Internal Funding Opportunities

Manne Research Institute COVID-19 Springboard Exploratory Research Awards

The COVID-19 Springboard Exploratory Research Awards provide resources to allow research institute investigators to initiate new research efforts towards understanding aspects of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic while working to obtain extramural funding to sustain these new research collaborations. We congratulate the investigators who were awarded for their research on COVID-19 disease and related issues.

  • Dr. Bria Coates
    Nasal respiratory response in juveniles and adults to SARS-CoV2
  • Dr. Anne Rowley
    Plasmablast and antibody response to COVID-19
  • Dr. Hua Geng
    The role of SARS-CoV2 ORF8 protein in the pathogenesis of lung epithelial cell injury in COVID19
  • Dr. Jennifer Kusma
    How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the health and fundamental needs of children and their families in the Chicagoland area
  • Dr. Kenny Kronforst
    The Reach of Pediatric Telehealth Deployment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Dr. Taylor Heald-Sargent
    Differences in Type 1 Interferons and Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Levels in Children and Adults with COVID-19
  • Dr. Leena Mithal
    Identifying the Impact of COVID-19 Infection on Pregnancy, the Placenta, and Fetal Health

Internal Grant Program - temporarily on hold

The Internal Grant (IGA) program provides resources to a faculty member or other person who has PI-eligible status* to develop projects that will lead to a highly competitive extramural application for sustained research support within 18 months of receiving the award. The Spring 2020 IGA program will be accepting proposals for categories highlighted in the overview below.

Interdisciplinary Colloquia & Scientific Advocacy Awards - temporarily on hold

The 2020 Interdisciplinary Colloquia and Scientific Advocacy Awards provide resources to a faculty member or other person who has PI-eligible status to: a) Bring together multi-disciplinary investigators from the Manne Research Institute, Lurie Children’s and Northwestern to share scientific knowledge and envision future research related to children’s health or b) Advocate for children’s health research at the regional and national level and raise the stature of the Manne Research Institute / Lurie investigators in scientific advocacy.

Robert Louis Katz Summer Scholars Program

Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are pleased to announce the 5 recipients of the 2020 Robert Louis Katz Summer Scholars Program. The following students, and their faculty mentors will participate in an 8 week program to provide students with a summer experience in research related to childhood health and disease. This summer scholarship program was established through the generosity of James and Ellyn Katz in memory of their son, Robert, to support research for diseases in children.

  • Toyosi Oluwole
    Dr. Tracy Gertler, Mentor
    Project: Identifying Patient Coping Mechanisms in Response to Epilepsy Genetic Testing Uncertainty and Inaccessibility
  • Hannah Safron
    Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Mentor
    Project: Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Children and Families with Life-Threatening Food Allergies
  • Annie Amacker
    Dr. Joseph Janicki, Mentor
    Project: Fractures in Childhood and Adolescence: A Risk Factor for Decreased Peak Bone Mass?
  • Rohan Shah
    Dr. Sameer J. Patel, Mentor
    Project: Variation in Duration of Antibiotic Prescribing in Community Pediatrics
  • Gabriela Martins
    Dr. Debra E. Weese-Mayer, Mentor
    Project: Development of Models to Predict Phrenic Nerve-Diaphragm Pacer Failure

Mary J.C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, through the generous support of the Children’s Research Fund, is pleased to announce that Georgios Kellaris is the recipient of the 2020 Mary J. C. Hendrix Outstanding Graduate Student Award for his research project The Genetic Architecture of Congenital and Neurodevelopmental Disorder. Georgios is mentored by Dr. Nicholas Katsanis in the Human Molecular Genetics and Physiology research neighborhood and The Advanced Center for Translational and Genetic Medicine (ACT-GeM) program.

Perinatal Origins of Disease Healthy Start Pilot Grant

The Perinatal Origins of Disease (POD) Strategic Research Initiative and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute offers investigators at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s)/Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (Manne Research Institute), Northwestern University (NU), Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (SRA) the resources to pilot new research that will bridge fetal, maternal, paternal, and pediatric medicine.

POD will fund three (3) studies up to $50,000 each. The purpose of these awards is to catalyze and innovate new research in perinatal health.