Research News - December 23, 2016


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December 23, 2016

1. Travel for business? Enroll in TravelSafe


1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
2. Free ComputeFest Workshops: Python, R, Tableau, MATLAB and more!
3. IRB Issues for the Bench and Desk Scientist


1. MGH Physician and/or Scientist Development Award 2017
2. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
3. Private Funding Opportunities
4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 23, 2016

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Travel for business? Enroll in TravelSafe

If you travel for hospital business, consider enrolling in Partners TravelSafe, a travel information and emergency assistance program for employees of Massachusetts General Hospital and other Partners HealthCare hospitals. TravelSafe offers travel information, active alerts, emergency assistance and a single point of contact should you encounter trouble while traveling domestically or internationally. TravelSafe’s global hotline is +1 443-965-9242.

When you book travel through one of Partners’ approved travel agencies, Great GetAways or Egencia, your travel details are automatically registered with TravelSafe. You also have the option to manually enter your trip details into the TravelSafe site: The site also provides more information about the program.  Questions can be sent to

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1. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, January 3, 4:00-5:00 PM, CNY149, Rm. 2.204

Heart Failure: The Path Ahead
Joseph Hill, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology
Chief of Cardiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

2. Free ComputeFest Workshops: Python, R, Tableau, MATLAB and more!

Monday, January 9 - Friday, January 13, 2017, NorthWest Building at 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA (rooms B101 and B103)

The Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at SEAS will be offering a week of skill-building workshops in computational science and engineering between The workshops are offered as a part of IACS’ two–week annual ComputeFest event and cover topics such as Data Science in Python, R, Tableau, MATLAB, GPU computing, deep learning, iOS app development, SQL and more. Check the schedule and register here: (advance registration is required).

3. IRB Issues for the Bench and Desk Scientist

Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 – 3:30pm, Simches 3.110

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Human Research Committee

Elizabeth Hohmann, MD, Chair and Physician Director, Partners Human Research Committee

The purpose of this seminar is to discuss ethical, regulatory, and institutional issues relevant to analysis limited to human biological samples and medical records, survey and questionnaire studies, and databases. Some of the questions and topics that will be covered include:

  • What needs IRB Review?  What is exempt? What is “not human subjects research?”
  • What is "Minimal Risk?"
  • What is expedited review, and what research qualifies for expedited review?
  • What is a "secondary use" of data or biological samples?
  • How to effectively provide all information the IRB needs to review your project promptly!
  • Outside collaborations - sharing your data and specimens properly.
  • Pitfalls and problems to avoid.

This lecture is strongly recommended for new research fellows (both MD's and PhD's using human samples and data) and study coordinators, though all investigators and study staff, experienced or new will benefit, if you have not previously attended.

Registration is required. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

This program meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing, at 244 CMR 5.00, for 1 contact hour of nursing continuing education.

RCR Eligibility: Completion of this course will fulfill one lecture/discussion requirement.

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1. MGH Physician and/or Scientist Development Award 2017

Four Year Award for Investigators who are Underrepresented in Academic Medicine*
*Basic, Clinical, Translational, and Health Services investigators are all eligible

Applications for grants are invited by the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), and the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR). 

What is the Award?
The MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award (PSDA) is designed for MD and/or PhD investigators at MGH who are considered underrepresented in academic medicine (URM). This Award is intended to provide transitional funding for support in the development of physicians and scientists underrepresented in academic medicine, and thereby increase opportunities for URM researchers to advance to senior positions in academic medicine at MGH.  The CDI will evaluate the need for this Award on a regular basis.

Am I URM (Underrepresented in Medicine)?
For the purposes of the PSDA, MGH follows the definition of underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research (URM) of the NIH and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  URM groups may include Latino/ Hispanic (including Brazilian), African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Please note that Asians are not considered URM, UNLESS they are underrepresented relative to the population MGH serves, e.g., Cambodian or Laotian.

How much is the award?
A maximum of $120,000.00 will be awarded to be spent over a three or four-year period, with a maximum of $40,000.00 per year of funding in direct costs, plus 15% for indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 5:00 PM

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

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

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.

  • Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) – 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 note 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 submission of the award.

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.

  • Clinical Scientist Training Program, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Young Investigator Award (YIA), Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF)
  • Clinical Research Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT)
  • Bressler Vision Science Award (Bressler Prize), Jewish Guild for the Blind
  • LUNGevity Career Development Awards for Translational Research, LUNGevity Foundation
  • Early Investigator Grant Program, National Marfan Foundation (NMF)
  • Faculty Grant Program, National Marfan Foundation (NMF)
  • Victor A. McKusick Fellowship Program, National Marfan Foundation (NMF)

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.

4. NIH Update for Week Ending December 23, 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

The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine
Application Deadline: January 4, 2017

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: January 7, 2017; 7th day of each month

Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany Biopharma Innovation Cup 2017
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

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

Clinical Research Billing from Study Start to Completion - January 22, 2017

Basic Biostatistics for Clinical Research - Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 2017

Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award - Weekly, February 1 - March 21

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