Research News - June 15, 2018

 

 

 

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June 15, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Support the Research team for the My Giving Helps campaign
2. MGH Summer Jobs 2018– It’s not too late to get help this summer!
3. PEAS Service Alert: Improved VPN for Macs!
4. iThenticate Software Program
5. NIH Update: NIH 2018 Fiscal Policies, New Human Subjects System, Prior Approval Requirements

 

EVENTS
 

1. Mass General Entrepreneurs Series
2. Register Now: MGH GSD, PDD and MGPA Annual BBQ on June 28
3. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day
4. ERIS Open House at MGH: Interest Survey
5. Clinical Research Billing from Study Start to Completion

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
2. Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018
3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine
4. NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5)
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
6. Private Funding Opportunities
7. NIH Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Support the Research team for the My Giving Helps campaign

Help the Disruptors II team raise money for the 2018 My Giving Helps (MGH Fund + United Way) employee campaign and give us a leg-up in this year's Operation game at the Employee Picnic on June 20. The team that raises the most dollars and the team that recruits the most individual donors will be rewarded with extra “operating” time on competition day.

Nine teams, led by MGH captains, will be competing to see who can get a head start on the Operation game. With your help, we can make The Disruptors II the hospital’s top fund raiser in both overall dollars and number of contributors and get us off to a good start in the game. Even a $1 one-time contribution helps! As a way of thanking the research community for your hard work and support, we are giving away one fleece for every $500 raised. Regardless of whether or not you donate, you are eligible to win a fleece, but obviously the more money raised, the more fleeces we will be giving away!

The MGH Fund is the hospital's primary source of flexible funding, one that Dr. Slavin has used often to seed important research projects such as the circulating tumor cell initiative. Thank you for being a generous member of the Mass General Research Institute; come see the Disruptors II Team "Go for Gold" at the picnic on June 20th!

There are several easy ways to contribute:
Credit Card on Website: https://because.massgeneral.org/team/162382

Contact Caroline Eliopoulos at 617-643-5738, celiopoulos@partners.org if you wish to give by:
•             Credit Card over the phone
•             One-Time Payroll Deduction
•             Cash
•             Check

Thanks!

The Disruptors II Team – Donna Jarrell (captain), Carla D'Avanzo, Jonathan Jackson, Samantha Molle, Edgar Salazar-Perez

 
2. MGH Summer Jobs 2018– It’s not too late to get help this summer!

Do you want to make a difference in the world or inspire the next generation of researchers? If your answer is yes,
The Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) – Youth Programs invites you to host a high school student(s) for the MGH Summer Jobs Program. Students can assist with most entry-level tasks such as data-entry, special projects.

The six-week program will run from July 9 through August 17. Students are placed in part-time, paid internships. You provide guidance and supervision and we will work with Bulfinch Temporary Services to complete their onboarding and we will provide you and students with ongoing support!  It’s fun, easy and no cost to your department.   

For more information on the program and to get started, contact Tracy Stanley at tstanley2@partners.org

 
3. PEAS Service Alert: Improved VPN for Macs!

The PEAS team is pleased to inform you of a service improvement for Apple computers, Java-less VPN! You may now connect directly to the VPN server without requiring Java or allowing your browser to run Java in unsafe mode. To view this new process, please view our knowledge base article HOWTO: Configure and Connect to VPN on a Mac with SMS Authentication. Click here to read more about this Service Alert.

 
4. iThenticate Software Program

We are pleased to announce our partnership with iThenticate, a plagiarism detection software program that will allow our researchers to screen their written work for originality.  Investigators simply upload manuscripts, grant proposals and other professional items into the iThenticate program which quickly compares the work against its database of over 60 billion web pages and 155 million content items, including 49 million works from 800 scholarly publisher participants.

We have purchased a limited number licenses which we are making available to our investigator community at no cost.  If you are interested in learning more and/or signing up for an account, please click here.  Each lab/PI site will be limited to one account.

Use of iThenticate prior to submission of your work is not mandatory but encouraged to help avoid accidental research misconduct and ensure research integrity.

HOW TO SIGN UP:
Sign up by filling out the Partners HealthCare iThenticate Registration Form. Once you have completed it, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to log in and set up your own personalized password.

iTHENTICATE SUPPORT:
If you have any questions or problems accessing your account please contact Claire Hunter chunter5@partners.org. More information can be found on the Research Navigator as well.

 
5. NIH Update: NIH 2018 Fiscal Policies, New Human Subjects System, Prior Approval Requirements

Click here to read the latest news from the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Mass General Entrepreneurs Series

Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Simches Auditorium (3.110)

Please join us for the Mass General Entrepreneurs Series on June 20. This series, sponsored by the the Mass General Research Institute, will feature our most successful innovators to promote translation of MGH discoveries to new cures and diagnostics.

“Intravascular optical coherence tomography: A translational story”
Guillermo “Gary” J. Tearney, MD, PhD
Remondi Family Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair
Mike and Sue Hazard Family MGH Research Scholar
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Department of Pathology
Wellman Center for Photomedicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

To register, please visit: https://massgeneral.link/entrepreneurs-series

 
2. Register Now: MGH GSD, PDD and MGPA Annual BBQ on June 28

Thursday, June 28,5:00 to 7:00 pm, MGH CNY Campus, details provided upon registration

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division, the Post Doctoral Division and the Mass General Post Doc Association (MGPA).

Please join the GSD, PDD and the MGPA at this outdoor event where you can meet and socialize with other graduate students and postdocs. Lots of fun and food are guaranteed!

*Open to Graduate Students and Research Fellows only*

Please click here to register.

 
3. Invitation to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day

On Thursday, October 4, MGH will celebrate the 16th Annual Clinical Research Day. The Division of Clinical Research invites investigators from across the hospital to submit abstracts at https://crp2018.abstractcentral.com by the July 9th deadline.

Please note that submissions must be about clinical research conducted at MGH and may include manuscripts published or submitted for publication between September 2017 and July 2018.
MGH awards for best abstracts:

  • $5,000 Team Award (Nominations by chiefs required)
  • $1,500 Translational Research Award, sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology
  • $1,000 Individual Award
  • Departmental Awards for clinical researchers include: Anesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Ob/Gyn, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Performance Analysis and Improvement/Practice Improvement, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Surgery

In addition to the awards for best abstracts, the first annual Mary “Kay” Ryan Memorial award will also be given to honor MGH Clinical Research Staff for exceptional service. Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

Clinical Research Day will begin at 8 a.m. with the keynote address delivered by Dr. Carl June, Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the Perelman School of Medicine, and Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
4. ERIS Open House at MGH: Interest Survey

MGH Research Management together with Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services (ERIS) are working to provide an opportunity for you to learn about the breadth of technology services and support available to all researchers at MGH. Please complete a brief, 5-minute survey to assist us in making this event as beneficial to you as possible.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 10a.m. - 2p.m., Save the date!
Subject matter experts will be on site and happy to help you navigate the tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer questions. Presentation bytes will be scheduled throughout the day and info booths will be staffed for 1:1 opportunities. Please contact rcc@partners.org if you have any questions or concerns.

 
5. Clinical Research Billing from Study Start to Completion

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm, Simches 3.120

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the MGH Office of Research Compliance

Mary Gervino, Director of MGH Research Compliance

This presentation will provide a basic overview of clinical research billing.  Attendees will gain a general understanding of the clinical research billing process including:

  • Developing a study budget that will cover all costs
  • Epic research billing responsibilities
  • Determining what is billable to insurance
  • Routing charges appropriately
  • Insight Patient Care Correction process
  • Maintaining financial health of study
  • Understanding relevant regulations and requirements
  • Available resources

The Clinical Trial Billing Education Series is provided by MGH Research Compliance for the MGH Division of Clinical Research.

This course is geared towards investigators, research nurses, study coordinators, project managers, and all other study staff.

Registration is required. Contact Cassidy Peters with questions.

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

What are they?
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 biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. Clinical research is outside of 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.
MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: June 22, 2018 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research - Click here

 
2. Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018

Preliminary applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018. 

What are they?
Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation Award
The Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation is a non-profit private foundation which focuses its support on promising early stage medical researchers. The ideal candidate is affiliated with an outstanding medical research institution and works under the supervision of experienced mentors. The goal is to assist these individuals by funding their current research, with the hope of enabling them to acquire more significant funding. The Landenberger Foundation does not restrict our support to any particular disease or medical condition, although they are looking for research with broad impact.
MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate.

When is the deadline?  
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.

How do I learn more and apply?
Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018 - Click here

 
3. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, presented by the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with notable achievements in innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.
This annual prize includes:

  • An unrestricted $20,000 honorarium
  • The Harrington Prize Lecture, delivered at the 2019 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
  • Participation at the 2019 Harrington Discovery Institute Scientific Symposium
  • A personal essay, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation

This prize requires Institutional Nomination; MGH is not limited in the number of nominees we can submit. If you are interested, please contact MGH ECOR at ecor@partners.org by July 17, 2018 to be considered.

 
4. NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (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.

MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates to apply to NIH for this award.

When is the deadline?  
MGH internal preliminary applications: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to for more information and to apply for this award.

 
5. 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
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • Centers for AIDS Research (P30)
  • Research Infrastructure for Centers Conducting Population Dynamics Science FY2019 (P2C – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)
  • Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation 

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

 
6. Private Funding Opportunities

Please note 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 submission of the award.

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 funding opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

Week of 6/15/18

  •  Research Grants in Prematurity & Preeclampsia, AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Sloan Research Fellowships, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award Program, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
  • Treatment Research Grants, Autism Speaks (AS) 
  • Career Development Grants, Cerebral Palsy Alliance/Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Research Project Grants, Cerebral Palsy Alliance/Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program, Charter Communications
  • New Therapy Commercialization Grant, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, Greenwall Foundation
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
  • Collaborative MS Research Center Awards, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
  • Research Grants and Fellowships, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)/Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation
  • Individual Research Grant, Wings for Life (WFL) Spinal Cord Research Foundation
  • Project Research Grant, Wings for Life (WFL) Spinal Cord Research Foundation
 
7. NIH Update for Week Ending June 15, 2018

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/WeeklyIndex.cfm

 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation 2018
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  June 26, 2018

Massachusetts Spinal Cord Injury Cure Research Program
Application Deadline: June 27, 2018

2019 Clinical Fellows in Dementia
Application Deadline:  July 1, 2018

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: July 7, 2018; 7th day of each month

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5)
MGH Internal Preliminary Application Deadline:  July 10, 2018

Heitman Young Investigator Fellowship: Career Development Award 
Application Deadline: August 10, 2018

The Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH
Nomination Deadline: September 4, 2018

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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