Research News - June 2, 2017


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June 2, 2017

1. Important Update to the IDC Policy for Limited Submission Opportunities at MGH
2. Help The Disruptors Research Team Rock to a Win on Picnic Day!



1. MGH Research Council
2. BTM Imaging Crescent Open House
3. Spotlight Series: Clinical Research Coordinator Discussion Group
4. Clinical Research Billing from Study Start to Completion
5. 18th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium — Surgical Treatment of Obesity: Physiological Mechanisms and Clinical Effects
6. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day


1. NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program
2. Sanofi iAwards Program Call for Pre-Proposals 2017-18
3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine
4. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
5. Private Funding Opportunities
6. NIH Update for Week Ending June 2, 2017

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Important Update to the IDC Policy for Limited Submission Opportunities at MGH

Effective immediately, for MGH investigators selected through a competitive process as the institutional nominee for any limited submission funding opportunities, ECOR will cover the indirect cost (IDC) gap should the grant bring in less than 15% IDC.

This policy is only effective for those limited submission opportunities in which MGH is invited to submit its own nominee(s). This policy does not apply for those limited submission opportunities in which the MGH investigator must apply through HMS.

For further questions, please contact ECOR at

2. Help The Disruptors Research Team Rock to a Win on Picnic Day!

Help The Disruptors research team raise money for the 2017 My Giving Helps (MGH Fund + United Way) employee campaign and give us a leg-up in this year's Operation game at the Employee Picnic on June 21. The team that raises the most dollars and the team that recruits the most individual donors will be rewarded with extra “operating” time on competition day.

Nine teams, led by MGH captains, will be competing to see who can get a head start on the Operation game.   With your help, we can make The Disruptors the hospital’s top fund raiser in both overall dollars and number of contributors, and get us off to a good start in the game. Even a $1 one-time contribution helps and makes you eligible to win an MGH Research Institute fleece.  You will receive one raffle entry for every dollar donated and we will raffle off one fleece for every $500 collected.  As an extra bonus, anyone who contributes will be entered into a separate raffle for a chance to be a part of our ninth competing team, captained by a special VIP guest.

The MGH Fund is the hospital's primary source of flexible funding, one that Dr. Slavin has used often to seed important research projects such as the circulating tumor cell initiative.  Thank you for being a generous member of the Mass General Research Institute; come watch us win at the picnic on 21 June!

There are several easy ways to contribute:
Credit Card on Website:
Or, call or email Leigh Mueller at 617-643-4189, if you wish to give by:

  • Credit Card over the phone
  • One-Time Payroll Deduction
  • Cash
  • Check


The Disruptors Research Team – Peter Chelton, Anne Clancy, Maurizio Fava, Michael Fisher, Donna Jarrell, Tatiana Koretskaia, Katherine Kulig, Maire Leyne, Samantha Molle, Harry Orf (captain), Sue Slaugenhaupt, and Gary Smith
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1. MGH Research Council

Monday, June 5, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm, Simches 3.110
Videoconference to Broadcast to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)

Meeting Chair: Korkut Uygun, PhD 

Partners 2.0 Update - Research
Anne Klibanski, MD, Chief Academic Officer, PHS

Partners Innovation Update
Phil Licari, Operations Lead
Roger Kitterman, VP, Venture Fund
Seema Basu, PhD, Market Sector Leader,Innovation 

Update on the Grant Support Index
Harry Orf, PhD, Sr. VP for Research

Following each Research Council meeting, there will be a Researcher Resource Room in Simches 3.120, adjacent to the auditorium. Representatives from: CCM, CFD, EAP, ERIS, IRB, IACUC, Isuggest, Mass General Research Institute, Partners Biobank at MGH, Innovation, PIPS, Research Applications and RSMG will be on hand to distribute materials and answer your questions.

All MGH Researchers welcome!
2. BTM Imaging Crescent Open House

Thursday, June 15th, 10:30 - 12:00PM, BTM VTC 02006B

Presentations will be given regarding the brand new preclinical imaging devices now accessible to the research community which include the 3T Bruker Biospec for MR imaging, the Bruker Xtreme for optical imaging, the Bruker SkyScan for uCT imaging and the Bruker Albira for PET/CT imaging. Imaging specialists for each system will be in attendance to answer questions about the devices and techniques, as well as to give tours of the BTM imaging facility. Come learn about these unique devices available for all researchers in the Longwood area!

Register here

Directions to BTM VTC 02006B Conference Room:
The Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM) Room VTC 02006B is located on the 2nd floor of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s new BTM at 60 Fenwood Road. From 75 Francis Street, take the Main Pike (2nd floor of hospital) towards the S Elevator (You will walk through the Shapiro Cardiovascular Building to get to the Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM)). Walk through the Shapiro Cardiovascular Building and take the bridge to the BTM. When entering the BTM take the first right, and it’s the first door on right. (Rm# 02006B)

3. Spotlight Series: Clinical Research Coordinator Discussion Group

Thursday, June 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Garrod/Mendel Conference Room
Clinical Research Coordinators, What would you have liked to know when you started your job? What difficult and challenging situations have you encountered? Please come and share your wisdom to help the Division of Clinical Research create a course for future coordinators. Lunch will be provided.
Course Facilitators: Karen K. Miller, MD and Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD

Registration is required. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rolfs at with any questions.
4. Clinical Research Billing from Study Start to Completion

Thursday, July 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Simches 3.120

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the MGH Office of Research Compliance

Pamela Richtmyer, Senior Research Compliance Associate, MGH Research Compliance

This presentation will provide a basic overview of clinical research billing.  Attendees will gain a general understanding of the clinical research billing process including:

  • Developing a study budget that will cover all costs
  • Epic research billing responsibilities
  • Determining what is billable to insurance
  • Routing charges appropriately
  • Insight Patient Care Correction process
  • Maintaining financial health of study
  • Understanding relevant regulations and requirements
  • Available resources

The Clinical Trial Billing Education Series is provided by MGH Research Compliance for the MGH Division of Clinical Research.

This course is geared towards investigators, research nurses, study coordinators, project managers, and all other study staff.

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.

Registration is required. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

5. 18th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium — Surgical Treatment of Obesity: Physiological Mechanisms and Clinical Effects

Wednesday & Thursday, July 12 - 13, The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

On behalf of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, we would like to extend registration to our 18th Annual Symposium, which will take place in July. Please consider registering, as this is a very educational event to attend. Registration is free and we welcome everyone- students, physicians, community members, academic faculty, etc. Click here to register.

Contact: with any questions.

We hope to see you there!
6. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day

Thursday, October 5

On Thursday, October 5, MGH will celebrate the 15th Annual Clinical Research Day. The Division of Clinical Research invites investigators from across the hospital to submit abstracts at by the July 10th deadline.

Please note that submissions must be about clinical research conducted at MGH and may include manuscripts published or submitted for publication between September 2016 and July 2017.

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 include: Anesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Ob/Gyn, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Performance Analysis and Improvement/Practice Improvement, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Surgery

Clinical Research Day will begin at 8 a.m. with the keynote address delivered by Dr. Daniel J. Rader, Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Please contact Jillian Tonelli with any questions.

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1. NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards.

What are they?
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.

MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates to apply to NIH for this award.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: Monday July 10, 2017 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to for more information and to apply for this award.

2. Sanofi iAwards Program Call for Pre-Proposals 2017-18

Following two successful years with a total of 12 proposals funded at MGH and BWH under Sanofi Innovation Awards (iAwards) Program, we are pleased to announce the third (annual) call for pre-proposals under this program.

The Sanofi iAwards program, launched in 2015, brings together 7 top academic research institutions across the country and aims to support research ideas early in the translational path, at the transition between basic research and first proof of concept.

Successful projects have the potential to grow into sponsored research agreements with significantly increased funding levels and timelines.

Please click here for a flyer with more information and timelines.
Research Areas of Interest to Sanofi (including but not limited to):

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Oncology
  • Immuno-Oncology
  • Immunology
  • Neurology/Neurosciences
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Rare Diseases
  • Biologics

Funding & Term:
$125,000 (this is total amount including full IDC) for one year.

Please submit your pre-proposal using this Pre-proposals Template and limit the total length to a maximum of 2 pages (excluding publications). All information in the pre-proposal should be non-confidential.

Deadline for submission: June 16, 2017
Please send pre-proposals by email to

Please contact Seema Basu, PhD, at Partners Innovation ( or Zongxi Li, PhD, at the Mass General Research Institute (
We look forward to working with you in submitting highly innovative, early translation projects to be funded by the Sanofi iAwards Program!

3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, presented by the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with notable achievements in innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.
This annual prize includes:

  • An unrestricted $20,000 honorarium
  • The Harrington Prize Lecture, delivered at the 2018 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
  • Participation at the Harrington Discovery Institute Annual Symposium
  • A personal essay, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation

This prize requires Institutional Nomination; MGH is not limited in the number of nominees we can submit. If you are interested, please contact MGH ECOR at by July 15, 2017 to be considered.

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.

  • W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program
  • Gabrielle's Angel Foundation
  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)
  • 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.

5. 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.

Week of 6/2/17

  •  Allergan Foundation Research Grant, American Academy of Optometry (AAO)/American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
  • Grants, Mayday Fund
6. NIH Update for Week Ending June 2, 2017

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: June 7, 2017; 7th day of each month

Center for Genomic Medicine Catalysis Awards
Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

HHMI Announces New Investigator Competition
Application Deadline: June 27, 2017

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

Spotlight Series: Delegation of Responsibilities in a Clinical Research Study June 6

Center for Skeletal Research 3rd Annual Research Symposium – June 12


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