Research News - April 29, 2022

 

         
 
  April 29, 2022
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 

1. MGH Research Job Board
2. Please Consider Supporting Team MGH in the Mother's Day Walk for Peace
3. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & Renewal Pricing Update   
4. 2022 Chemistry Spotlight @ Pfizer - Poster Session for Graduate Students and Post-docs

 
EVENTS
 
 

1. Fun Fridays- Cooking with Nicolette
2. CBRC Seminar Series
3. World Medical Innovation Forum: Gene and Cell Therapy
4. 2022 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 03
5. 7th Annual Skeletal Research Symposium
6. Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology- Clinical Research Coordinator Section
7. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series: Maintenance of CD8 T Cell Responses to Chronic Infection
8. Social Media Series Session 7: "Building a Brand Through Social Media"
9. Fun Fridays- Vinyasa Yoga
10. Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lectureship Series: “Work and Purpose in Challenging Times”
11. Virtual Nursing Research Day
12. Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation Session 4
13. Artificial Intelligence for Clinicians (AI4C) Lecture
14. Photobiology Symposium at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 2022 Annual Meeting
15. Achieving Research Equity and Inclusion: Name It! Act On It! Change It!
16. Register now for the 23rd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium

 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Breast Cancer Alliance – Young Investigator Grants
3. Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award
4. Pilot & Feasibility Grants in Nutrition, Obesity, Metabolism
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
6. Phase 2 of the Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) program
7. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
8. Foundation Funding Opportunities

 
In Case You Missed It
 
  Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. MGH Research Job Board

Are you looking for a new opportunity within the Mass General Research Institute or hoping to promote a newly posted job within your department? Check out the Research Job Board, powered by the Division of Clinical Research! All members of the community are able to submit postings or apply for positions. 

Click here to learn more.

 
2. Please Consider Supporting Team MGH in the Mother's Day Walk for Peace

MGB along with BWH and MGH are once again major supporters of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 8:00 am at Town Field Park in Dorchester. 

The Brigham and MGH are in a “healthy competition” to build walk teams and fundraise for this important cause, and we are inviting people to join either Team MGH or Team BWH by joining the walk (in-person, but also a Zoom option) or donating. 

The Peace of Mind campaign, is a "Health-y Competition" amongst healthcare professionals, and the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to raise money collectively. This has been a long-time wish of LDBPI Founder Clementina Chery. The funds we raise will allow us to sponsor sand tray therapy to distribute to the community. 

If you would like to join our efforts, please register or donate by clicking here. (Please list your team as Team MGH or Team Brigham & Women's Hospital) Our goals are $25,000 and $10,000. 

Click here to learn more about the Mother's Day Walk for Peace.

Why We Walk:
The Peace Institute is a cornerstone of care and healing unparalleled in Boston for survivors of homicide. It’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a beloved Boston tradition celebrating the potential to create more peaceful communities and is its largest fundraising event, providing critical funds to continue to provide invaluable services, advocacy, and trainings. 

Due to the pandemic, we have an upward spiral of increased emotional distress (up about 300%) contributing to increased gun violence (about 32% in Boston) causing even higher rates of individual/family/community trauma (65-90+%) - and therefore, a greater reason than ever to support the work of the Peace Institute through your donation to the Mother's Day Walk for Peace. 

Funds raised through this campaign this year will go to distributing sand tray therapy toolkits to community members as part of the Peace Institute’s https://ldbpeaceinstitute.org/peace-play-in-urban-settings/. Supporting this program is more important than ever due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and trauma from gun violence. 

 
3. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & Renewal Pricing Updates

Discounted SAS statistical licenses are offered through the ERIS Research Computing Core. The price for a SAS Citrix or SAS Server license dropped to $240/license per year/platform and can be accessed from multiple devices. To purchase a new license or renew a Desktop license, please visit the ERIS Research Computing Core Request Catalog: rcservices.partners.org (and log in with MGB Username and Password). Please read about the different offerings of discounted SAS licenses at rc.partners.org/sas. Please contact us at rcc@partners.org with any questions.

 
4. 2022 Chemistry Spotlight @ Pfizer - Poster Session for Graduate Students and Post-docs

Are you a chemistry graduate student or postdoctoral researcher seeking your next challenge? Would you like to play a part in discovering the medicines of the future? We’re interested in learning what you’ve been up to. 

We invite to you apply to visit us in Cambridge, MA to present a poster of your research. Join us for a day of science and networking with fellow chemists! 

Poster Session Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Interested in participating? 

Please click here.

 
 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- Cooking with Nicolette

Friday, April 29, 2022, 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. 

Not a chef? Not a problem. Join us this Fun Friday with Nicolette Maggiolo, RD, live from her teaching kitchen, as we whip up some refreshing summer recipes that will fuel your physical and mental health, too! 

Instructor: Nicolette Star Maggiolo, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian and Manager of Clinical and Culinary Nutrition for the Home Base Program, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. 

Click to register 

 
2. CBRC Seminar Series

Monday, May 2, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom

“The central role of Antimicrobial Peptides in Innate Immunity.”
Richard L. Gallo, MD PhD Irma Gigli Chair in Dermatology Distinguished Professor and Founding Chairman Department of Dermatology University of California San Diego

Zoom link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/81860396507?pwd=WXBHS0F2djhBSTJNNFBzYjFsbEIrUT09 Meeting ID: 818 6039 6507
Passcode: 618941 

 
3. World Medical Innovation Forum: Gene and Cell Therapy

Monday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 4, 2022 

Join leading CEOs, top investors, senior Harvard faculty and government leaders to see what’s next. Three unprecedented days. The ultimate game changer. The most important questions. 

Click here to view the full agenda 

Click here to register! 

 
4. 2022 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 03

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom 

Provided by: Mass General Brigham and MGH Center for Faculty Development 

"Supporting the mental and behavioral health of emerging adults" 

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

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the unique developmental milestones of emerging adulthood necessary for the transition into adulthood 
  • Discuss how the trajectory of emerging adulthood for patients with mental and medical illness may be impacted by both contextual and individual factors, including social determinants of healt
  • Describe strategies and challenges for developing and tailoring clinical interventions to meet the unique needs of emerging adults 
  • Identify a variety of resources available to support the development of emerging adults 

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD 

Presenters:
Amanda N. Zayde, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department, Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Division; Director, Connecting and Reflecting Experience (CARE) clinical and research program; Associate Director, Psychology Internship Training Program; co-Director, Becoming an Emerging Adult at Montefiore (BEAM) program; and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Ellen H. O'Donnell, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, MGH; Director of Psychological Services, MGH Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Center and for Shriners Hospital for Children Boston; Co-Director, MGH Internship in Child Psychology; and Assistant Professor of Psychology, HMS 

ACCREDITATION
Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Click to register 

 
5. 7th Annual Skeletal Research Symposium

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Thier Building

Sponsored by the Center for Skeletal Research

Boxed lunches will be provided at 11:30 am 

Guest Speakers: 
Sarah L. Dallas, PhD, Lee M. and William Lefkowitz Endowed Professor, University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences 

Farshid Guilak, PhD, Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, Washington University 

Click here to register for the symposium

Questions? Please contact csrmail@partners.org 

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

Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Virtual 

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

Speakers: Christina Psaros, PhD and Vanessa Merker, PhD 

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. 

 
7. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series: Maintenance of CD8 T Cell Responses to Chronic Infection

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 9:00 am, Zoom

Maintenance of CD8 T cell responses to chronic infection Axel Kallies, PhD, The University of Melbourne 

Click here to join the virtual seminar 

MGH Immunology Seminar Series Website 

 
8. Social Media Series Session 7: "Building a Brand Through Social Media"

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development 

In this final session of the Social Media Series, Dr. Rupa Wong weighs in on the importance of physicians utilizing social media to create their own online narratives. She shares tips for crafting a personal branding strategy and creating relevant and engaging content. 

Presenter: Rupa Wong, MD, is a board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist who trained at Boston Children’s Hospital, wife, mother, entrepreneur, and the managing partner of Honolulu Eye Clinic for the past 13 years, also serving as Clinical Associate Professor at University of Hawaii School of Medicine. She has been featured on the Best Doctors Lists since 2010 and was even featured on the cover of Honolulu magazine for that issue. 

Dr. Wong pursues passion projects including founding a women's medical conference, Pinnacle Conference, and a membership site, The Attending Lounge, dedicated to empowering female pre-meds, med students and residents with the mindset necessary to grow into confident attending physicians. Her non-profit work exemplifies her commitment to children in the community, as well as medical education, and includes serving on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, Project Vision and Association for Healthcare in Social Media, for which she was a Founding Member. 

Dr. Wong is active on social media where she discusses harmonizing work and life as well as eye health and addresses the gaps in business knowledge that medical school does not teach. 

Click to register 

 
9. Fun Fridays- Vinyasa Yoga

Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous yoga class that moves through poses at the pace of your breath. This class is designed for all levels; modifications are offered, allowing you to tailor the class to your ability and your body’s needs. The sequence of each class will build towards a challenging peak pose(s). Appropriate for both the beginner and advanced practitioner, this class will be stimulating and fun! Props: Please wear attire appropriate for exercise and have a yoga mat. Blocks, blanket and strap are optional. 

Facilitator: Masha Leuner. A world traveler and long time yoga practitioner, Masha holds a BA/MA from Brandeis University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. As a career driven marketer in a high pace corporate environment, Masha always wondered what an alternative life path would be like. After the birth of her second child, she decided to let it all go, took Yoga Teacher Training, and in 2017 became a certified yoga teacher. Masha’s natural yearning for learning has lead her to take multiple advanced trainings, receive certification in Yoga for Osteoporosis and Back Pain, as well as continue to perfect her teaching in Vinyasa. She teaches full time at Coolidge Yoga in Brookline, and is enrolled in advanced 300hr certification program at Down Under Yoga. 

Click here to register. 

 
10. Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lectureship Series: “Work and Purpose in Challenging Times”

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Provided by: Mass General Brigham and MGH Center for Faculty Development 

In commemoration of Faculty Development Month, the Center for Faculty Development invites you to the thirteenth annual Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lectureship Series. The lectureship was established to honor Dr. Tarbell’s dedication and leadership. She was the founding Director of both the MGH Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers where she was instrumental in advancing and promoting the academic careers of MGH faculty. 

In this lecture, Clayton Spencer, president of Bates College, will discuss Bates’ nationally recognized Purposeful Work program, designed and built under her direction beginning in 2014. Based on the premise that meaningful work, however each individual defines it, is fundamental to shaping a life, the program helps students figure out how to navigate the evolving worlds of work based on developing their own sense of identity, agency, and purpose. 

The principles at the heart of the Purposeful Work program apply equally to adults in the workforce, as they strive to learn, grow, progress, or change gears throughout their careers. Clayton will describe the philosophy that animates Bates’ approach and offer perspectives on the impact of the pandemic years on ideas of work and purpose. 

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to

  • Understand the importance of purpose in generating a fulfilling work experience and overall wellbeing. 
  • Explore frameworks for defining one’s own purpose that are coherent and have practical application. 
  • Consider the role of purpose in choosing and navigating careers in healthcare. 
  • Examine the implications of the pandemic on the ability to each of us to find purpose in our work and lives. 

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees. 
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD 

Presenter: Clayton Spencer, JD has served as president of Bates College since 2012. Under Clayton’s leadership, Bates has made significant advances in its academic program, the student experience, and fundraising. Clayton came to Bates from Harvard, where she served for fifteen years on the university’s senior leadership team, including seven years as Vice President for Policy. At Bates, in addition to the Purposeful Work program, the college has established a program in Digital and Computational Studies; built a new, $50 million science center that houses state-of-the art classrooms and labs for teaching and research; launched a $100 million initiative to increase the number of Pell and low-income students at Bates; and secured significant grant funding for initiatives focused on curricular transformation and inclusive pedagogy in STEM and the humanities. Before Harvard, Clayton worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy as Chief Education Counsel in the United States Senate, and, prior to that, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts. 

ACCREDITATION
Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Click to register 

 
11. Virtual Nursing Research Day

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Zoom

“The Sacred Talking Circle Intervention: A Research Approach to Address Health Disparities among Native Americans."
John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN , Joseph Blades Centennial Memorial Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing 

1 CEUs will be offered 

To register for contact hours, please click here. For direct access to the webinar (no contact hours offered), please click here

Questions? Please contact munncenter@partners.org 

 
12. Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation Session 4

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Clinical Careers, the Magic Wand Initiative, and the MGH Springboard Studio 

The “Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation” is a new series to create a collaborative space for clinical faculty looking to bridge into innovation. 

Whether you're getting buy-in for an idea or working out the details of an agreement, we all want to be better negotiators. Join this session to learn about high stakes, high risk negotiations that will transform the way you approach your own negotiations, collaborations, and more. 

Speaker: Jeff A. Weiss, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Mass General Brigham (MGB). He is responsible for the strategy, system transformation and clinical M&A, and strategic partnerships functions. Prior to coming to MGB, Jeff served as the sixth president of Lesley University. This followed Jeff’s close to 30 years in consulting, most of those years as a Partner and co-founder of Vantage Partners, where he led its Information Technology and Healthcare industry practices. His work focused on helping organizations structure and manage strategic partnerships, negotiate complex agreements, implement strategy and manage change, drive innovation, and engage in effective board governance. 

Jeff is widely published, has been a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and most recently authored the HBR Guide to Negotiating. Jeff holds a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Click to register 

 
13. Artificial Intelligence for Clinicians (AI4C) Lecture

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

AI4C is a monthly lecture series focused on digital innovations within the field of data science. Designed for clinicians, data scientists, trainees, faculty, and staff, each month highlights experts and innovations happening in the data science space. Through this program, you will learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools can transform health care delivery and operations at Mass General Brigham and beyond. 

Speaker: Hadi Shafiee, PhD, BWH 

We are pleased to announce that the archive of previous recordings is now available! Past lectures can be found on the AI4C website. You can also follow us and find previous recordings on our YouTube and Microsoft Stream channels. Due to speaker preference, some past lectures are accessible only to Mass General Brigham employees through Microsoft Stream; most lectures can be viewed by the general public on our YouTube channel

 
14. Photobiology Symposium at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 2022 Annual Meeting

Friday, May 20, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30am, Virtual 

7:01 am: Unique photobiological features of pheomelanin
David Fisher, MD, PhD, Chief, Dermatology, MGH 

7:14 am: Remote consequences of local photobiological effects
Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, Dermatology, MGH

Registration is free but required | Click here to register.

 
15. Achieving Research Equity and Inclusion: Name It! Act On It! Change It!

Monday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Virtual 

Mass General Brigham is hosting a unique event in partnership with Advarra to bring together thought leaders and community representatives who can drive systemic change towards achieving equity and inclusion in clinical research. 

Discussions and presentations will challenge us to work together to:
Name it! Acknowledge the past and identify the future
Act on it! Innovate and implement solutions
Change it! Demonstrate and measure systemic transformation 

Conference Description 

  • Virtual conference with option to pre-record sessions to facilitate availability of speakers 
  • Stakeholders/Audience 
  • Researchers 
  • Research Administration & Leadership 
  • Research Sponsors (Industry, Federal, Private) 
  • Government Regulators 
  • Community 

The conference will address inclusion from a broad standpoint to include issues related to race and ethnicity, disability, age/sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, culture, social determinants, and urban/rural issues. A unique aspect of the conference will be prioritizing the involvement of the community not only as attendees, but also as speakers, moderators and discussants. 

Click here to learn more. 

 
16. Register now for the 23rd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Virtual 

“The Neurobiology of Eating Behavior in Obesity: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets” 

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) invites you to attend our 23rd Annual Symposium, featuring the latest research on a wide range of topics including appetite regulation, gut-brain communication, and mechanisms of surgical and non-surgical obesity interventions. 

Click here to register now. We are expecting a high volume of attendees and encourage you to secure your spot early. Additional event info and speaker information can be found here

Register now | Download program flyer 

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the 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. Breast Cancer Alliance – Young Investigator Grants

Internal applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grant. 

What are they?
"The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, the BCA invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved. To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the sponsor invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer research, and who are in the early stages of their career, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers who do not yet have their own major grant support but who design and conduct their own independent research projects.” MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates. 

How much is the award?
The grant provides salary support and project costs for a total of $125,000 (distributed over the two-year period.) Indirect costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8% of total direct costs. For MGH investigators selected through a competitive process as the institutional nominee for any limited submission funding opportunities, in situations in which the grant will bring in less than 15% indirect cost (IDC), ECOR will cover the IDC gap up to a maximum of $50,000 per year. In order to optimize the distribution of limited ECOR funds across the MGH research community, it is expected that PIs and departments will work together to cover the remaining IDC shortfall. 

When is the deadline?
MGH letter of intent deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 5:00pm
Full application to sponsor: Friday, July 22, 2022 

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
To learn more and apply – Click here

 
3. Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award

Applications are now being accepted by the Center for Faculty Development for the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award 2022-2023. 

Despite extensive work to improve gender equity in academic medicine, women continue to lag behind men in promotions and leadership positions. This inequity has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic which disproportionately affected women who were tasked with taking on increased childcare and household responsibilities and/or the care of ailing relatives. Because of COVID-19-related restrictions, many Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorships are being conducted virtually. This change provided an opportunity to promote the participation of more women in Visiting Professorships by removing the barriers that often prevent women from traveling. 

The Center for Faculty Development’s Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award will be presented to women faculty clinicians, educators, researchers and women postdocs at MGH, who have shown exceptional promise as leaders in their field and whose careers would specifically benefit from speaking, mentoring and networking opportunities at the national or international level. This award will provide an opportunity to serve as a “virtual” Visiting Professor to give Grand Rounds at a national or international institution, organized by the Center for Faculty Development. 

The application deadline is Monday, May 16, at 11:59 pm. To learn more and apply, click here.

 
4. Pilot & Feasibility Grants in Nutrition, Obesity, Metabolism

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) is currently seeking applications for Pilot & Feasibility Grants related to nutrition, obesity, and metabolism. This award is up to $30,000 over 1 year, with possibility for up to $30,000 additional funding during year 2 via a competitive renewal if good progress is achieved. 

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 1, 2022. 

The funding period will begin on August 1, 2022. 

Click here to learn more and apply. 

 
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias. The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class researchers in the Harvard research community in three key areas:
[1] biology of aging and neurodegeneration;
[2] data sciences, computational biology, statistics, math/engineering/physics;
[3] drug discovery and development 

Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Training includes targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, career development, and grant development activities. 

Eligibility:
PhD, MD, MD/PhD and U.S. citizen or permanent resident (see NIH PAR-18-524), with rolling admission for 4 training slots. Our goal is to recruit a truly diverse T32 trainee pool that is highly representative of URM and women trainees. 

Additional information:
Please see https://pricelab.martinos.org/t32-adrd/ for further information including application instructions. Please submit questions to: Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu. 

 
6. Phase 2 of the Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) program

Phase 2 of the Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) program has been launched with a total budget of $225 million over the next 5 years. The goal of this phase is to accelerate the development of genome-editing therapeutic agents by facilitating IND-enabling studies, establishing pathways to regulatory approval, and disseminating successful strategies for initiating first in human clinical trials. To accomplish this, we are currently seeking applications for the following initiatives: 

Key deadlines (for all initiatives):
Letter of Intent: 06/17/2022
Application Receipt Date: 07/19/2022 

Interested in learning more? SCGE will host an informational webinar on 05/04/2022. In the meantime, check out https://www.commonfund.nih.gov/editing to learn more. 

 
7. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

We ask that all MGH Investigators interested in applying for any limited submission award submit a Letter of Intent (see detailed instructions below) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) by the deadline indicated for each award to be considered to receive an institutional nomination. 

Process
Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to ecor@partners.org. In addition to your LOI, please include an NIH Biosketch. The letter of intent should include: 

  1. Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information 
  2.  A descriptive title of the potential application 
  3. Brief description of the project 
  4. 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

  • Immune Drivers of Autoimmune Disease (IDAD) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW! 
  • NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW! 

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please let us know at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

 
8. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these opportunities. Note that proposals are still routed through the standard Insight/Research Management process. Please be aware that any grant that brings in less than 15% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 15% equivalent by existing investigator or departmental sundry funds. Resolution of this issue must occur prior to submitting a proposal. Training fellowships from foundations, public charity, and non-profit organizations are excluded from this minimum IDC requirement. 

Week of 04/29/22

  • A' Awards, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF). $800,000. Application Deadline: May 12 
  • napari Plugin Accelerator Grants, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. $20,000. Application Deadline: June 1 
  • Pilot and Feasibility Awards, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). $100,000. Application Deadline: May 12 
  • Glaucoma Care Grant, International Glaucoma Association (IGA). ≈ $63,000. Application Deadline: May 22 
  • ALK Positive Research Grant, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) NEW! $250,000. LOI Deadline: May 9 
  • Minority Career Development Award (CDA) in Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) NEW! $150,000. Application Deadline: May 27
  • Ramsay Research Grant Program in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) or Long Covid, Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) COVID! $55,000. Application Deadline: May 23 
  • Stem Cell Spaceshot Grant, TreeFrog Therapeutics NEW! $100,000. Application Deadline: June 30 
 
 
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MGH Town Hall Meeting Recordings 

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Check out the Coronavirus Resource Guide for MGH Researchers! 

NIH Update for Week Ending April 29, 2022

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