Research News - March 26, 2021

 

         
 
March 26, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic MGH Employees in the Charlestown Navy Yard
2. Mass General Brigham Innovation Releases New Innovator’s Commercialization Guide
3. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process
4. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase
5. NIH Upcoming Changes to Biographical Sketch & Other Support Format Page Heads-up
6. Position Opening – Program Coordinator, Strategic Alliances
7. Understanding NRSA Fellowship “F” and Training “T” Grants: A Video Guide
8. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce – Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©
2. Quick Interviews with Interesting People (QUIIPS)
3. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 4
4. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health, IDEA Symposium
5. Clinical Studies & Registries: Methods to Increase Subject Retention and Data Quality, And Publish Results Faster
6. ThuRsday R's Day: Weekly Training Sessions
7. Virtual Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds
8. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Worksho
9. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
10. MGH Research Council Meeting
11. Save the Date – 2021 Celebration of Science and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
12. SAC 2021 Virtual Poster Session
13. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty
14. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics
15. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
16. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards
3. Interim Support Funding 21-2
4. Charles H. Hood Foundation Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health
5. NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2021
6. 2021 Request for Applications: Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D, Institute for Pancreatic Cancer Research
7. Pilot & Feasibility Award for Nutrition/Obesity/Metabolism Projects
8. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students
9. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities
10. Leverage Free Prototyping and Development for your Innovation from Boston Scientific
11. The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS)
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. 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 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. 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

 
3. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process

The cost for SAS software remains at $300 per license annually, payable by fund number or cost center. Licenses will automatically renew on April 1st. To  purchase a new license, please visit the ERIS Research Computing Core Request Catalog: rcservices.partners.org (and log in with Partners Username and Password). Please read about the different offerings of discounted SAS licenses at rc.partners.org/sas. Please contact us at rcc@partners.org with any questions on the renewal process, or to cancel your license.

Click here to learn more about the SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process
 
4. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase

FlowJo portal licenses are offered at a discounted rate through the ERIS Research Computing Core. 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. This is a per user subscription service with an annual fee of $209. Request through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

Click here to learn more about FlowJo Software Available for Purchase

 
5. NIH Upcoming Changes to Biographical Sketch & Other Support Format Page Heads-up

On March 12th the NIH published its long-awaited changes to forms and instructions related to Other Support and Biographical Sketch submissions required for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.  The forms have been reorganized to provide headings that correspond to the NIH reminders published in July 2019, on Financial Conflict of Interest (fCOI) and Other Support reporting and prior approval of Foreign Components.  The notice also includes some clarifying information on what must be reported as Other Support (e.g., in-kind contributions and consulting activities that include research), new documentation requirements (e.g., copies of translated contracts for foreign appointments or affiliations, PI/KP electronic signature on personal Other Support pages), and a link to FAQs.  The very short implementation timeline, new documentation requirements, and subtle shifts in interpretation of what must be reported make the situation challenging for PIs, KPs, and their home institutions. 

Last week we asked the MGB Research Management, OII, Research Applications, and Research Compliance leadership quickly to interpret the NIH notices and FAQs to determine actual reporting required of MGB PIs and KP; review current processes and Insight; adjust them to meet the NIH changes; and provide the research community with instructions, templates, quick guides, etc., prior to the May 25th effective date. 

We are pleased to report they have already started to work on changes.  We will keep you apprised of developments and provide materials as soon as they become available.  In the meantime, we encourage PIs with RPPRs due in the weeks immediately following May 25, 2021, to take a moment to review their JIT Other Support disclosures to determine whether there is a need to correct undisclosed Other Support, highlighted by the NIH in its most recent notice.  We encourage all recipients of this memo to review the NIH July 10, 2019 and March 12, 2021 announcements cited above.

If you have questions, please send them to your Research Management Pre-Award Grant Administrator.

 
6. Position Opening – Program Coordinator, Strategic Alliances

We are looking for a thoughtful, organized and resourceful team player with a high degree of motivation and good judgement to join us as a Research Coordinator. This position will work 60% of the time with the Strategic Alliances team in the Office of the Scientific Director, and 40% of the time in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. Our ideal candidate is capable of handling both day-to-day administrative duties and providing support for key projects and initiatives. This is a great growth position for someone interested in project management in a rapidly emerging field. Click here to apply for the position of Program Coordinator today!

 
7. Understanding NRSA Fellowship “F” and Training “T” Grants: A Video Guide
Click here to watch the video
 
8. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce – Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey
Click here to read more
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- Laughter Yoga

Friday, March 26, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with relaxing yogic breathing techniques to relieve stress, release endorphins and boost immune functioning. What starts as laughter exercises quickly turns into genuine laughter, enhancing social connection and positive emotions. No previous yoga experience is necessary, just a desire to laugh and cultivate joy. 

Laura Malloy, LICSW, is a certified laughter yoga leader, yoga therapist and clinical social worker.

Register and receive zoom link

 
2. Quick Interviews with Interesting People (QUIIPS)

Monday, March 29, 12:00 – 12:30 PM, Virtual

Join us for the debut of QUIIPS (Quick Interviews with Interesting People) on Monday, March 29, form 12:00pm-12:30pm! Learn more about the research taking place at the Mass General Research Institute in an informal, half-hour conversation that’s perfect for your lunch break. Our kickoff event will feature Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH. Dr. Bassett is a physician-investigator in the Division of Infectious Disease, co-director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center within the Mongan Institute, an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Weissman Family MGH Research Scholar 2018-2023. She will be interviewed by Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, Director of the Mongan Institute and the James J. and Jean H. Mongan Professor of Health Policy and Community Health.

This online event is open to the Mass General community as well as members of the public. We hope to see you there!

Register: https://massgeneral.link/QUIIPS

 
3. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 4 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

"Theranostics in Glioma" 

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

This lecture will be given by Zohreh Amoozgar, PharmD, PhD, Research Fellow, Radiation Oncology, MGH/HMS and Esther Warnert, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center.  
  
Register and add to my calendar 

Click here to join the Zoom webinar

 
4. Equity Access and Inclusion in Digital Health, IDEA Symposium

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

Mass General Brigham Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium is a new, year-long program focused on Innovation and Digital Health. Designed for faculty, staff, and innovators within our System, each month will feature a theme with speaker(s) working on innovations and initiatives within the digital health space.

Join us for a conversation on the digital divide as it relates to technology and workforce development. This panel discussion featuring Joe Betancourt, MD; Lee Park, MD; Cheryl Clark, MD; and Jorge Rodriguez, MD, moderated by Trung Do, will highlight digital health access and impacts particularly from the perspective of patient care.

Click here to register.
 
5. Clinical Studies & Registries: Methods to Increase Subject Retention and Data Quality, And Publish Results Faster

Wednesday, March 31, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

The presentation will examine ways to engage and retain subjects in the clinical research process by using a web-based portal that provides subjects with incentives, secure messaging, and personally relevant information based on their own data.  It will also demonstrate how to bridge the gap more efficiently between "raw" study data and the end-result manuscript by connecting analytical, text editing, and formatting tools directly within the data collection system.

This presentation is intended for clinical researchers, statisticians, and study coordinators involved in clinical trials, observational studies, surveys or patient registries.  Attendees will learn about functionality in a data capture system called Studytrax and view various case examples. 

To learn more visit: StudyTRAX: http://rc.partners.org/edcstrax and http://www.studytrax.com
Register Here. If you have any questions, please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org.

Click here to learn more about Clinical Studies & Registries: Methods to Increase Subject Retention and Data Quality, And Publish Results Faster

 
6. ThuRsday R's Day: Weekly Training Sessions

Thursday, April 1, 11:00 – 12:00 PM, MS Teams

These weekly sessions are a mix of training and show-and-tell for learning useful R tips just like the Enterprise Research IS R User Group Meeting. R is a free and open programming language for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphical visualization. In this weekly meeting, one small topic is covered at one time (45 min - 1 hr) in a very friendly, relaxed way so that many beginners can join without any difficulties. Topic and level of difficulty will be announced a couple of days before so that you know what to expect ahead. No need to register. Anybody can join; see MS Teams Meeting information for details (Mass General Brigham login will be required to access the meeting link).

Click here to learn more about ThuRsday R's Day: Weekly Training Sessions

 
7. Virtual Munn Nursing Research Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Presentation from the 2018 Munn Nursing Research Grant Recipient
and Announcement of the Massachusetts General Hospital Nurses’ Alumni Association (MGHNAA) Grant

“A comparative study of oral endotracheal tube securing methods and their impact on skin and mucosal membrane integrity”
Stephanie Qualls, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG
Munn Nursing Research Grant-2018

Click here to register
(Zoom information will be sent out with registration confirmation)

 
8. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop

Friday, April 2, 2021, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Jonathan Jackson, PhD

This seminar will cover an introduction to engagement, recruitment, and retention for inpatient and outpatient populations, including a focus on best practices and common mistakes. The seminar will demonstrate how best to implement strategies at study design, implementation, and follow-up. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A for participants to discuss and receive feedback for their study recruitment plans. This course is geared towards project investigators.
Participants must submit a recruitment plan to enroll in this workshop. The recruitment plan from the most recent NIH grant submission is sufficient.

Register Here. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more about the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop

 
9. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, April 5, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Zoom

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

The QI Program Clinical Research Bootcamp is a “clinical research 101” for study staff and investigators. The course is not only an introduction to clinical research for new investigators and study staff but also good review for experienced study teams.  Many teams include this course as part of the onboarding process for new study staff.  The course covers research regulations, GCP guidelines, and institutional policies relevant to  the day to day conduct of clinical research.  Topics include:

  • Informed Consent documentation
  • Study Documentation (subject files, source documents, and data collection forms)
  • Unanticipated Problems, Deviations and Violations
  • Investigational Product Management and Accountability
  • Regulatory Binder and Essential Documents
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov
  • Inspections and audits 
  • Other relevant topics

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

Click here to learn more about the QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

 
10. MGH Research Council Meeting

Monday, April 5, 2021, 12:00 -1:00 PM, Zoom

All MGH Researchers welcome!

“What can Harvard Catalyst do for you?”

Noelle Huntington, PhD
Director, Connector and Network Program Operations in the Clinical and Translational Science Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

Join Zoom Meeting
https://partners.zoom.us/j/88452815556
Meeting ID: 884 5281 5556
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,88452815556# US
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 
11.  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.

Click here to download the full event agenda.

Please visit the SAC page on the ECOR website for the Zoom details and further event information.

 
12. SAC 2021 Virtual Poster Session

Please join us for the annual SAC 2021 Virtual Poster Session on April 7, 2021 from 11:00am – 1:00pm!  The poster session is viewable on our SAC 2021 website through Microsoft Powerapps. The SAC 2021 website is live, so you can view the SAC agenda, the Celebration of Science book, the poster abstract book, and you can preview some of the posters that will be featured during the poster session.

Please click here to visit the SAC 2021 website and view the posters.  The website is best viewed with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer, or Firefox. 

On the day of the event, you will be able to meet with poster presenters who are available to talk over Teams or Zoom.  You may also bookmark a poster(s) prior to the event to let poster presenters know you are interested in speaking with them about their research. To find a specific poster, you can use the search bar at the top of the gallery page. You can search by author name, department, or keywords (ex. Cancer).

If you have questions about the poster session or SAC event, please email sac@partners.org.

 
13. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers  

“A Conversation with Anne Klibanski, MD” 

The Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty was established to honor Dr. del Carmen's dedication to leadership development. Dr. del Carmen is the Chief Medical Officer of the MGPO and has dedicated her career to supporting women in academic medicine as well as faculty with diverse backgrounds. 

Inaugural Speaker: Anne Klibanski, MD is the President and CEO of MassGeneral Brigham and former Director of the Center for Faculty Development. She has been a strong supporter for women physicians and scientists at MGH. She established the MGH Backup Childcare Center and the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards, which support the careers of female scientists. Before Dr. Klibanski became the CEO, she was the Chief Academic Officer at MGB, the head of the neuroendocrine unit and an extremely accomplished NIH-funded investigator. 
  
Register and add to my calendar

Click here to join the Zoom webinar
 
14. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:30 PM, Zoom

Data analytics, cloud computing, machine learning (ML), predictive analytics and Internet of Things (IoT)—all of this may seem like alphabet soup of buzzwords. But where are we in the cycle of maturity, adoption, and social application across our System? Mass General Brigham data science and digital health leaders will discuss data analytics, cloud computing services, machine learning, predictive analytics and IoT.

Click here to register.

 
15. 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.

 
16. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution

Thursdays, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, Partners Human Research Committee and Partners Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program

Good clinical practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting human subjects’ research. GCP guidelines define the roles and responsibilities of the IRB, investigator, and sponsor as well as describe the essential documents needed for the conduct of a study. Compliance with GCP assures that the rights, safety, and welfare of subjects are protected and that the data produced from the research are credible.
After completing this training, the learner will have a comprehensive understanding of GCP and be able to apply those practices to the conduct of clinical research.

Note: To receive a certificate of completion a participant must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a post-course assessment through RedCap. RCR Eligibility: Completion of all five sessions of this course will fulfill two lecture/discussion requirements.

Registration is required. Please contact Amy Quinkert with questions.

Click here to learn more about Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

  • Small Grants - Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) (deadline 4/15/21)
 
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. 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

 
5. 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

 
6. 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
 
7. 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.

 
8. 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. 

 
9. 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.

 
10.  Leverage Free Prototyping and Development for your Innovation from Boston Scientific

Proposals will only be accepted at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TR8TVPV.
A new partnership between Mass General Brigham and Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) aims to give MGB investigators, including clinicians and researchers, and opportunity to receive in-kind expert industry resources for their promising early-stage idea or product. This is not a funding proposal. Of specific interest are early innovations, including devices and software at the ideation/prototyping phase in the following medical domains: 
Interest Domains: 

  • Endoscopy
    • Devices, disposable scopes, infection prevention, flex-guided procedures, IBD/Crohn’s, fecal incontinence, stent migration, GERD, robotics, asthma, diseases of the airway 
  • Urology & Pelvic Health
    • Lithotripsy, prostate health, women’s health, men’s health (erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, prostate cancers/BPH, prevention of biofilm) 
  • Neuromodulation
    • Chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation, nerve ablation, deep brain stimulation, movement disorders 
  • Inequity
    • Innovations elevating equity in digital platforms and clinical trials, performance of PROMs in under-represented communities  
  • Interventional cardiology
    • Stents, balloons, heart failure, structural heart, circulatory support, stroke management 
  • Peripheral Interventions
    • Hemodialysis access, PAD, venous stents, arterial/venous thrombectomy strategies (DVT, PE, Arterial thromboembolism) 
  • Rhythm management
    • Pacemakers, defibrillators, synchronization, remote patient management, ambulatory cardiac monitoring, arrhythmias, heart failure diagnosis 
  • Interventional Oncology (new minimally invasive approaches to cancer therapy); devices to facilitate outpatient and home-based treatment 
  • Electrophysiology
    • Imaging to assess ablation lesion, diagnostic catheters, ablation catheters, pulse field ablation, different energies for ablation 
  • Digital health solutions
    • digital assessment of PROMs, remote proctoring, remote case support, remote patient monitoring 

This in-kind program will leverage MGB’s collaboration with Boston Scientific to provide the following services, at no charge, to the successful applicant:

  • Animal model/testing services, no more than 5 acute animal studies per year using swine and canine 
  • Advice on Clinical trial design and execution of studies  
  • Device prototyping 
  • Engineering and material expertise 
  • Biocompatibility expertise 
  • Regulatory advisory services 
  • Commercial opportunity advisory services 

Key Dates and Information: 

  • Non-confidential proposals must be submitted by April 20, 2021
  • Successful proposals notified by May 15, 2021
  • Those with successful proposals will be invited to give a 20-minute confidential pitch to a panel of MGB and BSC decision-makers through June 15, 2021 
  • Final decisions by August 1, 2021
  • 12-month project periods are anticipated.

Eligibility: 
To be eligible for award, lead applicants must have Investigator privileges and a rank of Instructor and above at an institution within Mass General Brigham. Team proposals are encouraged, including residents, and researchers, however the lead applicant and presenter at pitch day will need to be an MGB Investigator. 
Intellectual Property:

  • If your idea is at a stage where you have IP on your idea/product, it must be assigned to a Mass General Brigham entity and awards will be governed by the Mass General Brigham Intellectual Property Policy.   
  • Do not include unprotected proprietary or confidential information in your application.

How to apply:

 
11. The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS)

The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS) is for eligible BSN or MSN members of the MGH clinical nursing staff.
Applicants for the DRS Program should demonstrate an interest in nursing research and must be willing and able to participate in and complete an eight-week summer research immersion program (10 hours/week for eight weeks- DRS will fund the hours). 

Eligible Criteria:

  • Member of an underrepresented group as identified by the National Institute of Health (NIH) Underrepresented groups as defined by the NIH is a particular ethnic or racial group that has been considered by the NIH to be underrepresented in biomedical research.
    • Groups include: Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Natives.
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse with a BSN or MSN and at least two years of nursing experience
  • Employed as a nurse at MGH or an MGH entity in good standing (permanent benefits-eligible MGH employee of at least 20 hours per week)
  • Endorsement from scholar’s leadership
  • Link to apply 2021 The Connell-Jones DRS

The DRS program seeks to provide diverse research scholars with a comprehensive learning experience to increase the likelihood that diversity research scholars will actively consider nursing research as part of their future careers.

Application Deadline:     April 28, 2021

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at (617) 724-2295 or jgoldman2@partners.org.

 
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:

  • 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)
  • Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • 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.

 
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 03/26/21

  • Translational Grant (TRIH Grant), Action on Hearing Loss. $410,580. Deadline: April 9
  • ASAF Fellowship Research Award, American Surgical Association Foundation (ASAF). $150,000. Deadline: June 15
  • Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) Elterman Research Grant, Child Neurology Society (CNS) NEW! $100,000. Deadline: April 12
  • Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) Grant Award, Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Foundation (CCHS) NEW! $400,000. Deadline: July 31
  • EH Direct Grant Program, Enduring Hearts (EH). $160,000. Deadline: May 1
  • Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award, Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). $140,000. Deadline: April 16
  • Research Grant Program, Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation (MNITF). $150,000. Deadline: June 15
  • Young Investigator Grant, Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: April 30
  • OREF and The Aircast Foundation (TAF) Orthopaedic Research Grant, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). $100,000. Deadline: May 11
  • Research Grants Program, Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation (OTC Foundation). $50,000. Deadline: May 31
  • Topical Hemostasis in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $200,000. Deadline: May 12
  • Career Development Research Awards, Rheumatology Research Foundation/American College of Rheumatology (ACR). $375,000. Deadline: June 1
  • Faculty Research Award, Shock Society. $83,000. Deadline: April 12
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