Research News - February 28, 2020

 

 

 

 

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February 28, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. MGH Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) Animal Ordering Web Site – Routine Maintenance Scheduled
2. FlowJo Software - Interest Survey

EVENTS
 

1. MGH Research Council Meeting
2. ERIS Office Hours at MGH: ERISOne Linux Cluster Support & More!
3. ERIS Open House
4. R Intro Training
5. MGH Immunology Seminar Series
6. Qualitative Interviewing
7. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
8. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Spring Symposium: Intestinal Stem Cells: Identity, Development, and Metabolic Control

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. MGH ECOR Deliberative ISF Call for applications – Deadline: April 1, 2020
2. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2020
3. MGH Physician and/or Scientist Development Award 2020
4. HMS Foundation Funds
5. Breast Cancer Alliance – Exceptional Project Grants
6. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
7. KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training
8. 2020 Request for Applications: Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D, Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research
9. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
10. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. MGH Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) Animal Ordering Web Site – Routine Maintenance Scheduled

On Monday, 3/2/20 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm CCM will be performing routine maintenance to the Animal Ordering Web Site (http://ccm.partners.org).   Please do not attempt to access the site during this maintenance window as the application will be unavailable.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.   If you have any questions or problems, please email us at MGHCCM@PARTNERS.ORG

 
2. FlowJo Software - Interest Survey

Would you be interested in purchasing FlowJo software if offered at a discounted rate? Please take a brief survey to help us understand the volume of licenses needed in hopes to better secure a discounted rate for researchers across Partners HealthCare affiliates. FlowJo is a software package for analyzing flow cytometry data. Files produced by modern flow cytometers are written in the Flow Cytometry Standard format with an .fcs file extension. FlowJo will import and analyze cytometry data regardless of which flow cytometer is used to collect the data. Read more about FlowJo and other software licenses available through the Research Computing Core: https://rc.partners.org/FlowJo.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. MGH Research Council Meeting

Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Simches Auditorium (3.110), Streaming to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)
 
Meeting Chair: Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD

“How to Help Us Promote YOUR Science”
Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director, MGH Research Institute &
Mike Morrison, Director of Media Relations

All MGH Researchers welcome!

 
2. ERIS Office Hours at MGH: ERISOne Linux Cluster Support & More!

Monday, March 2 from 1-3p.m., Simches 3130

Drop in for 1:1 support with REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture)ERISOne Linux ClusterPartners R User GroupLabArchives and more. Whether currently using ERIS services or looking to start, come on by for in-person consultation and supportSubject matter experts will be on site and happy to help you navigate the ERIS tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. We hope to see you then!

 
3. ERIS Open House

Wednesday, March 25 from 10a.m.-4p.m. in Assembly Rooms A & B

Learn about the breadth of technology services and support available to researchers and innovators. Listen to short presentations highlighting applications, platforms and IT services available for collecting, managing and analyzing data. Expert panels will answer your questions and explain how services fit together, and don't miss the Resource Room for 1:1 support, networking and collaboration opportunities.

 Stop in for a few topics or stay all day! Learn More https://rc.partners.org/open-house and register online.

 
4. R Intro Training

Thursday, March 26 from 9:30a.m.-4:00p.m., Assembly Row Training Room 2W23, Somerville, MA
R is a free, open-source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This training course targets research scientists who have no or little knowledge of R. The hands-on training will provide many examples and exercises on ways to use R including computation, data manipulation, plots and installs. This hands-on course has limited space, and registration is required.

 
5. MGH Immunology Seminar Series

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12-1 PM, CNY149, 7th Floor, Isselbacher Auditorium

Title: “Functional aggregates in innate and adaptive immunity”.
Speaker: Sun Hur, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital

(shuttle bus leaves MGH and North Station every 15 minutes)
Contact Person – Fiona Chen (617/726-1527)
http://www.massgeneral.org/ciid/ourseminars/seminarseries.aspx
WEBCAST LINK: https://mgh.rev.vbrick.com/#/events/60b1d3d7-b36f-4106-9ac8-f67b43a6067a
Pass Word: Research123

 
6. Qualitative Interviewing

Monday, March 9 | 2:00-3:00pm| Simches 3.120, Floor 3, Simches Research Center

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

Speaker: Christina Psaros, PhD

This one session course is designed to guide clinical researchers who are interested in learning qualitative interviewing skills for individual interviews as well as focus groups. Topics may include: probing, asking open ended questions, using open- vs. close-ended questions, maintaining interview length and pace, and addressing challenging participant behaviors and non-judgmentally. This course is appropriate for all research staff who may engage in qualitative interviewing, including clinical research coordinators.  *Please note this course is only offered to MGH faculty and staff

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

 
7. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, March 10 @ 12:30 PM, 149 CNY – Room 2.204

Paul Yu, MD, PhD; Associate Professor of Medicine, BWH
Translating insights from signaling and human genetics into therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension

 
8. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Spring Symposium: Intestinal Stem Cells: Identity, Development, and Metabolic Control

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Research Building, Boston Children’s Hospital 320 Longwood Avenue

To view the agenda and register, visit https://hddc.hms.harvard.edu/event/2020-spring-scientific-symposium

For additional information, contact: kebrewosen.densamo@childrens.harvard.edu

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. MGH ECOR Deliberative ISF Call for applications – Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is accepting applications for the April 1st deadline for Deliberative Interim Support Funding.  April is the second of three standing deadlines for these awards in Fiscal Year 2020.  The next deadline will be August 3, 2020.  

What are they?
Deliberative Interim Support Funding
This is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense).  Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01).  The Deliberative Interim Support process is open to:

  1. Investigators whose grants were not scored or whose scores were not translated into a percentile ranking.
  2. Investigators whose grants received scores >20th percentile.
  1. Investigators who have already received Formulaic Bridge Funding or Deliberative Interim Support for a previous submission of this grant and are now requesting support for the resubmission of the same grant.  Investigators in this category must apply through the Deliberative Interim Support process for this application regardless of the score they received.

When is the deadline?
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Deliberative Interim Support Funding - Click here

 
2. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2020

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

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 Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) Grant Program supports the purchase or upgrade of scientific instruments that are necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Applicants may request clusters of commercially available instruments configured as specialized integrated systems or as series of instruments to support a thematic well-defined area of research using animals or related materials. Please note that MGH is only allowed to submit one SIFAR application to the NIH. If we receive multiple internal applications for the SIFAR grant, there will be an internal review process and one application will be selected.

The MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) has again committed funding to provide institutional support this year for Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10), High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant, and SIFAR 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:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5pm
NIH Application Deadline:  Monday, June 1, 2020

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

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

 
3. MGH Physician and/or Scientist Development Award 2020

Four Year Award for Investigators
who are Underrepresented in Academic Medicine*
*Fundamental, Clinical, Translational, and Health Services investigators are all eligible

Applications for grants are invited by the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), and the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR). 

What is the Award?
The MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award (PSDA) is designed for MD and/or PhD investigators at MGH who are considered underrepresented in academic medicine (URiM). This Award is intended to provide transitional funding for support in the development of physicians and scientists underrepresented in academic medicine, and thereby increase opportunities for URiM researchers to advance to senior positions in academic medicine at MGH.  This award is a key faculty initiative of the CDI. We encourage applicants to engage with the center and learn more about our programs and other initiatives: www.massgeneral.org/cdi.The CDI will evaluate the need for this Award on a regular basis.

Am I URiM (Underrepresented in Medicine)?
For the purposes of the PSDA, MGH follows the definition of underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research (URiM) of the NIH and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  URM groups may include Latino/ Hispanic (including Brazilian), African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Please note that Asians are not considered URiM, UNLESS they are underrepresented relative to the population MGH serves, e.g., Cambodian or Laotian.

How much is the award?
Up to $180,000 plus 15% indirect costs, 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

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 5:00 PM

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

 
4. 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 Research 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 23, 2020 at 11:30PM. Please note that the deadline for the Herbert Nickens Faculty Fellowship is Tuesday, March 3, 2020 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:

  • 1907 Trailblazer Award
  • ADA Pathways to Stop Diabetes
  • Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grants
  • Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health
  • Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Smith Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
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
 
5. 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 9, 2020 at 5:00pm
BCA letter of intent deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020

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 24, 2020.

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

 
6. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards

What are they?
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the Assistant Professor level.

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: Tuesday, April 7, 2020– 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards - Click here

 
7. KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training

The KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) program provides advanced training in clinical and translational research to senior fellows and junior faculty from all health professions represented by Harvard Catalyst, including medicine, dentistry, and nursing. Funding is 50-75% of salary. Awardees will pursue a mentored research project in their area of expertise. It is expected that the research performed within the KL2/CMeRIT program will provide the basis for an independent NIH award (e.g., K23, KO8, or RO1). Awardees will also pursue an educational program that provides optimal training in their chosen career objectives.

Please see website for more information: https://catalyst.harvard.edu/services/kl2

Please encourage applications from faculty underrepresented in medicine.

Deadline: 3/27/20

 
8. 2020 Request for Applications: Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D, Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D., Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research invites applications for pilot grant funding from MGH investigators.

Applications are welcome from new investigators, established investigators in the field of pancreatic cancer, as well as senior investigators who have not previously worked in this area. The Institute is particularly interested in research directed towards identifying specific causes of pancreatic cancer; early detection, understanding factors that promote tumor growth; novel imaging modalities; understanding mechanisms of resistance to existing chemotherapy and radiation, as well as exploring novel therapeutic approaches. Basic, translational, and clinical research projects will be considered.

Awards
Up to two pilot grants will be funded for one year at $50,000 (direct costs).

Application Guidelines

  • Principal Investigator’s NIH formatted biosketch including key references emphasizing the Principal Investigator’s publications.
  • Three-page proposal including:
  • Project title with contact information for the Principal Investigator.
  • Abstract (200 words).
  • Description of project, including background, aims, and experimental approaches.
    • Graphs, tables and references are not included in the 3-page maximum.
  • Budget

Important Dates

  • Due date for proposals is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 5PM.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Warshaw Institute Executive Committee in mid-April and awardees will be notified by May 1, 2020.
  • Funding will begin on July 1, 2020.

Submission Instructions
Please submit a single PDF (and address inquiries) to: Daniel Salvati, Administrative Director for Research, Department of Surgery; dsalvati@mgh.harvard.edu

 
9. 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.

  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • 1907 Trailblazer Award
  • Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings – Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings – Clinical Research Network – Leadership Center (UM1 Clinical Trial Required)
  • Centers for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial 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.

 
10. 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 InfoEd/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 2/28/20

  • Institutional Research Grants, American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health, American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)/CHEST Foundation
  • CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer, American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)/CHEST Foundation
  • ASH-AMFDP Award, American Society of Hematology (ASH)
  • Research Grants, Biostime Institute for Nutrition and Care (BINC) – Geneva NEW!
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grants, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)
  • Career Development Awards, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (CCFA)
  • Clinical Pilot and Feasibility Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT)
  • Clinical Pilot and Feasibility Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT)
  • All-Priorities' Research Call Project Grants, DEBRA International
  • IARS Mentored Research Awards (IMRA), International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
  • Bridge Grants, National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)
  • Patient Education in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Pfizer, Inc./Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW!
  • DxQI Seed Grant Program, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) NEW!
  • Epidemic Preparedness - COVID-19 funding call, Wellcome Trust NEW!
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

NIH Update for Week Ending February 28, 2020

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: March 7, 2020; 7th day of each month

Partners Training Program in Precision & Genomic Medicine
Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

2020 NORCH Pilot & Feasibility Grants
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

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

PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

3/5         2nd Annual Clinical Research Nurse Reception

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