Pilot Project Grants


Request for Proposals
The Emory Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition and the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience (CTSN) are requesting proposals for Pilot Project Grants.  Up to four Pilot Project Grants ($25,000 max) that support the general mission of the Conte Center (broadly defined) will be funded with a start date of February 1, 2020.  Relevant topics include studies relating oxytocin to social cognition and behavior in animal (NHP encouraged) or humans, or studies examining other neural mechanisms influencing social cognition and behavior.  In addition, we are interested in proposals that develop tools that facilitate circuit level analysis of mechanisms governing social behavior, learning and memory or reward.  The proposal DO NOT need to be about oxytocin. Proposals are due December 4th, 2019 by 5PM.  Any publications resulting from Pilot Project Grants should acknowledge support from NIH grant P50MH100023.


Faculty and postdoctoral fellows at Emory University or any Conte Center member are eligible to apply. 

Instructions for Submission

The proposal should be no more than 2 pages long, including references.  A separate budget page should be submitted.  The PI and any Co-Inv should submit an NIH style Biosketch.  The applications should be submitted to Larry Young at lyoun03@emory.edu.   Pre-submission inquiries are welcomed.


Awarded Conte II Pilot Project Grants


Elissar Andari (Postdoc, Psychiatry)

Precision medicine approach for intranasal oxytocin effects on brain function in Autism Spectrum Disorder.


James Rilling (Faculty, Anthropology/Psychiatry)

The role of oxytocin and vasopressin signaling in depression and suicidality in returning war veterans.


Donna Maney (Faculty, Psychology)

Role of oxytocin receptors in vocal development.



Aubrey Kelly (Faculty, Psychology)

The African spiny mouse as a model for sociality.


Minwoo Lee (PhD student) and James Rilling (Faculty, Anthropology/Psychiatry)

Genetic and neural basis of cultural norm acquisition.


Eric Song (Postdoc, Psychology) and Joe Manns (Faculty, Psychology)

Basolateral Amygdala and Prioritization of Memories with Social Salience.


Maples Keller (Faulty, Psychiatry) and Barbara Rothbaum (Faculty, Psychiatry)

Investigating plasma oxytocin associations with MDMA subjective effects and effectiveness of MDMA augmented exposure therapy for treatment-resistant PTSD.