Research News - July 16, 2021

         
 
July 16, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Action Required: Run Windows Updates on Non-standard Windows and Personal Computers Used for Work
2. HOWTO: Remote Access to Mass General Brigham Applications
3. Need Academic Software?
4. Call for Midweek Meditation Leaders
5. Travel Reminder: Transporting electronic research data and materials

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Fridays- Laughter Yoga
2. Faculty and Trainee Wellbeing: How to Expand Your Bandwidth from Your Locus of Control
3. MGB Research Town Hall: Research Strategy & New Approach to Research Subject Recruitment
4. Fun Friday: Doodling
5. IDEA Symposium: Collaborating with External Partners
6. Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series
7. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
8. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©
9. How to Use Social Media
10. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Infrastructure
11. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
12. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day
13. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Interim Support Funding 21-3
3. The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
4. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
5. Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional)
6. Well-Being Education Grants
7. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
8. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2021
9. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding
10. NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities
11. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
12. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
13. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Action Required: Run Windows Updates on Non-standard Windows and Personal Computers Used for Work

Did you know that Microsoft regularly releases security patches for its Operating System (OS) and software products on the second Tuesday of every month? All employees using non-standard Windows or personal computers for work must check for and apply Operation System (OS) updates on a monthly basis; please see HOWTO: Run Windows Updates for instructions.

Click here to learn more.

 
2. HOWTO: Remote Access to Mass General Brigham Applications

Mass General Brigham offers several ways to access your applications when working remotely.  Many applications are available that do not require you to install VPN and GoToMyPC. This guide provides helpful information for accessing Mass General Brigham network resources when not connected to the network. Visit the IS Service Hub for technical assistance.

Click here to learn more.

 
3. Need Academic Software?

ERIS Research Computing Core resells software licenses at academic or bulk pricing. Purchasers reimburse the core for the cost of the software. Current offerings include BioRenderEndNoteFlowJoGraphPad PrismMATLABSafari Books OnlineSASSPSS and Stata. See the Core Fees & Purchasing page for the pricing. Request through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog (Partners network required).

Click here to learn more.

 
4.  Call for Midweek Meditation Leaders

The CFD Office for Well-Being is expanding its Meditation Mondays to a second weekly session (Midweek Meditation) with guest leaders! If you have experience in leading a guided meditation practice, we invite you to join us. Sessions will be on Wednesdays from 8-8:30am over Zoom and a modest stipend will be offered.

Click here to complete short application

 
5. Travel Reminder:  Transporting electronic research data and materials

With relaxation of travel restrictions, we anticipate that MGB researchers will resume traveling shortly, and MGB postdoctoral fellows and visitors will soon be entering/exiting the US on a routine basis.  To ensure smooth travels, we are writing to remind you of MGB requirements for transporting research biological materials and electronic research data. 
Research materials and data generated at an MGB institution are owned by the institution and subject to MGB policies.  Research travel in general is subject to MGB travel policies and, in the post-Covid era, state, local, federal, and CDC requirements. Travelers should familiarize themselves with MGB, airline, and destination policies before departure.
Biological Materials

  • Materials may not be shipped from an MGB institution to another institution without authorization, typically a fully executed Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).
  • With the exception of a carve-out for pathology slides, researchers are prohibited from personally transporting materials in checked luggage, carry-on luggage, or elsewhere on their person.  See the policy at the link below for full details on pathology exception.
  • Materials must be shipped via a common carrier (i.e., Federal Express, DHL, or USPS) and packaged in accordance with IATA requirements by individuals who have completed training and are IATA certified.
  • If the recipient institution is located outside of the US, an export control review may be necessary before materials can be shared, in addition to an export permit.
  • There is an optional, short (no more than 15 minutes) HealthStream course.  We recommend investigators complete the course and review the policy before sharing or shipping materials. 
  • Click here for the Research Policy and Training

Electronic Data

  • Original data may not be transferred from the MGB institution.  With appropriate authorization, copies may be provided to researchers who are leaving and returning to MGB on a short-term basis or permanently to a non-MGB institution.  Each situation has different documentation requirements.
  • Short-term travel
  • Off-boarding
    • We strongly recommend that MGB researchers whose employment has ended  and who are traveling by plane NOT travel with MGB data on their electronic devices,  Devices may be searched by Customs (CPB) and/or Department of Transportation (DOT) officials and seized if the traveler does not have documentation deemed appropriate by the reviewing federal official. PIs should investigate MGB alternative data transfer methods.  Information on data transfer tools is available on the Research Navigator at the link below.
    • We also strongly recommend that investigators do NOT travel with non-MGB data, e.g., dissertation data from a non-MGB institution, on an electronic device.  There have been several instances where these data have not been returned to the traveler or held for months by the federal agency delaying research programs or graduation.
    • Follow your hospital/department’s transfer-out procedures when departing permanently for another institution.  With PI approval, copies of data may be shared with the departing investigator under a Data Use Agreement (DUA) negotiated by the appropriate MGB Contracting Office.  While, as noted above, we strongly encourage other means of transfer, if the data are included on the departing investigator’s electronic device(s) and they are traveling by plane, they must have a fully executed DUA for CPB or DOT officials or risk seizure of their device(s) and data.
    • On occasion a departing postdoctoral fellow or visiting scientist may leave MGB without an institutional affiliation and may need access to data to complete a publication. To facilitate these data sharing arrangements, hospital Research Compliance and select Department Research Management Offices are available to work with PIs to facilitate the appropriate data sharing arrangements.  PIs should review the DUA/DAA Decision Tree to identify the hospital office responsible for generating an agreement and information the office will need to process their request.
    • Click here for Research Navigator

If you have questions, please contact the individuals identified in the associated Research Navigator link.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- Laughter Yoga

Friday, July 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

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

Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with relaxing yogic breathing techniques to relieve stress, release endorphins and boost immune functioning. What starts as laughter exercises quickly turns into genuine laughter, enhancing social connection and positive emotions. No previous yoga experience is necessary, just a desire to laugh and cultivate joy.  

Laura Malloy, LICSW, is a certified laughter yoga leader, yoga therapist and clinical social worker. 

Register and receive link 

 
2. Faculty and Trainee Wellbeing: How to Expand Your Bandwidth from Your Locus of Control 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development  

Feeling burnt out? This webinar will help you to find a path to well-being by discussing the system factors that drive burnout in healthcare. It will also identify factors in your life that are in your control as well as create a specific action plan for an area of your life that you want to change. Dr. Shannon will review practices and strategies that you can use daily to mitigate stress and change your daily life experience. 

Facilitator: Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, after experiencing burnout as a primary care physician, made the difficult decision to leave practice. As a professional health care writer for the past 20 years, she has focused on highlighting issues in the US health care system, including lack of reliability, gaps in communication, and clinician burnout. She is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, which was published in 2016.   

Dr. Shannon is a leading expert in helping clinicians identify the places where they have agency and make changes to improve their professional and personal lives. Dr. Shannon has especially focused on helping women physicians address burnout, overwhelm, and self-doubt. She continues to advocate for health system change through her writing and speaking engagements. 
  
Register and receive link 

 
3. MGB Research Town Hall: Research Strategy & New Approach to Research Subject Recruitment

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Please join us on Thursday, July 22nd at 10:00am-11:00am for a virtual Mass General Brigham (MGB) Research Town Hall hosted by Dr. Ravi Thadhani and Dr. Merranda Logan. The Town Hall will be available on Zoom and recorded and posted to the Research COVID-19 Pulse Page

The session will consist of presentations by senior leaders. Drs. Thadhani, Logan and team will address your questions in the chat box as time allows. You may submit your research-related questions in advance to abaker10@partners.org no later than noon on Tuesday, July 20. 

The agenda topics will include: 

  • MGB Research Strategy
    • Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH - Chief Academic Officer, MGB 
    • SVP's of Research -  MGH, BWH, McLean, Spaulding, MEE, IHP  
  • New Approach to Research Subject Recruitment
    • Martha Jones - Vice President of Human Research Affairs, MGB 
    • Jeanhee Chung, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist, MGH
    • Courtney Vitale - Research Director & Program Manager, PREP, IRB liaison, PCPO, MGB 
    • Merranda Logan, MD, MPH - Associate Chief Academic Officer, MGB 

Zoom URL:
https://partners.zoom.us/j/86045286773?pwd=SnJkZmJyZFRuTUJubllZdldpY21hZz09
Meeting ID: 860 4528 6773
Passcode: 364452
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,86045286773#,,,,*364452# US (New York)
Dial by your location:+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 
4. Fun Friday: Doodling

Friday, July 23, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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.

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

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

Register and receive link

 
5. IDEA Symposium: Collaborating with External Partners

Monday, July 26, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

Join Michael Band, Senior Director, Business Development, Innovation, MGB; Michael Freni, MBA, Senior Director, Business Development, Innovation, MGB; and Tracy Sykes, JD, Senior Director, Business Strategy and Commercialization and Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, MGB for an informative session to learn what it takes to work with external partners. The panelists will share tips on how to identify external digital health vendors, considerations for working with start-ups, sources of funding, IP policies and collaboration agreements.

Click here to register  

About MGB Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

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.

Speaker & Presentation 
“Clinical Translation of Genetic Predictors for Type 2 Diabetes”
Jose Florez, MD, PhD, Chief of the Endocrine Division and the Diabetes Unit, MGH

RSVP here

 
7. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on Monday mornings. 

If you would like to receive an Outlook invitation for these sessions, email owb@partners.org

Attend sessions via Zoom

 
8. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©

Friday, July 30, 2021, 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.

Join Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi© certified teacher Barry Friedman in exploring the traditional principles of Tai Chi in a relaxed, informal and experiential session. Regular practice of this gentle “meditation in motion” leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and an overall sense of well-being.

Barry is a long-term committed practitioner of tai chi, teaches regularly to his own classes as well as at the Tree of Life tai chi studios in Watertown, and brings his experience as a life-long soccer goalkeeper coach to bear in providing a welcoming environment for the cultivation of fitness, health and mental well-being.

Register and receive link

 
9. How to Use Social Media

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom 

Session 1: Use Social Media to Increase Your Visibility, Help with Promotion, and Build Your Personal Brand
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers 

Use social media to disseminate your work, grow your network, help with promotion, and build your personal brand! This webinar will help you understand what a personal brand is and how to leverage social media to clearly and authentically convey your brand and message to others. 

Laura will tap into her brand-building expertise, share best practices, and leverage case studies featuring strong industry leaders who have built remarkable personal brands that have impacted their careers. Join this session to: 

  • Learn how to build your personal brand. 
  • Receive a template to build your personal brand. 
  • Obtain a “toolkit” of strategies (e.g., leveraging social media) to help you hone your brand and disseminate your content. 

Facilitator: Laura Barnard, MBA, is the Founder of BREAKTHRU BRANDS. She holds a BA in Psychology from Harvard University and an MBA in Marketing & Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has nearly two decades of experience in marketing and brand management for iconic, global consumer brands. She understands and appreciates the power of branding to help leaders make a greater impact on their careers and on the lives of others. 

Session 2: “Use Social Media to Promote Your Department/Center/Lab” on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. 
  
Register and receive link for July 28 
Register and receive link for Aug 18 

 
10. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

Join Steven Flammini, Vice President, CTO, IS Technology and Innovation, MGB; Esther Kim, ScD, RD,Executive Director, EDDH Digital Health Innovation, MGB; Holly Barr-Vermilya, Project Director, Director of Research, Digital Health eCare, MGB for an informative session to learn about how MGB offers a range of infrastructure to support innovation. Hear from system leaders about integration of Epic, pilots and scaling of digital health projects.
Click here to register

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

 
11. Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

Tuesdays and Thursdays: September 02 – November 09, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Psychiatry

Applications due August 23, 2021

Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials is an intensive thirteen-session course offered from early-September through late October. Physicians with a serious interest in clinical trials will be introduced to theoretical and practical issues facing clinical researchers.  Course participants will learn how to envision, plan, develop and execute effective clinical trials. Study content includes research designs, protocols, ethical patient recruitment, informed consent, regulations, and clinical trial management.
The course is ideally suited for clinical fellows starting their research years, junior faculty pursuing careers in clinical research, and physicians with an interest in becoming more actively involved in clinical research. 

All participants are expected to use the course curriculum to develop and present a trial design at the final session of the course. 

Enrollment is limited to facilitate interaction and individual attention. To ensure placement in the course, early application is recommended. All applications will be reviewed after the August 23rd deadline.
To submit an application and/or view a course schedule, please go to: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials. *This site is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use Chrome or Edge

Please contact Teresa La with any questions.
 
12. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

To learn more about MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 please visit the portal.

 
13. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

Monday, November 2, 2021 – Thursday, November 4, 2021

36TH Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology

For comprehensive information about this course, including faculty, schedule, and pricing,
please visit the 36th Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology website
The “36th Annual Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology” course, directed by Professor Rakesh K. Jain, will continue to offer the best in critical analysis of what is currently known about the tumor microenvironment, angiogenesis, metastasis, immunology, metabolism and chronobiology. This will include chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies and the role of microbiome as newly introduced topics this year. The faculty is internationally recognized. They will present their latest findings from their clinics and laboratories. The goal is to highlight key gaps in present knowledge of cancer and outline future directions for research at the bench, in the clinic, and in drug development.

The course will continue its four-day online webinar-based live lecture format. Learning formats will include didactic lectures, Q&A and group discussions. The faculty will encourage an open discussion and will provide critical comments on challenges and future opportunities in research in cancer and in establishment of novel therapy approaches and biomarkers to guide treatment. The aim of this course is to analyze and synthesize the most up-to-date findings. Our faculty will present valuable information in a systematic and comprehensive framework, along with a critical review of various measurement techniques. This course is dedicated to helping to improve clinical translation of this knowledge and competence, leading to improved cancer treatment.  

Harvard Medical School’s secure online registration.

Click here to for an overview 

Click here to view the brochure

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

  • No new additions for this week
 
2. Interim Support Funding 21-3

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is now accepting applications for Interim Support Funding.  

What are they?
Interim Support Funding
The Interim Support Funding (ISF) Program is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense).  Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01). The intent of the program is to rescue strong scientific programs that are in need of bridge funding in order to sustain their research. Applications will be accepted regardless of percentile or score, including applications that were not discussed. Financial need and the impact of the COVID pandemic will be taken into account.

When is the deadline?
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Interim Support Funding - Click here

 
3. 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‐year 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. 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 whose Assistant Professor appointment began (or will begin) between 10/1/18 and 4/1/22. 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: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 12:00 Noon (Those applicants who make it to the second stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in November).

Click here to learn more and apply.

 
4. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

This award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.

What is it?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The award is designed for Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens of Canada.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow 

There is no set cap on the number of applicants MGH can endorse, however there is a significant amount of institutional involvement required for this application process.  The internal application will be used to confirm the applicant's eligibility and to assist the applicant with obtaining the required institutional letter of endorsement. 

How much is each award?
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship is a stipend of $70,000 (taxable) per year for 2 years and does not support indirect costs (IDC).  There are no additional funds provided for travel/research.  This Fellowship is not subject to the MGH 15% IDC requirement. The award will start sometime between April 2022 and October 2022.

When is the deadline?
MGH Internal Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 5pm
Sponsor Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

How do I learn more and apply?

  • Click here to read more and apply online.
  • To review the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application guidelines and process, please click here.
 
5. Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional)

Letters of intent are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams

What are they?
“This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PDs/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.

Applications that are mainly focused on the creation, expansion, and/or maintenance of community resources, creation of new technologies, or infrastructure development are not appropriate for this FOA.”

MGH is eligible to submit one application to the NIH.

How much is the award?
Most awards will be between $700,000-$900,000 direct costs

When is the deadline?  

MGH letter of intent deadline: July 28, 2021 at 5:00pm
LOI deadline: December 27, 2021
Full application to NIH: January 27, 2022

What are the internal guidelines?
Please submit a 2-3 page letter of intent, along with a NIH biosketch, to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

Be sure to include the following information:

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

In the event that there is more than one applicant, the internal LOI will be used to assess if a review and selection process will be needed. ECOR will notify all interested applicants by September 2021.

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
NIH RFA PAR-20-103 – Click here

 
6. Well-Being Education Grants

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

Would you benefit from training or continuing education toward resilience and well-being?

The Center for Faculty Development Office for Well-Being is pleased to announce the third round of applications for Well-Being Education Grants.  These grants (up to $750 per year) will help defray the cost of professional training or continuing education around resilience and well-being. The grant is open to clinicians and investigators—graduate students, post-docs, residents, fellows, and faculty—who have identified a program of interest in the coming months.

Application due today: Friday, July 16

Click here for more details and to apply

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

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

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

Please click here to learn more.

 
8. The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care & The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care 2021

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 Early Career Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care

What is it?
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 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 RFA 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 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 Early Career 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 15% indirect costs and is effective October 1, 2021.  

When is the deadline?
August 16, 2021 by 5 pm EDT

How do I learn more and apply?

 
9. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding

$400,000 in Grants Available to Researchers Investigating Causes/Treatments of Rare Multisystem Immunodeficiency Disorder

The Job Research Foundation, which seeks to help find a cure for Job Syndrome by providing the global scientific community with additional opportunities to further research into the rare multisystem immunodeficiency disorder, has announced the fourth round of grant funding. The Foundation will award two two-year grants in the amount of $200,000 each to scientific researchers who are investigating the causes of, and treatments for, Job Syndrome. Grant applications can be found online at https://www.jobresearchfoundation.org/grant-proposal-application . Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

The long-term goal of the Foundation is to help advance research to find a cure for Job Syndrome. In the short term, the Foundation hopes the research will improve the treatments for patients suffering from the rare disorder.

To date the organization has funded a total of ten research projects across the world. In 2019, Job Research Foundation awarded four grants in the first round of funding to researchers from Australia, Spain, Germany, and the United States. In 2020, four grants were awarded to researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom in the second round of funding. This year’s recipients are based in the United States and in Germany.

Special consideration will be given to research focused on Job Syndrome and Pulmonary Function. Previous applicants can apply in subsequent years to extend their research. The application process is open to researchers world-wide and awardees will be announced between December 2021 and January 2022.

The Job Research Foundation seeks to not only help find a cure for Job Syndrome by providing the scientific community with additional opportunities to further research into the rare multisystem immunodeficiency disorder, but also hopes that investigators will research treatments to help those suffering with Job Syndrome. Job Syndrome, also known as Autosomal Dominant Hyperimmunoglobulin E Syndrome (AD-HIES), was discovered in 1966 and is a multisystem immunodeficiency disorder found in males and females worldwide. Visit https://www.jobresearchfoundation.org/ for additional details.

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

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

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

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

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11. 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 instructionsPlease submit questions to:  Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu

 
12. 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 HIV Structural Biology (U54 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.

 
13. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard Insight/Research Management process.

Please be aware that any grant that brings in less than 15% in indirect costs (IDC) will need to be supplemented up to the 15% equivalent by existing investigator or departmental sundry funds. Resolution of this issue must occur prior to submitting a proposal.  Training fellowships from foundations, public charity, and non-profit organizations are excluded from this minimum IDC requirement.

Week of 07/16/21

  • Career Development Award (CDA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $450,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship (CRTS), American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $150,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Clinician-Scientist Development Award (CSDA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $240,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Neuroscience Research Training Scholarship, American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $150,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Practice Research Training Scholarship, American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $150,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Seed Grants Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Autism Research, American Academy of Neurology (AAN). $50,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • ACS Resident Research Scholarships, American College of Surgeons (ACS). $60,000. Application Deadline: September 15
  • International Networks of Excellence Program (INEP), Leducq Foundation. $7.5 million. LOI Deadline: September 7
 
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