Grants and Awards

The Business of Science: Law, Policy and Ethics in the Regulation and Governance of Health and Scientific Businesses

Sponsor Georgia State University
Participants Charity Scott, Lead; Andrew Sumner on behalf of the Robinson College of Business Institute of Health Administration
Dates Faculty positions start in Fall 2011
Amount $200,000 (per year in College of Law), $100,000 (per year in Robinson College of Business)
Project Description Award was made to the College of Law and Robinson College of Business to fund three new faculty lines under the University’s Second Century Initiative around the research theme of the legal and ethical governance of businesses in health care, life sciences, and biotechnology markets.Two of these faculty lines are appointed in the College of Law: (1) intellectual property law with a research focus on biotechnology, the life and health sciences, and entrepreneurship; and (2) health law with a research focus on health law regulations, corporate law and compliance, and ethics of health care businesses and organizations.

Building Capacity in Health Justice Research: A Collaborative Research Effort to Reduce Health Disparities

Sponsor Georgia State University
Participants Richard Rothenberg, M.D. on behalf of the Institute of Public Health, Lead; Charity Scott on behalf of the College of Law Center for Law, Health & Society, Collaborator
Dates Faculty positions to start in Fall 2011
Amount $120,000 (per year in College of Law); $165,000 (per year in College of Health and Human Sciences)
Project Description Award was made to the College of Law and the Institute of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences to fund three new faculty lines under the University’s Second Century Initiative around the research theme of achieving health justice through improving health equity and reducing health disparities.One of these faculty lines is appointed in the College of Law, to support a faculty member who specializes in a legal discipline consistent with a research focus on achieving health equity and reducing health disparities.

HeLP Legal Services Clinic

Sponsor The Kresge Foundation
Participants Sylvia Caley, Lead; Charity Scott
Dates March 2010 – March 2012
Amount $229,130
Project Description This grant supports a Clinical Supervising Attorney for the HeLP Legal Services Clinic and a portion of the costs of a graduate research assistant and Health Services Research Consultant for two years.The Clinical Supervising Attorney expands the delivery of public health legal services to address the full spectrum of socio-economic and environmental factor affecting low-income children’s health, permits increased student enrollment in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, and promotes the interdisciplinary education of health care and legal professionals to work as a team to improve the health of children, especially those from under-served and vulnerable communities.

Assessing the Use and Understanding of Certificates of Confidentiality

Sponsor National Human Genome Research Institute
Participants Leslie Wolf, Co-Investigator
Dates May 28, 2010 – February 29, 2012
Amount $190,397
Project Description This study will examine how research institutions understand and use Certificates of Confidentiality in protecting research participants and the role they play in assessments of risk. The study includes interviews of Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chairs and institutional counsel and a survey of IRB Chairs.

Ethically Contentious Research and Innovation: An Interdisciplinary and Inter-institutional Experiment in Ethics Education and Assessment

Sponsor National Science Foundation, Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program
Participants Roberta Berry, Principal Investigator on overall grant; Leslie Wolf, Principal Investigator on sub-award to GSU College of Law; Paul Lombardo, Advisory Council Member; Charity Scott, Advisory Council Member
Dates January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2011
Amount $298,625 Georgia Institute of Technology; $23,788 sub-award: GSU College of Law, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine
Project Description This project tests an experimental approach to ethics education for graduate students in science and engineering. The project enrolls interdisciplinary teams of graduate and professional students – drawn from science, engineering, law, medicine, public policy, and the humanities at four institutions – in the study of ethically contentious policy problems. The experimental course employs problem based learning. Students present results of their investigation of the problems and their policy recommendations to relevant policymakers, stakeholders, and the public.

Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Sponsor National Institutes of Health, subaward to Georgia Institute of Technology from Emory University
Participants Roberta Berry, Co-Principal Investigator
Dates September 2007 – September 2012
Amount $32,000,000 to Emory University, $3,259,263 to Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Description The Online Ethics Center portion of this project enlists an interdisciplinary team from three institutions in the study of ethical dilemmas in the conduct of scientific research. The team anonymizes actual dilemmas experienced by graduate science students or submitted by researchers and co-authors expert opinions posted to the Web at: http://www.atlantactsi.org/areas/erks/ethics/index.html. Team members also present at seminars and conferences on research ethics.

Prior Grants

Sponsor Name Amount Project Description
The Greenwall Foundation The 25th Anniversary of the Baby Doe Rules: Perspectives from the Fields of Law, Health Care, Ethics, and Disability Policy $10,000 February 2009: This award supported the 2009 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium
State Bar of Georgia, Health Law section The 25th Anniversary of the Baby Doe Rules: Perspectives from the Fields of Law, Health Care, Ethics, and Disability Policy $5,000 February 2009: This award supported the 2009 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium, and the Health Law Section was a co-sponsor of the Symposium.
Emory University Center for Ethics The 25th Anniversary of the Baby Doe Rules: Perspectives from the Fields of Law, Health Care, Ethics, and Disability Policy $10,000 February 2009: This award supported the 2009 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium, and Emory’s Center for Ethics was a co-sponsor of the Symposium.
Georgia Department of Community Health Health Disparities in Low-Income Children $99,974.60 October 2008-June 2010: Under the Georgia Health Equity Initiative of 2008, this grant supported the expansion of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) to Hughes Spalding Hospital of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The grant was used to hire an attorney Fellow at the College of Law, educational programming on cultural competency in health care at the hospital, and HeLP program evaluation.
Ida Alice Ryan Foundation HeLP Legal Services Clinic $30,000 November 2007: This grant provided start-up costs associated with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. HeLP Legal Services Clinic $25,000 November 2007: This grant provided support for on-going program activities of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
Joey M. and Ramona L. Loudermilk Fund HeLP Legal Services Clinic  $25,000 June 2007: This grant from the donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Chattahoochee Valley supported on-going program activities of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
Lettie Pate Evans Foundation, Inc. Health Law Partnership and HeLP Legal Services Clinic $750,000, of which $334,963 was awarded to GSU College of Law December 2005-2009: This grant from a Woodruff Foundation affiliate supported both the Atlanta Legal Aid Society staff attorneys working for HeLP at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the start-up of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation Health Law Partnership $10,000 December 2005: This grant provided start-up costs associated with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
The Aflac Foundation Health Law Partnership $10,000 September 2005: This grant provided for start-up costs associated with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Health Law Partnership $5,000 August 2005: This grant provided for start-up costs associated with the HeLP Legal Services Clinic.