Micro Grant Rapid Funding Mechanism

The Micro Grant Rapid Funding Mechanism (MGRFM) is offered by the Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (GCDTR) to provide timely and critical resources that can be leveraged by investigators for the submission of larger research funding requests. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,000. The MGRFM grants support diabetes translation research leading to the submission of an NIH (preferably) or other extramural research funding application that addresses themes encompassed in GCDTR’s research cores.

Funds are intended to be used to:

  • Enable a new NIH or other extramural application that is expected to be submitted within the next 6 to 12 months
  • Gather data needed for a scored NIH or other extramural application that is currently being revised for resubmission


Funds may be used for salary/wages for other staff (e.g. temporary employee to assist in data collection or analysis), consultant costs, equipment, supplies, study subject incentives, or travel to the study site to meet with study personnel. Requests for other uses may be considered if well justified.

Funds may not be used to fund investigator salary, travel to conferences or publications, nor are they intended for currently-funded GCDTR pilot grantees to acquire additional funding to complete or expand their studies.


  • Faculty researchers from Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia Institute of Technology are eligible to apply for pilot and feasibility funding if they fit in one of the following categories:
  • Junior faculty (e.g., Assistant Professor, Clinical Lecturer, Instructor) with limited current or past research support as PD/PI
  • Established investigators who (a) have no experience in diabetes translation research or (b) are proposing ideas that represent a clear departure from their past research and have a fully-engaged junior-level Co-PI (post-doc or junior faculty)
  • Post-doctoral Fellows with a supporting senior Co-PI / mentor (paid effort for Co-PI/mentor is not allowed)

Application Submission:

A completed application package should be emailed to Jeff Mills, Program Director, at jeff.mills@emory.edu. Any application questions should also be directed to Mr. Mills.

The application package should include:

  • A completed Micro Grant request form
  • A copy of the applicant’s NIH biosketch


Rolling. Submissions will be circulated for review by an internal committee and a decision will be made within 2 weeks of application submission. This opportunity is limited to available funding and may be discontinued without notice.