Research News - August 14, 2020



August 14, 2020

1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open
2. Virtual Video Visits for Research
3. GraphPad Prism Software Available


1. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!
2. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
3. Stress Reduction for Researchers
4. Leadership Development Program for Researchers
5. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Preparing for the New School Year
6. Active Listening for Effective Communication


1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
3. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
4. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
5. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open

The MGRI Image Contest provides an opportunity for scientists to share their best research images, stories and unique points of view with colleagues and science fans across the globe. Plus who doesn't love a little friendly competition?

We want to see what research means to you. We will accept any research-related images, including but not limited to: Microscope/lab images, scans, 3-D models, team photos and more! Researchers can enter a maximum of three images between now and September 25.

For more information about prizes, rules and to enter, visit Bench Press. Questions? Email

2. Virtual Video Visits for Research

Three tools are accepted by the IRB for virtual visits in submitted research protocols: Microsoft Teams,Enterprise Zoom and HealthCare Secure Zoom. Always consider what is the most appropriate platform for the research study and use the minimum necessary standard when choosing a platform. Always follow the Principals of Privacy; share the minimum necessary amount of information. Any software and tools provided by a Sponsor will require further review by the IRB and Research Information Security Office (RISO). Regardless of the tool, there are rules you must follow; see more in the Pulse Remote Work Toolkit.

3. GraphPad Prism Software Available

Do you need to create figures from scientific data for publication?  GraphPad Prism software is offered at considerable savings for researchers through the ERIS Research Computing Core. Both Windows and Mac systems are fully supported. GraphPad Software has been helping scientists analyze data for more than 25 years. The Prism program combines scientific graphing, comprehensive curve fitting (nonlinear regression), understandable statistics, and data organization into one package. This is a subscription service with an annual fee.  Request a software license through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

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1. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!

Monday, August 17 from 1-2p.m.,  Zoom Meeting  

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. We hope to see you then!  Check back to for additional dates.

2. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

Tuesdays and Thursdays: September 1 – October 27, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30pm
Online via Zoom

Applications due August 21, 2020

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Psychiatry

Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials is an intensive thirteen-session course offered from early-September through late October. Physicians with a serious interest in clinical trials will be introduced to theoretical and practical issues facing clinical researchers.  Course participants will learn how to envision, plan, develop and execute effective clinical trials. Study content includes research designs, protocols, ethical patient recruitment, informed consent, regulations, and clinical trial management.
The course is ideally suited for clinical fellows starting their research years, junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical research, and physicians with an interest in becoming more actively involved in clinical research.  All participants are expected to use the course curriculum to develop and present a trial design at the final session of the course. 
Enrollment is limited to facilitate interaction and individual attention. To ensure placement in the course, early application is recommended. All applications will be reviewed after the August 21st deadline.

To submit an application and/or view a course schedule, please go to: . Contact  with any questions.

3. Stress Reduction for Researchers

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Office for Well-Being and the Office for Research Careers

Experiments, shifts, family duties - the pandemic has resulted in many demands and many restrictions.  How can you avoid getting completely overwhelmed and take back control? The Office of Well-Being will be hosting Giulia Arsuffi, from The Clever Neuron, to help you navigate these times. In a guided exercise, you will pick a challenging thought-behavior pattern related to your return to research during the pandemic. After helping you become aware how these thoughts are fueling stress, Giulia will help you develop a strategy to choose alternatives to increase your productivity and improve your mental well-being.

Click here to view webinar. Webinar ID: 966 1077 7888

4. Leadership Development Program for Researchers

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development – Office for Research Careers and Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Divisions

About the Program
This course aims to prepare investigators for challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining a successful research program. This 9-month long program features both didactic and interactive sessions, with tracks for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Faculty and trainees who complete this career-development course will sharpen their career focus and gain knowledge regarding the strategies that promote success in leading an impactful research program. The intent is to support the career development of MGH researchers.

1. Faculty, postdoc or graduate student in research career path at MGH (MD and/or PhD):

  • For faculty: primary faculty appointment at MGH.
  • For postdocs: current postdoctoral fellow appointment at MGH.
  • For graduate students: primary research lab at MGH.

2. Approval and endorsement from immediate supervisor (graduate students, postdocs) or department chair/division chief (faculty).

When is the deadline?  
Application deadline: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 12:00pm

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here

5. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Preparing for the New School Year

Tuesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and its Office for Women’s Careers

This session will discuss how to prepare for the new school year (whether it’s virtual or in-person classes) and the available child care opportunities.

Panelists: Elise Wulff, MEd, Program Manager for Child Services, Aspire MGH/MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Martha A. McNulty, MEd, Director, Child Care Services, MGB.

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6. Active Listening for Effective Communication

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Whether you are trying to persuade a patient to follow a care regimen, negotiate for more protected time, or have a productive conversation on a polarizing political issue, active listening is key. Despite the importance of listening for effective leadership, most of us struggle with this skill. In this two-hour session, participants will learn some of the reasons why active listening is both challenging and exhausting and why mastering it is essential for communicating empathy and being persuasive with others. Participants will learn the component micro-skills of active listening and will have the chance to practice these skills and receive feedback in small groups through a guided skills-building exercise.

Bob Bordone, JD, is Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School and founder of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. He is an internationally-recognized expert on negotiation, difficult conversations, and managing conflict in situations where questions of emotion and identity run high. Bob has published in leading negotiation and dispute resolution journals and is also the author of several leading books on negotiation.

It is important that you register in advance to receive a copy of an assignment to complete prior to the session and participate in the exercise.

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1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the new MGB web page for COVID funding opportunities that provides a central database for researchers to view open and competitive funding announcements.

We have aggregated opportunities from federal and private funding sources including NIH, DoD, CDC, EPA, foundations, and more.  The database defaults to sorting by award amount and can also be sorted by deadline or filtered by research focus.

Upcoming deadlines:

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

2. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
The mission of the Awards Program is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. The three‚Äźyear Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. While basic research projects involving human subjects, data, and samples are eligible, clinical trials research is beyond the scope of this program.

In recognition of the importance of research collaboration by the scientific community, collaboration is an additional, but not required, positive ancillary factor. These projects may involve researchers within and/or outside MGH.

This year, the Smith Family Foundation will not be limiting the number of applications from an institution. An internal selection process is not necessary.

Sponsor deadline: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:00 Noon

Click here to learn more and apply for the Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

3. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

(This award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.)

What is it?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow 

There is no set cap on the number of applicants MGH can endorse, however there is a significant amount of institutional involvement required for this application process.  The internal application will be used to confirm the applicant's eligibility and to assist the applicant with obtaining the required institutional letter of endorsement. 

How much is each award?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend of $70,000 (taxable) per year for 2 years and does not support indirect costs (IDC).  There are no additional funds provided for travel/research.  This Fellowship is not subject to the MGH 15% IDC requirement.

When is the deadline?
MGH Internal Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5pm
Sponsor Application Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020

How do I learn more and apply?

  • Click here to read more and apply online.
  • To review the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application guidelines and process, please click here.
4. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

We ask that all MGH Investigators interested in applying for any limited submission award submit a Letter of Intent (see detailed instructions below) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) by the deadline indicated for each award to be considered to receive an institutional nomination.

Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to  In addition to your LOI, please include an NIH Biosketch.

The letter of intent should include:

  • Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  • A descriptive title of the potential application
  • Brief description of the project
  • Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

If there is more than one MGH investigator interested in applying for each limited submission award, the LOIs will be used to assess candidates and a review and selection process will take place.

Current Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Livestrong Solution Grants – Acceleration and Transformation Grants
  • Collaborative Centers in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation (P2C Clinical Trial Optional)
  •  Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and Martin Delaney Collaboratory for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please let us know at

5. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard Insight/Research Management process.

Please be aware that any grant that brings in less than 15% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 15% equivalent by existing investigator or departmental sundry funds. Resolution of this issue must occur prior to submitting a proposal.  Training fellowships from foundations, public charity, and non-profit organizations are excluded from this minimum IDC requirement.

Week of 8/14/20

  • AACR-AstraZeneca Stimulating Therapeutic Advances through Research Training (START) Grants ($225,000), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) NEW!
  • ACS Resident Research Scholarships ($60,000), American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • ATS Foundation/Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Research Grant ($80,000), American Thoracic Society (ATS) Foundation
  • CFF/NIH-Unfunded Award ($250,000), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
  • Global Awards for Advancing Chronic Pain Research (ADVANCE) ($200,000), Pfizer NEW!
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Research in Hemophilia ($450,000), Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW!
  • Pilot Study Grants ($50,000), Retina Research Foundation (RRF)
  • Research to Advance Models of Care for Medicaid-Eligible Populations ($300,000), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) NEW!
  • Grant Projects ($100,000), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)/SAGES Education & Research Foundation
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In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Check out the Coronavirus Resource Guide for MGH Researchers!

NIH Update for Week Ending August 14, 2020

BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020


PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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