Research News - March 25, 2022

         
 
  March 25, 2022
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 

1. MGH Research Job Board
2. Sex/Gender Differences Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts
3. Do you have a class II or class III medical device that you’re trying to get to market? 

 
EVENTS
 
 

1. Fun Fridays - Yoga at Your Desk
2. Two Meditation Sessions available every week
3. Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation Session 4
4. Social Media Series Session 3: "LinkedIn Strategy"
5. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series
6. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Overview
7. Social Media Series Session 4: LinkedIn Practice Workshop
8. 2022 Warren Triennial Symposium
9. 2022 MGH Celebration of Science
10. The Chester Pierce Research Society: Democratizing Cancer Diagnostic and Profiling Tools Through Nanotechnologies
11. World Medical Innovation Forum: Gene and Cell Therapy
12. Achieving Research Equity and Inclusion: Name It! Act On It! Change It!

 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Interim Support Funding 22-2
3. Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award
4. Charles H. Hood Foundation 2023 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health
5. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship
6. HMS Foundation Funds
7. Mass General Neuroscience Transformative Scholar Awards: Request for Proposals
8. NIH Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship
9. KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training Award
10. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
11. MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund (PCIF)
12. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
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. MGH Research Job Board

Are you looking for a new opportunity within the Mass General Research Institute or hoping to promote a newly posted job within your department? Check out the Research Job Board, powered by the Division of Clinical Research! All members of the community are able to submit postings or apply for positions. 

Click here to learn more.

 
2. Sex/Gender Differences Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts

The Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Sex/Gender Medicine will be hosting a symposium on May 9th from 3-5pm on Incorporating Sex and Gender as Research Variables to Advance Health featuring keynote speaker Dr. Donna Maney, Professor of Psychology, Emory University. The abstract submission portal is officially open and Harvard researchers in any area of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research related to women’s health or sex and gender differences are welcome to participate. The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, April 4, 2022. Eligibility and additional details are listed below. 

Click here to learn more.

 
3. Do you have a class II or class III medical device that you’re trying to get to market?

Join Harvard Catalyst, Harvard University’s Clinical & Translational Science Center, for TRANSforming Care with Emerging, Novel Devices (TRANSCEND), a hybrid course exploring the current climate for medical device development. 

This course, led by medtech leaders and innovators, begins April 2022 with a four-week virtual session in preparation for three days of live in-person workshops on May 16-18, 2022 at Babson Executive Conference Center at Babson College, MA. TRANSCEND culminates in a pitch competition where participants have the opportunity to earn services, consultation, and educational offerings valued at over $15,000. 

Our team has developed a COVID-19 FAQ to ensure the safety of our participants & presenters. For more information about the presenters, pitch competition, venue, & more, go to bit.ly/transcendHC

APPLY by March 30.

Fee:

  • Harvard affiliates: $3,000 
  • Non-Harvard affiliates: $4,000 

*This course includes a 3-day, 2-night stay at Babson Executive Conference Center. All meals will be covered during the course. Transportation to and from the venue will be the responsibility of the participants. 

 
 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- - Karate

Friday, March 25, 2022, 12:00 pm, Zoom

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

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

Come learn traditional Uechi Ryu Karate, a system of self-defense that develops total body awareness, control and confidence. The class will focus on thoughtful movement, stances, balance, blocks, kata, strikes and other techniques, as well as having a fun cultural experience. 

Facilitator: Noah Lucia has been studying martial arts under the watchful eye of his father Duane Lucia for over 35 years. After graduating from college in 2008 he went on to Japan to teach English for a brief period before returning and assuming the role of owner and lead sensei of his family's karate school, Boston Budo. He's also now carrying on the family tradition by teaching his two young daughters karate. 

Click to register

 
2. Two Meditation Sessions available every week

Monday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom

SESSION 1: Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom, the next session is Monday, March 28!
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee 

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on Monday morning. Register and add to calendar

SESSION 2: Midweek Meditation with Guest Leader
Every Wednesday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom, the next session is Wednesday, March 30!
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being Join guest leader, Paula McCree, MGH Heart Center, for next Wednesday’s guided meditation session on March 30th! Register and add to calendar

 
3. Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation Session 4

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Clinical Careers, the Magic Wand Initiative, and the MGH Springboard Studio 

The “Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation” is a new series to create a collaborative space for clinical faculty looking to bridge into innovation. 

Whether you're getting buy-in for an idea or working out the details of an agreement, we all want to be better negotiators. Join this session to learn about high stakes, high risk negotiations that will transform the way you approach your own negotiations, collaborations, and more. 

Speaker: Jeff A. Weiss, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Mass General Brigham (MGB). He is responsible for the strategy, system transformation and clinical M&A, and strategic partnerships functions. Prior to coming to MGB, Jeff served as the sixth president of Lesley University. This followed Jeff’s close to 30 years in consulting, most of those years as a Partner and co-founder of Vantage Partners, where he led its Information Technology and Healthcare industry practices. His work focused on helping organizations structure and manage strategic partnerships, negotiate complex agreements, implement strategy and manage change, drive innovation, and engage in effective board governance. 

Jeff is widely published, has been a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and most recently authored the HBR Guide to Negotiating. Jeff holds a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Click to register 

 
4. Social Media Series Session 3: "LinkedIn Strategy"

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development 

Dr. He will provide an overview on LinkedIn and social media strategy, including how to post and boost content. 

Presenter: Shuhan He, MD, is a dual faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Lab of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is Director for Digital Growth Strategy at the MGH Center for Innovation in Digital Healthcare (CIDH) and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was the author of the Anatomic heart and lung emojis that are available now on mobile devices worldwide, co-founder of GetUsPPE, Growth director at ALIEM.com, and PI of GetWaivered Digital, using social media and digital tools for OUD. 

Click to register 

 
5. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00 pm, Zoom 

“Amino acid metabolism, the microbiome, and innate immunity in the tumor microenvironment”
Tracy L. McGaha, Ph.D. University of Toronto 

Click here to join the virtual seminar via Zoom

MGH Immunology Seminar Series Website 

 
6. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Overview

Tuesdays, April 5 – 26, 2022, 9:00 – 10:00 am, Zoom 

This course is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute 

This four-session course provides a practical introduction for clinical researchers who are interested in developing a study involving qualitative research methods. Course topics include: 

  1. Overview of qualitative and mixed method aims, designs and methodologies 
  2. Selecting a study design, recruitment strategy and sample size 
  3. Developing a qualitative research data collection instrument (i.e., interview guide) 
  4. Coding and analyzing qualitative research data; integrating mixed methods results 

*This course is for MGH Investigators. We will have another offering for MGH Clinical Research Coordinators starting May 4. Registration will be open soon. 

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

 
7. Social Media Series Session 4: LinkedIn Practice Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development 

A workshop with practical advice on LinkedIn to help faculty utilize that platform in the most effective way. If there is something you would like covered specifically, please send your question/suggestion to cfd@partners.org no later than Monday, April 3rd! 

Presenter: Monique Costa, MBA, is the Social Media Manager at Mass General Brigham. She is responsible for the social media strategy across the Mass General Brigham system and also leads the social strategy for Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been with Mass General Brigham for almost six years. With almost 10 years of experience in the social media space, Monique enjoys learning about each platform, understanding new social trends and also finding creative ways to engage with our audiences. She received her Masters in Business Administration from Assumption College as well as her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Psychology at UMass Amherst. 

Click to register 

 
8. 2022 Warren Triennial Symposium

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom 

The Warren Triennial Prize was first given in 1871 in honor of Dr. John Collins Warren, a dedicated teacher, researcher and a founding member of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Collins played a key role in establishing the journal now known as the New England Journal of Medicine, which was first published in 1812, and took part in the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia in what is now known as the Ether Dome at the MGH in 1846. 

Please join us in honoring the 2022 Warren Triennial Prize recipient, Dr. Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Professor University of Washington, Seattle   

Agenda: 

2:00 to 2:05 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Theme: Human Genetics
Moderator: Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD,  Scientific Director, Mass General Research Institute, Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital  Elizabeth G. Riley and Daniel E. Smith, Jr. Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 

2:05 to 2:30 pm: The Genetic Research Cycle: Huntington's Disease Causation and Modification
Jim Gusella, PhD, Bullard Professor of Neurogenetics, Harvard Medical School Director, Center for Neurofibromatosis and Allied Disorders Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital 

2:30 to 2:55 pm: Advancing Genomic Medicine through Global Collaboration and Data Sharing Heidi Rehm, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Chief Genomics Officer, Department of Medicine, Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute Member and Co-Director, Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard 

2:55 to 3:20 pm: Perspectives on Cancer Precision Medicine
Todd Golub, MD, Director and Founding Core Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard 

3:20 to 3:45 pm: Cell Atlases as Roadmaps to Understand and Treat Disease
Aviv Regev, PhD, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Head, Executive Vice President, Genentech Research and Early Development 

3:45 to 4:00 pm BREAK

4:00 pm: The Warren Triennial Prize: Introduction and Awarding of the Warren Prize
David F. M. Brown, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital 

2022 Warren Prize Presentation  
Genetic Analysis of Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health
Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Professor, University of Washington, Seattle 

Zoom URL: https://partners.zoom.us/j/83593314598

 
9. 2022 MGH Celebration of Science

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom 

The annual Celebration of Science event will kick-off with a virtual Scientific Poster Session that highlights the ongoing research at MGH followed by a virtual Celebration of Science symposium. During this time, we will present awards for the 2022 Martin Prizes for Clinical, Fundamental and Population Health Research, the 2022 Goodman Fellowship and announce the Class of 2022 MGH Research Scholars. 

Please continue to check the ECOR website for a full agenda and further details for the Celebration of Science! 

Join via Zoom: https://partners.zoom.us/j/88472405333 

 
10. The Chester Pierce Research Society: Democratizing Cancer Diagnostic and Profiling Tools Through Nanotechnologies

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

"Democratizing Cancer Diagnostic and Profiling Tools Through Nanotechnologies" 
Cesar Castro, MD, MMSc, Director, Gynecologic Oncology Program, MGH Cancer Center Director, Cancer Program, MGH Center for Systems Biology Faculty Co-Director for Research, MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion Chair, MGB Phase I Cancer Clinical Trials Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

Click here to RSVP 

Cesar Castro, MD, MMSc is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program at the MGH Cancer Center. Dr. Castro is a translational oncologist with experience leveraging nanotechnology and molecular imaging for solid tumor detection and serial profiling. He also directs the Cancer Program within the MGH Center for Systems Biology. He serves on the steering committee for the National Cancer Institute Liquid Biopsy Consortium. Dr. Castro graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received his medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency training. Dr. Castro completed an adult oncology fellowship from the Dana-Farber / Mass General Brigham Cancer Care program. During this period, he also received a MMSc from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Castro has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, among various other sources. He has also been the recipient of the CDI/ECOR Physician Scientist Development Award. 

The Chester Pierce Research Society (CPRS) is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). CPRS is a speaker series named in honor of MGH's late Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, Chester Pierce. Dr. Pierce was the first and most senior African- American physician-scientist at MGH. CPRS is designed to promote diversity and health equity by featuring the novel research of investigators to the MGH community. 

 
11. World Medical Innovation Forum: Gene and Cell Therapy

Monday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Join leading CEOs, top investors, senior Harvard faculty and government leaders to see what’s next. Three unprecedented days. The ultimate game changer. The most important questions. 

Click here to learn more and to register! 

 
12. Achieving Research Equity and Inclusion: Name It! Act On It! Change It!

Monday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Virtual 

Mass General Brigham is hosting a unique event in partnership with Advarra to bring together thought leaders and community representatives who can drive systemic change towards achieving equity and inclusion in clinical research. 

Discussions and presentations will challenge us to work together to:
Name it! Acknowledge the past and identify the future
Act on it! Innovate and implement solutions
Change it! Demonstrate and measure systemic transformation 

Conference Description

  • Virtual conference with option to pre-record sessions to facilitate availability of speakers 
  • Stakeholders/Audience
    • Researchers 
    • Research Administration & Leadership 
    • Research Sponsors (Industry, Federal, Private) 
    • Government Regulators 
    • Community 

The conference will address inclusion from a broad standpoint to include issues related to race and ethnicity, disability, age/sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, culture, social determinants, and urban/rural issues. A unique aspect of the conference will be prioritizing the involvement of the community not only as attendees, but also as speakers, moderators and discussants. 

Click here to learn more. 

 
 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming deadlines: 

Recently added:

 
2. Interim Support Funding 22-2

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. 

When is the deadline?
Friday, April 1, 2022 - 5:00 PM 

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

 
3. Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

**MD or MD/PhD required for eligibility. Open to physician-scientists in the U.S. and Canada. 

Call Opens: February 23, 2022
Letters of Intent (LOI) Due: March 28, 2022 

Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) invites you to submit an LOI for the 2023 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award. The award offers successful applicants financial resources and expertise to advance their discoveries toward clinical trials. Intellectual property rights are retained by the award recipient or their institution. The Harrington Scholar-Innovator award selection committee seeks breakthrough discoveries defined by innovation, creativity and potential for clinical impact, including: 

  • Discoveries deemed to address unmet medical needs 
  • Modulators of novel targets 
  • Potential to be developed into a commercial program 
  • Strong intellectual property (IP) or protection strategy 
  • May be a small molecule, biologic, or other therapeutic modality 
  • Diagnostics or devices only acceptable as part of a therapeutic development project 

Award recipients will be selected by the Harrington Discovery Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board and announced in first quarter 2023. 

To learn more and apply, click here 

 
4. Charles H. Hood Foundation 2023 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 2023 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health research award.

What are they?
The Charles H. Hood Foundation 202 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health supports outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in child health. This Award Program supports outstanding senior investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in Child and Adolescent Mental 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. 

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 645 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, 15 senior investigators have received over $6,450,000 in research support. 

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate

When is the deadline?
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. 

How do I learn more and apply?
2023 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health research award - Click here 

 
5. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship

The NIH participating institutes and centers invite applications for administrative supplements to existing awards of scientists who are outstanding mentors and who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the biomedical sciences. The supplement awards will provide up to $250,000 (direct costs) to grants supporting faculty members who have mentoring and/or mentorship as part of their existing awards and have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding mentorship and training, especially to individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. 

Applications are due April 7, 2022. 

Click here to learn more. 

 
6. 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 
  • 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 Friday, March 25, 2022 at 11:30pm. If you are interested in applying for the Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, please apply by Friday, February 25, 2022 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. 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

 
7. Mass General Neuroscience Transformative Scholar Awards

Request for Proposals
Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Mass General Neuroscience (MGN) is accepting applications for the Mass General Neuroscience Transformative Scholar Awards. The awards support junior investigators (Instructor or Assistant Professor, pre-K and R award) in conducting laboratory and/or clinical research in the Neurosciences generally as well as in Brain Health, and Tinnitus. Interdisciplinary research across 2 or more of the 4 departments representing Neurosciences is encouraged but not required. The hope is to catalyze additional cross-disciplinary work in these thematic areas while providing the junior investigator with an opportunity to grow their program. 

Award Amount: Up to 4 awards for $150,000 each, total costs ($75K annually total costs for two years, inclusive of 15% indirect costs). Intended to support salary and/or research expenses of the junior investigator during a two-year period at Mass General. 

Important Dates:
April 15, 2022: Application deadline for all documents, including letter from mentor(s).
June 15, 2022: Notification to recipients
July 1, 2022: Funding begins 

For Details and to apply: 

  1. Review application and eligibility requirement
  2. Download and complete the cover page 
  3. Submit completed PDF application via email to Susan Clough (sclough@mgh.harvard.edu). 

Please contact Susan Clough, sclough@mgh.harvard.edu, with questions. 

 
8. NIH Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship

Participating NIH Institutes and Centers are accepting application to support administrative supplements to existing awards of scientists who are outstanding mentors and who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the biomedical sciences. This administrative supplement recognizes the crucial role great mentors play in the development of future leaders in the scientific research enterprise. 

The supplement provides additional funding to “grants supporting faculty members who have mentoring and/or mentorship as part of their existing awards and have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding mentorship and training, especially to individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (e.g., see the Notice of NIH's of Interest in Diversity).” 

Funds will be provided to perform additional research within the scope of the parent grant, to develop curricula or training activities to enhance mentor training, and/or to help foster the research career development of additional students, post-doctorates, or other trainees, and/or for additional trainee slots. Only one request to NIH per PD/PI will be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Program Official for the parent grant or the contact listed on the Notice of Special Interest, to confirm eligibility and to obtain technical assistance. 

Award Amount: Up to $250,000 (direct costs), not to exceed the cost of the parent award
NIH Deadline: Thursday, April 7, 2022 by 5:00 PM 

For details and a list of NIH activity codes that are eligible for the supplement, please click here 

 
9. KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training Award

The KL2/CMeRIT program offers advanced training through educational activities and mentored research for senior fellows and junior faculty in clinical and translational research. The award provides two years of salary support at 50-75% of the awardee’s institutional salary base within NIH guidelines. Please see the website for application instructions and detailed eligibility requirements. 

Application opens March 8 and is due April 20.
 

Information Sessions: Information sessions will take place virtually and give prospective applicants an overview of the program and answer questions. Click on the dates below for Zoom links. 

Please see the website for application instructions and eligibility requirements 

 
10. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias. The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class researchers in the Harvard research community in three key areas: 

  1. biology of aging and neurodegeneration; 
  2. data sciences, computational biology, statistics, math/engineering/physics; 
  3. drug discovery and development 

Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Training includes targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, career development, and grant development activities. 

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

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

 
11. MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund (PCIF)

There is great promise for the development of new technologies to detect disease or disease risk factors at an earlier stage in the primary care setting. However, innovative screening technologies are frequently difficult to get off the ground due to challenges conducting research in the primary care setting and difficulties translating and commercializing technologies that need to be implemented in a cost-effective manner and on a large scale. 

Thanks to philanthropic support from a generous family and the combined effort of the Department of Medicine and the Tearney Lab at MGH, a new primary care effort focused on translating technology to detect disease or disease risk factors at an earlier, more treatable or preventable stage has been created. To populate this technology pipeline, we have initiated a pilot funding program to support proof-of-concept projects that advance promising new primary care screening technologies. This program will not only identify new investigators with great ideas but will also provide them with the mentoring and support that are so critical to the successful realization of innovative ideas. 

We therefore invite applications for pilot grant funding from MGH investigators who are conducting research developing or validating primary care screening technologies. 

Awards: One pilot grant will be funded for one year at $50,000 (direct costs). 

Application Guidelines: 

  1. Principal Investigator’s NIH formatted biosketch 
  2. Three-page proposal including: 

- Project title with contact information for the Principal Investigator
- Abstract (200 words)
- Description of project, including background, significance, and research plan
Budget allocation 

  1. One letter of support 

Key Dates: 

  • Due date for proposals is April 15, 2022 
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee with expertise on primary care screening technology development, clinical translation, and commercialization. 
  • Funding will begin on June 1, 2022 

Submission Instructions:

  • Please prepare the application as a single, merged PDF and submit to PCIF@mgh.harvard.edu
  • Please address all inquiries to The Primary Care Innovation Fund Committee
  • Please direct any questions to Rhea Werner at rwerner@mgh.harvard.edu 
 
12. 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.

 
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: 

  1. Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  2.  A descriptive title of the potential application 
  3. Brief description of the project 
  4. 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

  • Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into Genomic Fields to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
  • NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (K12 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
  • Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease (IDAD) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW! 
  • NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) 

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

 
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 03/25/22 

  • Large Research Grant, American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation (AAIDRF). $25,000. Application Deadline: July 15 
  • Fellowship Research Award, American Surgical Association Foundation (ASAF). $150,000. Application Deadline: June 15 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute (CRI). $175,500. Application Deadline: September 1 
  • CureAccelerator Live! for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rare Diseases, Cures Within Reach NEW! $70,000. Application Deadline: June 6 
  • CureAccelerator Live! Repurposing Research to Create Patient Impact in Rare Diseases and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cures Within Reach NEW! $70,000. Application Deadline: June 6 
  • Drug Repurposing Clinical Trials to Impact Blood Cancers, Cures Within Reach NEW! $75,000. Application Deadline: May 6 
  • Grant Opportunities, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Foundation. $180,000. LOI Deadline: June 15 
  • Pilot Grant Program, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF). $150,000. LOI Deadline: April 30 
  • Emerging Leader Award, Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. $750,000. LOI Deadline: May 2 
  • Research Grant Program, Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation (MNITF). $150,000. LOI Deadline: June 15 
  • Research Grants, National Eczema Association (NEA). $150,000. Application Deadline: June 1  
  • Collaborative Research Development Grant, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. $900,000. LOI Deadline: April 7 
  • Collaborative Research Development Grant – Microsoft AI for Health, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance NEW! $900,000. LOI Deadline: April 7 
  • Early Career Investigator Award, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. $450,000. LOI Deadline: April 7 
  • Mentored Investigator Award, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. $75,000. LOI Deadline: April 7 
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