The Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards 16-2 call for applications is closed. The previous call is below for your reference only.  This call for applications is scheduled to be updated in the Summer of 2016 and the deadline will be on October 1, 2016. Please check the ECOR website and your emails from MGH Research News for updates. Click here to sign up to receive MGH Research News.

Tosteson & Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards (16-2)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – 5:00 PM


The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is now accepting applications for the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards for fellows at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).   Please note: while applications for this call are due on June 1, 2016, ECOR has three selections of FMD awards per year with deadlines of February 1, June 1 and October 1.  Applicants are only eligible to apply once per year for any of the three calls.  The Tosteson and FMD call for proposals due in June and October do not have any areas of research restriction, whereas the FMD call for proposals due in February are restricted to Clinical applications only.  Click here for a summary of the FMD fellowship awards and deadlines.

The Tosteson & FMD Awards are for one year and include a stipend of $40,000. The awardee’s salary must be supplemented by the mentor to the appropriate stipend level under the MGH postdoctoral salary guidelines (for further information on the MGH postdoctoral salary guidelines, go to:

As a reminder, ECOR will accept only one application per applicant for MGH ECOR Fellowship Awards per calendar year (two general calls and one additional call focused on clinical research are posted each year as noted).


  • Awards are not transferable to any other institution
  • The funds may be used only for salary and fringe benefits
  • The awards are unrestricted to the area of study
  • The awards are for $40,000 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs
  • Awards will begin September 1, 2016 


  • Applicants and their Fellowship Supervisors/Mentors must both have full-time primary appointments at MGH during the entire award period
  • These Postdoctoral Fellowships are only for MD and PhD Fellows/Post Docs who are working at MGH
  • Fellows pursuing either fundamental (basic) or clinical research are eligible
  • No more than two fellows from the same laboratory may apply in the same cycle, and no more than one applicant from the same laboratory will be funded in a given cycle
  • The awardees salary must be supplemented by the mentor to the appropriate stipend level under the MGH postdoctoral salary guidelines (for further information on the post doc salary  guidelines, go to
  •  Internal MGH department/sundry funds and other sponsored funds may be used to supplement the postdoc fellow's stipend  
  •  If the applicant already has or subsequently receives other fellowship awards:
    • The applicant's total stipend should not exceed an annual salary appropriate for his/her experience
    • In addition, the receipt of this support must be allowed by the other sponsors
    • Applicants must notify ECOR at if they accept another award during the funding period
    • If the other award duplicates the purpose and funding of the MGH Tosteson/FMD award, the unused MGH Tosteson/FMD funding will be returned to the central ECOR pool for further Tosteson/FMD awards.


Applicants are reviewed by the ECOR Subcommittee on Review of Research Proposals (SRRP), including a panel of diverse reviewers from across the institution. The SRRP recommendations are reviewed for final approval by ECOR Leadership.  In evaluating applications, SRRP will consider the candidate, the training environment, and the quality and relevance of the proposed study.  Candidates will not be provided with critiques for their application.


Applications must include the following 13 items:

  1. Title of the Research Proposal

  2. Faculty Supervisor Contact Details, ie name, email address, telephone number

  3. Post-doctoral Training information, ie applicant's total number of post-doctoral years (everywhere, including MGH) and applicant's total number of post-doctoral years (or months) with current mentor at MGH. 

  4. Stipends and Awards, ie list of stipends and awards currently held (type and amount of award)
  5. Summary of Research Project (500 word limit)

  6. Research Plan (5-page limit, excluding references), including:
    • Specific aims
    • Background and significance
    • Preliminary data
    • Experimental design and methods
    • References
  7. Applicant’s description of long-term career plans (1 page limit).  Include a statement of why/how this award will contribute to the applicant’s achievement of these goals.

  8. Biosketches of both the applicant and the fellowship supervisor.  The biosketch of the applicant and fellowship supervisor must be in the he new NIH General Biographical Sketch Format found here.  

  9. Complete Publications List

  10. Other Support, a list of other current and pending support sources, with amounts for both the applicant and the fellowship supervisor, in the NIH format.  If the applicant does not have other current or pending support sources, please indicate “none” when applicable.  Click here for a sample Other Support list in the NIH format.

  11. Two Letters of Support: one from each category below, (address letters to ECOR Review Committee).

               I. Fellowship Supervisor: This letter should specify the contributions of the applicant to the hypotheses, preliminary data, and research plans described in the proposal and indicate the respective roles of the supervisor and applicant in preparing the  application.  Include a statement of why this candidate should receive this award. 

                II. Previous supervisor [or colleague]: This person should be familiar with the applicant’s prior research.  This individual must be from outside the applicant’s current laboratory.


The above letters can be submitted as confidential files, however submitting the letter confidentially is not required.  For more information on confidential uploads, please see section 3 of the “How to apply” section below as the confidential upload process has changed.


    12.   Training Plan, Environment, Research Facilities

Please include a training plan for the applicant.   This may be based on the NRSA application guidelines (SF424) paraphrased below:

  • Training Plan, Environment, Research Facilities

Describe the research training plan that you have developed specifically for the Fellowship applicant. Include items such as classes, seminars, and opportunities for interaction with other groups and scientists. Indicate the relationship of the proposed research training to the applicant's career goals. Describe the skills and techniques that the applicant will learn. Relate these to the applicant's career goals.

  • Sponsor's/Co-Sponsor’s Previous Fellows and Trainees

Give the total number of predoctoral and postdoctoral individuals previously sponsored. Select up to five that are representative and, for those five, provide their present employing organizations and position titles or occupations.

      13. Unit, Service/Department Chief Signed Statement. Click here to obtain the form.


  • Use margins of 1.0 inch or greater for the Summary of Research Project, Research Plan, Description of Long-term Career Plans and Complete Publications List,
  • Use 12pt font size or greater for the Summary of Research Project and Description of Long-term Career Plans.
  • Upload PDF documents only.  Limit characters to A-Z, a-z and 0-9 when naming PDF documents. Do not use periods, commas or dashes, in the file name.

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


ECOR accepts all applications online via the ECOR Online Grant Management Portal.  The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile, which will auto-populate your future ECOR applications
  • Assign a delegate to submit applications on your behalf (optional)
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications
  • View all your ECOR applications that have been submitted via the online grants system

Instructions for Applying Online

  1. Create your account: Login using your Partners credentials and fill out the profile information.
  1. Complete the application: Once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.
  1. New - Confidential submission process: The ECOR Online Grant Management Portal has the means of incorporating confidential files.  (optional)

In section eleven of the online application - check the box labeled “Will be uploaded confidentially” only if files are being submitted confidentially by someone other than the applicant.   Do not check this box if the applicant is uploading files themselves to this section. 

  1. When "Will be uploaded confidentially" is checked, a new field will appear for you to provide the Supervisor's name and email address.  Once you "save" or "submit" your application, the supervisor(s) listed will receive an email from "MGH ECOR" with a link that will allow him/her to upload the letter. If you choose to "save" (and not "submit"), you will have a choice of sending the email requesting the letter from your supervisor(s) immediately or waiting until you are ready to submit the full application. However once your application is "submitted", an email will be sent automatically to the Supervisor(s). 

Please allow time for the supervisor(s) to submit the letters of support by the June 1st deadline. 

  1.  Submit your application: Once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to ECOR (note that once the deadline passes, request to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
  • You can only upload PDF documents
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current

Click "Apply" below to begin the application.


Please visit the ECOR website and review the FAQ page for the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery. 

If you still have questions remaining, please submit your questions via e-mail to ECOR.