Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) will consider proposals from regular Emory faculty for modest seed funding for new research, research travel, other research related activities, and matches for equipment grants. A limited amount of funding is also available to presenters at international and national research conferences when the conference presentation will definitely seed new research and in those areas where such funding is not available through external grants. For matching fund amounts exceeding $25,000, please contact the Senior Associate Dean for Research, Ronald L. Calabrese. There are two calls for proposal per year, fall and spring. Proposals must demonstrate, where appropriate, efforts to seek other sources of funding, and will be evaluated on the basis of merit and need.

PERS is meant to mitigate the one-off requests for small amounts of critical research support made to ORFS or directly to the Dean, and to create a fairer system by which to provide necessary support. PERS funding is not intended to support salary during leaves or sabbaticals or travel that does not directly support research. The College administration will continue to evaluate its success and effectiveness and make changes as needed. Our selection committee helps us in that evaluation, and we solicit faculty feedback.