Research News - January 29, 2016




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January 29, 2016

1. MGH MouseShare Resource


1. MGH Research Council
2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
4. Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds
5. 6th Annual Research Administrators Retreat
6. Connell Research Visiting Scholar Mentor Presentation


1. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Clinical Fellowship Awards
2. 2016 Partners HealthCare $1 million Innovation Discovery Grants Program (IDG)
3. KL2 Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
6. NIH Update for Week Ending January 29, 2016

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. MGH MouseShare Resource

Have you ever gone through the hassle of importing a mouse strain only to find out later that your neighbor at MGH already had the same mouse?

The MGH MouseShare Resource enables investigators to post and search for genetic mouse strains within the Partners research community to help avoid unnecessary importation of mice from outside sources.  Link to it from the MGH Research Intranet under Animal Care, or click here (must be accessed behind Partners firewall).

Email ECOR ( if you have any questions or need help entering strains into the system.

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1. MGH Research Council

Monday, February 1, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Simches Auditorium (3.110)
Broadcast to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)

MGH Research Institute Strategic Alliance Initiative
Gabriela Apiou, PhD, Director of Translational Research Training & Development, MGH Research Institute

QUOSA Information Manager: Create your own fully searchable library of full text literature relevant to your research
Elizabeth Schneider, MLS, AHIP, Director, eTreadwell Virtual Library
Daniel McCloskey, Systems Librarian

(Lunch available at 11:45 AM)

All MGH Researchers welcome!

2. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, CNY 149, Room 2.204

iPSCs for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Stanford University School of Medicine

3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 10:30 - 11:30 am, MGH Main Campus, details provided upon registration

The Center for Faculty Development's Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for HMS faculty and trainees.

Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
This interactive seminar will cover the responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and the characteristics of good mentoring relationships, to help you get the most out of this critical aspect of your career development. More specifically, this seminar will discuss:

  • What should you look for in a mentor?
  • How do you make the transition from mentee to mentor?
  • Where can you find mentors for your mid-career advancement?

Speaker: Stephanie Seminara, MD, Professor of Medicine, HMS, MGH Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Bob and Laura Reynolds MGH Research Scholar

Please click here to register by Wed, Jan 20.

Note: This seminar counts as one of the four required lectures in part III of Partners RCR training. All are welcome, but space is limited and registration preference will be given to those with RCR training requirements.

4. Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds

Thursday, February 4, 1:30-2:30 pm, O’Keefe Auditorium

 “Readiness for Hospital Discharge:  Building a Program of Nursing Research”

Presented by:   Marianne Weiss, DNSc, RN, College of Nursing, Marquette University and Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, School of Nursing, University of Maryland

This presentation will describe a program of research on readiness for hospital discharge, focusing on the body of research that have led to the READI (Readiness Evaluation and Discharge Interventions) study, which tests the translation of findings from prior studies in an implementation protocol for discharge readiness assessment.

Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital (OH-239, 10/1/2017) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The learner must stay for the entire program and submit a completed evaluation to obtain contact hours.
Please use the link below to preregister for the event and shorten the e-registration wait time on Feb. 4.

5. 6th Annual Research Administrators Retreat

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Simches Research Building, 3rd Floor Conference Facility

Please join us for the 6th Annual Research Administrators Retreat.  All MGH Department Administrators and Partners Central Administrators are invited to attend, as well as any interested investigators.  The retreat will be equally beneficial to those who are new to research administration and those who have been in the field for years, and will be a great opportunity to network with your colleagues.

For the first time, the retreat will feature a Networking Session to help build relationships throughout the research community. 

Please note that registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis as attendance is limited.  The deadline to register is Friday, January 29, 2016.  Please click here to register.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, please email

6. Connell Research Visiting Scholar Mentor Presentation

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 -3:00 pm, Founders 4, Meigs Conference Room

“A Research Trajectory with Preterm Infants: Improving Outcomes for Infants and Families”
Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Dean, Research and Scholarship
U. Connecticut, School of Nursing, Storrs, CT
Director, Nursing Research, Connecticut Children’s Medical Cente, Hartford, CT

For more information: Call 617-643-0431 or e-mail

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1. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Clinical Fellowship Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Clinical Fellowship Awards!

What are they?
MD fellows, PhD postdoctoral research fellows and Instructors within 5 years of the start of their fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital are encouraged to apply.
The award may be used only for salary and fringe benefits. The awards are not transferable to any other institution and will be effective on or about July 1, 2016. The awards are unrestricted as to area of study. 

How much is each award?
The awards will include a stipend of $40,000 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online!

For a guide to help make your application more competitive click here. 

2. 2016 Partners HealthCare $1 million Innovation Discovery Grants Program (IDG)

The 2016 Partners HealthCare $1 million Innovation Discovery Grants Program (IDG) seeks to accelerate the commercialization of PHS innovations, improve patient health and identify new innovators by providing 10 competitive grants of up to $100,000 to advance the commercial application of high potential research and innovative concepts.

The IDG program will fund prototyping, pre-clinical studies, software development and other approaches that can directly lead to a product which can be the basis for a commercial license and/or a spinoff company. The product can be a device, drug, diagnostic, software or care delivery enhancement. Only faculty and employees of Partners and its institutions are eligible to apply. The IDG program is managed by Partners Innovation and is in its second iteration. Please visit  for additional information and access to the grant application.  Preliminary proposals are due 5:00PM February 19th, 2016.

3. KL2 Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award

The KL2/CMeRIT program offers advanced training through educational activities and mentored research for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research. The award provides two years of salary support at 50-75 percent of the awardee’s institutional salary base within NIH guidelines. Please see the RFA for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements.

Key dates:
February 10: Information session (HMS)
February 19: Applications open
February 29: Information session (MGH)
April 14: Applications due

"The program provides young faculty like me with a roadmap, resources, and mentoring to navigate the difficult transition to becoming an independent investigator." – Joseph Mancias, MD, PhD, a 2014 KL2 Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) Award recipient.

Read the Spotlight to learn more about how the KL2 Catalyst Medical Researcher Investigator Training (CMeRIT) award helps investigators.

Information Sessions:
This information session will give prospective applicants and overview of the program and answer questions. 

  • February 10, 1:00-2:00pm, Ballard Room, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School
  • February 29, 5:00-6:00pm, Small Room (3130), Richard B. Simches Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Please see the RFA for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements.
4. Private 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 funding opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

  • Target Advancement Program, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
  • Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Health Resources in Action (HRiA)/The Medical Foundation
  • Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
  • Scholar Award in Studying Complex Systems Grant Competition, James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF)
  • McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
  • Research Grants, Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Foundation (SDSF)

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.

5. 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

In the event that there is more than one MGH investigators 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.

  • NIH Blueprint Training in Computational Neuroscience: From Biology to Model and Back Again (T90/R90)
  • International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (U19)
  • 2016 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Pediatric Cancer Research Funding – NEW!

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.

6. NIH Update for Week Ending January 29, 2016

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link:

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In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Gliklich Innovation Scholars Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: February 7, 2016; 7th day of each month

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORC-H) Pilot Feasibility Project Grants in Nutrition, Obesity, or Related Research Fields
Application Deadline:  April 1, 2016

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

HMS Faculty Seminar: Delivering Effective FeedbackFebruary 4

SAVE THE DATE! SAC 2016 - April 6 & 7

Innovation at Partners HealthCare: Fall Newsletter

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