Research News - April 9, 2021

         
 
April 9, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. New Proposal Deadline Policy
2. Research Administration Training Program
3. Need Academic Software?
4. Non-Standard Windows Computer Light Management Pilot
5. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process
6. Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH
7. Call for Abstracts – Incorporating Sex as Biologic Variable to Advance Health

EVENTS
 

1. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff
2. Fun Friday: Doodling
3. MGH/Harvard CBRC Virtual Seminar Series
4. Study Staff Discussion Group
5. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!
6. Responsible Conduct of Research Program at MGH- Upcoming April Courses
7. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
8. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty
9. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics
10. Clinician-driven Innovation: Perspectives from Nursing and Physician, IDEA Symposium
11. Save the Date: 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
12. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
13. 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum
14. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food

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. 2021 Cycle of NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards
6. The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS)
7. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
8. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
9. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. New Proposal Deadline Policy

Mass General Brigham (MGB) is implementing a Proposal Deadline Policy requiring departments to submit the required Administrative Components on or before the eighth business day, and Science Components on or before the third business day, in advance of the sponsor’s submission deadline.  This policy goes into effect in May for proposals with sponsor deadlines beginning June 5th, 2021.  Research Leadership has been communicating the rationale for the new policy and collecting valuable feedback from the Research Community since November.  This policy was finalized after direct feedback from those involved in proposal submissions across MGB and benchmarked against other Academic Medical Centers and major Research Institutions.
To ensure a successful rollout of this policy, it is strongly recommended that departments set-up their own timelines based on volume, size of the department, award mechanism and support staff.  Research Management has been working with Hospital Department Grant Administrators to develop tools and guidance documents to assist with the implementation of this new policy.  The tools and guidance documents can be found on the Research Navigator: Proposal Submission Deadline Policy Page.  These tools include:

  • Checklist of Administrative and Science Components needed for proposal submission
  • Calculator Tool that will help departments plan for proposal deadlines
  • NIH Due Date calendar with MGB deadlines incorporated
  • Departmental Guidance document to aid in implementing this change
  • PowerPoint presentations to explain the new policy
  • Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the policy, late submissions will require approval of the respective Chief/Chair and the SVP of Research.  It is expected that requests for approval of late submissions, will be infrequent.  SVP approval is not assured and should only be requested in extreme circumstances or when there are extenuating circumstances such as rapid turnaround time between the publication of the funding notice and the sponsor’s deadline.
We look forward to your cooperation and support with implementation this new Proposal Deadline Policy.  

 
2. Research Administration Training Program

The Research Administration Training Program is pleased to announce the release of three new self-paced online courses that comprise our Intro to Research Administration series. These courses cover fundamental concepts and competencies to assure that all Research Administrators at Mass General Brigham have a strong foundation.  The courses will facilitate a uniform onboarding for new Research Administrators and provide opportunities for mid-career Research Administrators to self-assess and skill up into new roles. The courses will be assigned to Research Administrators across Mass General Brigham through HealthStream, with twelve weeks for completion. Courses should be completed by Friday, June 25th.
 
The Research Administration Training Program will continue to develop other Fundamentals courses that will be released on a regular schedule. To learn more about the Fundamentals Curriculum, including job aids, required competencies, FAQs, and more, click here.

 
3. Need Academic Software?

ERIS Research Computing Core resells software licenses at academic or bulk pricing. Current offerings include EndNoteFlowJo, GraphPad PrismMATLABSafari Books OnlineSASSPSS and Stata. Coming in May/June 2021, the Core will offer BioRender. See the Core Fees & Purchasing page for the pricing. Request through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

Click here to learn more

 
4. Non-Standard Windows Computer Light Management Pilot

Are you ordering a new custom Windows computer for work? A pilot is underway to improve the computing experience for institutionally purchased non-standard Windows devices used for business purposes and to assure productive, stable and secure computers. This solution will allow customers a quicker way to setup a computer for work, install enterprise apps, and maintain compliance with security requirements. Please email rcc@partners.org to join the pilot. 

Click here to learn more

 
5. 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. To renew or purchase a new license, please visit the ERIS Research Computing Core Request Catalog: rcservices.partners.org (and log in with Mass General Brigham Username and Password). Please read about the different offerings of discounted SAS licenses at rc.partners.org/sas and contact rcc@partners.org with any questions on the renewal process.

Click here to learn more
 
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

 
7. Call for Abstracts – Incorporating Sex as Biologic Variable to Advance Health

The Brigham Research Institute cordially invites you to participate in the upcoming research symposium focused on Incorporating Sex as Biologic Variable to Advance Health on May 24th. To promote vibrant scientific discussions, stimulate new sex and gender research and connect researchers from all Boston area institutions, faculty with a rank of assistant professor and below and all non-faculty researchers are invited to submit an abstract to share their work by giving a short, featured talk or presenting during a lightning talk session at this virtual symposium. Abstracts must be submitted here (http://www.bwhresearch.org/WH) by April 19th.

The symposium, sponsored by the Connors-BRI Center for Research on Women’s Health and Gender Biology at the BWH Brigham Research Institute, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Janine Clayton, Director of the Office for Research in Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Call for Abstracts – Incorporating Sex as Biologic Variable to Advance Health

 
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EVENTS
 
1.  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 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.

 
2. Fun Friday: Doodling

Friday, April 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development 

Doodle Escapes are five minutes doodle breaks. Whether you are at your desk for 10 hours on virtual calls or a student feeling stressed out or parent who is looking for ways to engage your kids—these creative exercises give you a different way to change your mood, de-stress, challenge your brain and just relax in a new way. I will be sharing 3 different simple exercises that you can use right now even if you never doodle or draw. These 5-minute exercises will help you to take a couple of minutes to de-stress, jumpstart your creative brain or just take a different kind of break. Discover what doodles can do for you!

Instructor: Deb Putnoi, MEd, a visual artist, educator and researcher. Putnoi has an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a 5th Year Graduate Degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a B.A./B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (joint degree program).

Register and receive link

 
3. MGH/Harvard CBRC Virtual Seminar Series

Monday, April 12, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Zoom

“Lysosomal signaling in metabolic adaptation and tumorigenesis”

Andrea Ballabio, MD, PHD, Director and Founder of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), Professor of Medical Genetics, Federico II University, Naples Italy.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84437214343

Meeting ID: 844 3721 4343
 
4. 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.

 
5. 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

 
6. Responsible Conduct of Research Program at MGH- Upcoming April Courses

Tuesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 15, Zoom

Tuesday, April 13th 1:00-2:00pm | Register here 

Topic: Research Integrity Speaker: Kele Piper, Director Research Compliance 

Thursday, April 15th 12:00-1:00pm | | Register here
Topic: Mentor-Mentee Relationships and Responsibilities 
Speaker: Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Medical Practice Evaluation Center 
Description: Responsible conduct of research (RCR) training is required of students, trainees, and investigators with career development awards who are supported by NIH funds. In addition, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with any NSF support. In order to fulfill the RCR training requirement MGB developed a curriculum that must be completed by all awardees. Once you have attended the 4-hour MGB RCR Seminar the awardees must obtain an additional 4 credits. MGH offers sessions that are RCR-credit eligible to complete the remaining 4 credits (1 credit = 1 hour).  
*MGB RCR Program has 3 parts: Part 1- RCR Seminar, Part 2 – CITI RCR Basic Course, Part 3 – 4 additional RCR credits. 

The courses advertised here can be used as part of the 4 additional RCR credits. Please email Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions regarding the above courses.  
Please email Claire Hunter with questions regarding part 1 or 2 of the MGB RCR Program.  

 
7. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, April 19, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: 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 QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

 
8. 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

 
9. 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 an alphabet soup of buzzwords. But where are we in the cycle of maturity, adoption, and social application across our System?

Join Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, Chief Data Science Officer, MGB, Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD, Chief Research Information Officer, MGB, Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare, MGH, John Pyhtila, PhD, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, MGB, and Hojjat Salmasian, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Data Science Analytics, BWH as they discuss technology convergence, data analytics, cloud computing services, machine learning, predictive analytics, and IoT.
Click here to register.

 
10. Clinician-driven Innovation: Perspectives from Nursing and Physician, IDEA Symposium

Tuesday, May 11, 2021. 2:00 PM, Zoom

Join Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Executive Director, Institute for Patient Care, MGH and David Ting, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, MGPO; Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare, MGH for an insightful discussion clinician-driven innovation across Mass General Brigham. They will share guidance on digital projects and resources for the clinician, nurses, and patient experiences.

Click here to register

 
11. 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
 
12. 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
 
13. 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
 
14. 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:

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. 2021 Cycle of NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is extending the application period for the 2021 cycle of Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards and will accept applicants through April 25, 2021. Up to 24 innovators will receive a cash prize of $50,000 plus travel costs to attend an International Innovator Summit.

The competition seeks individuals looking to mobilize change in our understanding of aging. Applicants, no matter their career stage, can submit ideas at any level of development that originate from any field or combination of fields (including biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, policy, and beyond).
Successful applicants will be rewarded for bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to extend the human healthspan – or years of life marked by good health, productivity, and social connectedness – especially approaches that challenge existing paradigms or propose new methodologies or concepts. For inspiration, check out the winners of the inaugural round of NAM Catalyst Awards, who have backgrounds in public service, computer science, public health, and more.

A simple, 2-page proposal is all it takes for your project, research or idea to be considered for this one-of-kind-award. To learn more, check out our informational webinar for prospective applicants. For any questions, you can contact catalystawards@nas.edu with the Subject line “Question – NAM Catalyst Awards.”

The NAM Catalyst Awards are part of a larger, global competition available in over 50 countries and territories. The goal of this multiyear, multi-million-dollar contest is to accelerate progress in the growing field of healthy longevity. Ultimately, one or more Grand Prize(s) of up to $5 million will be awarded for the achievement of a breakthrough innovation.
Apply today for a chance to share your innovative idea with the world – and transform the future of aging!

 
6. 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.

 
7. 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.

 
8. 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)
  • 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)
  • Limited Competition Coordinating Center for the HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Cohorts Program (U24 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – 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.

 
9. 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 04/09/21

  • Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Drug Development Program, ALS Association NEW! $500,000. Deadline: April 23
  • Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship, ALS Association NEW! $150,000. Deadline: April 23
  • LCRF-AstraZeneca Grant Program, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) NEW! $150,000. Deadline: April 30
  • LCRF Pilot Grant Program, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF). $150,000. Deadline: April 30
  • Research Grant on Disparities in Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF). $150,000. Deadline: May 7
  • Emerging Leader Award, Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. $750,000. Deadline: May 3
  • Research Grants, PSC Partners Seeking a Cure. $80,000. Deadline: May 15
  • NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant, The Neurocritical Care Society. $77,000. Deadline: April 23
 
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