Application Requirements

Request For Proposals (RFP)

The Biological Discoveries Through Chemical Innovations (BDCI) program at Emory University is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Accelerator Grants Program. BDCI will fund up to five pilot awards at $40,000 (direct costs) each.  The BDCI aims to promote basic research across Emory University by supporting the translation of biological insights to chemical tools and the utilization of those tools to accelerate understanding of disease mechanisms. A major focus of the BDCI is to develop a research network in the multi-disciplinary area at the interface between chemistry and human health, to catalyze the discovery of biological principles, and to accelerate the development of the next generation of effective and safe therapeutic and diagnostic agents.  Therefore, applications should reflect collaborative team science projects. 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a full-time faculty member of Emory University.
  2. An individual investigator may be included on only one submitted Accelerator Grant Proposal per funding cycle.
  3. Proposals which include in vivo studies must include:
    1. Section addressing Vertebrate Animals research
    2. IACUC protocol

Application Requirements

  1. Cover Page - Applicants should submit a brief cover page including the title of the project, applicant name(s), affiliation(s), and the signature of approval of the corresponding department chair.
  2. Proposal Description (3-page max, 11-point Arial, min 0.5-inch margins) - Applicants must submit an NIH style proposal with the following sections: specific aims, significance and translational impact, innovation, and approach. High throughput screening-based proposals should include a section on the feasibility of assay development as well as the availability or generation plans of necessary reagents.  Please emphasize how the proposed research fits into the aims of the BDCI.  References are not included in 3-page limit.
  3. Future Plans for federal grant submission (300-word limit)
  4. NIH Biosketches – Please include the PI, co-PIs, and any collaborators outside of the institution. Please include all current and pending support from all sponsored and non-sponsored sources and PI % effort.
  5. Timeline - Anticipated timeline of major milestones during the grant’s 12-month funding period.
  6. NIH Budget & Justification - Applicants may request 12 months of funding up to $40,000 direct costs. Carryover of funds to a second year will only be considered with justification under special circumstances. Faculty salary should not be included.
  7. Collaboration - Preference will be given to recent collaborations, especially those that have formed out of our summer virtual meetings. If collaborations involving outside institutions are part of the proposal, letters of support from the main collaborator(s) at these institutions should be included.
  8. Letter of Intent (LOI) – submit the Descriptive Title, the Principal Investigator, and any Co-applicants to no later than 5:00pm on September 25, 2020.
  9. Submission – Submit PDFs of the application materials to later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 30th, 2020.

Review and Award Process

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel. Selected applicants will be notified by email. Awardees will be expected to appropriately reference receipt of award as outlined in the notice of award in all acknowledgements, as well as provide progress and final reports.  Anticipated funding start date is one month after notification of grant award.

Please direct any questions you have regarding this funding opportunity to Tiffany Bell-Horwath, PhD (419)-618-3031 or, Associate Director of BDCI.