Research News - June 17, 2022

 

         
 
  June 17, 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. MGB Data Science Office Launches Service for Obtaining Radiologic Imaging Studies for Research  
7. Call for 2022 SRTP Faculty Abstract Reviewers & Final Presentation Panelists 

 
EVENTS
 
 

1. Fun Fridays- 55 Word Stories
2. MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Event
3. Speed Mentoring Session
4. Presentation Skills Series: “Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”
5. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 06
6. Careers in Science
7. Parenting Series Panel: "Parenting Never Stops - A Conversation with Parents of Older Children”
8. Grant Administration & Management Course
9. Fun Fridays – Vinyasa Yoga
10. MGH-Broad Working Group Science Meeting
11. MGRI Summer Science Slam
12. 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. Brain Care Score Implementation
7. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2022
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. MGB Data Science Office Launches Service for Obtaining Radiologic Imaging Studies for Research

Looking for imaging studies for research? The Enterprise Medical Imaging team within the Data Science Office recently launched the Medical Imaging Data As A Service (MIDAS) that enable MGB investigators to obtain radiologic imaging studies for research purposes. The first product available under MIDAS is the Defined Exam Retrieval Service. Using this service, researchers can specify a list of imaging studies, up to 1,000 per request, to be retrieved from clinical imaging archives and stored in a temporary location that has security and access control based on IRB permissions. To use this service, the list of studies must contain three data elements for each study: the site where the study was performed; the site MRN; and, the accession number. Estimated image retrieval time is 5 days. 

In addition, MIDAS also provides an image de-identification option. The de-identification process follows the DICOM standard for de-identification and replaces/removes/modifies PHI following a standard workflow. A key to the de-identification will be provided so that the study staff can re-identify the studies as needed. 

Get started today. 

For more information, please email Ken Heckman (kheckman@partners.org). 

 
 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- 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 

 
2. MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Event

Friday, June 17, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Zoom 

“We are all Gang Chen” 

Click here to register (Zoom link will be sent to registrants via email) 

In 2021, Gang Chen, PhD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was falsely arrested under the US government’s China Initiative and charged with failing to disclose affiliations with Chinese government institutions on grant applications. It was later determined that there was no obligation to report the affiliations and the charges were dropped but by then Dr Chen and his family had been traumatized by the experience. Dr Chen will share his story with us, and the ways MIT’s immediate response helped him. Dr Chen is the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at MIT. 

Yoel Fink, PhD, led MIT’s faculty in voicing their opposition to the government’s prosecution of Dr Chen through an open letter analyzing the flaws in the government’s charges, concluding with the rallying cry “We are all Gang Chen”. The letter was signed by over 200 MIT faculty and turned the media coverage around. Dr. Fink will share his experience organizing MIT faculty. Dr Fink is Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. 

Educational objectives:
By the end of this session, audience members will: 

  • Understand the importance of recognizing injustice and inequities when they occur. 
  • Consider ways to address incidents of injustice and inequity in our everyday lives. 
  • The mission of the Center for Diversity Spring Series is to offer events focusing on the lived experience of people from marginalized communities, sharing their stories in their own words. 
  • This event is co-sponsored by the MGH AAPI Coalition, the MGH Chinese Scientists and Staff Association, and the MGH Office of Equity and Community Health. 

Questions? Contact Anne Emmerich, MD, at aemmerich@mgh.harvard.edu. 

 
3. Speed Mentoring Session

Monday, June 20, 2022, 9:00 – 10:00 am, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development 

Every month, two mentor leaders from different departments will answer your questions about any aspect of being a mentee or mentor. You do not need to be in the same department as the leaders—this event is open to faculty across MGH, but registration is required. Come ready with your questions, and be ready to learn not only from the senior mentoring leaders but also from fellow attendees. 

This session is scheduled for June 20, 9–10 am, with Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, MGH; and Bakhos Tannous, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the CFD Postdoctoral Division. 

Mentor leaders will meet with up to 8 faculty members, each given 7-8 minutes to ask questions on any aspect of mentoring or being mentored and receive input from the mentor leaders. 

Open to faculty across MGH; registration required.

 
4. 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 

 
5. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 06

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

"Addressing the Signature Wounds of War: Lessons learned from treating post 9/11 veterans and their families in academic medical settings" 

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: 

  • Describe models of care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the non-VA setting 
  • Identify evidence-based treatments for PTSD, TBI, and co-occurring conditions 
  • Describe the diverse needs and common diagnostic presentations of veterans, military service members and their families 
  • Discuss clinical outcomes and program evaluation of clinical care in outpatient and intensive treatment programs for PTSD and TBI 

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

Presenters: Amanda M. Spray, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, SRH/HMS 

ACCREDITATION
Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Click to register 

 
6. Careers in Science

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division 

Are you interested in exploring your future career opportunities? This seminar will focus on career opportunities and provide an overview of the skills needed to excel within each type of role. 

At the seminar, graduate students will learn about: 

  • Research and non-research career paths such as consulting, product development, etc. 
  • Numerous opportunities for you in non-profit and for-profit organizations 
  • Transferable skills, their importance and how to highlight them for specific roles. 

Facilitator: Lauren Celano, MBA, CEO and Co-founder of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial life sciences companies. 

Click to register 

 
7. 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 

 
8. 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

 
9. Fun Fridays – Vinyasa Yoga

Friday, June 24, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

This is the last Fun Friday until September! 

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

Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous yoga class that moves through poses at the pace of your breath. This class is designed for all levels; modifications are offered, allowing you to tailor the class to your ability and your body’s needs. The sequence of each class will build towards a challenging peak pose(s). Appropriate for both the beginner and advanced practitioner, this class will be stimulating and fun! Props: Please wear attire appropriate for exercise and have a yoga mat. Blocks, blanket and strap are optional. 

Facilitator: Masha Leuner. A world traveler and long-time yoga practitioner, Masha holds a BA/MA from Brandeis University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. As a career-driven marketer in a high-paced corporate environment, Masha always wondered what an alternative life path would be like. After the birth of her second child, she decided to let it all go, took Yoga Teacher Training, and in 2017 became a certified yoga teacher. Masha’s natural yearning for learning has led her to take multiple advanced trainings, receive certification in Yoga for Osteoporosis and Back Pain, as well as continue to perfect her teaching in Vinyasa. She teaches full-time at Coolidge Yoga in Brookline and is enrolled in advanced 300hr certification program at Down Under Yoga. 

Click to register 

 
10. MGH-Broad Working Group Science Meeting

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 2:00 pm, Simches 3110 or  Zoom 

Please join us for the next meeting of the MGH-Broad Working Group, Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m

Our speakers will be Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, Director of the MGH Cancer Center and Kurt J. Isselbacher Professor of Oncology, Harvard Medical School, and Mario Suva, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, MGH, Broad Institute Member, Janet and William Ellery James MGH Research Scholar, and co-Leader DF/HCC Neuro-Oncology. 

As a reminder, this working group brings together over 100 MGH-Broadies to share ideas for improving and expanding Broad-MGH collaborations. Everyone from your lab is welcome to join us, and we hope you will spread the word to your colleagues.

Our spring meeting will be in-person at the Simches Auditorium 3.110 with a Zoom option. Please see the Zoom information below. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/83120424831?pwd=TERYay9IOTVNejZ1QVU2ZEhEVk5JUT09
Meeting ID: 831 2042 4831
Passcode: 006632
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) 

 
11. 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.

 
12. 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:

Recently added:

 
2. NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards

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

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

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

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

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

 
3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation 

The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research 

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

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

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

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

Please contact Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at 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. Brain Care Score Implementation

About the McCance Center for Brain Health
The McCance Center for Brain Health is a clinical and research center founded to maximize human potential through better brain health. Through its ground-breaking research, clinical innovation, and global collaborations, the Center aims to reduce the incidence of common brain diseases through effective primary prevention. 

About the McCance Brain Care ScoreTM
A large body of evidence links a set of modifiable factors with risk of stroke, dementia, depression and other brain diseases, offering a substantial opportunity for prevention of common brain diseases in primary care. Yet, unlike heart care and cancer prevention, preventive brain care has traditionally not been incorporated into routine primary care. 

Developed in the Center’s clinical-translational program, the McCance Brain Care Score™ (BCS) answers a key question with scientific validity: “What can I do to take good care of my brain?” Designed to be implemented in health care settings anywhere, the BCS compiles the modifiable risk factors that impact brain health and provides a mechanism for anyone to track and prioritize their brain care through an approach that focuses on steps any of us can take. 

For more information on the BCS, please click here

Opportunity Snapshot
Towards its aim to integrate brain care into routine medical care, the McCance Center is investing in the development of innovative methods for the implementation of the McCance Brain Care Score™ in primary care practices across diverse communities. The center is seeking proposals from partners with expertise in implementation science to propose novel approaches for catalyzing the uptake of the BCS by practitioners, patients, payors, and policymakers.

With the long-term goal of improving brain health, proposals will need to address the shorter-term goal of increasing engagement in brain care across communities. Specifically, we encourage proposals to address: 

  • Strategies for engaging communities, particularly those impacted by healthcare disparities. e.g. Patient and Community Advisory Committees 
  • Mechanisms for sustained behavior change among patients, practitioners, and healthcare systems. 
  • Establishing measurements of success of engagement by these groups 
  • Integration of digital health and technologies 

Criteria for Review:
Successful applications will have a timeline with milestones that culminates in the submission of a competitive federal grant proposal (e.g. NIH, PCORI, etc) within 12 months of the award of this SPARC. Criteria for review will include: applicants’ track record of successful funding, the closeness of the proposed aims to the McCance mission, the feasibility of the proposal to yield a competitive grant application. 

Application Instructions:
The proposal: 

  • Limited to two pages 
  • 12-point Times New Roman font 
  • 1” margins all around, single-spaced (excluding references). 
  • Sections of the proposal:
    • Specific Aims 
    • Background/Introduction 
    • Methods 
    • Significance 
    • References (not counted towards the 2-page limit) 
  • Provide information on your Team. Please include NIH biosketches for all participating investigators 
  • Please include a separate budget justification (limit to one page). 

The deadline for proposal submission is July 15. Review will be completed and decisions announced by July 31. Please send proposals to Dr. Akshata Sonni, Scientific Program Director, McCance Center at asonni@partners.org

Eligibility Criteria
Any applicant eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator on a federal grant application is welcome to apply for this award. In a separate document and as indicated above, applicants must also provide the bios of the key team members on the project, as well as information on any collaborators or corporate/public sponsors that will be engaged as a part of the project. If applicable, please demonstrate how these collaborators and partners have already been engaged. 

Award Amount
Budgetary requests of up to $150K for one year will be considered 

Duration of Award
1 year 

Selection 

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the McCance Center, which will make recommendations to the McCance Center Co-Directors, who will make the final determination. 

 
7. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2022

Applications are now being accepted by the Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness for the The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 

What is it?
The Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness supports innovative, transdisciplinary research that leverages MGH’s and the broader community’s strengths to improve the well-being of older adults and those with serious illness. The Center for Aging and Serious Illness Early Career Pilot Awards in Aging and Palliative Care will support innovative applied clinical research or implementation pilot project(s) (T3-4) focused on improving the evidence base for aging or serious illness care. This award will fund initial pilot work to provide data and planning for an externally funded, full-scale project grant (e.g., K award, R01, PCORI etc.). Applicants who hold a full-time appointment in any MGH Department, are pursuing a research career, and meet the eligibility criteria below are encouraged to apply. 

The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on achieving I health equity and improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness through research in population and health care delivery science. The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness, with an emphasis on the care of those living with cognitive impairment or their caregivers. 

How much is the award?
The award is $50,000 for one year plus 20% indirect costs and is effective October 1, 2022. 

When is the deadline?
August 11, 2022 by 5 pm EDT 

How do I learn more and apply? 

 
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

  • 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 06/17/22

  • ADDF-Harrington Scholar Program, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. $600,000. LOI Deadline: July 18 
  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Awards in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. $470,000. LOI Deadline: September 6 
  • Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program in Chemical and Life Sciences, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. $600,000. LOI Deadline: August 1 
  • DIPG Research Fellowship Grant, ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. $300,000. Application Deadline: September 16 
  • IBD Ventures Initiative, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (CCFA). $500,000. LOI Deadline: September 2 
  • Clinician-Researcher Awards, Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF). $75,000. Application Deadline: September 9 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF). $50,000. Application Deadline: September 9 
  • Research Grant Program, Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF). $150,000. Application Deadline: September 9 
  • Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, Greenwall Foundation COVID! Unspecified Amount. LOI Deadline: June 27 
  • KDA Research Grants, Kennedy's Disease Association (KDA). $100,000. Proposal Deadline: July 1 
  • KDA Waite-Griffen SBMA Fellowship, Kennedy's Disease Association (KDA) NEW! $77,000. Proposal Deadline: July 1 
  • Clinical Investigator Career Development Award, Lymphoma Research Foundation. $225,000. Application Deadline: September 8 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants, Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). $105,000. Application Deadline: September 8 
  • Research Fellowships, Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF). $105,000. Proposal Deadline: September 9 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, Prevent Cancer Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: July 11  
  • Grants, Prevent Cancer Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: July 11 
  • Research Grants, The Cure JM Foundation (Cure JM). Unspecified Amount. Application Deadline: July 30 
  • Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation Awards Program in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research, Health Resources in Action (HRiA). $500,000. Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 7
 
 
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