Research News - April 2, 2021

 

         
 
April 2, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Mass General Brigham Innovation Releases New Innovator’s Commercialization Guide
2. Position Opening – Program Coordinator, Strategic Alliances
3. ERISXdl Platform Open for Early Adopters
4. New TEDxMGH Talk! Your Story Matters Even (Especially) Now
5. Important Updates for the MGB Research Community
6. Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH

EVENTS
 

1. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop
2. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
3. MGH Research Council Meeting
4. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Spring Symposium: Intestinal Stem Cells: Identity, Development, and Metabolic Control
5. 2021 Celebration of Science and Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
6. SAC 2021 Virtual Poster Session
7. CCDS Lecture Series – AI for Clinicians
8. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff
9. Study Staff Discussion Group
10. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!
11. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty
12. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics
13. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
14. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
15. 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum
16. 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. The Yvonne L. Munn Predoctoral Research Grant for PhD Nursing Students
3. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities
4. Leverage Free Prototyping and Development for your Innovation from Boston Scientific
5. The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS)
6. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
7. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
8. Foundation Funding Opportunities

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Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. 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

 
2. 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!

 
3. ERISXdl Platform Open for Early Adopters

The ERISXdl (ERIS eXtreme Deep Learning) GPU platform includes several deep learning frameworks such as Pytorch, TensorFlow, mxnet and theano. The platform supports Docker for containerized environments with access to the NVIDIA AI Catalog. The platform is temporarily free for early adopters, and cost will be around $0.008 per minute GPU once in production. Learn how to get started and contact hpcsupport@partners.org with any questions.

Click here to learn more about ERISXdl Platform Open for Early Adopters

 
4. New TEDxMGH Talk! Your Story Matters Even (Especially) Now
Suzanne Koven, a writer-in-residence and primary care physician, talks about finding her voice and why it is so important to share our story – now, more than ever. View video here. The TEDxMGH videos present inspirational stories from the MGH community, including how people have handled challenges through innovation, resilience, vulnerability, and connection. These monthly 10-12 min. stories by your colleagues cover far-reaching topics – from antiracism and social justice to climate change, laughter, coping with loss, COVID-19, and living and working with depression.
 
5. Important Updates for the MGB Research Community

Nearly 75% of our employees are now vaccinated and the percent of vaccinated Massachusetts residents is climbing daily. There is reason to believe that we can start to think about post-pandemic work life. As a result, we have updated the following policies:

1. Remote work
Mass General Brigham employees whose work can be performed remotely should continue to do so at least through August 31. A system-wide team is developing recommendations and an implementation plan that will guide where work will be performed over the long term.

We know there are individuals and situations that may require staff to return to onsite work. Managers can allow this, including collaboration meetings, provided all infection control guidelines are followed. Managers must monitor the density of their work environment and, if necessary, rotate employees to allow for the onsite work to be accomplished. More information can be found here.

2. In person meetings and events
We have learned that much of our non-clinical work and many of our meetings can be conducted virtually. Our workforce’s willingness to be innovative and agile helped make the virtual format successful. While we continue to encourage that most meetings be conducted through online platforms (Teams/Zoom), we recognize the value of in-person collaboration and have issued guidelines for in-person meetings.

As the end of the academic year approaches, we should ensure that we celebrate the accomplishments of our students and trainees. There are safe ways to accomplish this, and we provide the following guidance for events: 

  • Online platforms should be used whenever possible, however, a combination of online-only and hybrid models (some attendees in-person, some online) should be used when in-person capacity is limited.
  • In-person (full or hybrid) graduations, ceremonies and other social events must:

o Be approved in advance by the facility COVID-19 Recovery Team. Submit this exemption form for approval.
o Comply with all listed requirements.


3. Non-employee Onsite Activities (e.g. Summer research interns and students) 
Non-employees, including summer interns and students, whose work can be performed remotely should do so until further guidance is provided. We recognize that some activities involving non-employees must be done onsite, such as:

  • Students in research areas performing supervised in-lab experiments
  • Visiting professors, including those who will be involved in activities with close contact, e.g. those doing ward rounds or simulator training sessions
  • Students whose learning objectives require onsite mentoring
Anyone seeking an exemption to this remote work policy for non-employees (e.g., students and summer research interns) must fill out and submit this formThe approval process for students and summer interns to participate in on-site activities will be governed by Hospital SVPs/CAOs, Ravi Thadhani (MGB CAO), and Merranda Logan (Associate CAO). Questions should be directed to StudentResearch@Partners.Org. Turnaround time for a decision is estimated to be 7-10 business days.

Mass General Brigham will continue to monitor infection and hospitalization rates and the number of employees vaccinated. If they continue to trend in the right direction, we may further loosen these guidelines. For more information please visit Ask My HR.

While we are hopeful that 2021 will bring a return to normalcy, we must stay vigilant. Even vaccinated individuals can be carriers of SARS-CoV-2 and transmit to others, including patients and employees who may be at risk for severe disease. Learn more The information summarized above can be found in the following documents:

Remote Work and Gathering Policies: Official Communication Deck
Employee Remote Work Policy and Non-Employee Onsite Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Facility Density and In Person Gatherings during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Frequently Asked Questions: In-Person Meetings and Onsite Non-Employee Work
 
6. Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH

The Brigham Research Institute cordially invites you to participate in its 9th Annual Obesity Incubator Session on May 14th. To address this challenging public health crisis by promoting cross-collaborative research efforts and stimulating new ideas for further investigation, researchers from any institution with a rank of assistant professor and below and all non-faculty researchers are invited to submit an abstract to give a short talk or present a poster. Abstracts must be submitted here (http://www.bwhresearch.org/incubator) by Monday, April 19th.  Cash prizes will awarded to selected speakers and best posters.

To facilitate vibrant scientific discussions, the plenary session will feature short talks by selected junior investigators in the field of obesity research, followed by a keynote presentation from Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program (MCP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH

 
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EVENTS
 
1. 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

 
2. 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
 
3. 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)

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 1:00 – 5:40 PM, Zoom

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sveer91PQNO4HgK0UYMmNw

1:00 -  Introductory Remarks and first talk: ISC candidates, executors, and transcriptional control
Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD – Dana-Farber, HMS

1:40 -  Regenerative strategies of the intestinal crypt
Ophir Klein, MD, PhD – University of California San Francisco

2:10 -  Role of intestinal stem cell plasticity in tumorigenesis
Frederic de Sauvage, PhD – Genentech

2:40 - Wnt pathway regulation of intestinal stem cells
Kelley Yan, MD, PhD – Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons

3:30 - Regeneration, tumorigenesis, and adaptive growth in the Drosophila intestine
Bruce Edgar, PhD – Huntsman Institute, University of Utah

4:00 - Identifying intestinal stem cell niche factors in the developing human gut
Jason Spence, PhD – University of Michigan Medical School

4:30 -  Crypt cell remodeling and ISC niche regeneration after Notch inhibition
Linda Samuelson, PhD – University of Michigan

5:00 - Dietary control of stem cells in physiology and disease
Omer Yilmaz, MD, PhD – Koch Center, MIT

5:30 - Closing Remarks
Wayne Lencer, MD

HDDC Website: https://hddc.hms.harvard.edu/research   

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

 
5. 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.

 
6. SAC 2021 Virtual Poster Session

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00 PM, Virtual

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.

To download the abstract book, please click here

 
7. CCDS Lecture Series – AI for Clinicians

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

“Algorithm Development Lifecycle in Medical Imaging: Current State and Considerations for the Future”

Luciano Prevedello, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Medical Informatics & Augmented Intelligence in Imaging, Director, 3D and Advanced Visualization Lab, Associate Professor, Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Please click here to register

 
8. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff

Friday, April 9, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Zoom

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

Principal Investigators (PI) who hold an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) agree to oversee the conduct of a clinical trial and remain in compliance with FDA regulations and Mass General Brigham policies. Investigators who hold an IND or IDE are considered Sponsor-Investigators and must comply with regulations for both an investigator and a sponsor.  This results in an an increased regulatory burden on investigators and study teams. In this program the Mass General Brigham Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program will outline the responsibilities of a sponsor-investigator.

This course is highly recommended for investigators and study staff conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials under an investigator held IND or IDE.
Register here. Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
9. Study Staff Discussion Group

Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, MS Teams

The Division of Clinical Research would like to welcome all research study staff! Please join us to network, get advice, and ask questions. The group will meet quarterly and discuss a variety of topics relevant to research assistants, study coordinators, clinical research nurses, and other study staff.

This session’s topic will be E-Studies: share tips and tricks on obtaining e-consent, maintaining e-regulatory documents, and working with dispersed teams.
Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

 
10. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!

Monday, April 12, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. Starting April 12, the Scientific Computing team is available at 1p.m. to provide extra support for ERISOne Linux Cluster, R, Python and the new ERISXdl platform. We hope to see you then! Check back to https://rc.partners.org/events for additional dates.

Click here to learn more about Virtual Office Hours

 
11. 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

 
12. 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.

 
13. 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.

 
14. 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

 
15. 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum

Wednesday - Friday, May 19-21, 2021, Virtual

The 2021 Virtual World Medical Innovation Forum will focus on the growing impact of gene and cell
therapy.

Senior healthcare leaders from all over look to shape and debate the area of gene and cell therapy. Our shared belief: no matter the magnitude of change, responsible healthcare is centered on a shared commitment to collaborative innovation–industry, academia, and practitioners working together to improve patients’ lives. Click here to learn more.

Click here to register

 
16. 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. 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. 

 
3. 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.

 
4.  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:

 
5. 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.

 
6. 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.

 
7. 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.

  • NLM Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • 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)
  • Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)
  • 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)
  • Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (Collaborative U2R Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!

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.

 
8. 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 04/02/21

  • 'A' Awards, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF). $800,000. Deadline: June 18
  • AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant, American Association of Physicists in Medicine. $420,000. Deadline: May 3
  • Greater Value Portfolio, Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. $400,000. Deadline: April 26
 
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