Research News - February 12, 2021

 

         
 
February 12, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic MGH Employees in the Charlestown Navy Yard
2. Are you receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? Research Study Open to the MGH Research Community
3. Harvard Catalyst Clinical Trial Design Course—Applications Now Open
4. Help Us Understand How You Use Common Data Elements in NIH-Supported Research
5. Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19
6. Notice of Intent to Publish Research Opportunity Announcements (OTA-21-015) for the Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) Initiative

EVENTS
 

1. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 2
2. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff
3. Introduction to Content and Automated Textual Analysis in Qualitative Research
4. How to Stay on Track with Your PhD
5. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans
6. Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being
7. Digital Health Innovation in the Age of COVID-19
8. 3rd Annual Clinical Research Nurse Meeting – Making Clinical Research Transgender Inclusive
9. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health
10. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. 2021 Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards; Consultation service available for the potential applicants
3. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
4. 2021 Eleanor and Miles Shore Faculty Development Awards Program
5. 2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards
6. Breast Cancer Alliance – Exceptional Project Grants
7. HMS Foundation Funds
8. Gerstner Scholar Award
9. Supplemental Funding for Eligible Students, Postdoctorates, and Investigators from Backgrounds Underrepresented in Academia
10. MGB Postdoctoral Training Program in Precision and Genomic Medicine
11. Thinking about an EBP, QI, or research project? Special funding opportunity for DNP & advanced practice nurses!
12. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students
13. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
14. Foundation Funding Opportunities

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Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic MGH Employees in the Charlestown Navy Yard

We are pleased to report that on-site COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic (no COVID symptoms) MGH employees will be expanded to the Charlestown Navy Yard free of charge.  The testing is for asymptomatic employees who do not fall into the categories listed below.

  • Symptomatic employees who have even minor symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and contact the Occupational Health Services (OHS) Call Center at 617-724-8100.
  • Asymptomatic employees with confirmed exposures (occupational or community) should contact the OHS Call Center at 617-724-8100 to be scheduled for testing.
  • Testing for clinical reasons (for example, if an employee requires pre-admission or pre-procedural testing) will continue to be ordered by your provider and should not be completed at the Employee Testing Center.

For the next few weeks, the schedule will be as follows.

Friday, February 12, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Testing Location - CNY 114 Cafeteria (1st Floor)

Testing will be done on a walk-in basis.  No appointment is needed.  Your employee ID is required.  We do ask if the line is long, you come back at a later time.

The testing process will be managed through the Labpass web portal.  You will need to set up an account in Labpass.  Registration for each test will be done at the testing site.

How to create an account in Labpass

  • Account activation/set up and results delivery will be managed through secure patient accounts in Labpass. Visit Apollo for more information about using Labpass.  Note: Information in Apollo on scheduling an appointment in Labpass is not applicable for the CNY walk-in site.
  • Start your account set up here (copy and paste this link into Chrome, it will not open properly in Internet Explorer): https://www.labpass.com/en/login, and enter the following access code: MGHEmployee
    • You will receive confirmation and account activity emails from Support@ LabPass.com. Please check your spam folder for these emails and mark "Not Spam" to ensure you receive important notifications.
  • Your email address must be entered correctly for you to receive account activation links and confirmation emails, including access to your test results.

This site is not compatible with Internet Explorer. Staff must use Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Helpful Resources
For assistance or questions with setting up your Labpass account for the CNY 114 testing site please contact researchmanagement@mgh.harvard.edu. Please include your name, phone number and a brief description of the issue.
 
For questions about your results, or difficulty accessing results in Labpass, contact OHS at PHSOHSCOVID19@partners.org. Please include the following information:

  • Subject line: Labpass Results - MGH
  • Body of email: Name and date of birth, email address you registered with and what the general issue is (unable to access results or other)
We expect to continue testing past the initial 2 weeks.  Stay tuned for the schedule moving forward.  We will continue to keep you up-to-date with any changes or additions as this new program progresses.
 
2. Are you receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?  Research Study Open to the MGH Research Community

Trials have demonstrated that COVID-19 vaccination prevents symptomatic COVID-19 infections, but whether the vaccine prevents asymptomatic infection (and transmission) is unknown. To help answer this question, we are inviting all employees at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who have undergone or plan to undergo employee-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination in Waves A, B, C or D of the MassGeneral Brigham Vaccination plan to join the DISCOVER COVID-19 study (Determining the Incidence of SARS-CoV2 Occurrence after Vaccination in Early Recipients of COVID-19 Immunization).

We are asking participants to perform weekly self-administered anterior nares swabs (just the front part of the nose, not the deeper nasopharyngeal swabs) to help us understand the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on asymptomatic infection. If you enroll in this study, you will be asked to perform self-administered swabs starting from the time of enrollment and continue for approximately 8 weeks following the first dose of your vaccine. Participants will be asked to fill out a very brief weekly survey about the presence or absence of any symptoms. 

Weekly COVID-19 Testing can be done at either the Thier or CNY114 site.

For more information or to enroll, click here.

 
3. Harvard Catalyst Clinical Trial Design Course—Applications Now Open

Clinical Trial Design (CTD) is an opportunity for new clinical investigators, who have an idea for development of a clinical trial, to participate in an intensive nine-week course. Participants will learn the fundamentals of clinical trial design, including instructions on how to design a protocol, information on IRB and regulatory topics, and on trial implementation. Additional course topics include statistical analysis, budgeting, and data management.

Applications due March 5, 2021. Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions. https://catalyst.harvard.edu/services/ctd/

 
4. Help Us Understand How You Use Common Data Elements in NIH-Supported Research
Click here to read more.
 
5. Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19
Click here to read more.
 
6. Notice of Intent to Publish Research Opportunity Announcements (OTA-21-015) for the Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) Initiative

The NIH recently announced that they will publish several Research Opportunity Announcements (ROAs) as part of its new Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) initiative. According to the NIH “This Notice is to alert the community that NIH plans to publish Research Opportunity Announcements (ROAs) as part of the Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) initiative. The solicited research will improve understanding of and develop strategies to prevent and treat post-acute manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection across the lifespan. The initial ROAs are expected to be published by mid-February 2021. Projects will be funded utilizing NIH’s Other Transaction Authority (OTA), which offers flexibility and the ability to engage partners in collaborative innovation and problem solving. Initial awards are anticipated to be made in early March 2021. This Notice is being provided for informational purposes to allow potential applicants additional time to develop responsive applications.”

For more information on the upcoming ROAs, click here. We encourage you to review this notice and consider whether you would be eligible for one or more of these opportunities.

Please keep an eye on Research News for the official ROA announcement.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Given the success of the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholar Award program, the Center for Faculty Development has created the Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series to support and advance the careers of women thanks to the opportunity to present their work. These lectures bring together faculty members from institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars with those MGH scholars on topics that overlap both research areas. Faculty from the outside host institutions are also invited to present on their own. The lectures are open to both the MGH community and that of the host institution.

The lecture will be given by Kerry Reynolds, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, MGH/HMS and Julie Nonnekens, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center. The joint title of their talk is "The black box of cancer therapy."

Click here to join the Zoom webinar.

Register and add to my calendar.

 
2. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Mass General Brigham Human Research Quality Improvement Program

Principal Investigators (PI) who hold an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) agree to oversee the conduct of a clinical trial and remain in compliance with FDA regulations and Mass General Brigham policies. Investigators who hold an IND or IDE are considered Sponsor-Investigators and must comply with regulations for both an investigator and a sponsor.  This results in an increased regulatory burden on investigators and study teams. In this program the Mass General Brigham Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program will outline the responsibilities of a sponsor-investigator.

This course is highly recommended for investigators and study staff conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials under an investigator held IND or IDE.

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

Click here to learn more about IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff

 
3. Introduction to Content and Automated Textual Analysis in Qualitative Research

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy
Speaker: Jordan Neil, PhD

The lecture will provide an overview to conducting a manual content analysis, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation stages. Further, an overview of the benefits and application of different textual analysis software (e.g., Leximancer; Linguistic Inquiry Word Count) will be discussed *This course is only offered to MGH faculty and staff
Apply Here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions

Click here to learn more about the Introduction to Content and Automated Textual Analysis in Qualitative Research

 
4. How to Stay on Track with Your PhD

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Office for Research Careers' Graduate Student Division

Are you procrastinating writing your dissertation? Are you being pulled in too many directions? At this seminar you will learn how to:
- Get organized
- Find a routine that works
- Stop procrastinating

This seminar will provide you with tips, tricks, and strategies on how to stay on track with your dissertation.

Facilitator: Robert E. Kingston, PhD, Chief, Department of Molecular Biology

Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Register and add to my calendar.

 
5. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans

Wednesday, February 24 | 2:00-3:30pm | Via Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Mass General Brigham Human Research Quality Improvement Program
During this presentation you will learn tips and tricks for effective management of study data and options for developing an internal quality assurance monitoring plan that will ensure data integrity and compliance with GCP, research regulations, and MGB policies. 
Register here . Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

To learn more about the Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans, please click here.

 
6. Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

"The Pursuit of Euthymia: How Can We Keep Our Values and Well-Being in Academia?"

The inaugural lecture will feature Giovanni A. Fava, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bologna, Italy and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, New York. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Register and add to my calendar

 
7. Digital Health Innovation in the Age of COVID-19

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 3:00 PM, Zoom

“Digital Health Innovation in the Age of COVID-19” will highlight some of the new infrastructures for digital health, including research, and will feature Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, Chief Research Information Officer, MGB; Adam Landman, MD, Chief Information Officer; Digital Innovation Officer BH; Lee Schwamm, MD, VP, Virtual Care, MGB.

Click here to register.

Mass General Brigham Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) is a new, year-long program focused on Innovation and Digital Health. Each month, we will host a special session highlighting key individuals and innovations happening within the digital health space.  Click here to learn more.
 
8. 3rd Annual Clinical Research Nurse Meeting – Making Clinical Research Transgender Inclusive

Thursday, March 5, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Zoom

Co-hosted by the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, the Boston/New England chapter of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, and the MGH Clinical Research Nurse Collaborative. Speakers from MGH and Boston Children’s Hospital will facilitate an important discussion on transgender inclusivity in clinical research. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 1.0 CNE will be awarded following completion of the event. Contact cngrant@mgh.harvard.edu with any questions.

For more information and to RSVP visit: tinyurl.com/transgender-inclusive-research

 
9. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12:30 PM, Zoom

“Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health” will feature Sandy Aronson; Joe Betancourt, MD; Lee Park, MD; Cheryl Clark, MD; and Jorge Rodriguez, MD, discussing digital health access and impacts particularly from the perspective of patient care.

Click here to register.

 
10. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Virtual

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is pleased to announce our 22nd Annual Symposium, entitled "Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century." We have an outstanding lineup of speakers who are experts in the fields of public health, global food systems, nutritional inequities, and sustainable nutrition.

Registration is now open. We are expected a high volume of attendees and encourage you to secure your spot early. Click here to register now.

Additional event info and speaker information can be found here.

 
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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:

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program to Address COVID-19 Public Health Needs - NIH (NCATS) (rolling deadline until 8/16/24)
 
2. 2021 Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards; Consultation service available for the 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 Office of the President, MGPO, ECOR, and CDI are pleased to announce the two awards under the 2021 CDI Faculty Development Award Program

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

1. The MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award (PSDA):  provides transitional grant funding which will aid the applicant (fellow or junior faculty) in becoming an independent investigator at MGH. Up to $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. As approved by the MGH Chiefs of Service, four awards will be funded via a 50% cost share between ECOR and the applicant's department. Cost sharing exceptions will be considered if departmental resources are an issue. 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. Up to $120,000 plus 15% indirect costs will be awarded to be spent over a four-year period, with a maximum of $30,000 plus indirect costs per year. Two awards will be funded by the MGPO.  To view and download the 2021 CTDA Application, please click here.

Although eligibility requirements for each award may differ, a key requirement for both awards is the department Chair's commitment to retain the candidate as faculty and to support and develop the applicant's academic career at MGH.

The Awardee must present a talk at least once during the tenure of their award to the Chester Pierce Research Society, an interdepartmental forum for UIM researchers at MGH; and a poster at the CDI’s annual Fall Welcoming and Recognition Reception each year, with the exception of the award year. The Awardee must also comply with all CDI requests pertaining to this Award.

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

You may also learn more about these awards by viewing this Zoom recording of the panel session with past PSDA and CTDA recipients held on Jan. 5, 2021.

In addition, the CDI is offering the 2021 CDI Faculty Development Award Consultation Service-
If you are applying for the Clinician-Teacher or Physician/Scientist Development Awards, 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 2021 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021CFDAConsultation

We look forward to receiving applications from eligible candidates supported by their departments. Should you have any questions about these awards, please contact Elena Olson, CDI Executive Director, at ebolson@partners.org.

 
3.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.

 
4. 2021 Eleanor and Miles Shore Faculty Development Awards Program 

Applications are now being accepted for the Harvard Medical School Eleanor and Miles Shore Faculty Development Awards Program

Application deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 
Endorsement deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Current Shore Program funding opportunities:

  • Harvard Medical School Award (HMS/HSDM-wide)
  • BIDMC Department of Anesthesia John Hedley-Whyte Research Fellowship
  • BIDMC Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Fellowship
  • BIDMC Department of Medicine Fellowship
  • BIDMC Department of Surgery Fellowship
  • BCH Department of Neurology Faculty Development Fellowship
  • BCH Department of Neurosurgery Fellowship
  • BWH Department of Medicine Fellowship
  • BWH Department of Pathology Fellowship
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Fellowship
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine Fellowship in honor of Aina M. Auskaps, DMD
  • MGH Department of Anesthesia Fellowship
  • MGH Department of Dermatology Fellowship
  • MGH Department of Emergency Medicine Fellowship
  • MGH Department of Medicine Fellowship
  • MGH Department of Radiology

Awards are open to members of the Faculty of Medicine at the level of instructor and assistant professor.  To access the RFA and submit your application, please visit: https://fa.hms.harvard.edu/shore-program-current-award-opportunities

For any questions, please contact hmsofa_programs@hms.harvard.edu

 
5. 2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards

The Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards are part of the historic $200 million commitment from the Blavatnik Family Foundation to HMS, will help propel the School’s mission of transforming health through curiosity-driven research that stimulates the development of new therapies and the creation of new tools to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease.

What is the Award?
The intent of these awards is to accelerate the development of therapeutics throughout HMS and its affiliated hospitals, with the goal of achieving licensable intellectual property and potentially creating new companies within a two-year time frame. The awards program will help investigators overcome obstacles to commercial translation by funding promising technologies and positioning them to attract venture and industry partners. Awards will include significant financial resources in addition to therapeutic development and project management expertise.

All faculty at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor in the Faculty of Medicine (i.e., faculty at HMS, HMS-affiliated institutions, and HSDM) are eligible to apply for funding as lead PI. The Blavatnik Family Foundation will provide the funds for the awards, which will be administered by Harvard via a grant to the PI’s institution and funded at a level of up to $1 million (total costs) over a period of two years.

The inaugural cycle of the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards program was successfully completed in 2020. It is anticipated that up to five new awards will be made in the 2021 program cycle, with additional annual program cycles anticipated in 2022 and 2023.

When is the deadline?
Pre-proposals of up to four pages are due by March 1, 2021, at 5 p.m.

How do I learn more about this opportunity?
More details on the RFP and submission process are attached and can be found on the program website: https://btca.hms.harvard.edu.

For questions about the submission, review, and selection process for pre-proposals, contact Ifat Rubin-Bejerano (ifat_rubin-bejerano@hms.harvard.edu ), HMS director of translational research programs.

 
6. Breast Cancer Alliance – Exceptional Project Grants

Letters of intent are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant.

What are they?
The Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists at any stage of their careers whose primary focus is breast cancer to apply for an Exceptional Project Grant. This award recognizes creative, unique and innovative research.

MGH is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 LOIs to the sponsor.

How much is the award?
The award is $100,000 for one year. Administrative costs, which are included in the $100,000 award, must be limited to 8% of grant funds. ECOR policy states that for MGH investigators selected through a competitive process as the institutional nominee in which the grant will bring in less than 15% indirect cost (IDC), ECOR will cover the IDC gap up to a maximum of $50,000 per year.

When is the deadline?  

MGH letter of intent deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00pm
BCA letter of intent deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021

What are the internal guidelines?
Please submit a 1-2 page letter of intent, along with a NIH biosketch, to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

Be sure to include the following information:

  1. Applicant's name, job title, and the applicant's contact information
  2. State the project title and hypothesis, outline the research aim(s) and methods
  3. A brief discussion of the project's potential impact

In the event that there are more than 2 applicants, the internal LOI will be used to assess if a review and selection process will be needed. ECOR will notify all interested applicants by March 22, 2021.

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants – Click here.

 
7. HMS Foundation Funds

Each year several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career.  Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds office, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the sponsors.

Awards include:
•            Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award
•            Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant
•            Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program
•            Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship
•            Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation Faculty Fellowship
•            Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award
•            Searle Scholars Program
•            W.T. Grant Scholars Program

Faculty and postdocs interested in applying for any of the awards listed above can apply for the HMS nomination by submitting an application online no later than Monday, March 5, 2021 at 11:30PM. For information on application guidelines, click here.
For some awards, MGH receives invitations to submit their own nominations. In this case, MGH faculty must first apply for the MGH nomination through ECOR and a committee at MGH will select the final MGH candidate(s) to submit applications to the foundations. Click here to view a chart of the current opportunities and the Institution that MGH faculty should apply through. Internal announcements are forthcoming.

MGH is invited to submit their own application for the following opportunities:
Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants
Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants
Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Please direct all inquiries regarding the application process at HMS to Clare Lamont, Program Coordinator, Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463, clare_lamont@hms.harvard.edu .  If you have questions regarding the MGH application process, please email MGH ECOR, ecor@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
8. Gerstner Family Foundation Scholar Award

Applications are now being accepted by the Department of Psychiatry for the
Gerstner Family Foundation Scholar Award

The Department of Psychiatry requests applications for the 2021 Gerstner Scholar Award, a competitive grant award geared to newly or recently trained MDs or PhDs who seek to pursue careers as clinician-researchers or researchers in the areas of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or ADHD plus related disorders. Past awards have included projects related to screening, mechanisms, basic science/translational, and intervention studies. Funded by The Gerstner Family Foundation, the Award Program honors the memory and the research interests of the late Louis V. Gerstner III. A minimum of two, 2-year awards yearly will be granted.

Award Parameters This is a two-year competitive award for MD- and PhD-level junior faculty who are within five years of completing training. Qualified applicants will have an interest in ADHD and related co-morbidities and a demonstrated commitment to clinical research through past projects and publications. Special attention will be paid to applications with specific interest in the overlap of ADHD and addictive disorders.

  • Applicants must have faculty appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
  • Awards will be for $75,000 per year for two years and may be used for an original research project or to broaden or supplement an existing project. Funding may be used for direct salary and fringe support of the Scholar or for related costs such as research assistant time/effort, biostatistical services, neuroimaging, genetic analysis and travel to scientific meetings.
  • Scholars will conduct clinical or translational research related to core ADHD and/or ADHD plus comorbidity.
  • Scholars will spend at least 50 percent of their time in the conduct of clinical research.
  • Scholars will be mentored by midlevel or senior faculty at the MGH

Application requirements will include:

  • Application form
  • One-page statement of applicant’s research interests
  • One-page budget
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support by MGH mentor
  • Additional letter of support if a co-mentor or co-investigator is involved in the project

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021

For more information, please feel free to contact Timothy Wilens, MD (twilens@mgh.harvard.edu) or Janet Wozniak, MD (jwozniak@mgh.harvard.edu) with a copy to Nina Deppe (ndeppe@mgh.harvard.edu).

All information can be sent electronically via email to both Drs. Wilens and Wozniak, with a copy to Ms. Deppe.

 
9. Supplemental Funding for Eligible Students, Postdoctorates, and Investigators from Backgrounds Underrepresented in Academia

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is seeking to match eligible scholars from backgrounds underrepresented in academia (URiA) to research mentors at Harvard and our affiliate organizations to apply for NIH-funded Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. We encourage all applications from eligible undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, and faculty seeking a career in health-related research.
To find out more about this program and to indicate your interest in being matched with a Harvard principal investigator, please click here.

Questions can be directed to HarvardNORC@mgh.harvard.edu

 
10. MGB Postdoctoral Training Program in Precision and Genomic Medicine

A National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Institutional Research Training Grant (T32)

We are pleased to announce that the Mass General Brigham (MGB) Training Program in Precision & Genomic Medicine, supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The MGB Training Program in Precision & Genomic Medicine brings together three outstanding components to build a world-class training program in precision and genomic medicine: 1) an internationally-recognized faculty with expertise in precision and genomic medicine across a broad range of disciplines and institutions, 2) outstanding institutional resources bridging clinical, genomic, and data sciences, and 3) deep engagement with cutting edge, collaborative initiatives at the regional, national, and international levels to provide rich training experiences.

Funding is for 2-years and covers salary, travel to professional meetings, and other training-related expenses.

Application materials are due February 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET USA.

Notification of awards will be made March 2021.

Fellowship term begins July 1, 2021.

For more eligibility and program information, as well as application materials, please visit our website.

Any questions about the T32 program or eligibility can be directed to the Program Manager, Ashley Seiger, aseiger@partners.org.

 
11. Thinking about an EBP, QI, or research project? Special funding opportunity for DNP & advanced practice nurses!

The Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumni Association (MGHNAA) Grant, supported by and named for the MGH School of Nursing Nurses Alumni Association with oversight by the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at MGH, provides 2 years of funding for an EBP, QI, or research project.  Up to $3000 is available to implement a project to advance nursing science and improve outcomes for the nursing workforce, patients, or families.

  • Proposal deadline EXTENDED: Now due: March 1, 2021
  • Applicant is a graduate of a DNP program or an advanced practice nurse graduate of a MSN program.
  • Proposed project is EBP, Quality Improvement, or Original Research
  • Applicant is employed full-time at MGH.

For more information about this Grant, including eligibility requirements, application, instructions, and deadlines, please visit the Munn Center website: https://www.mghpcs.org/munncenter/Nurses-Alumni-Grant.asp or email Jennifer Cahill, PhD, RN: jennifer.cahill@mgh.harvard.edu

 
12. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students

The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students supports nurses in PhD programs currently pursuing their dissertation research. This $2,500 grant is merit-based and provides funding for research-related expenses for up to 2 years. Upon completion of the award, it is expected that the recipient will present findings at minimum to the MGH nursing community in both poster and podium formats and submit a manuscript in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. 

 
13. 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.

  • Mentored Research Experiences for Genetic Counselors (R25)
  • Research Experience in Genomic Research for Data Scientists (R25)
  • Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (P30 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • New Chemistries for Un-drugged Targets through A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) Collaborative Research Program (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
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.
 
14. 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 02/12/21

  • AACAP Junior Investigator Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). $60,000. Deadline: April 1
  • Clinical Research Professor Award, American Cancer Society (ACS) NEW! $400,000. Deadline: August 1
  • Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG), American Cancer Society (ACS). $729,000. Deadline: April 1
  • Mission Boost Grant (MBG), American Cancer Society (ACS) NEW! $360,000. Deadline: April 1
  • Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families, American Cancer Society (ACS). $144,000. Deadline: April 1
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, American Cancer Society (ACS). $175,500. Deadline: April 1
  • Research Scholar Grants, American Cancer Society (ACS). $1.2 million. Deadline: April 1
  • The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services, American Cancer Society (ACS). $1.2 million. Deadline: April 1
  • Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Research Grants, Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund (APMRF). $250,000. Deadline: March 1
  • Spinal Cord Injury Psychosocial Research Grants (PSR) - PSR Pilot Grants, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. $200,000. Deadline: March 3
  • Spinal Cord Injury Psychosocial Research Grants (PSR) - PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. $150,000. Deadline: March 3
  • Spinal Cord Injury Psychosocial Research Grants (PSR) - PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. $400,000. Deadline: March 3
  • CureAccelerator Live! for Pediatric Rare Diseases, Cures Within Reach NEW! $50,000. Deadline: March 17
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome Research, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR). $100,000. Deadline: March 4
  • Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award for Air Pollution Research, Health Effects Institute (HEI). $500,000. Deadline: March 24
  • 2021 Global ANGPTL3 ASPIRE, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $250,000. Deadline: March 12
  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). $420,000. Deadline: March 17
  • Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program, Health Resources in Action (HRiA)/The Medical Foundation. $165,000. Deadline: March 29
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