Research News - October 21, 2016


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October 21, 2016

1. Partners Innovation Newsletter - CRISPR, Connected Health, Top Technologies Funded!


1. Evidence-Based Funding: Supporting Biomedical Research with Austere Budgets
2. Identifying External Funding Opportunities with COS Pivot
3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Conflicts of Interest in Research


1. MGH ECOR Deliberative Interim Support Funding
2. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
3. Private Funding Opportunities
4. NIH Update for Week Ending October 21, 2016

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Partners Innovation Newsletter - CRISPR, Connected Health, Top Technologies Funded!

Changing seasons focus our attention on the ways that innovation changes behavior, enhances research and grows the spirit of discovery. This newsletter highlights the breakthroughs of our Harvard appointed faculty, the industry leading work of Partners Connected Health, entrepreneurial spirit of Editas and translational research of our early career cancer faculty. It also recognizes the ten winners of our highly competitive Innovation Discovery Grants and important news about the merger of Partners HealthCare International with Partners Innovation. Finally, we are pleased to partner with STAT for this edition of the Innovation newsletter. Click here for our Fall edition

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1. Evidence-Based Funding: Supporting Biomedical Research with Austere Budgets

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Simches Research Center, Room 3.110
Streaming to CNY 149, Isselbacher Auditorium

Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director of Extramural Research at the NIH will be visiting MGH on Thursday, November 3, 2016 to speak exclusively to the MGH research community!  Dr. Lauer’s talk will focus on
“Evidence-Based Funding: Supporting Biomedical Research with Austere Budgets”, followed by an “Open Mike” session. 

Please plan to arrive early, as seating is limited.

2. Identifying External Funding Opportunities with COS Pivot

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Garrod Mendel Conference Room

Are you interested in finding research or programmatic funding?  Pivot contains open calls for proposals and letters of intent for grants, awards, prizes, and fellowships, as well as support for travel, conferences, and equipment acquisition.  Federal, philanthropic, commercial, and international funding sponsors are included.  Pivot allows researchers to easily limit results by criteria including citizenship or residency, geographic location, or professional rank.

Come to this seminar to learn how you can:

  • Access Pivot and save searches to receive automated alerts regarding relevant funding opportunities
  • Diversify your funding portfolio by employing strategies to match your research with sponsors’ unique funding priorities
Please feel free to contact Joseph Connolly with any other questions regarding the course.
3. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Conflicts of Interest in Research

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, 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.

Conflicts of Interest in Research
Conflict of interest occurs when an individual has two or more interests or roles that could interfere with making objective professional decisions. This seminar will discuss conflicts of interest that may arise in research including those related to: financial gain; peer review; and collaborations.

Speaker: John Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Please click here to register by Fri, Oct 21.

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.

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1. MGH ECOR Deliberative Interim Support Funding

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is accepting applications for the December 1st deadline for the Deliberative Interim Support Funding.  December is the 1st of three standing deadlines for these awards in Fiscal Year 2017.  The next deadline will be April 1, 2017.  

What are they?
This is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense).  Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01).  The Deliberative Interim Support process is open to:

  1. Investigators whose grants were not scored or whose scores were not translated into a percentile ranking.
  2. Investigators whose grants received scores >20th percentile.
  3. Investigators who have already received Formulaic Bridge Funding or Deliberative Interim Support on their A0 grant application and are now requesting support for their A1 or A0 resubmission.  Investigators in this category must apply through the Deliberative Interim Support process for their A1 and A0 resubmission regardless of the score they received on their resubmitted grant.

When is the deadline?
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Deliberative Interim Support Funding - Click here

2. 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.

  • Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2017 (P2C) – NEW!
  • BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development:  Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)
  • Centers for HIV/AIDS-Related Structural Biology (P50)
  • Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) (U24)
  • NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30) – NEW!
  • T Cell Reagent Research for the Study of Allergic Diseases (U19)
  • Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19)

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.

3. 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.

  • Research Grants, Meningitis Research Foundation
  • Research Grants, PSC Partners Seeking a Cure
  • Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC): Request for Proposals (RFP) - Accelerating Improvements in Medication Optimization, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Research Grants, Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF)

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.

4. NIH Update for Week Ending October 21, 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: 7th day of each month

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)
Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

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

REDCap: Getting Started - November 7

How to Communicate Science and Influence People – November 17

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