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2013-14 Georgia Tech - Children's Seed Grant Program

About the Seed Grant

Request for Applications (RFA)

Applications Due By: April 1, 2013

Program Description
Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) are pleased to request applications for pilot research projects with the potential to improve healthcare quality, value, and health outcomes for pediatric populations. The program provides seed funds to support collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that will help stimulate innovative healthcare research and promote improvements in healthcare delivery. These awards are specifically designed to provide funding for novel projects that demonstrate a high degree of overlap with the programmatic objectives and the mission of the sponsoring organizations, as well as demonstrated potential to leverage seed funding into extra-mural support and result in high quality peer-reviewed publications.

Research Priority Areas
Funding will be focused on the priority areas listed below.

  1. Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options (comparative effectiveness)

  2. Improving Healthcare Systems

  3. Communication and Dissemination Research

  4. Addressing Disparities

  5. Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research

  6. Novel approaches for patient-facing interventions and health/wellness promotion

Eligibility Criteria
The research should relate directly to the research priority areas described above and have demonstrable applications in healthcare. The objectives of the project should also include an outcome that will benefit patients and/or lead to improvements in healthcare delivery.
Applicants are encouraged to propose collaborations between Georgia Tech faculty and experts at Children’s.  Project teams can include researchers at Children’s and Emory, clinicians at Children’s, and other experts engaged in healthcare delivery at Children’s and their clinical partners.

Program Organization
A maximum of $50,000 will be awarded to each winning pilot project, for a duration of one year. It is anticipated that 4-5 projects will be awarded in this cycle.

Proposal Requirements
The grant proposal must include the following components.

  1. Cover/Face Page – Please use the PHS 398Face Page

The PHS 398 Face Page can be found at the following link:

  1. Description of the proposed project following the outline provided below and not to exceed 4 pages.

    a. Research Problem or Hypotheses and Specific Aims

A brief description of the research problem that will be addressed or the proposed hypotheses that will be investigated, and the importance. A brief description of the contribution to the field. Citations of relevant work as appropriate.

  1. Research Methods

A brief description of the methods that will be used to address the research problem or specific aims.

  1. Expected Outcomes

A brief description of tangible and measurable benefits that the proposed work is likely to produce. A brief description of the positive health/wellness outcomes that the project is aiming to address.

  1. Schedule

A brief research plan with clear milestones (per quarter) that will be used to measure progress.

  1. Collaboration Plan & Leveraging of Resources

A brief plan describing how the research team will collaborate on the proposed project and how this project will lead to sustained collaborations between the partnering organizations.

  1. Dissemination and Evaluation

Brief plan for evaluation of research and plans for dissemination of proposed research.

  1. Plan for extra-mural funding

A brief description of the plan to pursue other sources of funding for the proposed work and a timeline for this.

  1. Budget & Budget Justification: Please provide an itemized budget for funds requested. Funds may be used for modest salary and fringe benefit support for faculty; support for graduate students  and other research staff; but MAY NOT be used for general staff or administrative support. No F&A costs will be paid by this program. Operating supplies, minor equipment items, and travel directly associated with the research activity are eligible for support. Indirect costs and publication expenses will not be supported. Grants are expected to be a maximum of $50,000 for one year

  2. Biographical Sketches: Include biographical sketches for senior research personnel on the project formatted in accordance with NIH or NSF requirements.  PLEASE NOTE: If using the NSF format, please submit information on current and pending funding for ALL SENIOR PERSONNEL on the project.

The NIH Biographical Sketch Format page and instructions can be found at:
Instructions on NSF guidelines can be found within the NSF Grant Preparation Guidelines (GPG) at:

  1. References: References and citations may be used in support of the description of the research problem or proposed methods.  While there is no page limit for references, this section should only include bibliographic citations and may not include information beyond the scope of the research description.

PLEASE NOTE: Budget, Budget Justification, Biographical sketches and References are in addition to the 4 pages of research description.

  1. Other Requirements & Guidelines (only for projects that receive funding)

    • Submission of a research proposal to a federal, state, private, or corporate funding agency that advances the research beyond the initial pilot funding. Investigators have up to a year after the end of pilot funding to apply for extramural funding.

    • The investigative team (under the guidance of the PI) is responsible for seeking, and obtaining all necessary IRB approvals, if any work with Human Subjects is involved.

    • Submission of progress reports six months upon receipt of funding and upon completion of the funding period.

    • Provision of content describing the work to be displayed on the IPaT and/or Children’s Pediatric Research websites and permission to display the content.

    • Two presentations made at meetings held at IPaT and/or at Children’s. The first presentation is towards the beginning of the project, within the first two months of award. The second presentation is towards the end of the project, during the last quarter.

    • Acknowledgment of this Pilot funding in research products stemming from the work.

Proposals must be submitted as a PDF document through the HSI electronic submission system: NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m. ET on Apr 1st 2013.

Program Schedule
Applications Due: April 1, 2013
Funding Start Data: June 1, 2013

Review Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by a number of professionals in fields related to the research priorities on the basis of innovation and  scientific merit of the proposed work, strength of the research team, collaboration plan, potential for obtaining extramural funds and effective use of pilot funds.

For additional information, please contact:
Beth Mynatt, OR
Sherry Farrugia,
Stacy Heilman,
Michele Klopper,

For technical matters related to the electronic submission system, please contact:

2012-2013 Program

The following proposals will receive funding for the 2012-13 cycle:

2011-2012 Program

The following proposals will receive funding for the 2011-12 cycle:

2010-2011 Program

The 2010-11 HSI Seed Grants Program was focused on Clinical Outcomes Research and Public Health (CORPH). Eleven (11) proposals were submitted in response to this year's Request for Applications. Researchers and Clinicians from each of the organizations sponsoring this year's program (the Colleges of Computing and Engineering, the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) reviewed proposals and made recommendations for funding. Final decisions on funding were made by a panel of four leaders representing each of the participating organizations. Five (5) proposals were approved for funding.

2009-2010 Program

HSI received 40 outstanding proposals, including several for phase 2 funding. Over 30 reviewers with varied expertise from several units at Georgia Tech, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Veteran's Administration Center of Excellence evaluated the proposals and made recommendations. HSI leadership in conjunction with the leadership at the various sponsoring organizations made final funding decisions. The following proposals will receive funding for the 2009-10 cycle of the HSI Seed Grant Program.

2008-2009 Program

HSI received 27 outstanding proposals and a committee comprised of 25 experts from various disciplines at Georgia Tech, Children's Healthcare, and Emory evaluated the proposals and submitted recommendations to the sponsors. The following proposals were selected for funding under the 2008-2009 Health Systems Institute Research Seed Grant Program.

2007-2008 Program

HSI received 21 outstanding proposals and a committee comprised of 18 experts from various disciplines at Georgia Tech, Children's Healthcare, and Emory evaluated the proposals and submitted recommendations to the sponsors. The following proposals were selected for funding under the 2007-2008 Health Systems Institute Research Seed Grant Program.

2006-2007 Program

HSI received 31 outstanding proposals. A scientific committee comprised of seven experts from various disciplines at Georgia Tech, Children's Healthcare, and Emory evaluated the proposals and submitted recommendations to the sponsors. The following proposals were selected for funding under the 2006-2007 Health Systems Institute Research Seed Grant Program.

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