Research News - June 4, 2021

 

         
 
June 4, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. New Research Budget Template updates MGH Fringe Rates for FY22 onwards
2. Skills and Career Development Opportunities in Industry: Several Innovation Fellows Program Openings!
3. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!
4. Availability of Pentobarbital-Based Euthanasia Drugs
5. EndNote Software Available for Purchase
6. CIMER Research Mentor Training for MGH PIs (Applications due June 1)
7. New TEDxMGH May video: ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’
8. Tissue Request Changes for Researchers

EVENTS
 

1. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans
2. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
3. MGH Research Council
4. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention
5. CCDS Lecture Series - AI for Clinicians (AI4C)
6. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Seminar: Michael Fischbach, PhD
7. Virtual Visits
8. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!
9. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century
10. Enterprise Research IS Webinar: Deep Learning Accelerators
11. Summer Science Slam
12. Making Your Digital Health Pitch, IDEA Symposium
13. Helen Gurley Brown Presidential Summit on Women and Science

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
3. Breast Cancer Alliance – Young Investigator Grants
4. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 2021
5. NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities
6. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
7. PCORI Funding Opportunity: Pragmatic Clinical Studies (PCS) to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes – Cycle 2 2021
8. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows
9. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Funds to defray Childcare Costs for NCI, NIA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIH Blueprint, and NHGRI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Programs F99 Awardees
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. New Research Budget Template updates MGH Fringe Rates for FY22 onwards

The MGH fringe rates have been updated based on the latest available information, please see below.  The actual rates will be updated on 10/01/2021.  In the interim, please use the latest MGB Budget Template for grant proposal submissions. Rates have also been updated in Insight.
MGH Fringe Rates

  • The Professional fringe rate is increasing to 35% in FY22 onwards, from 32%. The fringe rate had been decreased in FY21 to reflect the temporary freeze in pension expenses.  With the restoration and retro payback of the defined contribution pension expenses, the Professional Staff fringe rate is being restored to 35% in FY22.

The Non-Professional fringe rate is increasing from 34% to 35% in FY22.  There are two main drivers. Early indicators of health expenses for FY22 show costs rising more that salary costs. The second factor is the change in short-term disability benefits.

 
2. Skills and Career Development Opportunities in Industry:  Several Innovation Fellows Program Openings!

The Innovation Fellows Program is a skills and career development program designed specifically for MD and PhD faculty and staff from Mass General Brigham hospitals who are interested in translational medicine and bridging the knowledge gap between industry and academia.  This unique program provides eligible staff with part-time, co-mentored experiential Fellow Projects in industry settings, including in pharma, biotech, digital health, medical device, and venture. 

The Program is currently seeking candidates for several Industry opportunities starting July 1, 2021 at Sanofi, Novartis, Boston Pharmaceuticals and Outcome Capital.   Please visit the Innovation Fellows website to review qualification requirements and to view current available opportunities (password: Fellows2021-please do not share this password externally).  Website best viewed in Chrome.

Please email Cary Mazzone at innovationfellows@partners.org with questions or for more information. 

 
3. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!

Is your anesthesia machine/vaporizer due for service? Colonial Medical will be on-site at MGH June 22 (Boston Campus) and June 29 (CNY Campus).  Anyone scheduling service on these days will receive special discounted pricing - $170 for small machines and $270 for large machines.  Contact Colonial Medical directly to schedule: 888-446-8427 or service@colmedsupply.com.

 
4. Availability of Pentobarbital-Based Euthanasia Drugs

There is a shortage of pentobarbital containing drugs from commercial veterinary vendors resulting in significant backorders.  It is not clear at this time when pentobarbital products will be made available. The Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA CVM) is aware of the issue and has reached out to sponsors/manufacturers of pentobarbital products to determine the root cause and possible avenues for resolution.  

In the meantime, if you use injectable pentobarbital containing solutions such as Euthasol, Beuthanasia, Fatal Plus, etc. and anticipate needing more product:

  1. Consult with your facility veterinarian about alternatives that can be used for euthanasia.   
     
  2. Amend your IACUC protocol to include this alternative so that you may use it (once amendment is approved) until pentobarbital products become available.  Ensure that staff performing the new method are trained and proficient in this method.
     
  3. Refer to the MGH IACUC Policy on Euthanasia for approved methods.
 
5. EndNote Software Available for Purchase

Did you know that EndNote is available through the Research Computing Core at a discounted rate? EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the desktop. EndNote also offers free, live trainings and Feature Based Trainings, to help answer your citation management questions.  Order your EndNote license today, through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog

To learn more about EndNote Software available for purchase, please click here.

 
6. CIMER Research Mentor Training for MGH PIs (Applications due June 7)

Applications are now being accepted by the Center for Faculty Development for the CIMER Research Mentor Training Course

In the context of many institution-wide efforts to build capacity for high quality mentorship, the MGH Center for Faculty Development is sponsoring mentor training by CIMER, the Center for the Improvement in the Mentored Experiences in Research, this coming November. CIMER research mentor training is an evidence-based, interactive approach designed to help mentors develop skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive, research mentoring relationships that optimize the success of both mentors and mentees. By the end of the training, mentors will have articulated their personal style and philosophy of mentoring and have a toolbox of strategies they can use when faced with difficult mentoring situations.

Mentors who work with trainees through the T32 or K grant program are eligible to take this course, which consists of 2 2-hour sessions on November 8 and 9, 2021, from 4-6 PM. 

If you work with a trainee in one of the categories listed above, we ask you please to fill out a very brief application using the link below. The deadline to complete this application is Monday, June 7.

 
7. New TEDxMGH May video: ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

Tomorrow Never Knows by Peter Grinspoon, MD, Doctor, Cannabis Specialist, Health Coach 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development's Office for Well-Being. This May release is Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Doctor, Cannabis Specialist, Health Coach, who shares his journey with addiction and what he learned about the importance of compassion and empathy in nurturing and cherishing human relationships.  Please click here for her inspiring video. 

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. 

 
8. Tissue Request Changes for Researchers

Over the past several months we have worked we have worked with Cancer Center leadership to transition tissue acquisition from the MGH tumor bank to our Surgical Pathology clinical operation.  This change in ownership allowed us to evaluate the operation in terms of communication, compliance, distribution and impact on clinical operations.  Working together with a group of clinical research coordinators we have overhauled our entire process, including the introduction of an on-line ordering system that will reduce the need for back and forth emails that have been the foundation of the prior process.  Communication will be forthcoming about how the new process will work in the future, including a user guide and a request for information on active protocols.

As part of this new operating structure we will be implementing a new charge structure for each tissue collected and distributed.  This pricing will go into effect for all activity in the early part of June.  Completed requests will be charged at a rate of $49.25 for each initial sample.  Cases requesting multiple samples will be charged an incremental fee of $12 per sample.  This charging structure is necessary to cover the cost of the labor and supplies required to facilitate tissue sample requests.

In the next week you should receive information on how to utilize the new system for ordering.  We thank you in advance for changing to this new system that offers benefit to both the research and clinical operations.

For questions, please contact Bill Hynes, Executive Director, Mass General Pathology

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EVENTS
 
1. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans

Friday, June 4, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Zoom

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

During this presentation you will learn tips and tricks for effective management of study data and options for developing an internal quality assurance monitoring plan that will ensure data integrity and compliance with GCP, research regulations, and MGB policies. 

Register here.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.  

Click here to learn more about Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans

 
2. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, June 7, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, MGB Human Research Quality Improvement Program
The QI Program Clinical Research Bootcamp is a “clinical research 101” for study staff and investigators. The course is not only an introduction to clinical research for new investigators and study staff but also good review for experienced study teams.  Many teams include this course as part of the onboarding process for new study staff.  The course covers research regulations, GCP guidelines, and institutional policies relevant to the day to day conduct of clinical research.  Topics include:

  • Informed Consent documentation
  • Study Documentation (subject files, source documents, and data collection forms)
  • Unanticipated Problems, Deviations and Violations
  • Investigational Product Management and Accountability
  • Regulatory Binder and Essential Documents
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov
  • Inspections and audits 
  • Other relevant topics

*This course is worth 2 RCR Credits.

Register here.

Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

Click here to learn more about QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

 
3. MGH Research Council

Monday, June 7, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

All members of the Mass General Research Institute are welcome to join!

"Leaning Forward: The Start of Something New at Human Research Affairs"
Martha Jones, Vice President, Human Research Affairs
Karen Klahr Miller, MD, IRB Chair
Benjamin Silverman, MD, Senior IRB Chair

Join URL: https://partners.zoom.us/j/85663348937
Meeting ID: 856 6334 8937
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,85663348937# 
Dial in: +1 646 876 9923

 
4. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention

Wednesday, June 9, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

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

Investigators are required to maintain records of their human research activities. Good recordkeeping is essential for verifying the integrity of study data produced and for demonstrating investigator compliance with applicable regulations, and institutional policies and procedures.  This presentation will cover: recordkeeping requirements for regulatory and subject files, maintenance and storage options, common errors identified in inspections and audits, as well as retention requirements for study files.   

Register here.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more about Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention

 
5. CCDS Lecture Series - AI for Clinicians (AI4C)

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Webinar

Hugh Harvey, MBBS, BSC (HONS), FRCR MD (RES), FBIR
Director, Hardian Health

This talk will be an overview of the European MDR and FDA pathways for regulating AI software as a medical device. Focus on the new changes to the new MDR since May 2021. Discussion of the FDAs proposed pathway for good machine learning practice.

Please click here to register for this event on Eventbrite, and feel free to forward to anyone who may be interested!

AI4C lectures are now CME approved! MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs can receive CME category 1 credit. Other health care professionals can get participation certificates including Information Technology professionals. Go to the following link to sign up for CME: June 10, 2021 AI4C: Global regulation of AI - what you need to know | Mass General Brigham CPD (partners.org)

 
6. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Seminar: Michael Fischbach, PhD

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Zoom

"Inducing antigen-specific T cells with engineered commensals"

Michael Fischbach, PhD.
Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Medicine
Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford, California

Zoom Information: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/j/92903254331?pwd=U0FKR0xjRWlqb0xnWXFxY3NFWUFLQT09  
Meeting ID: 929 0325 4331
Password: 265724

 
7. Virtual Visits

Friday, June 11, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program
The Virtual Clinical Research Visits course will discuss best practices and special considerations for remote clinical research study visits including obtaining consent.  We will also discuss documentation and training requirements as well as recently released FDA requirements for remote visits. 
Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more about Virtual Visits

 
8. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: LabArchives, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!

Monday, June 14, 2021, 2:00- 3:00 PM, Zoom

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. The Scientific Computing team is available at 1p.m. to provide extra support for ERISOne Linux Cluster, R, Python and the new ERISXdl platform. We hope to see you then! Check back to https://rc.partners.org/events for additional dates.

 
9. Register now for the 22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition and Obesity Symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Virtual

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

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

Additional event info and speaker information can be found here.

 
10. Enterprise Research IS Webinar: Deep Learning Accelerators

Friday, June 18, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Zoom

Deep learning is a subset of AI and machine learning that uses multi-layered artificial neural networks to deliver state-of-the-art accuracy. Researchers have more choices than ever for deep learning accelerators. This is further complicated by the increasing amount of frameworks used to develop DL models. With constrained budgets and so many choices, you want to make sure you make the right decision before you commit to spending your money. Learn more about the webinar and register online.

 
11. Summer Science Slam

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

MGRI Science Slams are fun, informal science communication events where researchers are challenged to explain their science in layman's terms in three minutes or less. Can they take the heat?

This time around we are partnering with the Division of Clinical Research and the Munn Center for Nursing Research. You can expect to learn about the latest nursing and clinical research, but scientists from all disciplines are welcome to slam their science or watch the fun!

We encourage slammers to think outside the box in terms of presentation format (i.e. no PowerPoint) and to get creative with props, pictures, everyday household items or something we haven't even thought of yet.

New to our Science Slams or need a refresher on how they work? Check out our Science Slam Tips and Tricks.

If you're not up to slamming, sign up to soak up the (virtual) sun and cheer people on!

Zoom link information will be sent to those who register. This is a free event open to all members of the MGRI community.

Click here to join the summer fun!
 
12. Making Your Digital Health Pitch, IDEA Symposium

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

Join Donald Gummow, Business Analyst, Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, BWH; Jennifer Shin, MD, SM, Associate Surgeon, BWH; Sara Silacci, Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Managing Director, Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare (CIDH), MGH; and Haipeng (Mark) Zhang, DO, Medical Director, Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, BWH to hear from experts on crafting a pitch, finding a champion, assessing funding and other resources, and learn best practices in pursuing a digital project.
Click here to register

About MGB Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium
Mass General Brigham Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium is a new, year-long program focused on Innovation and Digital Health. Designed for faculty, staff, and innovators within our System, each month will feature a theme with speaker(s) working on innovations and initiatives within the digital health space.   The following events are only open to Mass General Brigham employees. IDEA webpage: Learn more

 
13. Helen Gurley Brown Presidential Summit on Women and Science

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Virtual

Join us virtually to hear from prominent female leaders in the science community as we celebrate and support women in cancer research and medicine.

Speakers:

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD (Moderator)
President & CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Principal Investigator and Director,
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

Professor Paula Therese Hammond
Koch Professor of Engineering
Department Head of Chemical Engineering
Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, FAACR, FACP
The Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Professor of Oncology
Deputy Director, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Co-Director, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH
President, Wellesley College

Reshma Kewalramani, MD, FASN
CEO and President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

To RSVP, click here
Please RSVP by June 21, 2021.  Questions for the panelist can be submitted with your RSVP.

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the new MGB web page for COVID funding opportunities that provides a central database for researchers to view open and competitive funding announcements.

We have aggregated opportunities from federal and private funding sources including NIH, DoD, CDC, EPA, foundations, and more.  The database defaults to sorting by award amount and can also be sorted by deadline or filtered by research focus.

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

 
2. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital NOT-OD-20-031.

This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on the evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Please click here to learn more.

 
3. Breast Cancer Alliance – Young Investigator Grants

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

What are they?
“The Breast Cancer Alliance invites clinical doctors and research scientists, including post docs, whose primary focus is breast cancer and who are in the early stages of their careers, to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant.

Applicants for the 2022 award must (i) not have held a tenure track faculty or tenure track research position for more than four years following completion of their training, as of March 1, 2022; (ii) not have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and (iii) dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research. 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: Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00pm
Full application to sponsor: Friday, July 23, 2021

What are the internal guidelines?
Please submit a 1-2 page letter of intent, along with a NIH biosketch, to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

Be sure to include the following information:

  1. Applicant's name, job title, and the applicant's contact information
  2. State the project title and hypothesis, outline the research aim(s) and methods
  3. A brief discussion of the project's potential impact

In the event that there are more than 2 applicants, the internal LOI will be used to assess if a review and selection process will be needed. ECOR will notify all interested applicants by June 18, 2021.

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants – Click here

 
4. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 2021

Internal pre-proposals are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

What are they?
"For over two decades, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has provided significant financial support to some incredibly promising physician scientists, who are applying novel and state-of-the-art techniques to address fundamental problems in the genesis and treatment of blood related cancers. Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $37 million in grants to over 300 junior faculty members at the nation’s leading institutions. These grants continue to be a sign of excellence and represent support for many of the most exciting new scientific ideas in blood cancer research.
“Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation remains committed to funding innovative, translational proposals and to supporting promising independent early-career investigators, rather than well-established, senior scientists.”
MGH is eligible to nominate a maximum of two candidates one in the mainstream/conventional medical research category and one in the integrative medical research category.

How much is the award?
The award will be for three-year period at $75,000.00 per year (including 10% IDC), contingent on the submission of acceptable annual progress reports.
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: Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5:00pm
Full application to sponsor: Friday, August 27, 2021

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research – Click here

 
5.NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke seeks to promote diversity in all of its research programs and to increase the participation of underrepresented groups. As the US population becomes increasingly diverse, reflection of that diversity among the biomedical research workforce is vital to our science enterprise and the NIH research mission (See NOT-OD-20-031). NIH is committed to implementing approaches to address the funding gap for researchers from diverse backgrounds and “committed to instituting new ways to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and identifying and dismantling any policies and practices that may harm our workforce and our science”.

This NOSI utilizes the NIH parent R01 announcement to encourage Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) from diverse backgrounds to conduct and contribute to the research areas of the NINDS.

This notice applies to due dates on or after June 5, 2021 and subsequent receipt dates through May 8, 2023. 

Click here to learn more.

 
6.NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

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 29, 2021 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to for more information and to apply for these awards.

 
7. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements for Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows

In accordance with NOT-OD-21-069 and ongoing efforts to support family-friendly work environments for the NIH-supported workforce, this Notice of Special Interest requests applications for administrative supplements to support childcare costs on NRSA-supported Fellowship awards.

Eligibility
Applicants must have an active NIH-funded NRSA Fellowship award.

Budget
Fellows may request $2,500 per budget period for costs for childcare provided by a licensed childcare provider. Childcare costs are permitted for dependent children living in the eligible fellow’s home from birth under the age of 13, or children who are disabled and under age 18. Childcare costs do not apply to elder or non-child dependent care costs

Application and Submission Information
Applications to existing NIH NRSA Fellowships must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.
PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 8, 2021.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-OD-21-070” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered.
  • Applicants must use the forms package with the Competition ID containing “ADMINSUPP-FELLOWSHIP”.
  • Applicants must specify the requested childcare costs in field 28b (Supplementation from Other Sources: Amount, Number of Months, Type, and Source) on the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form.
    • Enter “Childcare Costs” (without quotation marks) as the Type.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to request childcare costs for all remaining years that the project will be funded based on the dependent(s)’ age eligibility factor. (e.g. if requesting 2 years, enter $5,000 in “Amount” and 24 months in “Number of Months”).
  • In order to facilitate efficient processing of the request, applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Grants Management contact at the Institute supporting the parent award that a request has been submitted in response to this FOA.

Resources
Frequently Asked Questions are available here.
Click here to learn more.

 
8. Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Funds to defray Childcare Costs for NCI, NIA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIH Blueprint, and NHGRI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Programs F99 Awardees

NIH recognizes that the high cost of childcare impacts graduate students and post-doctoral researchers funded through NIH fellowships, and their ability to successfully complete their training and fully participate in the extramural research workforce. Therefore, this Notice announces that NCI, NHGRI, NIA, NIDCR, NIDDK, and NINDS (on behalf of the NIH Blueprint DSPAN) will defray childcare costs to recipients of Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) programs during the F99 phase of the award.

Eligibility
Applicants must be planning an F99/K00 application or have an active NIH Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) through NCI, NHGRI, NIA, NIDCR, NIDDK, and NINDS (on behalf of the NIH Blueprint DSPAN) that is still in the F99 phase.

Budget
F99/K00 applicants and F99 award recipients may request $2,500 per budget period for costs of childcare provided by a licensed childcare provider. Childcare costs are permitted for dependent children living in the eligible fellow’s home from birth until the age of 13 years, or disabled children under the age of 18 years. Childcare costs do not apply to elder or non-child dependent care costs.

Application and Submission Information:
Instructions for requesting childcare costs in new and continuation (Type 5) F99 applications should follow the instructions described in NOT-OD-21-074. Requests for childcare costs in administrative supplements to existing F99 awards (Type 3) should follow instructions described in NOT-OD-21-075.

Administrative Supplement Applications to existing F99 Fellowships must be submitted using the following funding opportunity Announcement or its subsequent reissued equivalent.
PA-20-272- Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning May 1, 2021.
    • Special Instructions: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) will accept requests by May 31st for consideration in a given fiscal year.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-CA-21-053” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered.
  • Applicants must use the forms package with the Competition ID containing “ADMINSUPP-FELLOWSHIP”.
  • Applicants must specify the requested childcare costs in field 28b (Supplementation from Other Sources: Amount, Number of Months, Type, and Source) on the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form.
    • Enter “Childcare Costs” (without quotation marks) as the Type.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to request childcare costs for all remaining years that the project will be funded based on the dependent(s)’ age eligibility factor. (e.g. if requesting 2 years, enter $5,000 in “Amount” and 24 months in “Number of Months”).
  • In order to facilitate efficient processing of the request, applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Grants Management contact at the Institute supporting the parent award that a request has been submitted in response to this FOA.

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9. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

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

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

The letter of intent should include:

  • Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  • A descriptive title of the potential application
  • Brief description of the project
  • Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

If there is more than one MGH investigator interested in applying for each limited submission award, the LOIs will be used to assess candidates and a review and selection process will take place.

Current Limited Submission Funding Opportunities                                                                                                                                        
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  • Community-Led Monitoring (CLM) of HIV Services in Sierra Leone – NEW!
  • Limited Competition Coordinating Center for the HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Cohorts Program (U24 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Centers for HIV Structural Biology (U54 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.

 
10. 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 06/04/21

  • Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $125,000. Deadline: November 15
  • Focus Grants: Blue Sky Research Grant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $1.5 million. Deadline: August 1
  • Focus Grants: Reaching 20% by 2025, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $1.5 million. Deadline: August 1
  • Focus Grants: Short-Term Risk, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $1.5 million. Deadline: August 1
  • Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $450,000. Deadline: September 15
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $120,000. Deadline: November 15
  • Standard Research Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $100,000. Deadline: November 15
  • Young Investigator Innovation Grant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $90,000. Deadline: November 15
  • High Impact Clinical Trials in Pancreatic and Biliary Tract Cancer, Anticancer Fund NEW! Deadline: June 30
  • Innovation Research Grants, Merck KGaA. $1.6 million. Deadline: August 31
  • Advanced Fellowship in Pediatric Endoscopy, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). $75,000. Deadline: August 23
  • Understanding Healthcare Disparities in IBD Patients in Underserved Communities, Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) NEW! $250,000. Deadline: June 25
  • Research in Robotic Surgical Technology, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)/Research Foundation of ASCRS. $100,000. Deadline: August 15
  • Career Development Award, Sleep Research Society Foundation (SRSF). $50,000. Deadline: August 29
  • Individual Research Grants, Wings for Life (WFL) Spinal Cord Research Foundation. $192,000. Deadline: September 1
  • Project Research Grant, Wings for Life (WFL) Spinal Cord Research Foundation. $337,000. Deadline: September 1
 
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