Research News - June 10, 2022

 

         
 
  June 10, 2022
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 

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. JMP Software Licenses
6. Call for Abstracts - 2022 Women in Medicine and Science Symposium 
7. Call for 2022 SRTP Faculty Abstract Reviewers & Final Presentation Panelists

 
EVENTS
 
 

1. Fun Fridays- Music by Young and Restless Composers at Berklee
2. MGB Research Town Hall
3. 2022 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 05
4. Fun Fridays- 55 Word Stories
5. Presentation Skills Series: “Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”
6. Parenting Series Panel: "Parenting Never Stops - A Conversation with Parents of Older Children”
7. Grant Administration & Management Course
8. MGRI Summer Science Slam
9. Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series

 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
4. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 2022
5. ADDR-Harrington Scholar Award
6. Phase 2 of the Somatic Cell Genome Editing (SCGE) program
7. 2022 ISCCCE Pilot Funding RFA: Implementation Science Pilot Grants
8. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
9. Arvinas Launches Global Early Career Researcher Award and Announces Call for Nominations
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. 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 vaccines.gov, mass.gov or vaccines.nh.gov 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: 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 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

 
5. JMP Software Licenses

The Research Computing Core offers JMP software licenses at a discounted rate via rcservices.partners.org. JMP is a data analysis tool which Users leverage for its powerful statistical and analytic capabilities. On June 15th, from 2-3pm, JMP is offering a live webinar on Cleaning and Preparing Data for Analysis. Registration is free and you do not need to be a current JMP license owner to sign up. Reserve your spot today.

 
6. Call for Abstracts - 2022 Women in Medicine and Science Symposium

The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations is open to all women faculty and trainees in a BWH/MGH-affiliated department. The Women in Medicine and Science Symposium will celebrate the accomplishments of women faculty and trainees across different disciplines – including basic science, clinical and translational research, clinical innovation, and education – with the goal of strengthening the BWH, MGH and MGB community. 

More info and to submit an abstract

 
 7. Call for 2022 SRTP Faculty Abstract Reviewers & Final Presentation Panelists

The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) has served as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s (CDI) student pipeline efforts start. The goal of the program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (UiM) to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. 

A select group of 30 graduate and medical students were accepted into the 2022 summer program and will have a personalized research experience conducting novel research in a vast variety of biomedical science and health policy research areas. Along with attending workshops and seminars students are required to prepare an abstract and an oral presentation of their research project during the eight-week program. MGH faculty abstract reviewers and student final presentation panelists are needed to review and provide feedback. 

If you are interested in being a student Abstract Reviewer or Final Presentation Panelist, please review the dates below and provide your availability by clicking the appropriate link. CDI will assign a date/time to you based on your availability. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email kosborne@partners.org or CDI (cdi@mgh.harvard.edu). 

Abstract Reviewers: 

  • Review 3 – 4 abstracts & discuss feedback with students via Zoom 
  • Zoom meeting options (1 hour/15 min per student): 
    • July 12: 8 - 9a, 11a - 1p, 4:30 - 6:30p Or 
    • July 13: 8 - 9a, 11a - 1p, 4:30 - 6:30p 
  • Provide your availability: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/epYlglXa 

Final Presentation Panelists 

  • Listen & score student presentations & provide feedback 
  • Student final presentations schedule: 
  • July 14 (1 student): 1p – 1:30p 
  • July 27 (14 students): 9a – 1p 
  • July 28 (13 students): 1p – 6:30p 
  • August 3 (2 students): 12p – 1p 

Provide your availability: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/aM8xjn1e

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- Music by Young and Restless Composers at Berklee

Friday, June 10, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

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

Professor Park will host brand-new music compositions written by her students at Berklee. The pieces include Art songs, Game Music, Jazz/Classical, and Minimalistic music. This session will be a great opportunity to hear new music and see what’s happening in Boston’s vibrant musical place. Please come and show your support for the young and restless composers! 

Presenter: Joo Park, PhD, is a composer and pianist. She seeks to write music that explores the dual nature of existence: simple and complex, obsessive and impulsive, serious and humorous, and tonal and atonal. She wants to create music that combines fascinating musical traditions, such as tonality and counterpoint, with her approach to timbre, chords, fast-changing meters, and texture. She intends to create music that is positive and easy to listen to, and yet intellectual. Click to register 

 
2. MGB Research Town Hall

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Zoom 

Please join us for the next Mass General Brigham (MGB) Town Hall for the Research Community on Tuesday, June 14 at 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m. via zoom. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted to the Research COVID-19 Pulse Page.

The session consists of presentations by senior leaders. You may submit your research-related question(s) in advance to abaker10@partners.org

The agenda topics include: 

  • Academic Presentation - Dean George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
  • Update on COVID-19 & Monkeypox Virus – Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, Hospital Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital 
  • Financial Forecast for the MGB Research Community – Kevin Schlicke, VP of Finance Operations & Real Estate, MGB 

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://partners.zoom.us/j/82530491976?pwd=REQyYjJySGRiUGFNWG9HeVRnSVdVQT09 
Meeting ID: 825 3049 1976
Passcode: 998327
One tap mobile +13017158592,,82530491976#,,,,*998327# US (Washington DC)
Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

 
3. 2022 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 05

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Zoom

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

"IVF add-ons: Widespread use of unproven treatment options" 

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: 

  • Understand the concept of ‘IVF add-ons ‘and the complexity of an IVF add-on definition  
  • Understand the evidence base for common add-ons 
  • Understand the views of patients and professionals about using or recommending add-ons 

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

Presenter: Sarah Lensen, PhD, Research Fellow, Department of OB/GYN, The University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Lensen’s research broadly aims to improve and facilitate evidence-based healthcare of women. She has been involved in a number of large clinical trials evaluating infertility treatment options, including intrauterine insemination and endometrial scratching for IVF. 

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 Fridays- 55 Word Stories

Friday, June 17, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

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

Participants will be invited to think about the power of short, very short, stories to make meaning of experiences. In this hour we will write 55 word stories and, if desired, share them with each other based on the short article by Anne Scheetz and Mary Fry entitled "The Stories". No preparation is needed, and absolutely no experience writing is required. 

Facilitator: Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD is a general pediatrician in the MGHfC Pediatric Group Practice where she has been practicing for 19 years. She is a medical educator and is passionate about clinician mental health. She enjoys writing as a way of making meaning of work and life. 

Click here to register 

 
5. Presentation Skills Series: “Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”

Monday, June 20, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

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

Session 3 of the Presentation Skills Series 

Improv—it’s that wacky thing zany creative types do—a kind of adult version of silly “kid’s stuff,” right? Actually, principles and practices from improv can benefit presenters of all stripes and audiences of all kinds. And if you’ve ever felt anxiety prior to speaking, improv skills can be transformative. I’ll share tips, tricks, and stories you can use to enliven your presentations and bring more ease to your time on stage. 

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

  • Recognize fundamental principles of improv that underlie the spontaneity & fun 
  • Understand how improv skills aid speaking and presenting 
  • Explore ways to add personal stories and humor to connect with an audience 

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

Presenter: David Fessell, MD, is an executive coach, current faculty associate at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and a recently retired Professor of Radiology from the University of Michigan. He publishes widely, including in HBR, JAMA, and Psychology Today. He speaks and facilitates workshops on wellness, emotional intelligence, and humor. He has an MD degree from the University of Michigan, a BA from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory. 

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 - (Note: this session will not be recorded). 

 
6. Parenting Series Panel: "Parenting Never Stops - A Conversation with Parents of Older Children”

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers 

The Parenting Series is an Office for Women’s Careers initiative focused on well-being and work-life balance for MGH faculty and trainee parents. Each session includes a panel of people with lived experience sharing their thoughts and stimulating discussion on a topic relevant to managing parenthood. 

Do you sometimes wonder what parenting will look like in the future—or do you have thoughts and questions about your current experiences with your older kids? No matter what your parenting experience, we invite you to join us for an informal conversation with our colleagues as they share their stories and challenges with parenting children in college years and beyond, and how their relationships with their children have developed as the children—and they—have grown older. 

Panel Speakers:
Jeffrey Ecker, MD, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Bob Kingston, PhD, Chief of the Department of Molecular Biology
Anne Levy, PhD, Senior Program Manager of the Center for Faculty Development
May Pian-Smith, MD, MS, Chief of the Division of Quality and Safety, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine 

Click to register 

 
7. Grant Administration & Management Course

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Office for Research Careers 

The Office for Research Careers is launching a NEW! Grant Administration and Management course for junior PIs. The course aims to provide more guidance and familiarity in grant administration and management (i.e., allocating % effort, managing budget expenditure, hiring, and changing research direction). This course will provide junior PIs with practical tips that will help them efficiently manage their grants, research, and lab. Each session will have ample time for PIs to ask questions. 

Session 2 - (June 23): Managing Changes in Your Science facilitated by Bakhos Tannous, PhD, Professor of Neurology at HMS; Director of the Postdoctoral Division at MGH; Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Unit at MGH 

Session 3 - (June 30): Hiring & Conflict Management facilitated by Lotfi Merabet, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at HMS; Director, Laboratory of Ophthalmology at MEEI 

Click to register for Session 2
Click to register for Session 3
Click here for info and the recording of Session 1 

 
8. MGRI Summer Science Slam

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Bulfinch Tent 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for SCIENCE! 

Register to take the mic and slam your science at our first in person Science Slam in over two years! 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. (You can see some previous Slams on our blog!) 

We encourage you to think out-of-the box in terms of presentation format (i.e., no PowerPoint) but we encourage you to get creative with props, pictures, everyday household items or something we haven't even thought of yet. All Slammers will receive a gift for participating! 

Ice cream will be served for everyone who attends. If you have summer interns in your research program, please encourage them to attend and participate. 

The Science Slam is presented by the Office of the Scientific Director and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

This is a free event open to all members of the MGRI community. If you have any questions, you can email Coleen Cunningham at ccunningham8@mgh.harvard.edu

Click here to register. 

 
9. Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series

Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom 

Functional Neurological Disorder: Research Insights Bridging Physical & Mental Health 

David L. Perez, MD, MMSc
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry
Director, Functional Neurological Disorder Unit & Research Group
Associate Professor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School 

The Chester Pierce Research Society (CPRS) is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). CPRS is a speaker series named in honor of MGH's late Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, Chester Pierce. Dr. Pierce was the first and most senior African-American physician-scientist at MGH. CPRS is designed to promote diversity and health equity by featuring the novel research of investigators to the MGH community.

Click here to RSVP.

 
 
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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:

  • No upcoming deadlines 

Recently added: 

  • No recent additions
 
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 devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu 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 22, 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. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research 2022

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 $38.5 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: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 5:00pm
Full application to sponsor: Friday, August 26, 2022

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

 
5. ADDR-Harrington Scholar Award

 ** Ph.D. or M.D. or equivalent required for eligibility. Open to researchers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. 

Call Opens: June 1
Letters of Intent (LOI) Due: July 18, 2022 

Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) invite you to submit an LOI for the 2022 ADDF-Harrington Scholar Award. This grant is designed to accelerate the translation of academic discoveries into medicines for treating, preventing, or curing patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Of particular interest are targets related to neurovascular health and epigenetics. Researchers working on drug development programs that are relevant to, but not presently focused on, the Alzheimer’s field are encouraged to apply. In addition to grant funding, HDI provides guidance and oversight in all aspects of drug development, while taking no rights to intellectual property, which is retained by you/your institution. 

To learn more about the award, click here

To submit an online application, go to ADDF’s funding system and create an account. 

Click here to view the FAQ. 

Application questions?
Contact grants@alzdiscovery.org or HDIQuestions@HarringtonDiscovery.org

Scientific inquiries?
Contact Meriel Owen, PhD, ADDF at mowen@alzdiscovery.org

 
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 https://www.commonfund.nih.gov/editing to learn more. 

 
7. 2022 ISCCCE Pilot Funding RFA: Implementation Science Pilot Grants

The Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity (ISCCCE) is excited to share the release of a new Request for Applications for Pilot Grants on implementation research on health equity in community settings. Up to $75,000 for 1 year to support the planning of a new clinical, community, or policy implementation science research project. Letters of Intent are due June 16, 2022. ISCCCE leadership will host an orientation webinar to share more about the center’s infrastructure, existing pilots, and answer any questions about the RFA on May 26th at 11am (no registration required, strongly encouraged). To learn more and apply, find the full RFA here

Please share with your networks and feel free to reach out to ISCCCE Project Manager, James Daly, at jdaly@hsph.harvard.edu with any questions. 

 
8. 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

 
9. Arvinas Launches Global Early Career Researcher Award and Announces Call for Nominations

In honor of 20 years of targeted protein degradation, Arvinas announces $25,000 monetary award to recognize an up-and-coming researcher in the field of targeted protein degradation 

Arvinas, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company creating a new class of drugs based on targeted protein degradation, today announced a global call for entries for their inaugural Early Career Research Award. This award will recognize up-and-coming researchers bringing innovation, new approaches and creative thinking to advance the field of targeted protein degradation; acknowledging their dedication and commitment to this therapeutic approach toward otherwise intractable disease targets. The winner will receive a $25,000 monetary award and will be recognized and formally presented with this award at the 5th Annual Targeted Protein Degradation Summit, October 25-28, 2022, in Boston. Researchers in academia, at either the graduate or postdoctoral level at the time of studies conducted and/or published, will be eligible for this award. 

Applicants must have demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in protein degradation and exhibited scientific curiosity and an established pattern of creative thinking and must not have a direct role in patient diagnosis and/or treatment. Only applicants who meet the full eligibility criteria will be considered. Applications will be accepted today through August 1, 2022, at midnight Eastern Time. Full eligibility criteria and details on the application process can be found on Arvinas.com

 
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

  • 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 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 20% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 20 percent 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 06/10/22

  • AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $100,000. Application Deadline: August 31 
  • Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $150,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Early Career Researcher Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $110,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Focus Grants (multiple programs), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $1.5 million. LOI Deadline: August 1 
  • Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $450,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Pilot Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $50,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $140,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Standard Research Innovation Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). $125,000. Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Pilot Study Program, Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)/ Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR). $25,000. LOI Deadline: August 2 
  • FAST Targeted Research to Advance a Cure (FAST TRAC) Program, Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) NEW! $300,000. Application Deadline: Continuous 
  • Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in HIV, Gilead Sciences. $180,000. Application Deadline: September 9 
  • Career Development Awards, JDRF. $1 million. Application Deadline: June 29 
  • Career Development Award, Sleep Research Society (SRS)/Sleep Research Society Foundation (SRSF). $50,000. Application Deadline: August 28 
  • ALS Biology-Focused Collaborative Projects, Target ALS Foundation Inc. NEW! $500,000. LOI Deadline: July 15 
  • Positive Action for Women: Risk to Reasons Initiative (HIV prevention and care for Black women), ViiV Healthcare US. $750,000. Application Deadline: June 27
 
 
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