirements:  Arial, Garamond, Georgia, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, Times New Roman, Verdana.
  • Biosketches:  Include NIH-style biosketches for key personnel.

(Note:  Please refer to the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Packages instructions ( for additional guidance on the Summary/Abstract, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, Protection of Human Subjects, Budget, Budget Justification, and Biosketches.)

Funding Limits and Budgeting Requirements
Applicants may request one year of funding with amounts up to $30,000 direct costs. Investigators can apply for a no-cost extension of one year if sufficient progress is demonstrated on the project following the first year of funding. Budgets must be in the NIH R&R format [i.e. detailed, NOT modular]. It is not required that the PI request salary. If PI salary costs are requested, they may not exceed 25% of the direct cost budget.
  • Funds may be requested for salaries for study staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, and other study-related personnel.
  • Funds may be requested for travel and activities associated with writing an NIH research grant proposal based on project findings and/or attending meetings to establish collaborations or to present project-related data. Supported travel must be completed within the project period unless permission has been granted by the Georgia CDTR administration to extend the travel deadline.
  • Do not request: Indirect Costs (although these may be awarded later, depending on the source(s) of funding used to support the award)

Review and Award Process
Applications will be reviewed in an NIH study section format with at least two reviewers assigned to each proposal. Preference will be given to proposals that address areas of overlap across the Emory Center cores of expertise (Design and Evaluation, Engagement and Behavior Change, and Disparities).Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2017 if their proposal has been accepted for funding. All federal and university rules and regulations regarding the administration of grants apply.

For all application and scientific questions, please contact:  Mark Hutcheson,