Research News - August 5, 2016

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August 5, 2016

1. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day
2. The Art of Talking Science
3. FASEB BioArt
4. Partners HealthCare Innovation 3rd Annual Service Survey
5. NIH Update: criterion scores and funding outcomes, data on model organism funding,


1. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials


1. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
2. MacArthur Foundation "100&Change"
3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. NIH Update for Week Ending August 5, 2016

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day

On Thursday, October 6, MGH will celebrate the 14th Annual Clinical Research Day. The Division of Clinical Research invites investigators from across the hospital to submit abstracts at by the September 6 deadline.

Please note that submissions must be about clinical research conducted at MGH and may include manuscripts published after September 1, 2015.
MGH awards for best abstracts:

  • $5,000 Team Award (Nominations by chiefs required)
  • $1,500 Translational Research Award, sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology
  • $1,000 Individual Award
  • Departmental Awards for clinical researchers in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Ob/Gyn, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Performance Analysis and Improvement/Practice Improvement, Radiology and more!
  • A raffle sponsored by Mass General Research Institute

Clinical Research Day will begin at 8 a.m. with the keynote address delivered by Dr. Sandra Glucksmann, Chief Operating Officer, Editas Medicine

Please contact Jillian Tonelli with any questions.

2. The Art of Talking Science

How well can you explain your science to a lay audience?

This fall during HUBweek, the Mass General Research Institute will host "The Art of Talking Science," an opportunity for researchers in the Boston area to give short presentations on their science and get feedback from a panel of communications experts, including Carl Zimmer, award-winning science writer for the New York Times, National Geographic and STAT.

If you are interested, please fill out our application form and add a link to a one-minute YouTube video introducing yourself and your science. This is going to be fun!


3. FASEB BioArt

Earlier this month, The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched its fifth annual BioArt competition. They welcome images or videos produced as part of everyday research from extramural researchers. The submission deadline is August 30, 2016. For more information, visit:

4. Partners HealthCare Innovation 3rd Annual Service Survey

We are asking anyone who interacts with the Partners HealthCare Innovation office to take our 3rd Annual Service Survey.  It will help us to provide the highest quality service to the entire Partners HealthCare system.

The survey is open until Friday, September 30, 2016. To begin, please click here:

To thank you for your time, we are raffling off three registrations to the World Medical Innovation Forum.  The 2017 Forum will highlight state-of-the-art and emerging approaches to diagnose, treat and manage cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Last year’s forum had more than 1000 registrants from throughout the US, nearly 20 countries and staff from across the Partners Hospitals.  The 2017 World Medical Innovation Forum will take place May 1-3, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. For more information, please visit our website at

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.  If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this survey, please contact   

5. NIH Update: criterion scores and funding outcomes, data on model organism funding, fellowship application tips and more

Please click here to read the latest update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

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1. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

September 1 - October 20, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Potts Conference Room

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

Applications Due: August 15

Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials is an intensive fourteen-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. 

To submit an application and/or view a course schedule, please go to: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials. Contact Kelsey Gay with any questions.

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1. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards for Junior Faculty Women Investigators in Fundamental (Basic) & Clinical Research.

What are the Claflin Awards?
Although women scientists are recruited to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) programs, their advancement to senior faculty positions is still far less frequent than that of their male counterparts.  In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. R. Morton Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH.  Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee On Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards.  It is intended that this funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

How much is each award?
These are two year awards for $50,000 per year in direct costs, plus 15% for indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online! For additional information, attend the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Informational Panel Discussion.

2. MacArthur Foundation "100&Change"

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has launched the “100&Change” competition, to award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet.  Competition motivations include: (i) Solving problems that are radically different in scale, scope, and complexity; (ii) Bringing existing solutions to scale that are unnoticed or under-resourced; and (iii) Creating a ripple effect beyond the competition: the transparent selection process, sharing of submitted ideas, and evidence of impact may encourage others to fund non-winning proposals.  

The competition is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor, from anywhere (US and around the world), and can be non-profit or for-profit.  Applicants must identify the problem they are trying to solve as well as their proposed solution, which should be implemented within 3-6 years.  Applications will be judged with numerical scores in each of 4 categories:  Meaningful, Verifiable, Feasible, and Durable. 

Full competition details can be found at:
To ensure that MGH is maximizing this outstanding opportunity, we are launching an internal competition to choose the leading idea or ideas to propose to the Foundation.  Interested applicants should submit a short proposal (no more than 3 pages) to by Friday, August 12, 2016.   Project descriptions should include the following information:

  • Title
  • Team members/Collaborators with evidence that the team is capable of carrying out the plan     
  • Problem and Solution
  • Approach and Technology
  • Evidence of Effectiveness
  • Sustainability Plan

Submissions will be reviewed for alignment with the MGH mission and the Foundation priorities and scoring criteria.  One or more project ideas will be selected by the committee by August 26, 2016. The team or teams will be notified immediately to allow ample time to plan for the final submission by October 3, 2016.

Thank you for considering this opportunity. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact  

3. 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.

  • Cancer Target Discovery and Development Network (U01)
  • Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology (P50)
  • George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30)

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.

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.

  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene - Lighting for Safer Sanitation Challenge, Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA)
  • Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)
  • Research on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS, or Progeria), Progeria Research Foundation (PRF)

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.

5. NIH Update for Week Ending August 5, 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

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

Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium Brain Machine Interface
Application Deadline: August 22

Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel DiscussionAugust 9

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

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