Research News - May 6, 2022

 

         
 
  May 6. 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. Biorender and NVivo portal licenses are now available

 
EVENTS
 
 

1. Fun Fridays- Vinyasa Yoga
2. Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lectureship Series: “Work and Purpose in Challenging Times”
3. Virtual Nursing Research Day
4. Virtual Water Cooler Series: Demystifying Innovation Session 4
5. Artificial Intelligence for Clinicians (AI4C) Lecture
6. Fun Fridays- Chair/Office Yoga
7. Photobiology Symposium at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 2022 Annual Meeting
8. Achieving Research Equity and Inclusion: Name It! Act On It! Change It!
9. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 04
10. Virtual Research Tech Talk
11. Register now for the 23rd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium
12. Novelline Innovation Speaker Series

 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Breast Cancer Alliance – Young Investigator Grants
3. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
4. RECOVER Clinical Trials NIH Research Opportunity Announcement - OTA-21-015H
5. Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award
6. Pilot & Feasibility Grants in Nutrition, Obesity, Metabolism
7. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
8. Phase 2 of the Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) program
9. MGH Cancer Center’s Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
10.Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
11. 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. Biorender and NVivo portal licenses are now available

BioRender licenses are available at a discounted rate through the Research Computing Core. BioRender is a web application that can be used to create scientific figures, diagrams, and illustrations from a scientifically accurate image library, all in a matter of minutes. Using a simple drag and drop model, BioRender will save you time, so you can focus more on the science and less on illustration. BioRender requires no installation and you may log into your account on any computer, to access the BioRender portal. For more information on BioRender, go to the Research Computing Core's software page or order now at rcservices.partners.org (MGB login required). All questions may be directed to rcc@partners.org

NVivo portal licenses are now available at a discounted rate through the Research Computing Core. NVivo is software that can be used for qualitative analysis of textual and audiovisual data sources. NVivo requires no installation, and you may log into your account on any computer, to access the NVivo portal. For more information on NVivo go to the Research Computing Core's software page or order now at rcservices.partners.org (MGB login required). All questions may be directed to rcc@partners.org

 
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EVENTS
 
1. 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. 

 
2. 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 

 
3. 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 

 
4. 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

 
5. 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. 

 
6. Fun Fridays- Chair/Office Yoga

Friday, May 13, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

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

Chair yoga can be done in the comfort of your own office or home. You’ll practice relaxing breathing techniques and mindful movements to help relieve physical tension, quiet your mind and calm your spirit. No previous yoga experience is needed. 

Facilitator: Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT, is a Kripalu yoga teacher, yoga therapist and clinical social worker 

Click to register 

 
7. 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. 

 
8. 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. 

 
9. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 04

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom

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

"Stories that Heal: Supporting Each Other Through the Darkness of Depression" 

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: 

  • Recognize the prevalence of depression in healthcare providers 
  • Describe techniques for supporting colleagues 
  • Identify local and national mental health resources 

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

Presenters:
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD, Associate Chief for Clinical Faculty for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
Megan Fix, MD, Associate Professor; Director of Education, Emergency Medicine; Faculty Director of Student Mentoring, University of Utah School of Medicine 

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 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Click to register 

 
10. Virtual Research Tech Talk

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Zoom

Presenters: Dr. Randy Trumbower, Director of the Spaulding INSPIRE Lab will offer an overview of the lab, its current initiatives and its research using technology the lab developed. Kenneth Heckman, Sr. Technical Project Manager of MGB Radiology and Dr. Randy Gollub, MGB Psychiatry, will give an overview of EMI and updates on their project offering access to radiological images. 

Click here to learn more. 

 
11. 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

 
12. Novelline Innovation Speaker Series

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Zoom

The Novelline Innovation Speaker Series is hosted by HTL and brings regional and national experts in healthcare innovation to share their work and perspectives with the MGH audience. 

This next session features Kevin Schulman, Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair of Business Development and Strategy in the Department of Medicine, Director of Industry Partnerships and Education for the Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and, by courtesy, Professor of Operations, Information & Technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. The title of his presentation is: Defining a Strategy to Achieve Tech Enabled Care

More information about the presentation and how to register for this event are located here.

Contact us at hctransformationlab@partners.org if you have questions. 

 
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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. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards. 

What are they?
“The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. The Early Independence Award is intended for these select junior investigators who have already established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and have demonstrated unusual scientific vision and maturity; typical post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into independent research.” 

MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. 

When is the deadline?
MGH internal pre-proposal: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 5:00 PM 

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to for more information and to apply for the nomination. 

 
4. RECOVER Clinical Trials NIH Research Opportunity Announcement - OTA-21-015H

“This Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) solicits applications proposing clinical trials in those over 18 years old in the prevention and/or treatment of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) as part of the NIH RECOVER initiative. 

This ROA is to solicit applications proposing clinical trials protocols to be finalized and executed rapidly in collaboration with the RECOVER CT-DCC for the identification of safe and effective treatments and preventive strategies for PASC in those over 18 years of age. A future ROA is anticipated for the solicitation of trials on safe and effective treatments in children. 

Applications should be emailed by May 19, 2022 to NHLBI_OTA@mail.nih.gov. A technical assistance webinar is tentatively scheduled for May 6th, 2022.” 

To read the ROA, click here Visit the RECOVER website here

 
5. 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

 
6. 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. 

 
7. 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. 

 
8. 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? Check out https://www.commonfund.nih.gov/editing

 
9. MGH Cancer Center’s Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, June 3, 2022. Please find eligibility details and application instructions below. 

We are currently soliciting applications for available slot(s) on the MGH Cancer Center’s Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics. This program is funded by a T32 Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) under the direction of Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD, and Lecia Sequist, MD, PhD. 

Recipients will receive a stipend in-line with the fiscal year 2022 NIH NRSA stipend guidelines for postdoctoral fellows, and additional funds for tuition/fees and travel to a scientific meeting(s). 

Eligibility: 

  1. Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years in clinical training. Applicants must also be willing to commit to a minimum of two years in biomedical research. Rare exceptions will be made for candidates with less clinical training. 
  2. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. 
  3. Applicants must have an MD or MD, PhD degree to be considered. 
  4. Applicants must hold the title of a Research and/or Clinical Fellow as of the time of appointment. 
  5. Prior research experience is highly preferred, although not required. 
  6. Applicants must be available to accept the stipend as of July 1, 2022. 

Selection Process:
Candidates from any field of oncology are welcome to apply. This program is committed to attracting and strongly considering excellent candidates from groups underrepresented in biomedical research, as well as those who have disabilities. 

The main criteria for selection include: 

  • Plan for research project and mentoring. 
  • Commitment to a career in cancer research, especially translational research. 
  • Experience, competence, and level of training. 
  • Past research productivity. 
  • References 

Application Format:

  1. Application Coversheet:
    1. Title of research project. 
    2.  Applicant’s name, institutional address, phone number and email address. 
    3. Name and contact information of mentor(s): institutional address, phone number, and email address. 
  2.  Copy of applicant’s NIH Biosketch. 
  3.  Copy of mentor(s) NIH Biosketch. 
  4.  Description of prior research experience, proposed research project, and career goals. (Maximum of two pages.) 
  5.  Signed statement of support from the trainee’s mentor(s). 
  6.  Letter of reference from the applicant’s Chief of Service. 

Please forward a PDF of the application to Celia D. Harris at charris23@mgh.harvard.edu, no later than Friday June 3, 2022. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions or need of assistance either via email or at 617-726-5475.

 
10. 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

  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW! 

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

 
11. 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 05/06/22

  • AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn and Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer, AGA Research Foundation/American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). $40,000. Application Deadline: July 19 
  • R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer, American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)/AGA Research Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: July 19 
  • Macular Degeneration Research Program, BrightFocus Foundation. $600,000. LOI Deadline: July 28 
  • Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) Grant Award, Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome Foundation (CCHS). $75,000. Application Deadline: July 31 
  • Basic Research Funding Opportunities, Cure SMA. $150,000. Application Deadline: July 15 
  • Request For Research Proposals, Histiocytosis Association. $50,000. Proposal Deadline: June 1 
  • Career Transition Fellowships, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). $550,000. Pre-Application Deadline: May 11 
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  • Pilot Project Grant, The Myositis Association NEW! $200,000. LOI Deadline: May 16
 
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