Research News - May 27, 2022

  May 27, 2022

1. MGH Research Job Board
2. June 30 booster shot deadline: What you need to know
3. SAS Licensing Available for Researchers & Renewal Pricing Update   
4. Biorender licenses are now available 
5. New TEDxMGH Talk for May!


1. Fun Fridays- Painting Demonstration with Patricia Nolan-Brown (Troods)
2. Identifying External Funding Opportunities with PIVOT
3. Presentation Skills Series S2: “How to Give a GREAT Presentation”
4. Fun Friday: Doodling
5. Register now for the 23rd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium
6. Novelline Innovation Speaker Series


1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
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. MGH Cancer Center’s Training Program in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
8.Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
9. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
  Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
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. June 30 booster shot deadline: What you need to know

For those who completed their primary vaccine series between August 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022, a booster must be received by June 30, 2022. Those who are not yet compliant with our booster vaccine policy will begin receiving email notifications this week. 

How employees can receive the vaccine
Occupational Health is currently offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at the following Occupational Health Clinics: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Salem Hospital. Appointments for the month of May can be made here.

These same Occupational Health locations will offer clinics in June, providing Pfizer booster vaccines for eligible workforce members. Appointments can be made through the Vaccine Clinic Bookings links on The Pulse. 

Individuals who need a Johnson & Johnson or Moderna booster are encouraged to leverage a location in their local community. There are many sites, including CVS and Walgreens, offering free booster shots. Visit, or to find a location near you. You can also text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233. 

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: (and log in with MGB Username and Password). Please read about the different offerings of discounted SAS licenses at Please contact us at with any questions.

4. Biorender 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 (MGB login required). All questions may be directed to


5. New TEDxMGH Talk for May!
“Adventures in Norm-Breaking” Anne S. Levy, PhD, Musician, Mother, and Otherwise-Not-Easily-Categorized, shares the challenges and fulfillment of breaking norms as she followed her dreams, from Indiana to New England to France and back to the US. View video here. The TEDxMGH videos present inspirational stories from the MGH community, including how people have handled challenges through innovation, resilience, vulnerability, and connection. These monthly 10-12 min. stories by your colleagues cover far-reaching topics – from antiracism and social justice to climate change, laughter, coping with loss, COVID-19, and living and working with depression. View previous videos on the TEDxMGH Apollo page. If you are interested in contributing to this series, please click here to apply.
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1. Fun Fridays- Painting Demonstration with Patricia Nolan-Brown (Troods)

 Friday, May 27, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

Join artist Patricia Nolan-Brown, who will be demonstrating her favorite way to paint - which anyone can learn! You will see how painting can be a form of joyful meditation once you let go of expectations. 

Facilitator: Patricia Nolan-Brown, BA (aka Troods) is an artist, with a BA in art from Framingham State University. She has used her creative brain to launch many inventions, build businesses, publish a book about the creative process and raise her three daughters. She interprets and paints things she loves such as travel, nature, and family, working with oils in an expressive impasto style. She has been accepted and awarded the Denis Diderot Grant for a 4-week Artist-in-Residence at the Chateau d'Orquevaux [dork-VO] in France where her work will be part of the chateau's permanent collection. 

Click to register 

2. Identifying External Funding Opportunities with PIVOT

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Sponsored by the Postdoctoral Division 

Are you interested in finding new external funding opportunities for your research or program? PIVOT is a library database that indexes funding announcements from government agencies, private foundations and nonprofits, and international sponsors. It contains information from disciplines including (but not limited to) medicine, the physical and social sciences, as well as engineering. 

PIVOT allows users to easily limit results by criteria including citizenship, geographic location, or career stage. PIVOT Funding Alerts provide a weekly, individualized notification of new & updated funding opportunities based on the user’s saved searches. 

Facilitator: Amy Robb, MS, Associate Director, Prospective Research and Funding Opportunities, Corporate and Foundation Relations, MGH Development Office 

Click to register 

3. Presentation Skills Series S2: “How to Give a GREAT Presentation”

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

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

Session 2 of the Presentation Skills Series 

Standing on the podium to give a presentation can be a daunting task. Sharing your knowledge and research with a room of strangers is often not easy. Virtual audiences, while perhaps less fear-inspiring, can be even harder to engage. Join me for a session as I share tips on how to conceive and prepare your next presentation and then present so that you can connect with your audience, share your expertise, and enjoy the experience. 

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

  • Understand the elements of a presentation that make it meaningful and memorable for an audience. 
  • Recognize basic slide techniques that ease the cognitive load of your audience. 
  • Develop a clear process & also inspiration, for planning their next presentation. 

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

Presenter: Christine M. Glastonbury, MBBS, is a Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Glastonbury is a Neuroradiologist with a particular academic and clinical interest Head & Neck (HN) Imaging, and specifically HN cancer. She works closely with the Radiation Oncologists and Head and Neck surgeons on a weekly basis to optimize the care of HN cancer patients at UCSF. She has written and published multiple books, more than 130 articles and received multiple awards for scientific and education exhibits at scientific meetings. 

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

4. Fun Friday: Doodling

 Friday, June 3, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

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

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

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

Click here to register 

5. 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 

6. 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 if you have questions. 

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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. 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. 

3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation 

The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research 

“The mission of the Awards Program is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. The three‚Äźyear Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic or translational biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. While basic research projects involving human subjects, data, and samples are eligible, clinical trials research is beyond the scope of this program. 

“In recognition of the importance of research collaboration by the scientific community, collaboration is an additional, but not required, positive ancillary factor. These projects may involve researchers within and/or outside MGH.”

This opportunity is open to full-time faculty at MGH who received or will receive their Assistant Professor appointment on or between 10/1/19 and 4/1/23. The award is $300,000 over three years, inclusive of 5% institutional overhead. 

The foundation now has a two-stage application process, and there are no limits on the number of applications from an institution. An internal selection process is no longer required. All eligible faculty at MGH should apply directly to the sponsor.

Please contact Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at if you wish to submit a proposal in response to this opportunity. They will be able to advise you on the application process. 

Initial proposal deadline: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 12:00 Noon (Those applicants who make it to the second stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in early November). 

Click here to learn more and apply. 

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 for further information including application instructions. Please submit questions to: Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at

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?
Check out to learn more. 

7. 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). 

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: 

- Title of research project.
- Applicant’s name, institutional address, phone number and email address.
- 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, 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. 

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. 

Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to 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. 

  • NICHD Neonatal Research Network (NRN): Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • NICHD Neonatal Research Network (NRN): Clinical Centers (UG1 Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network: Clinical Centers (UG1 Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network: Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30 – 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

9. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at 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 05/27/22

  • Education Research Award, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. $100,000. Application Deadline: August 22 
  • Discovery Grants, American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF). $50,000. Application Deadline: August 15 
  • Seed Grants, Brain Injury Association of America NEW! $25,000. LOI Deadline: June 30 
  • Phase I and II Clinical Trial Grant Programs, Gateway for Cancer Research. $1.5 million. LOI Deadline: July 26 
  • Seed Grant Program, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. $40,000. Application Deadline: August 15 
  • Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship, JDRF. $285,000. Application Deadline: June 29 
  • Clinical Trials and Mechanistic Clinical Studies to Advance Adjunctive Therapies for Glucometabolic Control in Type 1 Diabetes, JDRF. $2 million. Application Deadline: June 29 
  • Early-Career Patient-Oriented Diabetes Research Awards, JDRF NEW! $1 million. Application Deadline: June 29 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, JDRF. 3 years salary support. Application Deadline: June 29 
  • General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)/Research Foundation of ASCRS. $40,000. Application Deadline: August 15 
  • Research in Robotic Surgical Technology, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)/Research Foundation of ASCRS. $100,000. Application Deadline: August 15 
  • Investing in Clinical Neurocritical Care Research (INCLINE), The Neurocritical Care Society. $100,000. LOI Deadline: May 31 
  • NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant, The Neurocritical Care Society. $77,000. Application Deadline: June 24 
  • Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards, Urology Care Foundation/American Urological Association (AUA). $200,000. LOI Deadline: June 7 
  • Institutional Challenge Grant, William T. Grant Foundation. $650,000. Proposal Deadline: September 14 
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