Research News - January 14, 2022

 

         
 
January 14, 2022
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. MGH Research Job Board
2. Mass General Hospital Summer Research Opportunity for Students
3. Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy
4. DOM Freezer Clean Up Campaign
5. Celebration of Science 2022 Virtual Poster Session – Abstracts are now being accepted!
6. NIH Bio & Other Support Formats & Reporting Obligations – Effective January 25, 2022
7. February 5th NIH Deadline Quickly Approaching - Reminder of the Proposal Deadline

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Friday: Warm Up for Winter
2. Speed Mentoring Session
3. RCR Program: Research Integrity
4. Clinical Studies & Registries: Methods to Increase Subject Retention and Data Quality, And Publish Results Faster
5. Re-energize, Reimagine and Reinvent: Crafting the Next Chapter of Your Work and Life
6. Black Excellence career development lunch and learn: Lessons from a Researcher’s Journey
7. Mass General Brigham Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
8. Qualitative Coding
9. MGH Virtual Trivia Night
10. Celebration of Mentoring at MGH
11. Join the Virtual Research Technical Talk
12. The Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series – NEW Date and Time!
13. Return of Participants’ Research Results, Secondary and Incidental Findings: Progress & Challenges

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards
3. 2022 Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards
4. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
6. Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID, American Heart Association (AHA)
7. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
8. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. MGH Research Job Board

Are you looking for a new opportunity within the Mass General Research Institute or hoping to promote a newly posted job within your department?  Check out the Research Job Board, powered by the Division of Clinical Research!

All members of the community are able to submit postings or apply for positions. 

Click here to learn more.

 
2. Mass General Hospital Summer Research Opportunity for Students

The Massachusetts General Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) was founded by the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion in 1992 for students historically underrepresented in medicine (UiM) who are interested in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. SRTP pairs accepted students with an MGH faculty preceptor to provide guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. The summer research program will take place June 6, 2022 through July 29, 2022 and applications are due January 24, 2022.

For more details and to apply, go to: www.massgeneral.org/cdi/programs
Questions? Email srtp@mgh.harvard.edu

 
3. Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy

Applications are due by January 28, 2022

C/T Research Academy supports, nurtures, and grows the next generation of c/t investigators at Harvard Medical School so they may become highly competitive for careers in translational and patient-oriented research in academia, industry, and regulatory affairs. The program offers advanced training to early-career c/t researchers, with a focus on the core knowledge necessary to achieve success in c/t research.

Completion of the two-year training program, which includes a carefully structured didactic curriculum and a mentor-based research project, culminates in a Certificate in C/T Research from Harvard Catalyst.

The C/T Research Academy focuses on the following key areas of c/t investigation:

  • Clinical trial and study design
  • Computational/statistical sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Drug development
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Genetics and omics technology
  • Grant writing
  • Commercializing innovations

Please visit our website for the RFA and FAQ.  Contact us if you have questions. 

 
4.  DOM Freezer Clean Up Campaign

Department of Medicine at MGH is kicking of a research space revitalization project from December 1, 2021-January 15, 2022 in order to:

  • Be more strategic in the use of DOM research lab space
  • Identify tactics for maximizing space optimization and efficiency
  • Increase opportunities for investigator equipment space
  • Support the environment with more energy efficient equipment

This dedicated campaign will encourage freezer optimization through: inventory of freezers, removing old samples where possible, identifying opportunities for consolidation and sharing, and identifying freezers/samples that can be moved to off-site storage. Active investigators in the Department of Medicine are eligible to be entered in a lottery to win a prize.

For more information check out our Apollo page, to document campaign activities, click here, or contact Michelle Tagerman at mtagerman1@mgh.harvard.edu. Also check our twitter feed @DOMFreezerHero, and use #DOMFreezerHero and #DOMFreezerCleanupCampaign.

 
5. Celebration of Science 2022 Virtual Poster Session – Abstracts are now being accepted!

A Celebration of MGH Trainees
Deadline for submission:  Friday, February 4, 2022

ECOR is accepting abstracts from research staff and trainees who are interested in exhibiting their research

The Celebration of Science Virtual Poster Session gives researchers the opportunity to create a compelling visual display of their work and present it to some of the best scientific minds in the nation. The poster session is an essential part of the Celebration of Science, which highlights excellence in research at MGH. Posters of Distinction will be chosen to receive a $1,000 travel award to a scientific meeting.

A review panel will select a group of finalists from the submitted abstracts. Those finalists will be required to present their poster in order to be considered for the travel award.

ELIGIBILITY
Awards will be restricted to trainees (fellows and graduate students) and research staff (research coordinators, research technicians, etc.) The abstract submitter must have a full-time appointment at MGH.

ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS
Abstracts on any type of research are eligible for submission and authors may only submit ONE abstract.  

HOW TO SUBMIT
Please click here for more information and to submit a poster abstract!

QUESTIONS
If you have problems or questions please email sac@partners.org

SAC VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION

Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 10:00am - 1:00pm
This year, the poster session will be held virtually via the Celebration of Science online portal. Completed posters must be uploaded to the event portal in advance of the event. Details regarding the format and instructions for uploading posters are forthcoming. Poster presenters will use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to communicate with attendees.

 
6. NIH Bio & Other Support Formats & Reporting Obligations – Effective January 25, 2022

In keeping with our institutional commitment to transparency, we are writing to remind you that the new NIH Biographical Sketch and Other Support formats and reporting obligations are effective January 25, 2022.  As part of the grant application, Just-in-Time (JIT), and/or annual progress report (RPPR), PIs and Key Personnel (PI/KP) are required to disclose all domestic and foreign

  • Financial, in-kind, and non-financial support of their research activities received through Mass General Brigham (MGB) and non-MGB institutions;
  • Consulting and outside activity funding that supports their research activities;
  • Salaried, non-salaried, and honorific appointments and affiliations;
  • Participation in foreign talent programs; and
  • For foreign appointments, documentation (with English translations if original documents are not in English) setting forth requirements (e.g., duties, time commitment, lab space, access to equipment and materials) and financial, in-kind, and non-financial support provided at the foreign institution or their MGB institution.

PI/KP are also required to notify their institutions of disclosure errors (e.g., failure to include support from a foreign sponsor or a foreign appointment on a grant application) and not wait until the next RPPR to inform the NIH or other federal sponsor or, worst case scenario, fail to provide this information altogether.   Research Management Pre-Award Grant Administrators are available to work with PI/KP in making these notifications.  MGB institutions have 30 days from receipt of corrections to inform the NIH. 
 
PI/KP should continue to use the RPPR to report new Other Support and/or foreign appointments and provide the requisite documentation. 
 
Information on how to fulfill these obligations, Insight modifications, and tools available for PI/KP are available on the Research Navigator. If you have not reviewed this information, we encourage you to do so now and to work with your Department Grant Administrators to modify your Biographical Sketch and Other Support so they reflect the latest federal requirements.  

 
7. February 5th NIH Deadline Quickly Approaching - Reminder of the Proposal Deadline Policy

This is a reminder that Mass General Brigham (MGB) has implemented a Proposal Deadline Policy requiring departments to submit the required Administrative Components on or before the eighth business day by 5:00PM, and Science Components on or before the third business day by 5:00PM, in advance of the Sponsor’s submission deadline. This policy went into effect in May 2021.

Administrative Components due for the NIH February 5th deadline (Please note: if submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day) should be submitted to Research Management before or by 5:00PM Thursday, January 27th and the Final Science Components are due to Research Management before or by 5:00PM Thursday, February 3rd.

As part of the policy, late submissions require approval of the respective Chief/Chair and the SVP of Research. It is expected that requests for approval of late submissions will be infrequent. SVP approval is not assured and should only be requested when there are extenuating circumstances such as rapid turnaround time between the publication of the funding notice and the sponsor’s deadline. Additionally, an exception approval does not guarantee that the proposal will be submitted. Proposals will be added to the Pre-Award Grant Administrator’s queue and reviewed on a first-in first-out basis. Do not jeopardize the submission of your proposal by missing the deadlines.

To ensure compliance of the deadline, it is highly recommended that all departments set-up their own internal timelines and workflows. Please consider the amount of time your proposal may take to route through for your department approvals. A proposal is not considered received until it is placed in the Pre Award GA’s proposal queue for review.

There are resources for Hospital Department Grant Administrators to assist with this implementation located on the Research Navigator:  Proposal Submission Deadline Policy Page.
We appreciate your cooperation and support of the Proposal Deadline Policy.    

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Friday: Warm Up for Winter

Friday, January 14, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Fun Fridays offer a refreshing mid-day break from work to indulge in physical, mental, or creative activity.

“Warm Up for Winter” with licensed physical therapist assistant Angela Stearns for 20-30 minutes of upbeat exercise to have you feeling warm and energized during the coldest time of the year. Keeping the winter blues away this season is made quick and easy with this workout that can be done in the middle of your busy workday. There’s no better way to start the new year than by strengthening multiple muscle groups in this simple yet effective routine! 

Facilitator: Angela Stearns, PTA, is a Sports Physical Therapist Assistant at MGH Sports Physical Therapy.

Click to register
 
2. Speed Mentoring Session

Friday, January 14, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Every month, two mentor leaders from different departments will answer your questions about any aspect of being a mentee or mentor. You do not need to be in the same department as the leaders—this event is open to faculty across MGH, but registration is required. Come ready with your questions and be ready to learn not only from the senior mentoring leaders but also from fellow attendees.

This session is scheduled for January 14, 1:00 – 2:00 pm with Erin Tracy Bradley, MD, Director, Faculty Mentoring and Residency Mentoring Programs, Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Helen Shih, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology.

Mentor leaders will meet with up to 8 faculty members, each given 7-8 minutes to ask questions on any aspect of mentoring or being mentored and receive input from the mentor leaders.

Open to faculty across MGH, registration required.

 
3. RCR Program: Research Integrity

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Virtual

Speaker: Kele Piper, Director, Research Compliance

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) training is required of students, trainees, and investigators with career development awards who are supported by NIH funds. In addition, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with any NSF support. In order to fulfill the RCR training requirement MGB developed a curriculum that must be completed by all awardees. Once you have attended the 4-hour MGB RCR Seminar the awardees must obtain an additional 4 credits. MGH offers sessions that are RCR-credit eligible to complete the remaining 4 credits (1 credit = 1 hour).*MGB RCR Program has 3 parts: Part 1- RCR Seminar, Part 2 – CITI RCR Basic Course, Part 3 – 4 additional RCR credits. The courses advertised here can be used as part of the 4 additional RCR credits. Register here.

 Please email Tiereny at tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions about these 1 credit RCR courses. For all other RCR related questions, please contact Claire at CRMORETTI@PARTNERS.ORG.

Click here to learn more.

 
4. Clinical Studies & Registries: Methods to Increase Subject Retention and Data Quality, And Publish Results Faster

Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Presenter: John Putzke, PhD, MSPH, StudyTRAX

Objectives:
Participants will learn methods to:  

  • Engage subjects in a portal using incentives, secure communication, and delivery of personally relevant information.
  • Visualize outcomes and automate decision logic to incentivize timely and accurate data entry.
  • Publish results more efficiently by connecting data capture and the analytical process into a single, integrated system. 

Summary: The presentation will examine ways to engage and retain subjects in the clinical research process by using a web-based, data entry portal that provides subjects with incentives, secure messaging, and personally relevant information based on their own data.  It will also demonstrate how to more efficiently bridge the gap between "raw" study data and the end-result manuscript by connecting analytical, editing, and text formatting tools directly within the data collection system.
This presentation is intended for clinical researchers, statisticians, and study coordinators involved in clinical trials, observational studies, surveys or patient registries.  Attendees will learn about functionality in a data capture system called Studytrax and view various case examples. 

To learn more visit:
StudyTRAX:    http://rc.partners.org/edcstrax
            http://www.studytrax.com
            Articles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-putzke-4390814/detail/recent-activity/posts/

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
5. Re-energize, Reimagine and Reinvent: Crafting the Next Chapter of Your Work and Life

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Senior Faculty Transitions

Mid to late career for highly motivated individuals can be a time of stress and transition, but also a chance to reflect, re-energize, and reimagine work and life. Recent research in the fields of life span development and positive psychology highlights that the old paradigm and mindset of gradual decline into the retirement years is no longer accurate or helpful.

In this webinar, Stephanie and Russ will share a high-level roadmap as well as practical first steps participants can take to move towards higher levels of intentionality and fulfillment in the mid to late stages of their careers. The Webinar will also provide an introduction to a course that will be offered, starting in February, for those interested in more deeply engaging in this work. Using a disciplined evidenced based approach, course participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their personal journey and distinctive strengths as the foundation for reimagining the path forward, and proactively shaping a more meaningful and rewarding next chapter.

Facilitators: Stephanie Eisenstat, MD and Russell Eisenstat, PhD
As a physician educator, certified coach and practicing clinician now for almost 30 years, Dr. Stephanie Eisenstat has helped individuals and groups enhance their effectiveness and impact.  Dr. Russ Eisenstat has spent the last four decades coaching and supporting leaders and organizations around the world in unlocking their full potential. 

Click here to register
 
6. Black Excellence career development lunch and learn: Lessons from a Researcher’s Journey

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Employees are invited to attend this self-improvement-focused lunch and learn with Julie Price, PhD. The event will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 19.

Dr. Price is the director of PET pharmacokinetic modeling at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center, investigator in radiology at Mass General and professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School. She is also the faculty co-director for research at the Mass General’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, which serves to advance the careers of the underrepresented in the medicine research workforce. Dr. Price will share how she advanced to her current role from a self-improvement and personal development perspective.

Click here to join!

 
7. Mass General Brigham Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

The livestream of our annual MLK event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. The co-emcees will be Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, chief community health equity officer, and Carla Carten, PhD, interim senior vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Anne Klibanski, MD, president and chief executive officer, Mass General Brigham, will deliver the welcoming remarks.

The keynote speaker will be Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president of advancing health equity at The Commonwealth Fund. Driven by a passion to transform healthcare, she brings her experience as a clinician, health policymaker and intrapreneur to drive system transformation. Dr. Zephyrin was the first national director of the Reproductive Health Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she spearheaded the strategic vision and led systems changes to improve the health of women veterans nationwide.

Click “Join” on this calendar item to let us know you will attend this livestream event. In case you cannot, it will be recorded for viewing at your convenience.

 
8. Qualitative Coding

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Virtual

Speaker: Christina Psaros, PhD 

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute

This one session course is designed to guide clinical researchers who are interested in developing a qualitative codebook and coding qualitative data. In addition to providing an overview of the codebook development process, a discussion of how to import the codebook and code data using a software package will also be provided. This course will focus on the use of NVivo.  

Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions. 

 
9. MGH Virtual Trivia Night

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Zoom

The CNY Vitality and Advocacy Committee (formally known as the CNY Quality of Life Committee) is excited to host another FREE MGH Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 7:00-8:30 pm. All researchers, trainees, and staff are welcome to join!!!

Please organize your team (no more than 8 people/team) and register using the link below.  ALL players must register. When you register, you can provide a Team Name if you have a group of teammates in mind. If not, just enter “Free Agent” to be assigned to a team the day of the event!

We expect a large turn out, so register your team now to reserve a spot.  The number of teams will be capped at 60 total!

A link to the Zoom event will be provided upon registration.  Please ensure you log on 10-20 minutes prior to the event.

Click here to register.

 
10. Celebration of Mentoring at MGH

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Join us to celebrate the vibrant mentoring culture at MGH! This event will recognize recipients of 2021 departmental, MGH-wide, and Harvard mentoring awards. In particular, the winners of the 2021 CFD Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be announced.

“Lateral Mentoring™ in a Hierarchical Environment: Mentoring at every stage in your career”

Many people think of mentoring as hierarchical - a mentee is seeking guidance from someone directly above (and in the same department). However, the most effective mentorship is lateral, and many people are already doing it without even knowing it! By learning the different ways we can engage in mentoring, we can gain benefits that far exceed our expectations. And, we can mentor at any stage of our career, including in retirement!

Keynote speaker: Deborah Heiser, PhD, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Project, Founder of I.M.AGE. Dr. Heiser is an Applied Developmental Psychologist, a TEDx speaker, Psychology Today contributor, researcher, author, coach, consultant, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Project, and an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at SUNY Old Westbury.

Click to register
 
11. Join the Virtual Research Technical Talk

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, MS Teams

This month, MGH Radiology will present on use of shiny and R and the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science will present on his use of Enterprise Data and Digital Health or EDDH resources. This monthly meeting is geared for research IT administrators and managers who support research and innovation departments but is open to anyone in the Mass General Brigham community. Subscribe to receive the monthly meeting invite if you’re interested in learning more or attending.
 
12. The Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series – NEW Date and Time!

Thursday, January 28, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Zoom

“The Evolving Role of Neuroimaging in Alzheimer's Disease: from
symptoms to in Vivo Biology”

Julie Price, PhD
Director, PET Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging,
Investigator, Department of Radiology,
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Faculty Co‐Director for Research, MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Click here to register.

 
13. Return of Participants’ Research Results, Secondary and Incidental Findings: Progress & Challenges

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:30 – 2:45 pm, Virtual

Register here.

Speaker: Susan M. Wolf, JD

Please join us for the inaugural MGH DCR/Harvard Center for Bioethics Research Ethics lecture series 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Research Ethics Consultation Unit of the Division of Clinical Research and The Harvard Center for Bioethics.  The aim of this series is to provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions of bioethical issues pertinent to the broad clinical research community. We hope to offer the chance to understand the clinical, regulatory, and policy issues that currently impact clinical and social science researchers, to elucidate the ethical and bioethical concerns of a topic in an accessible manner, and to offer points to consider and/or solutions to address concerns. 

Professor Susan M. Wolf is a Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Prof. Wolf is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and a fellow of The Hastings Center, as well as a past-member of the Fellows' Council. She has received numerous grants to support her research, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Greenwall Foundation.  Professor Wolf teaches in the areas of health law, law and science, and bioethics.   

Moderators: Melissa Abraham, PhD, MSc, is the Director of the Research Ethics Consultation Unit of the Division of Clinical Research and the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a faculty member of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and Insoo Hyun, PhD is the Director of Research Ethics and a faculty member of the Center for Bioethics and senior lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.  

Click here to learn more.

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the new MGB web page for COVID funding opportunities that provides a central database for researchers to view open and competitive funding announcements.

We have aggregated opportunities from federal and private funding sources including NIH, DoD, CDC, EPA, foundations, and more.  The database defaults to sorting by award amount and can also be sorted by deadline or filtered by research focus.

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

 
2. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards!

What are they?
We recognize that research at MGH integrates the full translational spectrum of discovery from "bench to bedside to community and population.” To ensure that all areas of research conducted at MGH are included and eligible for FMD fellowship awards, ECOR is offering 3 types of training awards: fundamental research fellowships, clinical research fellowships, and population health care sciences fellowships. These fellowships are for MD and PhD Research Fellows and Clinical Research Fellows who are in the training phase of their research at MGH. Instructors who are within 5 years total since initiating their research fellowship training are only eligible to apply for the clinical and population health care sciences fellowships. 

How much is each award?
The award will include a stipend of $53,760 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 5:00 PM

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

For a guide to help make your application more competitive click here. 
 
3. 2022 Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards

Consultation Service available for potential applicants
The MGH and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) are committed to retaining and developing faculty who are underrepresented in medicine as investigators, clinicians, teachers and administrative leaders. The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR), the Mass General Physicians Organization (MGPO), MGH Equity and Community Health and CDI are pleased to announce the two awards under the 2022 CDI Faculty Development Award Program – Application Deadline Thursday, March 3, 2022, 5pm

1. The MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award (PSDA): provides transitional grant funding which will aid the applicant in becoming an independent investigator at MGH.  Applicants must hold an appointment at the level of associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School at the time of application. (If the Award recipient is a fellow, the person must receive a faculty appointment at HMS & MGH within one year of the commencement of the Award i.e., July 1, 2023.)

A total of six PSDA awards will be provided – four funded by ECOR and two funded by Equity and Community Health/ CDI. $180,000 plus 15% indirect costs will be awarded to be spent over a three or four-year period, with a maximum of $60,000 plus indirect costs per year for 3-year awards and a maximum of $45,000 plus indirect costs per year for 4-year awards. For details and to submit a PSDA application, please click here.

2. The MGH Clinician-Teacher Development Award (CTDA): provides funding support for a clinical, educational or community project to a faculty member (junior and mid-career), fellow, or graduating resident pursuing an academic career as a clinician, teacher, administrative or community leader at MGH. Applicants must hold an appointment at the level of associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School at the time of application. (If the Award recipient is a fellow, the person must receive a faculty appointment at HMS & MGH at the commencement of the Award i.e., July 1, 2022.)

A total of three CTDA awards will be provided - two funded by the MGPO and one funded by Equity and Community Health/ CDI. A maximum of $120,000.00 will be awarded to be spent over a four-year period, with a maximum of $30,000.00 per year of funding. For details and to submit a CTDA application, please click here.

For more information about the CDI Faculty Development Award Program or to download applications, please visit our website.

2022 CDI Faculty Development Award Consultation Service:

If you are applying for the CTDA or PSDA, or have questions about the process, the CDI encourages you to take advantage of the pre-award Consultation Service for potential applicants. This service is designed to help 2022 applicants develop a strong application for the Clinician-Teacher and the Physician-Scientist Development Awards. Through this service, you can speak with an Award alumna for advice on your application including your research plan, personal statement, and letters.

Please complete this online survey form to help us provide you with the best consultation possible.

Finally, a panel presentation with an overview of the PSDA and CTDA, including tips for a successful application, will be offered this month. Please check your email for the date confirmation.

 
4. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital NOT-OD-20-031.

This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on the evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Please click here to learn more.
 
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias.  The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class researchers in the Harvard research community in three key areas:
[1] biology of aging and neurodegeneration;
[2] data sciences, computational biology, statistics, math/engineering/physics;
[3] drug discovery and development
Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  Training includes targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, career development, and grant development activities.

Eligibility: PhD, MD, MD/PhD and U.S. citizen or permanent resident (see NIH PAR-18-524), with rolling admission for 4 training slots.  Our goal is to recruit a truly diverse T32 trainee pool that is highly representative of URM and women trainees.

Additional information: Please see  https://pricelab.martinos.org/t32-adrd/ for further information including application instructionsPlease submit questions to:  Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu

 
6. Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID, American Heart Association (AHA)

To better understand both COVID-19 and Long COVID, the American Heart Association (AHA) invites research proposals that will contribute to understanding the mechanism(s) underlying cardiac, vascular and cerebrovascular effects of these conditions, as well as mechanisms that contribute to differential susceptibility to Long COVID.  Proposals are sought that will utilize contemporary and innovative approaches to assess tissue damage and/or dysfunction of the heart and vasculature/cerebrovascular, and/or potential associated dysregulation of various signaling pathways and systems.  Proposals directed toward leveraging basic mechanistic discoveries, including identification of biomarkers, to develop therapeutic approaches for cardiovascular consequences of COVID are also of interest.  Due to the heterogeneity of Long COVID, important insights into key mechanistic underpinnings and potential treatment strategies are most likely to be achieved in participant populations with well-characterized phenotypes.       

Because of the racial and ethnic disparities associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID noted above,  proposals should have a strong focus on inclusion of demographically diverse subject populations.  Applicants proposing studies engaging individuals who have active Long COVID are encouraged to consider utilization of a patient-centered approach in designing, conducting and disseminating their studies (https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2021/using-body-mapping-develop-patient-centered-research-agenda-about-long-covid).

Citizenship: Unspecified

Award Amount: $500,000-$1 million paid over 3 years
Indirect Costs: 10%
Research Management Deadline: January 21, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Website: https://professional.heart.org/en/research-programs/strategically-focused-research/long-covid-cv-consequences-grant

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to this opportunity. 

 
7. 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.

Process            
Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to ecor@partners.org.  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.

  • Biomedical Research Facilities (C06 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Coordinating Center for the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please let us know at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
8. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard Insight/Research Management process.

Please be aware 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 submitting a proposal.  Training fellowships from foundations, public charity, and non-profit organizations are excluded from this minimum IDC requirement.

Week of 01/14/22

  • Junior Investigator Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). $60,000. Application Deadline: April 1
  • Clinical Grants, American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH)/American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). $40,000. LOI Deadline: January 31
  • ASHT Founders Award, American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). $45,000. Application Deadline: March 1
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). $150,000. LOI Deadline: January 21
  • George C. Cotzias, M.D. Memorial Fellowships, American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). $100,000. Application Deadline: March 11
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). $50,000. Application Deadline: March 12
  • Research Grants, American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). $75,000. Application Deadline: March 11
  • Calder Research Scholar Award in Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders, American Skin Association (ASA). $60,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • Daneen & Charles Stiefel Investigative Scientist Award for Melanoma Research, American Skin Association (ASA). $100,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • Milstein Research Scholar Award Atopic Dermatitis, American Skin Association (ASA). $60,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • Milstein Research Scholar Awards for Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer, American Skin Association (ASA). $60,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • Clinical Fellowship Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $131,500. Application Deadline: February 16
  • Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $390,000. Application Deadline: February 16
  • LeRoy Matthews Physician-Scientist Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $130,000. Application Deadline: February 16
  • DTA Foundation Grant Program, Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTA Foundation). $25,000. Preliminary Proposal Deadline: February 11
  • MDA Development Grants (DG), Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). $210,000. LOI Deadline: January 21
  • MDA Idea Awards, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). $50,000. Application Deadline: February 18
  • MDA Research Grants (RG), Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). $300,000. LOI Deadline: January 21
  • Grant Program, Patty Brisben Foundation for Women's Sexual Health. Unspecified. LOI Deadline: February 4
  • Post Doctoral Fellowships in Health Outcomes, PhRMA Foundation. $120,000. Application Deadline: February 1
  • Research Starter Grant in Health Outcomes Research, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: February 10
  • Research Starter Grant in Translational Medicine, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: February 10
 
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