Research News - August 27, 2021

 

         
 
August 27, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. The 2021 MGRI Image Awards have begun!
2. Learn Something New! Series
3. Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Deadlines
4. Annual ECOR Elections – Nominations are Open!
5. Invitation to Submit Nominations for the Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH
6. GraphPad Prism Software: Annual License Renewal and Signup
7. Applying for the Claflin Awards? ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers are offering help with your application
8. The Office of the Scientific Director is Hiring!

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Fridays- Building Community through Dungeons & Dragons
2. Reading a Clinical Research Protocol: where to begin?
3. A Practical Introduction to Statistical Genetics
4. A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator
5. Greening the Lab: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Your Laboratory
6. SAVE THE DATE! Virtual Nursing Research Day
7. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day
8. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards
3. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
4. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine *LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!*
5. NIMH Instrumentation Program
6. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
7. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding
8. NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities
9. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
10. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
11. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. The 2021 MGRI Image Awards have begun!

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 enter now through September 24! massgeneral.link/2021-image-awards

 
2. Learn Something New! Series

Click here for a full list of topics and dates

Clinical research is complicated. It is governed by regulations, guidelines, and institutional policies. It involves people inside and outside of the institution, in clinical areas, doing financial management, etc. But you don’t have to do it all on your own! Join the DCR’s network of study coordinators, research assistance, and project managers to learn something new about different clinical research operations topics. With something for everyone, these sessions cover how to’s on protocols, basic study designs, informed consent, managing your day to day, and many more. To get the most out of this program, you should have already completed the CITI Training in Human Subjects Research and Clinical Research Conduct: Research Staff Training prior to enrolling. It is also recommended that you take Good Clinical Practice in an Academic Research Institution prior to enrolling.

Contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
3. Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Deadlines

As Mass General Brigham President and CEO Anne Klibanski, MD, previously communicated, the pandemic’s changing landscape — particularly, the rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant — has required us to reevaluate the timing of our COVID-19 vaccination requirement for staff.
Vaccination remains our best defense against this virus. The available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19. As health care workers, we all have a responsibility to protect not only the vulnerable populations we care for but also ourselves and our colleagues.
To ensure the safety of our patients, their loved ones and our workforce, all MGH staff must be fully vaccinated and document their vaccination status by Friday, October 15, 2021 (meaning that you must receive both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, by this date). This is a condition of employment. Failure to meet this deadline will result in loss of Epic/computer access, unpaid administrative leave and, if noncompliance continues, termination of employment.
The following provides a quick summary of key deadlines. Please see below for further details about each of these items.

  • September 3 – Medical and/or religious exemption requests
  • September 13 - Clearance for new hires
    • Actions required: New hires who have their Occupational Health visit starting on September 13 must have their COVID-19 vaccination status validated by Occupational Health to begin work.
  • September 16 - If unvaccinated: Deadline for first dose of Moderna vaccine
    • Actions required: Receive the vaccine and, for non-Mass General Brigham sites, obtain proof of vaccination.
  • September 23 - If unvaccinated: Deadline for first dose of Pfizer vaccine
    • Actions required: Receive the vaccine and, for non-Mass General Brigham sites, obtain proof of vaccination.
  • October 13 - COVID-19 vaccination deadline
    • Actions required: Complete your full COVID-19 vaccination series (i.e., receive either two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson). After vaccination, you need to report and document your vaccination status. It is not done automatically.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Appointments are available on the main campus. Schedule an appointment in COVID Pass or call Occupational Health Services (OHS) at 617-732-6034.
  • Schedule an appointment at a community-based vaccine clinic at locations across Massachusetts . These clinics offer free vaccines at convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.

I already got my COVID-19 vaccine. Do I need to do anything else?
Yes. Similar to our seasonal flu shot program, our COVID-19 vaccination program requires all staff to provide proof of vaccination to Occupational Health. Your vaccine status is not shared automatically, even if you received your vaccine at an MGB location.
Before October 15, 2021 you must document your COVID-19 vaccine by doing one of the following:

  • If you received your vaccine at a Mass General Brigham clinic, please complete this survey to consent to share your vaccination record with Occupational Health. Log in using your Mass General Brigham login and password and select MGB Sponsored Vaccine Clinic to navigate to the consent question.
  • If you received your vaccine anywhere outside of Mass General Brigham (such as a retail pharmacy), complete this survey to record and upload your vaccine documentation. Log in using your Mass General Brigham login and password and select Non-MGB Vaccine Clinic or Outside Provider to submit your documentation.

Can I be exempted from the vaccine requirement?
Staff seeking an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons must submit an exemption request. The deadline for this is Friday, September 3, 2021.

  • The medical exemption form can be downloaded here. This form must be completed and signed by your health care provider.
  • The religious exemption request form can be accessed here.

What happens if I wait until October 15 to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Unless you obtain the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will not be able to meet the deadline.  To meet the October 15 deadline with a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, employees must receive their first dose by the following dates:

  • Moderna: Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • Pfizer: Thursday, September 23, 2021

What about new hires?
Starting September 13, 2021 all new hires who have their Occupational Health visit on or after this date must have their COVID-19 vaccine status validated by Occupational Health before they can receive clearance to start work.

New hires can present documentation of either a first dose or both doses (Pfizer/Moderna) or single dose (Johnson & Johnson). New hires who have only received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna by the time of their Occupational Health visit will receive temporary clearance and must follow-up with Occupational Health after receiving their second dose for final clearance.
I have another question not addressed here.
Answers to other frequently asked questions are available on Pulse.

 
4.  Annual ECOR Elections – Nominations are Open!

ECOR representatives should be able to speak to the interests and concerns of their colleagues (fellow MGH faculty members) in discussions and planning for research at MGH.  To learn more about ECOR or the responsibilities of an  Elected Representative to ECOR, please visit click here

Click here to nominate yourself or a colleague!

Nominations Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

- TWO OPENINGS -
One Assistant Professor
One Professor

Who is eligible to nominate?
All MGH faculty with an academic rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, and who are primarily researchers, are eligible to nominate.

Questions? ECOR@mgh.harvard.edu

 
5. Invitation to Submit Nominations for the Mary "Kay" Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH

This award was established in 2017 to commemorate May “Kay” Ryan, a dedicated member of the MGH Clinical Research community. Kay, as she was known to her colleagues, is remembered for her devotion to helping Clinical Research Investigators and Study Staff. She selflessly did her work under the radar while making MGH great. All MGH Clinical Research Staff (study coordinators, research assistants, program/project managers, research nurses and research administrators) are eligible for nomination. Anyone may provide a nomination - supervisor, co-worker or colleague.

Please, submit nominations here by September 1, 2021.

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

Click here to learn more about the Mary “Kay” Ryan Award for Excellence in Support of Clinical Research at MGH.

 
6. GraphPad Prism Software: Annual License Renewal and Signup

If you have a GraphPad Prism license through the Research Computing Core, it's time to renew. Annual licenses expire each year on August 31st. To prevent a break in service, request a software license through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog. The annual fee has been reduced to $40/license. More information about Prism, and other software offerings are on the ERIS Research Computing Core site.

Click here to learn more.

 
7. Applying for the Claflin Awards? ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers are offering help with your application

If you are applying for a Claflin Award, and would like help preparing your application, ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers (OWC) encourages you to take advantage of the Claflin Consultation Initiative (CCI) for applicants.

The CCI is designed to help eligible faculty prepare their best application for the 2022 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards. Many prior Claflin winners have volunteered their time to answer questions and offer guidance and encouragement to potential applicants. Coaches may give advice on all aspects of the application, including the research plan, budget, and the description of child-rearing responsibilities.

Please click here to enroll in the Claflin Consultation Initiative by Tuesday, September 28.

We encourage you to attend the Claflin panel discussion on September 22 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Please refer to the call for more details.

To review your eligibility please click here or email ecor@mgh.harvard.edu before registering for the CCI.

 
8. The Office of the Scientific Director is Hiring!

Are you interested in becoming a Research Communications Specialist?

The Research Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) will play a key role in internal and external communications for the Office of the Scientific Director and the Mass General Brigham Biobank, including written content, social media, emails, printed materials, event planning and other support as needed.

Click here to read the full job description or to apply!
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Fridays- Building Community through Dungeons & Dragons

Friday, August 27, 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 us for an introduction to Dungeons & Dragons and other table-top roleplaying games! These games create entertainment that inspires creativity, sparks passion, forges friendships, and fosters communities around the globe. Stephanie will introduce Dungeons & Dragons and her own personal experiences with playing before taking participants through a brief encounter.

Facilitator: Stephanie Bouley, PhD, is a research fellow in the Center for Genomic Medicine at MGH. She has been an active member in the Dungeons & Dragons community for the last 3 years. Stephanie has taken two "Game to Grow" courses, which cover building, strengthening, and maintaining community through role playing games as well as an introduction to therapeutic social skills RPG groups.

Register and receive link
 
2. Reading a Clinical Research Protocol: where to begin?

Tuesday, August 31, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

One of the very first things a new clinical research coordinator is asked to do is read a study protocol. Depending on the complexity and number of protocols along with a limited amount of time for review, this can seem like a daunting task. However, there are useful strategies one can employ to become a more efficient reader. The goal of this session is to present strategies for reading research protocols both critically and efficiently. 

Presented By: Stacey Ellender, Senior Clinical Research Project Manager, Center for Clinical Research Operations, Mass Eye and Ear.

Audience: Study staff new to clinical research with less than 1 year of research-related experience or experienced study staff looking to learn the basics of a new skill. 

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

Click here to learn more.
 
3. A Practical Introduction to Statistical Genetics

Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6 & 27; November 3, 10, 17, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Brief description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern statistical genetics and covers widely-used genetic analysis methods including genome-wide association studies (GWAS), statistical fine-mapping, heritability and genetic correlation analyses, polygenic risk score analysis, Mendelian randomization, functional genome and transcriptome-wide association studies (TWAS), sequencing data analysis, and genomic research using biobank resources. The course focuses on statistical analysis of large-scale genetic datasets, with an outlook to cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art statistical genetics methods. The course is a modified version of a genomic epidemiology workshop initiated and designed by Chia-Yen Chen, Hailiang Huang and colleagues, which has been offered in multiple cities in China over the past few years.

Format: Ten 90-min sessions; one session per week. The lectures will cover both theory and applications essential to statistical genetics.

Target audience: Investigators, fellows, students and clinicians who wish to expand their toolsets and conduct statistical analysis of large-scale genetic datasets to explore the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases. Basic knowledge of modern concepts in genetics, genomics and statistics is required. Beginning investigators who do not have experience with genetic approaches to complex traits are recommended to first take the course “A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics” offered and sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research.

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

Click here to learn more.
 
4. A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator

Friday, September 3, 2021, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Directors: James Pirruccello, MD and Phil H. Lee, MS, PhD
Are you able to keep up with the changing face of genetic research? Have you heard of disease areas that have seen explosive growth in genetic discoveries in the past year? This is an excellent opportunity to learn the essential elements of complex trait genetics and gain the latest insights from expert faculty from the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. This course is strongly recommended for experienced clinicians, clinical investigators, nurses, and other clinical research staff who wish to further expand their knowledge of modern concepts in genetics and genomics.

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

Click here to learn more.
 
5. Greening the Lab: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Your Laboratory

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Ilyssa Gordon, MD, PhD,  Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director, Sustainability, Cleveland Clinic

Reagent bottles.... pipette wrappers.... heating blocks... freezers.   All of these are essential parts of laboratory activity.  However, they also yield waste and use energy, which ultimately contribute to climate change.   In this session, Dr. Ilyssa Gordon will share how your laboratory can step up to help mitigate the climate impact of our work, including both practical recommendations and an overview of national efforts to inspire you.

Register here.

Please contact tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions or click here to learn more.

 
6. SAVE THE DATE!  Virtual Nursing Research Day

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

We are excited to share with you that the Munn Center will host its second Virtual Nursing Research Day comprised of the annual Nursing Research Lecture and Presentation of Awards (grants and posters) as well as the Virtual Poster Showcase. This event will take place on Thursday, September 30th, from 1:30 - 3 pm, and details including registration, the link to the Virtual Poster Showcase, and the virtual session are forthcoming.

We are excited to showcase on the Munn Center website 40 posters that demonstrate the incredible work of MGH nurses in Evidence Based Practice, Original Research, and Quality Improvement. We will also recognize our exceptional grant recipients.

We look forward to this year’s speaker:  

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
Faculty Lead, Population Health Research Area of Excellence, Duke University’s Center for Nursing Research
Co-Director, Community Engagement Core, Clinical Translational Science Institute, Duke University

Her presentation is entitled:  Nursing’s Role in Leading and Improving Health Equity through Research: Lessons Learned from Addressing Health Disparities among Latinx Immigrants in the US.

We hope you can join us. Please reach out munncenter@partners.org with any questions.

 
7. 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.

 
8. 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:

  • No upcoming deadlines

Recently added:

 
2. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards!

What are they?
We recognize that research at MGH integrates the full translational spectrum of discovery from "bench to bedside to community and population.” To ensure that all areas of research conducted at MGH are included and eligible for FMD fellowship awards, ECOR is offering 3 types of training awards: fundamental research fellowships, clinical research fellowships, and population healthcare sciences fellowships. These fellowships are for MD and PhD Research Fellows and Clinical Research Fellows who are in the training phase of their research at MGH and Instructors who are within 5 years total since initiating their research fellowship training.  

How much is each award?
The award will include a stipend of $53,760 plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online!

For a guide to help make your application more competitive click here. 
 
3. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the
Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards!

What are the Claflin Awards?
Although women scientists are recruited to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) programs, their advancement to senior faculty positions is still far less frequent than that of their male counterparts.  In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH.  Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards.  It is intended that this funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

How much is each award?
These are two year awards for $50,000 per year in direct costs, plus 15% for indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online. We encourage you to attend the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Informational Panel Discussion on Wednesday, September 22 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. More information can be fund in the call for applications.

Please click here to enroll in the Claflin Consultation Initiative by Tuesday, September 28th.
 
4. Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine *LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!*

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

  • An unrestricted $20,000 honorarium
  • The Harrington Prize Lecture, delivered at the 2022 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting
  • Participation at the 2022 Harrington Discovery Institute Symposium
  • A personal essay, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation

This prize requires an institutional nomination. MGH is not limited in the number of nominees we can submit. If you are interested, please contact MGH ECOR at ecor@partners.org by September 1, 2021 to be considered.

 
5. NIMH Instrumentation Program

The NIMH Instrumentation Program (S10) encourages applications from NIH funded investigators that conduct mental health-related research to purchase or upgrade a single commercially available instrument or a group of components to create an instrument that is not commercially available. There is no maximum limit on the cost of the instrument, though the amount awarded by the NIH will be between $300,000 and $600,000.

The MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) will commit funding to provide institutional support for NIMH S10 proposals. ECOR has made this commitment because it recognizes that institutional support greatly increases the likelihood that a S10 will be funded.

If you are interested in applying for this grant, please fill out this NIMH S10 application form and return it to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu by Tuesday, September 7, 2021We encourage applicants to continue working on their NIH application while ECOR reviews your internal LOI.  The LOI will be used to determine the level of institutional support to allocate to this funding opportunity, though we will reach out to you if there are any questions.  Applicants will receive a letter of institutional support required to submit the application to NIH.

The NIH deadline for applications is October 8, 2021, so we would greatly appreciate your notification of interest as soon as possible.

If you have questions, please contact MGH ECOR at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu or call 617-643-7420.

 
6. 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.

 
7. 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.

 
8.  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.

 
9. 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

 
10. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

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

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

The letter of intent should include:

  • 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.

  • Curing Kids Cancer: Research Grant – NEW!
  • Parker B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research
  • Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (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.

 
11. Foundation Funding Opportunities

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

Please be aware that any grant that brings in less than 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 08/27/21

  • In-Cycle Grant Opportunities: Pilot and Feasibility Grant, Alpha-1 Foundation (A1F). $75,000. LOI Deadline: September 24
  • In-Cycle Grant Opportunities: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant, Alpha-1 Foundation (A1F). $150,000. LOI Deadline: September 24
  • In-Cycle Grant Opportunities: Research Grant, Alpha-1 Foundation (A1F). $200,000. LOI Deadline: September 24
  • Clinical and Scientific Research Grant, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. $75,000. LOI Deadline: September 15
  • Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award (AAAAI), American Lung Association (ALA). $150,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • Catalyst Award, American Lung Association (ALA). $100,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award, American Lung Association (ALA) NEW! COVID! $200,000. LOI Deadline: September 23
  • Dalsemer Research Grant, American Lung Association (ALA). $100,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • Innovation Award, American Lung Association (ALA). $150,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • Lung Cancer Discovery Award, American Lung Association (ALA). $200,000. LOI Deadline: September 23
  • Public Policy Research Award, American Lung Association (ALA). $100,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • Basic Research Award, Bayer AG. $75,000. LOI Deadline: November 30
  • Clinical Research Award, Bayer AG. $75,000. LOI Deadline: November 30
  • Fellowship Project Award, Bayer AG. $80,000. LOI Deadline: November 30
  • Patient Engagement Award, Bayer AG NEW! $25,000. LOI Deadline: November 30
  • Request for Blepharospasm/Meige Research Proposals, Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. (BEBRF). $50,000. Application Deadline: September 30
  • Technology Impact Award, Cancer Research Institute (CRI). $200,000. LOI Deadline: November 15
  • Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (GO YIA), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Conquer Cancer Foundation. $50,000. Application Deadline: September 23
  • Research Proposals and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Cystinosis Research Foundation. Unspecified Amount: Application Deadline: October 13
  • Research Grants, International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF). $350,000. LOI Deadline: November 30
  • Pilot Award, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $100,000. Proposal Deadline: November 17
  • Special Opportunity: Bristol-Myers Squibb-MRA Young Investigator Awards in Immunotherapy, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $255,000. Eligibility Checklist Deadline: November 3
  • Team Science Awards, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $900,000. LOI Deadline: October 6
  • Team Science Academic-Industry Partnership Awards, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $900,000. LOI Deadline: October 6
  • Young Investigator Awards, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $255,000. Eligibility Checklist Deadline: November 3
  • Million Dollar Bike Ride Pilot Grant Program, NBIA Disorders Association (NBIA) NEW! $66,366. LOI Deadline: September 16
 
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