Research News - February 19, 2021

         
 
February 19, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic MGH Employees in the Charlestown Navy Yard
2. Requesting Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19 (NIH)
3. Harvard Catalyst Clinical Trial Design Course—Applications Now Open
4. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award!
5. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) launches new, improved website
6. Notice of Intent to Publish Research Opportunity Announcements (OTA-21-015) for the Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) Initiative
7. Keeping on Top of NIH-Funded Research You Care the Most About Just Got Easier

EVENTS
 

1. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans
2. Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR)
3. REDCap: Getting Started
4. Biobank Portal
5. Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being
6. Digital Health Innovation in the Age of COVID-19
7. 3rd Annual Clinical Research Nurse Meeting – Making Clinical Research Transgender Inclusive
8. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 3
9. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health
10. Save the Date – 2021 Celebration of Science and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
11. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
12. 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. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards
3. 2021 Physician/Scientist and Clinician-Teacher Development Awards; Consultation service available for the potential applicants
4. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2021
5. Gerstner Scholar Award
6. 2021 Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards
7. Breast Cancer Alliance – Exceptional Project Grants
8. Thinking about an EBP, QI, or research project? Special funding opportunity for DNP & advanced practice nurses!
9. HMS Foundation Funds
10. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
11. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students
12. Strengthen research skills, support health equity with the 2021 Butler-Williams Scholars Program
13. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
14. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
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 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. Requesting Extensions for Early Career Scientists Whose Career Trajectories Have Been Significantly Impacted by COVID-19 (NIH)

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with extensive mitigation measures, has adversely affected progress in many biomedical research settings. Evidence from multiple sources, including a survey NIH issued to its extramural research workforce, indicates legitimate concerns about career trajectory for early career scientists. Therefore, within existing constraints of available funding, NIH plans to support early career scientists whose career trajectories have been significantly affected by the pandemic.

NIH is providing an opportunity for recipients of NIH Fellowship (“F”) and NIH Career Development (“K”) awards who have been impacted by COVID-19 to request extensions. To learn more about the process, 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. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award!

Eight junior faculty women were recently selected to receive the 2021 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award, which is managed by the Executive Committee on Research and the Office for Women's Careers. The intent of this award is to increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine. These are two year awards for $50,000 per year in direct costs.

A special thanks to Dr. Peter Slavin for funding two additional awards this year! We greatly appreciate his commitment to the program.

2021 Claflin Distinguished Scholars:

  • Abigail Batchelder, PhD, MPH, Psychiatry
  • Melanie Haines, MD, Medicine/Neuroendocrine
  • Jamie Jacobs, PhD, Psychiatry
  • Marcy Kingsbury, PhD, Pediatric Service
  • Lidia Moura, MD, Neurology
  • Esther Rheinbay, PhD, Cancer Center
  • Rebecca Sandlin, PhD, Surgery
  • Jia Yin, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology
 
5. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) launches new, improved website

The new EAP website is available to help employees access resources and introduce them to the full array of EAP and Work-Life services. Whether on your desktop or smartphone, the site is easier to navigate and more user-friendly. Browse the EAP Services and For Managers sections to learn more about the EAP and the services it offers, and then check out these new sections:

Included within Workplace Resources are mental health and well-being resources and tools for helping you maintain your resiliency – especially during these difficult times – including the Foundations (formerly Evermind) and Headspace mental health apps. Learn more on The Pulse.

 
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.

 
7. Keeping on Top of NIH-Funded Research You Care the Most About Just Got Easier
Click here to read more.
 
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EVENTS
 
1. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 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.

 
2. Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR)

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Via Zoom

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) brings clinical information to the researcher's fingertips and ensures the security of patient information by controlling and auditing the distribution of patient data within the guidelines of the IRB.

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the RPDR (Research Patient Data Registry) application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, creating a query and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research.

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

To learn more about RPDR, please click here.

 
3. REDCap: Getting Started

Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Via Zoom

Instructors: Lynn Simpson, Research Data Collection Services Manager, Jeremy Alphonse, Research Data Collection Services Project Analyst Research Information Science and Computing (RISC) Applications and Services

In collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst, REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application hosted by Partners Research Computing and designed to support electronic data capture for research studies. To learn more about REDCap please click here.

This course will provide a high-level overview of the REDCap tool. Learn about study start up, project life cycles, data management, and how to program data fields and branching logic. There will be time devoted to user’s Q&A and design questions.
The Learning Objectives include:

  1. How to access REDCap and request new projects.
  2. Understanding the types of projects that REDCap can support.
  3. How to collect data, the different methods to send survey invites and to collect data directly from participants (self-reported) in clinics.
  4. How to program data collection instruments and utilize the program features.

The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and capability of REDCap for research. Participants may find it helpful to view our online videos prior to attending: https://rc.partners.org/redcapgettingstarted

REDCap link : https://rc.partners.org/research-apps-and-services/collect-data#redcap

Register here.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more about REDCap: Getting Started

 
4. Biobank Portal

Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Via Zoom

The Partners Biobank Portal is a tool that links consented subjects from the Partners Biobank with their health care data from the electronic medical record (EMR) and allows researchers to request clinical samples for these subjects. 

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the Biobank Portal application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, types of samples available, genomic information and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research.

Register here.

Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

Click here to learn more about the Biobank Portal

 
5. 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 Maurizio Fava Lecture Series on Well-Being, created to honor Dr. Fava’s vision and advocacy for well-being of the MGH community, will be inaugurated with a lecture by Dr. Giovanni Fava titled “The Pursuit of Euthymia – How can we keep our values and well-being in academia?”. 

Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bologna, with a joint appointment at the State University of New York at Buffalo as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Fava has authored more than 500 scientific papers and performed groundbreaking research in several fields, including the introduction of a novel psychotherapeutic approach, Well-Being Therapy. He is Editor-in-Chief of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 

Click here to join the Zoom meeting

Register and add to my calendar  
 
6. 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.
 
7. 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, please click here.  

 
8. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 3

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

"Analysis of Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration on Brain Imaging Using Machine Learning" 

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures bring together faculty from institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars with MGH scholars, on topics that overlap both research areas. Faculty from the outside host institutions are also invited to present on their own. 

This lecture will be given by Lilla Zollei, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, MGH/HMS and Esther E. Bron, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center. The joint title of their talk is "Analysis of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration on brain imaging using machine learning." 

Click here to join the Zoom webinar

Register and add to my calendar

 
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. Save the Date – 2021 Celebration of Science and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 & 8, 2021, Zoom

We hope you will join us for the 72nd Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting and Celebration of Science.  All events will be held virtually.

Please continue checking the SAC page on the ECOR website for updates regarding this event.

 
11. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

Wednesday and Thursday, May 19 & 20, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Virtual

Participate in this year’s virtual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit on May 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m.- noon, for two days of learning and engagement. Mass General Brigham has identified diversity, equity and inclusion as focus areas of the highest priority that are aligned with the goals of United Against Racism.

Save the date for this can’t-miss two-day event that will feature:

  • Isabel Wilkerson, Author of Caste
  • Leana Wen, MD, CNN Commentator
  • David Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

For more information, email diversityinclusion@partners.org.

 
12. 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:

  • No 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?

New for 2021!  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 now offering 3 types of training awards: fundamental research fellowships, clinical research fellowships, and population healthcare 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 and Instructors who are within 5 years total since initiating their research fellowship training.  

How much is each award?
The award will include a stipend of $52,704 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 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. 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. .
 
4. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2021

Pre-applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for NIH Shared Instrumentation Grants (S10) and the High-End Instrumentation Grants (HEI) Program

The NIH ORIP's Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) program, also known as a SIG, supports the purchase of research equipment in the $50,000 to $600,000 price range. Examples of instrumentation supported by SIG funding include nuclear magnetic resonance systems, electron and light microscopes, mass spectrometers, protein and DNA sequencers, biosensors, X-ray diffractometers and cell sorters. For research equipment exceeding the $600,000 price range, investigators may apply for the High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program.

The MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) has again committed funding to provide institutional support this year for Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) and High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant  proposals. ECOR has made this commitment because it recognizes that institutional support greatly increases the likelihood that an application will be funded.

When is the deadline?

ECOR Pre-application Deadline:  Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5pm
NIH Application Deadline:  Tuesday, June 1, 2021

How to Apply
To submit a pre-application for S10 and HEI grants Click here

If you have questions, please contact MGH ECOR at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu or call 617-643-7420

 
5. 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.

 
6. 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.

 
7. 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

 
8. 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

 
9. 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.

 
10. 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.

 
11.  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. 

If you have questions about this award, please email: Jane Flanagan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, FAAN, jflanagan@mgh.harvard.edu, and Sara Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, SLOOBY@mgh.harvard.edu
 
12. Strengthen research skills, support health equity with the 2021 Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Are you an early-stage investigator hoping to establish a career in aging research or a junior faculty member who wants to better understand and address health disparities in the field? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you can combine these interests by applying to the 2021 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program!

The Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to build a national network in the field of aging research; learn more about NIA science and its funding opportunities; and sharpen grant writing skills. It is especially helpful for researchers who are planning for a career development award or their first R01, but anyone interested in aging research is encouraged to apply.

The B-W Scholars Program is presented by the NIA Office of Special Populations, which works to strengthen the understanding of health disparities in aging research and mentor a diverse next generation of scientists. Like the 2020 program participants, this year’s B-W Scholars will meet virtually in adherence with COVID-19 safety precautions. The training program continues to be a popular and effective opportunity to grow your professional network in aging research.

Connect, learn, grow
The immersive and intensive B-W Scholars Program blends seminars, presentations, small group discussions, and networking. Participants will connect with NIA leadership, scientific review and program staff, and NIA-supported extramural researchers. The 2021 B-W Scholars curriculum includes:

  • Minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity
  • Basic biology of aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias
  • Neuroscience of aging
  • Behavioral and social science research
  • Geriatrics and clinical gerontology
  • Consultations on developing research interests
  • Applying the NIA Health Disparities Framework when developing a new study
  • Preparing and submitting research grant applications
  • Mock scientific grant application reviews

Launched more than 30 years ago, the B-W Scholars Program has grown an engaged and energetic alumni network nationwide. B-W Scholars alumni have built successful aging research careers, obtained independent NIH funding, and grown into key leadership roles.

Logistics & details: Apply now!
The B-W Scholars Program will be held virtually on August 24-26, 2021. Interested early career investigators must apply by the March 31 deadline. This training is offered at no cost to successful applicants. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Researchers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, women, and/or individuals with an interest in minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity research related to aging are especially encouraged to apply.

Click here to view the application form.

 
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)
  • Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) - NEW!
  • Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) Coordinating Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - NEW!
  • Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • 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 02/19/21

  • Research Grant and Young Investigator Award Program, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). $50,000. Deadline: May 7
  • Osteoarthritis Research Grant, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). $50,000. Deadline: June 1
  • Brain Cancer Research Investigator Grant, B*CURED. $50,000. Deadline: May 1
  • CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer, CHEST Foundation/American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). $100,000. Deadline: March 31
  • Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine, CHEST Foundation/American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). $150,000. Deadline: March 31
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute (CRI). $175,500. Deadline: April 1
  • Venture Grants, CurePSP - Foundation for PSP/CBD and Related Brain Diseases. $100,000. Deadline: April 1
  • MDS Research Fund (MDSRF), Dresner Foundation. $500,000. Deadline: March 19
  • John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). $100,000. Deadline: June 1
  • Opportunity Awards, James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). $250,000. Deadline: April 9
  • Research Grants, Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF). $75,000. Deadline: April 30
  • Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). $300,000. Deadline: April 2
  • PCF-Pfizer Health Equity Challenge Awards, Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) NEW! $150,000. Deadline: April 9
  • Child Development Fund, The Waterloo Foundation (TWF). $84,000. Deadline: May 16
  • Open Research Fund, Wellcome Trust. $139,000. Deadline: March 12
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