Research News - July 23, 2021

         
 
July 23, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Get ready for the 2021 MGRI Image Awards
2. Enroll in the Program for Enterprise Apple Services (PEAS)
3. Get Help from InfoBot and the IS Service Hub
4. New TEDxMGH Talk for July! A Patient-Scientist's Path to Prevention
5. Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Friday: Doodling
2. IDEA Symposium: Collaborating with External Partners
3. Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series
4. Biobank Portal
5. How to Use Social Media
6. Introduction to the RPDR
7. Qualitative Coding
8. REDCap: Getting Started
9. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©
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
14. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

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. Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce (PRMHW) (HRSA-22-110)
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. Get ready for the 2021 MGRI Image Awards

The Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) Image Contest was created in 2018 to showcase the breadth of research occurring across Massachusetts General Hospital. We receive so many great images each year that it’s become increasingly difficult to select one winner. So this year, we’re proud to reimagine the MGRI Image Contest into the MGRI Image Awards.

With the new name comes new categories and more opportunities to highlight the many faces of research at Mass General. Learn more about the 2021 Awards on Bench Press and get those images ready—the submission period opens on August 4! massgeneral.link/2021-image-awards

 
2. Enroll in the Program for Enterprise Apple Services (PEAS)

Enroll in PEAS and set up your Mac for work at Mass General Brigham. Once enrolled, launch Self Service from your Applications folder to download Office for Mac, receive the token-less VPN hotfix, and install clients you need for work. The process takes less than 2 minutes. Visit KB0034657 for instructions. 

Click here to learn more about how to enroll in the Program for Enterprise Apple Services (PEAS)

 
3. Get Help from InfoBot and the IS Service Hub

Getting IS help is now more convenient than ever! Skip the phone, manage your tickets, and open requests fast with the new InfoBot button on the Outlook ribbon. You communicate with InfoBot through Microsoft Teams. InfoBot is a chatbot service offered by Information Systems that provides an additional channel for customers seeking simple, fast support. It uses machine learning or “artificial intelligence” (AI) to constantly improve its ability to interact with you and provide the most accurate results. Visit the IS Service Hub for more.

Click here to learn more.

 
4. New TEDxMGH Talk for July! A Patient-Scientist's Path to Prevention

Drs. Sonia Minikel Vallabh and Eric Vallabh Minikel, Prion Scientists, share their journey from discovering that Sonia has inherited a genetic mutation that killed her mother to remaking their careers as biomedical researchers, in a race against time that is worth every minute.  View video here. The TEDxMGH videos present inspirational stories from the MGH community, including how people have handled challenges through innovation, resilience, vulnerability, and connection. These monthly 10-12 min. stories by your colleagues cover far-reaching topics – from antiracism and social justice to climate change, laughter, coping with loss, COVID-19, and living and working with depression. View previous videos on the TEDxMGH Apollo page.

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please click here to apply. 

 
5. Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021

MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day on October 14, 2021
All information on MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 can be found on this portal.

Invitation to Submit Abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

MGH Investigators are invited to submit abstracts for MGH Clinical Research Day 2021. Abstract Submission deadline is July 31, 2021. Mandatory criteria for abstracts include; manuscripts published or submitted for publication between September 2020 and July 2021 and submissions must be about clinical research or educational research conducted at MGH.
All abstracts that present novel data from a clinical research study will be considered for the hospital-wide awards in the following categories: Clinical & Outcomes Research, Translational Research, Team and Health Professions Education Research. MGH Departments will also be giving monetary awards.

Please, submit abstracts here by July 31, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. 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
 
2. 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

 
3. 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

 
4. Biobank Portal

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

The Partners Biobank Portal is a tool that links consented subjects from the Partners Biobank with their health care data from the electronic medical record (EMR) and allows researchers to request clinical samples for these subjects. 
This course will provide an introduction to the use of the Biobank Portal application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, types of samples available, genomic information and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research.
Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
5. 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 

 
6. Introduction to the RPDR

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:00 – 12:30 PM, Zoom

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) brings clinical information to the researcher's fingertips and ensures the security of patient information by controlling and auditing the distribution of patient data within the guidelines of the IRB.
This course will provide an introduction to the use of the RPDR (Research Patient Data Registry) application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, creating a query and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the RPDR for research.

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.  

Click here to learn more.

 
7. Qualitative Coding

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Christina Psaros, PhD

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy
This one session course is designed to guide clinical researchers who are interested in developing a qualitative codebook and coding qualitative data. In addition to providing an overview of the codebook development process, a discussion of how to import the codebook and code data using a software package will also be provided. This course will focus on the use of NVivo. 
Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.  

Click here to learn more.

 
8. REDCap: Getting Started

Friday, July 30, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Zoom

Instructors: Lynn Simpson, Research Data Collection Services Manager, Jeremy Alphonse, Research Data Collection Services Project Analyst Research Information Science and Computing (RISC) Applications and Services

In collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst, REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application hosted by Partners Research Computing and designed to support electronic data capture for research studies. To learn more about REDCap visit: http://rc.partners.org/edcredcap.

This course will provide a high level overview of the REDCap tool. Learn about study start up, project life cycles, data management, and how to program data fields and branching logic. There will be time devoted to user’s Q&A and design questions.

The Learning Objectives include:

  1. How to access REDCap and request new projects.
  2. Understanding the types of projects that REDCap can support.
  3. How to collect data, the different methods to send survey invites and to collect data directly from participants (self-reported) in clinics.
  4. How to program data collection instruments and utilize the program features.

The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and capability of
REDCap for research. Participants may find it helpful to view our online videos prior to attending: https://rc.partners.org/redcapgettingstarted

REDCap link : https://rc.partners.org/research-apps-and-services/collect-data#redcap

Register here. Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

 
9. 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

 
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 – 6:30 PM

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

 
14. 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

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

 
2. 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‚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. 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. Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce (PRMHW) (HRSA-22-110)

Sponsor Application Deadline: 8/30/21

The purpose of this program is to provide support to entities providing health care, health care providers associations, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), taking into consideration the needs of rural and medically underserved communities, to establish, enhance, or expand evidence informed or evidenced-based programs or protocols to promote resilience, mental health, and wellness among their providers, other personnel, and members, collectively known as the “Health Workforce.”

HRSA limits the number of applications to one per institution. If you are interested in applying, please send a 1-2 page letter of intent and NIH biosketch to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu by Monday, July 26 at 3pm.

Click here to learn more.

 
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. 

Click here to learn more.

 
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.

  • NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • 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 07/23/21

  • AACN Impact Research Grant, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). $50,000. Application Deadline: October 29
  • Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation, American Philosophical Society (APS). $80,000. Application Deadline: September 15
  • Career Development Award (CDA), Conquer Cancer Foundation. $200,000. Application Deadline: September 23
  • Young Investigator Award (YIA), Conquer Cancer Foundation. $50,000. Application Deadline: September 23
  • Down Syndrome Research Grants, Fondation Jérôme Lejeune. ≈ $94,000. Proposal Deadline: August 9
  • Pioneer SCA3/MJD Translational Research Awards, National Ataxia Foundation (NAF). $100,000. LOI Deadline: October 5
  • Research Seed Money Awards, National Ataxia Foundation (NAF). $50,000. LOI Deadline: September 21
  • Young Investigator Award, National Ataxia Foundation (NAF). $50,000. LOI Deadline: September 28
  • Global Grants for Gut Health, Springer Nature Ltd./Nature Research. $100,000. Application Deadline: September 15
  • Blindness-Related Grants, Sarah K. de Coizart Perpetual Charitable Trust. $75,000. Application Deadline: October 1
  • Autism Rat Models Consortium, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) NEW! $900,000. Application Deadline: September 7
  • Alpha-synuclein Seed Amplification Assay Program, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) NEW! $3M for whole program. Application Deadline: September 13
  • Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). $180,000 Application Deadline: December 9
 
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