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 $8.9 million in NIH research grants as part of a total portfolio of $17.9 million in 2018.


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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-4207

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

Drenna Waldrop-Valverde PhD
Director of Graduate Studies, Assistant Dean for Research, 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
Manager, Research Laboratory

Andrea Plotsky, MSPH
Data Management Lead


Nursing Informationist
Sharon Leslie, MSLS, AHIP
WHSC Library

Emory University

URC Award 2019-2020January 7, 2019
Children's Environmental Health Sciences Pilot January 18, 2019
SynergyII/Nexus Call for ProposalsJanuary 19, 2019
HERCULES Environmental Health Sciences PilotFebruary 1, 2019
Emory BIRCWH Program  March 1, 2019

National Institutes of Health

Research on the Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming PopulationsFebruary 5, 2019
Research Project Grant (Parent R01 CT Required)February 5, 2019
Research Project Grant (Parent R01 CT Not Allowed)February 5, 2019
Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care February 14, 2019
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21 CT Not Allowed) February 16, 2019
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21 CT Required)February 16, 2019
Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (CT Optional) R21February 28, 2019
Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (CT Optional) R01February 28, 2019
Leveraging Health Information Technology to Address Minority Health and Health DisparitiesMarch 4, 2019
Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) for Skin and Rheumatic Diseases April 9, 2019

National Institute of Nursing Research

NINR Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34 CT Required) February 16, 2019
National Institutes of Nursing Research
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices 
PCORI Funding Opportunities
GA CTSA Funding Announcements
Health Resources & Services Administration Funding 

*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.


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

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.


  1. To begin working with the Office of Nursing research, please complete theProposal 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: 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  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 Jessica Abrams

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

    • Statistical Support: Members of our statistical support team 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 Jessica Abrams to schedule with a consultant. 

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

    • Workshops and Seminars: The ONR hosts workshops and/or seminars in order to promote research and scholoarhip success.  For a list of topics and dates, visit the SON events calendar.

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. Please contact Jessica Abrams with questions.

  • 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 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.

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