Campus News

March 21, 2011

Take Note

Medical grants support research, boost careers

July 1 is the next deadline to apply for grants to support research by Emory faculty based at Grady Health System at least 50 percent of their time.

Emory Medical Care Foundation grants support the research careers of junior investigators and more senior investigators interested in pursuing research.

Nadine Kaslow, chair of EMCF, 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 the Grady Health System.

"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, minority populations," 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 in the Grady Health System.

For more information, contact William Payne at 404.727.5640.

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