Research News - March 12, 2021

 

         
 
March 12, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic MGH Employees in the Charlestown Navy Yard
2. Vote for Mass General in STAT Madness
3. Position Opening - Director, Division of Clinical Research
4. Mass General Brigham Innovation Releases New Innovator’s Commercialization Guide
5. New Center for Diversity and Inclusion Faculty and Administrative Positions Focused on the Research Workforce
6. Position Opening - Program Coordinator, Center for Faculty Development, MGH

EVENTS
 

1. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group
2. Spying on the Immune System Seminar
3. MGH/Harvard CBRC Virtual Seminar Series
4. Interpreting and Presenting Results- Qualitative and Mixed Methods
5. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting
6. MGH Virtual Trivia Night
7. Join the Virtual Research Technical Talk
8. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health
9. Save the Date – 2021 Celebration of Science and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
10. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
11. 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. Interim Support Funding 21-2
4. Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
5. Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health
6. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2021
7. 2021 Request for Applications: Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D, Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research
8. Pilot & Feasibility Award for Nutrition/Obesity/Metabolism Projects
9. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students
10. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities
11. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
12. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
13. 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, March 12, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, March 19, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, March 26, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 30, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, March 30 is scheduled to be the LAST DAY to get tested at CNY.

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. Vote for Mass General in Round Two of STAT Madness

STAT Madness is a nationwide bracket-style competition highlighting the most innovative biomedical research of the year. This year two Mass General investigators, Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD, and Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, made it to round two!

Help them get to round three by voting for them once a day! Round one voting closes Sunday, March 14, at 11:59pm.

https://www.statnews.com/feature/stat-madness/bracket/
 
3. Position Opening - Director, Division of Clinical Research

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is recruiting a new Director for the Division of Clinical Research (DCR). In this leadership role, the new Director will set and carryout the vision for the support of clinical research at MGH. The principle responsibilities of this position include:

  • To develop and sustain a compelling vision for how to address the future needs of human investigation at the MGH;
  • To implement that vision in collaboration with the DCR Director of Operations and Faculty;
  • To modify this vision and programs over time in response to the ever-changing environment and opportunities of our hospital.
  • The DCR Director is responsible for co-chairing the Clinical Research Council alongside the SVP for Research.
  • The DCR Director will chair the Committee on Clinical Research, comprising representatives from all departments with clinical research programs.
  • The DCR Director will chair an Executive Committee on Clinical Research that will consist of the Center and Unit Directors of the DCR, the Directors of the Translational and Clinical Research Centers, the SVP for Research and two representatives from the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) leadership.
  • The DCR Director will work closely with the Directors of the Translational Research Center and the Clinical Research Center to align resources and offerings to support the clinical research mission.
  • The DCR Director will be an ex-officio member of ECOR, a member of ECOR’s executive staff, a member of the Research Institute Steering Committee, and an ex-officio member of Chief’s council.
  • This position will have a reporting structure similar to that of the Thematic Center Directors, reporting to the SVP for Research and ECOR chair.
  • To increase the quantity and quality of all forms of clinical research at the MGH (including translation, clinical trials, epidemiology, safety and quality outcomes and population studies)
  • To assist the Department Chiefs and Center Directors in recruiting the best and brightest physician scientists and basic investigators to careers in clinical research
  • To provide an institutional infrastructure and milieu to facilitate their retention.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have: an MGH appointment, a compelling strategic vision for the MGH’s translational research future and an operational plan; a track record of a national presence and experience with NIH and industry-sponsored clinical research is preferred; experience running a robust clinical research program; and a track record of mentorship. Long-term clinical research experience preferred. Leadership and team management expertise required. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have qualifications consistent with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at Harvard Medical School and devote up to 50% time to the position.

Department Overview
The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) of the Mass General Research Institute works to promote science at the clinical—research interface. The division sponsors a total of 10 centers and 14 units, each of which has a specific mission to assist investigators conducting clinical research.

Our mission is to increase the quality, quantity, and efficiency of translating basic science advances into improved care for our patients. Our researchers and clinicians partner with academia, industry, governments, foundations, and philanthropists to prevent and treat disease, and improve the lives of our patients.

For further information about the DCR centers/units and education/training opportunities, visit their website at: https://www.massgeneral.org/research/division-clinical-research/

How to Apply
Interested candidates should email a C.V. and cover letter to:
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc
Chief, Neurology Service
MGHDCRDirectorSearch@partners.org

Application Deadline: March 24, 2021
 
4. Mass General Brigham Innovation Releases New Innovator’s Commercialization Guide

Are you a researcher interested in the commercialization process? This 40+ page guide is designed to orient new and experienced innovators to policies and procedures ranging from the simple question of “who do I contact?” to the more complex situations involving intellectual property, contracting, conflicts and funding.

https://innovation.massgeneralbrigham.org/innovators-commercialization-guide

 
5. New Center for Diversity and Inclusion Faculty and Administrative Positions Focused on the Research Workforce

As a central resource for diversity and inclusion at Mass General Hospital, the goals of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) are to work with all departments to promote and advance the careers of clinicians and scientists underrepresented in medicine (UIM).  Via the MGH Structural Equity Plan, the scope of CDI will expand across the entire workforce continuum via multiple workstreams and incorporating subject matter experts and leads, to focus on students, residents, fellows, faculty, researchers and patient care services staff, to help advance equity across MGH under the umbrella of the Office for Equity and Community Health. 

As the CDI expands its focus to the research workforce, including trainees and faculty, we are seeking two enthusiastic team players who are committed to advancing the diversity of the research workforce to manage and lead growing initiatives and programs that focus on the research workforce area of CDI’s mission. These two new part-time position titles and job requisition ID numbers are:

  • Administrative Director for Research, CDI (0.5 FTE)  (ID: 3146847)
  • Faculty Director for Research, CDI (0.1-0.2 FTE) (ID: 3148084): PhD and/or MD associate or full professor; internal candidates only

Please note these are not full-time positions.  To view these CDI job posting details and to apply, please go to MGH HR website and select “internal applicants” and search for requisition 3146847 (Administrative Director for Research) or 3148084 (Faculty Director for Research).

For any questions about these positions, please reach out to Elena Olson, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at ebolson@partners.org

 
6. Position Opening - Program Coordinator, Center for Faculty Development, MGH

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is now soliciting applications for the position of Program Coordinator for the Center for Faculty Development (CFD).

CFD’s mission is to facilitate career advancement and job satisfaction of faculty, research fellows, and graduate students at MGH. The Center provides consultation and advocacy for MGH faculty through four distinct offices: the Office for Clinical Careers (OCC), the Office for Research Careers (ORC), the Office for Well-Being (OWB), and the Office for Women's Careers (OWC). Each Office has its own director and serves a distinct faculty constituency. A Graduate Student Division and Post-Doctoral Division are housed within the ORC to address the needs of our graduate student and postdoctoral communities.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Center for Faculty Development (CFD) and in consultation with the Faculty Directors, the program coordinator is responsible for high-level project management and analytical support for the Office for Clinical Careers (OCC), the Office for Well-Being (OWB), the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC) and the other Centers’ offices as needed.

The program coordinator will collaborate with senior leadership to develop and evaluate both strategic and operational projects. Responsible for project planning, progress tracking and reporting out on projects as assigned. In addition, the coordinator will assist department administration with the effective workflow of the office’s daily operations.

This position will help the various Offices meet its goals: to support the career advancement, leadership development and improve the well-being of our faculty and trainees across the career span (faculty, students and trainees); by providing programs, services, and resources designed to create a sense of community and enhancing the overall experience of research faculty, students and trainees at MGH.

To learn more about this position or to apply, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Maire Leyne at mleyne@mgh.harvard.edu

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group

Friday, March 12, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

The next Lab Managers’ Discussion Group meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 12th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The meeting will be focused on procurement and supply chain.

If you have questions or comments you would like to submit in advance of the next meeting, please fill out the form SubmitQuestionsToLMDG

Please see the Zoom information listed below.
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2. Spying on the Immune System Seminar

Friday, March 12, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology

 “Spying on the Immune System”
Dr. Stephen J. Elledge, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Zoom information:
https://partners.zoom.us/j/89383054720?pwd=dlllWklKNTZTSXh6VDFMVzllaG1CQT09
Meeting ID: 893 8305 4720
Passcode: 311143

 
3. MGH/Harvard CBRC Virtual Seminar Series

Monday, March 15, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

“Neuroimmune Regulation of Itch”
Brian Kim, MD, PHD, MTF, FAAD, Associate Professor Medicine, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Itch and Sensory Disorders

Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/85686690687

 
4. Interpreting and Presenting Results- Qualitative and Mixed Methods

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Zoom

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

Speaker: Lara Traeger, PhD

This one session course will assist clinical researchers in interpreting and presenting qualitative research data that they have coded using NVivo, other software, or by hand. We will address how to utilize the data to identify themes and overarching ideas, connections between themes, and ways in which themes may vary by attributes of individual interviewees, focus groups or other units of analysis. We also will address strategies for effectively reporting qualitative research results in presentations and manuscripts, and for integrating qualitative and quantitative research results in the context of mixed methods studies.

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

Click here to learn more about Interpreting and Presenting Results- Qualitative and Mixed Methods
 
5. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Zoom

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

This course will provide participants with information on the requirements for clinical trials registration on ClinicalTrials.gov, results reporting, record maintenance, and consequences for noncompliance.  The course is recommended for investigators and study staff involved in the conduct of clinical trials registration and results reporting or those interested in registering research studies to meet ICMJE publication requirements. 

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

Click here to learn more about ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting

 
6. MGH Virtual Trivia Night

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the CNY Vitality and Advocacy Committee (formally CNY Quality of Life Committee)

Back by popular demand, we are excited to host another FREE MGH Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, March 18th from 7:00-8:30 pm.  All researchers, trainees, and staff are welcome to join!!!

Please organize your team (no more than 8 people/team) and register using the link below.  ALL players must register. If you don't have a team to play with, feel free to register by entering “Random” to be assigned to a team.

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

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

Please click here to register.

 
7. Join the Virtual Research Technical Talk

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, MS Teams

This month, we will feature updates from the Clinical Trials Office (CTO) and the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) team. This monthly meeting is geared for research IT administrators and managers who support research and innovation departments but is open to anyone in the MGB community. Subscribe to receive the monthly meeting invite if you’re interested in learning more or attending.

Click here to learn more about the Virtual Research Technical Talks

 
8. 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.

 
9. 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.

 
10. 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.

 
11. 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. Interim Support Funding 21-2

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is now accepting applications for Interim Support Funding. 

What are they?
The Interim Support Funding (ISF) Program 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 intent of the program is to rescue strong scientific programs that are in need of bridge funding in order to sustain their research. Applications will be accepted regardless of percentile or score, including applications that were not discussed. Financial need and the impact of the COVID pandemic will be taken into account.

When is the deadline?
April 1, 2021 - 5:00 PM

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

 
4. 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, March 23, 2021– 5:00 PM

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

 
5. Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Charles H. Hood Foundation 2022 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health research award.

What are they?
The Charles H. Hood Foundation 2022 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health supports outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in child health. The overall goal of the program remains the funding of translational or clinical research that will improve child health clinical outcomes, or improve health care access, affordability, and quality. For the 2022 grant cycle, the Hood Foundation requests applications related to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 

The Major Grants Initiative is a component of the Hood Foundation’s research funding portfolio. Since 1942, the Foundation has supported investigators at New England research institutions to improve the health and quality of life for children. The Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program has launched the careers of close to 635 junior faculty whose discoveries have contributed to significant improvements in child health. Since 1989, the Foundation has also supported 49 Postdoctoral Fellows conducting projects spanning the continuum from basic laboratory research to clinical and health services research. Since the inauguration of the Major Grant program in 2014, 14 senior investigators have received over $5,500,000 in research support.

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate.

When is the deadline?  
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.

How do I learn more and apply?
2022 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health research award - Click here

 
6. 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
 
7. 2021 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 (2-page maximum) 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.
  • Include a budget and budget justification.

Important Dates

  • Due date for proposals is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5:00PM
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the executive committee of the Warshaw Institute in mid-April, and awardees will be notified by May 1, 2021.
  • Funding will begin on July 1, 2021.

Submission Instructions

  • Please submit a single PDF (and address inquiries) to: Daniel Salvati, Administrative Director for Research, Department of Surgery; dsalvati@mgh.harvard.edu
 
8. Pilot & Feasibility Award for Nutrition/Obesity/Metabolism Projects

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is now accepting applications for Pilot & Feasibility funding for projects related to nutrition, obesity, and metabolism. Up to $30,000 per project is available.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2021. 

Please click here for information on eligibility, application procedure, and more.

 
9. 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. 

 
10. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities

HARRINGTON SCHOLAR-INNOVATOR AWARD
**M.D. required for eligibility. Open to physician-scientists in the U.S. and Canada.
Call Opens: March 8
Letters of Intent (LOI) Due: April 16, 2021

Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) invites you to submit an LOI for the 2022 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award. This grant supports all disease areas and is designed to advance your promising drug discovery research towards the clinic. In addition to grant funding, HDI provides guidance and oversight in all aspects of drug development, while taking no rights to intellectual property, which is retained by you/your institution.
  
To learn more about this award, click here.

To submit an online application, go to HDI’s grant system and create an account. 
Click here to view the FAQ.

Questions? Email HDIQuestions@HarringtonDiscovery.org.

ADDF-HARRINGTON SCHOLAR AWARD
** Ph.D. or M.D. or equivalent required for eligibility. Open to researchers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
Call Opens: March 2
Letters of Intent (LOI) Due: April 23, 2021

Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) invite you to submit an LOI for the 2021 ADDF-Harrington Scholar Award. This grant is designed to accelerate the translation of academic discoveries into medicines for treating, preventing, or curing patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Of particular interest are targets related to proteostasis and epigenetics. Researchers working on drug development programs that are relevant to, but not presently focused on, the Alzheimer’s field are encouraged to apply. In addition to grant funding, HDI provides guidance and oversight in all aspects of drug development, while taking no rights to intellectual property, which is retained by you/your institution.

To learn more about the award, click here.

To submit an online application, go to ADDF’s funding system and create an account.
Click here to view the FAQ.

Application questions? Contact grants@alzdiscovery.org or HDIQuestions@HarringtonDiscovery.org.

Scientific inquiries? Contact Meriel Owen, PhD, ADDF at mowen@alzdiscovery.org.

 
11.  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.

 
12. 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.

  • Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers (P30 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
  • Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) Coordinating Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34) – NEW!
  • Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34)
  • 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.

 
13. 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 03/12/21

  • Crazy 8 Initiative, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF). $5 million. Deadline: April 26
  • Research Grant, Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF). $50,000. Deadline: May 7
  • General and Education Trust (GET) Fund Research Grants, British Dietetic Association (BDA). $55,000. Deadline: April 5
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation Shields Research Grant, Child Neurology Foundation (CNF). $100,000. Deadline: April 15
  • Research Program: External Awards Program, Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: Continuous
  • Bronya J. Keats Award for International Collaboration in Research on FA, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). $400,000. Deadline: May 15
  • General Research Grant, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). $250,000. Deadline: July 15
  • Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). $500,000. Deadline: May 15
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Deadline: July 15
  • Postdoctoral Research Award, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). $100,000. Deadline: July 15
  • Michelson Prizes, Human Vaccines Project. $150,000. Deadline: June 18
  • Distinguished Innovator Awards in Lupus, Lupus Research Alliance. $1 million. Deadline: June 1
  • Childhood Eczema Challenge Grant, Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) NEW! $50,000. Deadline: May 4
  • Quality Improvement Grants to Support the Delivery of Gene Therapies to Patients with Rare Disease, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG). $50,000. Deadline: June 1
  • Clinician Scholar Educator Award, Rheumatology Research Foundation/American College of Rheumatology (ACR). $180,000. Deadline: May 3
  • Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)/Simons Foundation NEW! $750,000. Deadline: May 3
  • Grants, Working for Inclusive and Transformative Healthcare (WITH) Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: April 9
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