Office of Nursing Research

Office of Nursing Research

Advancing Nursing Scholarship

The Office of Nursing Research (ONR) mission is to empower faculty and students to advance nursing science to improve health and wellbeing by setting the standard for innovative collaborative scholarship.
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is among the top five nursing schools in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securing $7.8 million in NIH research grants as part of a total portfolio of $14.9 million in 2017.


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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-4207
Fax: (404) 727-6945

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Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Elizabeth Corwin, PhD RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research, Professor

Drenna Waldrop-Valverde PhD
Assistant Dean for Research, Associate Professor

Natalie Fields, MPH
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research Communications

Jessica Abrams
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ken Hepburn, PhD

Melinda Higgins, PhD
Associate Research Professor

Bryan Williams, PhD
Associate Research Professor

Sudeshna Paul , PhD
Assistant Research Professor

Nikolay Patrushev, MD
Mgr, Research Laboratory

Andrea Plotsky, MSPH
Data Management Lead

Alex Edwards
Research Informatics Analyst

Nursing Informationist

Sharon Leslie, MSLS, AHIP
WHSC Library

  1. To begin working with the Office of Nursing research, please complete the Proposal Initiation Form.

  2. Schedule a proposal preparation meeting with your RAS Pre-Award Administrator, Beth Kefeli: In this meeting, you may review the proposal guidelines and mutually agree on target due dates for when specific budget and grant information will be provided.

  3. Contact the ONR for:

    • Brainstorming Session: Brainstorming sessions can be held as a strategic planning session at any stage of your research development. They can be held to brainstorm about directions of a proposal or how to respond to an RFP. E-mail Betsy Corwin or Drenna Waldrop-Valverde directly to schedule.

    • Budget Planning: Reviewers will look for a reasonable budget based on the needs of your research program. We can help you create a budget for your project. Contact your RAS Pre-Award Administrator to schedule a meeting. 

    • Editorial Support: Our services include copy editing, formatting to agency guidelines, and analysis of the content and flow of the proposal or manuscript. Contact Ken Hepburn to schedule an editorial support appointment.   

    • Mock Review: These sessions are meant to allow faculty to get detailed feedback on a grant proposal they're working on and/or to gain insight into the standard review process at funding agencies. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for review, contact Doris Underwood

    • Data Management: Our data management team assists faculty and students with preparing and reviewing data management or data sharing plans accompanying grant proposals. Contact  Andi Plotsky or Rema Henry to schedule a meeting. 

    • Statistical Support: Members of our statistical support team—Melinda Higgins, Sudeshna Paul, and Bryan Williams—advise on the statistical aspects of proposals or current projects. We encourage researchers to consult a statistician early in the planning stage of a project - ideally at the grant preparation stage. For R-level awards, percentage effort for a PhD statistician is generally expected by the funding agency. Contact Doris Underwood to schedule with a consultant. 

    • Laboratory Support: If you are including collection of biological samples in your research protocol, please contact  Nikolay Patrushev or Betsy Corwin to start the planning process. 

While we need a Proposal Initiation Form (PIF) for every proposal, we understand that investigators may not have answers for all of the questions.  Not all of the fields on the form are required, so it’s OK to leave a question blank if you don’t know the answer. Please contact Beth Bixby Kefeli or Teresa Sussman with questions about the form.

To begin working with the Office of Nursing research, please complete the Proposal Initiation Form.

National Institutes of Nursing Research
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities 
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Open Opportunities 
PCORI Funding Opportunities 

American College of Cardiology

American College of Cardiology Career Development Award Application Deadline: September 21,   2018

National Institute on Aging

National Institute on Aging: Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory (U54 - Clinical Trial Required) LOI: August 6, 2018 
Application Deadline: September 6,   2018

National Institute on Aging Integrative

National Institute on Aging Integrative: Omics to Enhance Therapeutics Development for Healthy Aging LOI: October 14, 2018
 Application Deadline: November 14,   2018

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Advancing mAbs to Achieve a Drug-free Sustained HIV Virologic Remission LOI: September 10, 2018
 Application Deadline: October 10,   2018 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Elucidating the Functional Roles of Non-Coding RNAs in Viral Infectious Diseases  LOI: October 15, 2018
 Application Deadline: November 15,   2018 

National Institutes of Health

NIH: Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics Application Deadline: October 16,   2018 
NIH: Applying Metabolomics to Drive Biomarker Discovery in Symptom Science  Application Deadline: October 5, 2018 
NIH: Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) for Skin and Rheumatic Diseases (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)  April 9, 2019

Gerber Foundation 

Pediatrics Research Grants

 Concept Paper Deadline: June 1, 2018

 Full Application Deadline: August 15,   2018

Department of Health and Human Services

HIV Drug Resistance: Genotype-Phenotype-Outcome Correlations (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

LOI: November 5, 2018
Application Deadline: December 5, 2018

Families of SMA

Families of SMA Issues RFP for Research Projects on Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Application Deadline: Septemberr 7, 2018

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Human Islet Research Enhancement Center for the Human Islet Research Network

Application Deadline: November 8, 2018


SFARI Invites Letters of Intent for 2019 Autism Pilot Awards

Application Deadline: Septemberr 14, 2018


RWJF Issues RFP for System and Services Research for a Culture of Health

Application Deadline: September 12, 2018

California State University Institute for Palliative Care

California State University Institute for Palliative Care Invites Seed Grant Applications to Support Palliative Care Education and Research

Application Deadline: August 27, 2018

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research 

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Invites Applications for Scientific Scholar Awards

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

*Restricted Program Some grant programs restrict the number of proposals from any given university or institution. PIs must first apply to the internal deadline in order to be accepted to apply for the sponsor’s deadline. Emory may only submit one NIGMS application to each RFA.


Emory Institutional Review Board (IRB) Resources

IRB homepage 

IRB staff and members listing

IRB’s Does My Project Need IRB Review page 

Submission Type Guidance (Full, Expedited, Exempt, or Not Human Subjects Research) 

Other Submission Guidance Resources 

ONR provides assistance interfacing with the SON Business Office and RAS. Post-Award support is provided largely by the RAS post-award team. If you need assistance with identifying your Post-Award administrator, please contact Beth Kefeli

Contact the ONR for: 

  • Award Management: You will be assigned to a Post-Award RAS administrator and a SON Financial Analyst.

  • Data management: Upon notice of award or as early as JIT, follow-up with Andi Plotsky or the data manager on your team.

  • Statistical Support: Upon notice of award or as early as JIT, follow-up with your statistical support consultant.

  • Laboratory Support: If you are including collection of biological samples in your research protocol, please contact Nikolay Patrushev or Betsy Corwin to implement the plan.

  • Dissemination of faculty and student research accomplishments:  The ONR disseminates faculty and student research awards, accomplishments and impact. Please share your accomplishments by e-mailing Natalie Fields