Research News - August 21, 2020

 

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August 21, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open
2. Virtual Video Visits for Research
3. GraphPad Prism Software Available
4. Data & Analytics Community Summer 2020 Survey
5. Annual ECOR Elections - Nominations are Open!

EVENTS
 

1. Leadership Development Program for Researchers
2. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Preparing for the New School Year
3. Active Listening for Effective Communication
4. Third Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
3. NIH NCATS Re-Entry Research Supplements Request for Applications (RFA)
4. Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
6. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open

The MGRI Image Contest provides an opportunity for scientists to share their best research images, stories and unique points of view with colleagues and science fans across the globe. Plus who doesn't love a little friendly competition?

We want to see what research means to you. We will accept any research-related images, including but not limited to: Microscope/lab images, scans, 3-D models, team photos and more! Researchers can enter a maximum of three images between now and September 25.

For more information about prizes, rules and to enter, visit Bench Press. Questions? Email researchinstitute@mgh.harvard.edu

 
2. Virtual Video Visits for Research

Three tools are accepted by the IRB for virtual visits in submitted research protocols: Microsoft TeamsEnterprise Zoom and HealthCare Secure Zoom. Always consider what is the most appropriate platform for the research study and use the minimum necessary standard when choosing a platform. Always follow the Principals of Privacy; share the minimum necessary amount of information. Any software and tools provided by a Sponsor will require further review by the IRB and Research Information Security Office (RISO). Regardless of the tool, there are rules you must follow; see more in the Pulse Remote Work Toolkit.

 
3. GraphPad Prism Software Available

Do you need to create figures from scientific data for publication?  GraphPad Prism software is offered at considerable savings for researchers through the ERIS Research Computing Core. Both Windows and Mac systems are fully supported. GraphPad Software has been helping scientists analyze data for more than 25 years. The Prism program combines scientific graphing, comprehensive curve fitting (nonlinear regression), understandable statistics, and data organization into one package. This is a subscription service with an annual fee.  Request a software license through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

 
4. Data & Analytics Community Summer 2020 Survey

Over the past two years, the Data & Analytics Office worked to strengthen how our system-wide data and analytics community connects, communicates, and collaborates. During COVID-19, they paused these efforts while teams across our system worked hard to support a wide range of needs. Now that we are coming out of the recent surge and working towards recovery, we are seeking your opinion on how we should restart this important work. Please take a few minutes to share your insights through a brief survey. Your feedback will help strengthen our community.

 
5. Annual ECOR Elections - Nominations are Open!

Nominate Yourself or a Colleague!

Nominations Deadline: Friday, September 11

- TWO OPENINGS -
One Associate Professor
One Professor

For information about ECOR & ECOR Reps responsibilities go to: http://ecor.mgh.harvard.edu/about/elections

Nomination form: https://ecor.mgh.harvard.edu/elections/NominationForm.aspx

Questions? ECOR@mgh.harvard.edu   

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Leadership Development Program for Researchers

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development – Office for Research Careers and Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Divisions

About the Program
This course aims to prepare investigators for challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining a successful research program. This 9-month long program features both didactic and interactive sessions, with tracks for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Faculty and trainees who complete this career-development course will sharpen their career focus and gain knowledge regarding the strategies that promote success in leading an impactful research program. The intent is to support the career development of MGH researchers.

Eligibility
1. Faculty, postdoc or graduate student in research career path at MGH (MD and/or PhD):

  • For faculty: primary faculty appointment at MGH.
  • For postdocs: current postdoctoral fellow appointment at MGH.
  • For graduate students: primary research lab at MGH.

2. Approval and endorsement from immediate supervisor (graduate students, postdocs) or department chair/division chief (faculty).

When is the deadline?  
Application deadline: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 12:00pm

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here

 
2. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Preparing for the New School Year

Tuesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and its Office for Women’s Careers

This session will discuss how to prepare for the new school year (whether it’s virtual or in-person classes) and the available child care opportunities.

Panelists: Elise Wulff, MEd, Program Manager for Child Services, Aspire MGH/MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Martha A. McNulty, MEd, Director, Child Care Services, MGB.

Register and add to my calendar.

 
3. Active Listening for Effective Communication

Tuesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and its Office for Women’s Careers

This session will discuss how to prepare for the new school year (whether it’s virtual or in-person classes) and the available child care opportunities.

Panelists: Elise Wulff, MEd, Program Manager for Child Services, Aspire MGH/MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Martha A. McNulty, MEd, Director, Child Care Services, MGB.

Register and add to my calendar.

 
4. Third Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day

Thursday, September 10th, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Please join us for to Mass General's 3rd Annual Neuroscience Day, which recognizes and celebrates collaborative scientific efforts across the hospital. Our keynote speaker this year is John Ngai, PhD, the Director of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Details and registration are available here.

 
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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. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

(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.

When is the deadline?
MGH Internal Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5pm
Sponsor Application Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020

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.
 
3. NIH NCATS Re-Entry Research Supplements Request for Applications (RFA)

The NIH has issued RFAs for competitive administrative supplements designed to support individual investigators meeting specific criteria. Harvard Catalyst’s NCATS CTSA UL1 grant is eligible to apply for these supplements and can submit up to two applications on behalf of individual investigators.

The NIH NCATS Re-Entry Research Supplement is designed to support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. 

If you have any questions on how to apply and eligibility criteria, please contact tcrcinfo@partners.org.

 
4. Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation

Applications for the 2021-2022 MGH HTL Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation are now open–with a submission deadline of Sept 30, 2020.

The MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab (HTL) is currently seeking applications for our one-year Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation. HTL’s founding mission is to improve the experience and value of healthcare through collaborative innovation. The fellowship program (now in its fourth year) provides a unique opportunity for physicians to have protected time to develop and engage in care delivery transformation projects at MGH with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership. Using principles of innovation science and leveraging new technologies, fellows are encouraged to pursue projects that enhance the delivery of healthcare—making it a better experience for patients/clinicians and potentially more affordable and/or higher-value.

For more information, please visit http://healthcaretransformation.org/fellowship/.

 
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

We ask that all MGH Investigators interested in applying for any limited submission award submit a Letter of Intent (see detailed instructions below) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) by the deadline indicated for each award to be considered to receive an institutional nomination.

Process
Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to ecor@partners.org.  In addition to your LOI, please include an NIH Biosketch.

The letter of intent should include:

  • Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  • A descriptive title of the potential application
  • Brief description of the project
  • Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

If there is more than one MGH investigator interested in applying for each limited submission award, the LOIs will be used to assess candidates and a review and selection process will take place.

Current Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Livestrong Solution Grants – Acceleration and Transformation Grants
  • Collaborative Centers in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation (P2C Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Liver Cirrhosis Network: Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Required) – NEW!
  • Liver Cirrhosis Network: Scientific and Data Coordination Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  •  Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and Martin Delaney Collaboratory for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 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.

 
6. 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 8/21/20

  •  Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security ($75,000), Agropolis Fondation
  • Amazon Research Awards (ARA) ($100,000), Amazon
  • AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards ($200,000), American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Advanced Clinical Research Award (ACRA) for Diversity and Inclusion ($450,000), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Conquer Cancer Foundation NEW!
  • Advanced Clinical Research Award (ACRA) in Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy ($450,000), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Conquer Cancer Foundation NEW!
  • Established Investigators Academic-Industry Partnership Awards ($375,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) NEW!
  • Established Investigator Awards ($375,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
  • Pilot Award ($100,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
  • Special Opportunity: ASTRO-MRA Young Investigator Award in Radiation Oncology ($225,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) NEW!
  • Special Opportunity: St. Baldrick's Foundation-MRA Young Investigator Award in Pediatric Melanoma ($225,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) NEW!
  • Special Opportunity: Bristol-Myers Squibb-MRA Young Investigator Awards in Immunotherapy ($225,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) NEW!
  • Young Investigator Awards ($225,000), Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
  • Community Solutions for Health Equity ($300,000), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) NEW!
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Check out the Coronavirus Resource Guide for MGH Researchers!

NIH Update for Week Ending August 21, 2020

BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

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

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