Research News - April 16, 2021

         
 
April 16, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. New Proposal Deadline Policy
2. Scientific Computing Report 2020
3. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase
4. Video: The Research Institute Celebrates 5 Years
5. Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH
6. Call for Abstracts – Incorporating Sex as Biologic Variable to Advance Health

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Fridays- Poetry & Creative Writing: The Villanelle
2. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
3. ThuRsday R’s Day: Weekly Training Sessions
4. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty
5. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics
6. Virtual Research Technical Talk
7. Clinician-driven Innovation: Perspectives from Nursing and Physician, IDEA Symposium
8. 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
9. 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum
10. Good Clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
11. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century
12. Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit, Research!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities
3. Leverage Free Prototyping and Development for your Innovation from Boston Scientific
4. American Heart Association: Health Equity Research Network on Prevention on Hypertension
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. Scientific Computing Report 2020

With over 2200 active accounts on the ERISOne Linux Cluster and 600 new customers in 2020 alone, ERIS Scientific Computing provides a range of computational resources, platforms and support for research and innovation. This report provides an overview of data usage and resources available to the Mass General Brigham research and innovation communities. Contact hpcsupport@partners.org with any questions or concerns.

Click here to learn more about the Scientific Computing Report 2020

 
3. 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

 
4. Video: The Research Institute Celebrates 5 Years

This year marks the five year anniversary of the establishment of the Mass General Research Institute (MGRI). MGRI was created to unite and support Mass General researchers as well as advance big science through meaningful partnerships with industry, government and philanthropic partners. We put together this brief video to celebrate the entire research community and all they have accomplished and we look forward to the next five years!

Click here to watch the video.

 
5. 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

 
6. 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. Fun Fridays- Poetry & Creative Writing: The Villanelle

Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

Do you know what a villanelle is? Come learn more about this poetic form that has its roots in the rustic songs of Italy and was developed in 16th century France—and get started on composing your own villanelle. 

In her former career, Anne Levy, PhD, Senior Program Manager of the MGH Center for Faculty Development, taught advanced literature courses and creative writing at the high school level, from the Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye to the Lycée International de Boston. 

Register and receive link

 
2. 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

 
3. ThuRsday R’s Day: Weekly Training Sessions

Thursday, April 22, 11:00 AM – 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

 
4. 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

 
5. 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, Vice President, Operational Data Science, MGB, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Data Science, BH as they discuss technology convergence, data analytics, cloud computing services, machine learning, predictive analytics, and IoT.
Click here to register.

 
6. Virtual Research Technical Talk

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, MS Teams

This month will feature the Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) Team to discuss their study of patient data diversity as well as the Disparities Research Unit of the Department of Medicine at MGH. This monthly meeting is geared for research IT administrators and managers who support research and innovation departments but is open to anyone in the MGB community. Subscribe to receive the monthly meeting invite if you’re interested in learning more or attending.

Click here to learn more about the Virtual Research Technical Talk

 
7. 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

 
8. 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

May 19 & 20, 2021, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Virtual

The 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit will be held on May 19 & 20, 8:30 a.m. - noon. The Summit has grown from its modest start in 2017 to a system-wide educational experience that has impacted thousands of employees across the Mass General Brigham community. 

Mass General Brigham has identified diversity, equity and inclusion as areas of priority that are aligned with the goals of our United Against Racism initiative. Our leadership toward ensuring the most equitable and diverse environment – for our patients and colleagues across the system – will be the very foundation for our success as a premier healthcare provider nationally and internationally.

On May 19, the featured speakers are:

On May 20, the featured speakers are:

Click “join” on these calendar items to add them to your Outlook calendar and access the Zoom webinar link for this virtual two-day event:

Please note that capacity is limited to 5,000 employee-participants and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, email diversityinclusion@partners.org.

 
9. 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

 

 
10. 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

 
11. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Virtual

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is pleased to announce our 22nd Annual Symposium, entitled "Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century." We have an outstanding lineup of speakers who are experts in the fields of public health, global food systems, nutritional inequities, and sustainable nutrition.

Registration is now open. We are expected a high volume of attendees and encourage you to secure your spot early. Click here to register now.

Additional event info and speaker information can be found here.

 
12. Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit, Research!

Wednesday, June 30, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

During this one-day virtual event, early career researchers will have the opportunity to explore an array of career paths, network with fellow researchers, participate in professional development workshops, and engage in meaningful discussions around issues critical to the success of the R&D ecosystem. 

Sample workshops and topics the Summit will explore: 

  • Resume and CV Development 
  • Effective Science Communication 
  • Science Policy and Advocacy
  • Fostering Successful Mentorships

Early career researchers in biomedical, public health, or other health-related disciplines are invited to attend, including graduate students in Master’s, PhD, MD, PharmD, or similar degree programs, recent graduates, Postdocs/Fellows, and early-career employees. 

Early career researchers at your organization can register for this exciting event via the link below. Space is limited. 

Register for the Summit!

As a special component of the Summit, applications are now being accepted to participate in Research!America's second annual Flash Talks Competition. In this competition, early career researchers will test their science communication skills by providing a short, 3-minute presentation of their biomedical or health-related research, including its significance and broader context to a general audience. Each Flash Talk will be evaluated by a panel of judges on how effectively and concisely the research was communicated.

The preliminary round of the competition will take place on June 30, 2021 during Research!America's Early Career Summit, with the final round occurring during the 2021 National Health Research Forum held September 13-15, 2021.

Early career researchers at your organization who are interested in participating in the competition can apply below. Applications close April 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 

 Apply for the Flash Talks Competition Today!
 
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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. 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.

 
3.  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:

 
4. American Heart Association: Health Equity Research Network on Prevention on Hypertension

The AHA seeks to provide a mechanism to advance the science of prevention of hypertension, with a focus on health equity. The Health Equity Research Network on Prevention of Hypertension is envisioned as a single network that encompasses multiple projects. An overall project plan will be developed by self-identified sites and submitted to the AHA as a coordinated submission. Proposed projects should have a common fundamental theme and should assess an intervention or approach to the prevention of hypertension in high-risk populations. Each project should be at a distinct institution and be led by a project principal investigator (PI). Each project also must have the needed research team, necessary infrastructure, and capacity to recruit and retain a diverse group of study participants.

At the agreement of the project PIs during development of the application, one project investigator will be designated the HERN Coordinating Center PI. All aspects of the application (each project and coordinating center) will be reviewed as a collective program, and each  application should include a minimum of three and no more than five projects. 

The AHA encourages applicant teams to submit innovative projects that can prevent hypertension in a short timeframe. With the exception that studies must be conducted using human participants and must include interventions (as opposed to pure epidemiologic characterization), the AHA is not advocating for a particular study topic or design. Examples of general themes include implementation and evaluation of pharmacotherapy to prevent the development of hypertension in African American and/or other populations for which significant health inequities exist; implementation and evaluation of behavioral interventions (e.g., activity, diet and nutrition, stress reduction, etc.) in combination with accessible digital technologies in preventing hypertension in rural populations; the role of biomarkers in identifying individuals from underserved communities who are at the highest risk for developing hypertension; and implementation and evaluation of interventions that target health education or connectivity gaps (i.e., limited broadband internet access) on the prevention of hypertension for which significant health inequities exist.

Award Amount: Up to $20 million paid over 4 years
Indirect Costs: 10%
Website: https://professional.heart.org/en/research-programs/strategically-focused-research/health-equity-research-network-on-prevention-of-hypertension

Deadlines:
Letter of Intent Deadline (via email): Friday, April 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 3 pm Central Time
Award Start Date: October 1, 2021

Required Letter of Intent
Each Coordinating Center PI is required to send a letter of intent via email to strategicawards@heart.org with the following information:

  • Names and institutions of the Coordinating Center PI and each Project PI
  • Network title and title of each proposed project

Applicant Requirements
As a reminder, each applicant for an AHA research award must be a current AHA professional member. Join or renew when preparing an application in Proposal Central, online, or by phone at 301-223-2307 or 800-787-8984. Membership processing may take 3-5 days; do not wait until the application deadline to renew or join.

 
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.

  • 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)

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 04/16/21

  • Quality Initiative Proposal for Funding, ACC Foundation (ACCF)/American College of Cardiology (ACC). $100,000. Deadline: June 1
  • Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). $150,000. Deadline: May 28
  • Seed Grant Program, The Foundation for OCD Research NEW! $600,000. Deadline: June 15
  • HD Human Biology Project, Huntington's Disease Society of America. $150,000. Deadline: May 7
  • Addressing Primary Immunodeficiencies within Minority/Underserved Populations, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $200,000. Deadline: May 25
  • Enzalutamide in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! Deadline: May 14
  • Patient and Caregiver Awareness of Drug Resistant Infections, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $100,000. Deadline: May 19
  • Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) Nurse Navigator Competitive Grant Program, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $75,000. Deadline: June 15
  • Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) Research, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $75,000. Deadline: June 9
 
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