Research News - April 23, 2021

         
 
April 23, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Energy Conservation Freezer Program
2. Mass General Research Institute IT Updates
3. FlowJo Software Available for Purchase
4. Scientific Computing Report 2020
5. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process
6. ERISXdl Platform Open for Early Adopters
7. Video: The Research Institute Celebrates 5 Years
8. Deadline Extended! Call for Abstracts - 9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session at BWH

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Friday: Spring into Fitness!
2. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
3. Marcela del Carmen, MD, Lecture Series for the Advancement of Women and Diverse Faculty
4. Writing a Protocol
5. Drivers of technology convergence: AI, ML, and predictive analytics
6. ThuRsday R’s Day: Weekly Training Sessions
7. Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR)
8. Virtual Research Technical Talk
9. REDCap eConsent Functionality
10. Fun Friday: Art and Renewal
11. Biobank Portal
12. Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology- Clinical Research Coordinator Section
13. Clinician-driven Innovation: Perspectives from Nursing and Physician, IDEA Symposium
14. 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
15. 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum
16. Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit, Research!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Harrington Discovery Institute Grant Opportunities
3. American Heart Association: Health Equity Research Network on Prevention on Hypertension
4. 2021 Cycle of NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards
5. The Connell-Jones Endowed Chair Diversity Research Scholars Program (DRS)
6. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
7. PCORI Funding Opportunity: Pragmatic Clinical Studies (PCS) to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes – Cycle 2 2021
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. Energy Conservation Freezer Program

We recently received some additional funding from the hospital energy conservation program to support the purchase of energy-efficient freezers. If you wish to replace a working non-energy-efficient freezer with a new energy-efficient one, you will be eligible for up to a $3,000 rebate. To be considered for the rebate, you must be able to provide your current freezer inventory and be able to trade-in a working non-energy efficient freezer.

Because funding is limited, we may have to hold a lottery if requests exceed available funding. If you are interested in participating, please email rsmgcore@partners.org by Monday, May 3rd with the name of the PI lab along with the location of the freezer you wish to replace.  

 
2. Mass General Research Institute IT Updates

ZOOM Accounts
Recently, all Zoom accounts registered with @mgh.harvard.edu, @partners.org and other MGB emails were converted from a Harvard to an MGB enterprise account. MGB provides free limited “Basic” accounts as well as discounted enterprise accounts for $100/year. Full description of differences as well as instructions and links to the order form can be found here.

If you need to host a Harvard Medical School teaching, research, or administrative activity on Zoom, you are eligible for a Harvard Zoom account and will need to link it to @hms.harvard.edu email. Hospital business, such as graduate medical education, hospital-based laboratory research, or clinical departmental activities are not eligible.  For further reference please click here.

InfoBot on Outlook
Getting IS help is now more convenient than ever! Skip the phone, manage your tickets, and open requests fast with the new InfoBot button on the Outlook ribbon. No action is required to get the button. 

How does it work? If you have a non-urgent IS question or need to view and manage your tickets, simply click the “Get IS Help” button to launch InfoBot and start chatting!

About InfoBot. Launched last fall, InfoBot can help you with a variety of self-service tools and support options. It works with you to resolve issues, request catalog items, and open tickets. Its ticket management service offers the ability to check your ticket status, add comments, and close tickets. This service also provides you with real-time ticket update notifications and password expiration reminders. Learn more about InfoBot on the IS Service Hub.

In addition to the new Outlook button, you can find InfoBot in Microsoft Teams, on the IS Service Hub, or click here to connect with InfoBot now! If you have any questions or need help, please contact the IS Service Desk

 
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.

FlowJo Software Available for Purchase

 
4. 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.

Learn more about the 2020 Scientific Computing Report

 
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.

Learn more about SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & New Renewal Process

 
6. 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.

Learn more about ERISXdl Platform Open for Early Adopters

 
7. 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.

 
8. Deadline Extended!  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 26th.  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. Fun Friday: Spring into Fitness!

Friday, April 23, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

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

Join Spring into Fitness! with licensed physical therapists Isabella Sprague and Angela Stearns for 30 minutes of upbeat exercise and injury prevention tips to get healthy and stay injury free this spring and summer season. This Fun Friday class will have you feeling energized and informed as you learn tips to prevent injuries as you transition into warm weather sports and activities. You will leave this class with new safe and effective stretches and strengthening exercises to incorporate into your fitness routines. 

Isabella Sprague, PT, DPT, SCS, is a Sports Physical Therapist at MGH Sports Physical Therapy who enjoys staying active with running, cycling, hiking with her German Shepherd, and practicing yoga.  

Angela Stearns, PTA, is a sports physical therapist assistant who has spent most of her life playing sports and staying active. 

Register and receive link

 
2. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 AM, Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee 

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on Monday mornings.  
  
If you would like to receive an Outlook invitation for these sessions, email owb@partners.org.  

Attend sessions via Zoom

 
3. 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

 
4. Writing a Protocol

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program

This course is intended for investigators and research staff.  A well written protocol is essential to successful and compliant clinical research.  This course will address the following questions:

  • What are the required elements of a protocol including GCP requirements?  
  • What makes a protocol effective? 
  • What issues related to protocol writing have been identified in regulatory inspection and audits? 
  • Are there special considerations when writing a protocol? 
  • What is required for protocol training?  

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

 
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. ThuRsday R’s Day: Weekly Training Sessions

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 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

 
7. Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR)

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 11:00 – 12:30 PM, Zoom

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) brings clinical information to the researcher's fingertips and ensures the security of patient information by controlling and auditing the distribution of patient data within the guidelines of the IRB.

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the RPDR (Research Patient Data Registry) application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, creating a query and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research.

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

Click here for more information.

 
8. 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

 
9. REDCap eConsent Functionality

Friday, April 30, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

REDCap Representatives: Lynn Simpson, Research Data Collection Services Manager, Jeremy Alphonse, Research Data Collection Services Project Analyst, Research Information Science and Computing (RISC) Applications and Services

Mass General Brigham (MGB) has developed a REDCap eConsent Framework that will turn the paper-based informed consenting processes into an electronic informed consent process that researchers can use for Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed and approved studies. The MGB REDCap eConsent Framework will allow users to implement a combination of the validated components to design and customize an eConsent Project to their Use Case and workflow.

Objectives:
1. Understand eConsent technical requirements
2. Learn how to program REDCap for electronic consent

Target audience: Researchers evaluating electronic consent options for research studies.

REDCap link : https://rc.partners.org/research-apps-and-services/collect-data#redcap

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

Click here for more information

 
10. Fun Friday: Art and Renewal


Friday, April 30, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

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

Experience how engaging with a powerful work of art can spark joy, creativity and teamwork.  The session will include a lively conversation about a work of art followed by a creative response.  No art experience needed! 

Led by Corinne Zimmermann, Museum Educator and Co-director of Harvard Macy's Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship 

Register and receive link

 
11. Biobank Portal

Friday, April 30, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Zoom

The Partners Biobank Portal is a tool that links consented subjects from the Partners Biobank with their health care data from the electronic medical record (EMR) and allows researchers to request clinical samples for these subjects. 

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the Biobank Portal application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, types of samples available, genomic information and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research.

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

Click here for more information.

 
12. Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology- Clinical Research Coordinator Section

Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

Application deadline: April 28, 2021

Speakers: Christina Psaros, PhD and Vanessa Merker

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy

This four-session course provides a practical introduction for clinical researchers who are interested in developing a study involving qualitative research methods. Course topics include:
1. Overview of qualitative and mixed method aims, designs and methodologies
2. Selecting a study design, recruitment strategy and sample size
3. Developing a qualitative research data collection instrument (e.g., interview guide)
4. Coding and analyzing qualitative research data; integrating mixed methods results
*This section is primarily designed for MGH Clinical Research Coordinators

Apply here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

 
13. 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

 
14. 5th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

Wednesday and Thursday, 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.

 
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. 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

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.  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.
 
4. 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!

 
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. PCORI Funding Opportunity: Pragmatic Clinical Studies (PCS) to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes – Cycle 2 2021

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced funding for Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes. This PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) emphasizes relevant Methodology Standards and the PCORI Guidance on the Design and Conduct of Trials in Real-World Settings.

A total of $90 million in funding is available through this PFA. Investigators may request up to $10 million in direct costs for a clinical trial lasting up to five years.

We've put together resources on how to apply, constructing a successful LOI, and assistance with your applications, including contact information on our website.

For questions about PCORI or the application process, you may also contact Leslie MacGregor, PhD, VMD, JD, Harvard Catalyst PCORI funding specialist.

Key Dates:

  • PFA opens: May 4, 2021
  • Town Hall webinar: May 21, 2021 from 11:30am – 1:00pm ET
  • Letters of Intent (LOI) due: June 1, 2021, by 5:00pm ET
  • Full applications due: August 31, 2021, by 5:00pm ET

Please note that this opportunity will be repeated once more in 2021.

Cycle 3 opens September 7 (deadline October 5).

PCORI seeks to fund clinical trials, large simple trials, or large-scale observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving healthcare system-level approaches to managing care; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities. Randomized study designs are strongly encouraged but not required.
 
Proposed studies must address critical clinical choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, or delivery systems. They must involve broadly representative patient populations and be large enough to provide precise estimates of hypothesized effectiveness differences and to support evaluation of potential differences in treatment effectiveness in patient subgroups.

About PCORI:
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was authorized by Congress in 2010 as a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. PCORI’s purpose, as defined by its authorizing legislation, is to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and other healthcare system stakeholders make better-informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions” and by promoting the dissemination and uptake of this evidence.

 
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.

  • NIMHD Multiple Chronic Disease Disparities Research Coordinating Center (RCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)  – NEW!
  • 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)
  • Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2022 (P2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • 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 04/23/21

  • Nursing Research Grants Program, American Nurses Foundation (ANF)/American Nurses Association (ANA) COVID! $75,000. Deadline: May 3
  • Pilot and Feasibility Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $100,000. Deadline: May 13
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $129,050. Deadline: May 13
  • Research Grants, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $250,000. Deadline: May 13
  • Research Grants, Local Initiative for Excellence (L.I.F.E.) Foundation COVID! $100,000. Deadline: June 30
  • Research Grants, National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM). Unspecified. Deadline: June 30
  • Quality Improvement Grant Request for Proposals Addressing Social Health Needs in Chronic and Preventative Disease, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $250,000. Deadline: June 3
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Menopause Experience, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $100,000. Deadline: June 10
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Drug Delivery, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: May 20
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Drug Discovery, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: May 20
  • Research Starter Grant - Drug Delivery, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: May 20
  • Research Starter Grant - Drug Discovery, PhRMA Foundation. $100,000. Deadline: May 20
  • Pilot Award, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI). $300,000. Deadline: May 6
  • Solve M.E. Ramsay Award Program, Solve Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Initiative (SMCI) COVID! $55,000. Deadline: April 30
 
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