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August 28, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open
2. Data & Analytics Community Summer 2020 Survey
3. Annual ECOR Elections - Nominations are Open!
4. ERIS Scientific Computing Feedback Survey

EVENTS
 

1. MGH Celebration of Science 2020
2. Lab Managers' Discussion Group Weekly Check-In
3. Leadership Development Program for Researchers
4. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
5. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Preparing for the New School Year
6. Third Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day
7. A Practical Introduction to Statistical Genetics
8. Clinical Research Discussion Group: Learn Something New!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
3. Astellas GCT "Golden Ticket" Competition
4. NIH NCATS Re-Entry Research Supplements Request for Applications (RFA)
5. Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation
6. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
7. 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. 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.
 
3. 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   

 
4. ERIS Scientific Computing Feedback Survey

We are working to improve services with your feedback and collect information about the research you are able to develop using our platforms, ERISOne Linux Cluster and Windows Analysis Servers. We will use this information to demonstrate the need for continuous funding. Please share any summary from the grant description and the grant agencies you are working with on computational-related projects. We also want to highlight the opportunity to access computational resources from philanthropic companies if there are COVID-19 related research projects. Please share with us what computational resources you would need to make your project happen. We will work on connecting researchers with companies that can share those resource. Thank you for completing this brief survey.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. MGH Celebration of Science 2020

Monday, September 21, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Attend via Zoom

2:00 - 2:30 PM 
Welcome
Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
                                        
Opening Comments   
David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, Chair, Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) 

Introduction of the 2020 Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards & MGH Physician Scientist Development Awards
David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, Chair, Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) 

Introduction of the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholar Awards
Miriam A. Bredella, MD, Director, Center for Faculty Development

2:30 - 2:45 PM 
Introduction of the Class of 2020 MGH Research Scholars and new MGRI Chairs 
Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director, MassGeneral Research Institute

2:45 - 3:10 PM 
2020 Goodman Award
Immunity to Commensal Papillomaviruses for Cancer Prevention

Shawn Demehri, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Center for Cancer Immunology & Cutaneous Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

3:10 - 3:35 PM 
2020 Martin Prize for Clinical Research 
Exercise Reduces Inflammatory Cell Production and Cardiovascular Inflammation via Instruction of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells

Matthias Nahrendorf, MD, PhD
Richard Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Men's Health, Weissman Family MGH Research Scholar 2014-2019; Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Center for Systems Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital 

3:35 - 4:00 PM 
2020 Martin Prize for Fundamental Research
Targeting the CBM Complex Causes Treg Cells to Prime Tumors for Immune Checkpoint Therapy

Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD
Bob and Laura Reynolds MGH Research Scholar 2014-2019; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases & Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology, Massachusetts General Hospital

 
2. Lab Managers' Discussion Group Weekly Check-In

Please note, the Lab Managers’ Discussion Group weekly check-ins have been paused for the next few weeks. The weekly check-ins will resume mid-September. If you have any questions in the meantime, please visit the LMDG on Microsoft Teams or contact us via email: LMDG@partnershealthcare.onmicrosoft.com.

 
3. 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

 
4. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Join sessions via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee
As part of Lifestyle Sessions previously offered by the MGPO Frigoletto Committee, the Office for Well-Being co-sponsors these guided meditation sessions on Mondays with Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Interim Director, Office for Well-Being. 

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

Attend sessions via Zoom.

 
5. 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.

 
6. 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.

 
7. A Practical Introduction to Statistical Genetics

Wednesdays, Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21; Nov 4, 18 | 9:30-11:00am | Zoom link will be provided upon registration

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: 10 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.

Registration: Click here to view and read about all sessions of this course. You must enroll in each session individually. You can pick if you want to attend some or all. Please email tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

 
8. Clinical Research Discussion Group: Learn Something New!

July 7 through November 10, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom

Clinical research is complicated. It is governed by regulations, guidelines and institutional polices. Study start-up, conduct and close-out involve so many different tasks – IRB submissions, recruiting, enrolling, financial management, data collection, analysis – just to name a few. Clinical research can be overwhelming even for experienced study staff. The goal of the clinical research discussion group is to help study staff learn about different aspects of clinical research from peers.
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.

Prerequisites: To get the most from this program participants should complete CITI Training in Human Subjects Research and Clinical Research Conduct: Research Staff Training prior to enrolling in the skills program. It is preferred but not mandatory to have completed Good Clinical Practice in an Academic Research Institution prior to enrolling in the skills program.
Participants must register for each session individually.

Registration: Click here to view and read about all sessions of this course. You must enroll in each session individually. You can pick if you want to attend some or all. Please email tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org if you have any questions.

 
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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. Astellas GCT "Golden Ticket" Competition

Deadline Extended to August 31

Astellas Venture Management and LabCentral are partnering to support innovative entrepreneurs to accelerate new directions in therapeutic research with the Astellas Golden Ticket competition. Astellas is offering up to two Golden Tickets for pioneering scientists with innovative research that complements Astellas' interest in all areas of innovation and in particularly fit with the Astellas Focus Area Approach and pipeline, including oncology, immunology/allergy, neuromuscular disorders, sensory disorders and neuroscience. Companies awarded an Astellas Golden Ticket will gain one year’s priority admission or renewal to LabCentral’s state-of-the-art laboratory in Cambridge, MA and access to Astellas' R&D scientists and business leaders. The competition is open until August 31, 2020. Entrepreneurial scientists, emerging life-science or biotech start-ups should submit their non-confidential pitch deck and one-page executive summary to GoldenTicket.fromAVM@astellas.com to be considered. Download the application materials here: https://lnkd.in/eEXqZ-z

 
4. 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.

 
5. 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/.

 
6. 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)
  • Liver Cirrhosis Network: Scientific and Data Coordination Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • 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.

 
7. 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 8/28/20

  • Heart to Heart Grant ($100,000), Alpha Phi Foundation
  • NREF Research Fellowships and Young Clinician Investigator Awards ($50,000), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF)
  • Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants ($125,000), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Standard Research Innovation Grants ($100,000), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Young Investigator Innovation Grant ($80,000), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Research Grants ($55,000), American Otological Society (AOS)
  • National Glaucoma Research (NGR): Standard Awards ($200,000), BrightFocus Foundation
  • PANCAN Career Development Award ($200,000), Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN)
  • SFARI Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity (SEED) ($300,000), Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) NEW!
  • Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes from Fox Insight ($100,000), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) NEW!
  • Development and Validation of Improved Outcome Measures ($750,000), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) NEW!
  • PIPETTE: 4R Tau and Alpha-Synuclein PET Tracer Development ($1 million), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) NEW!
  • Target Advancement Program ($150,000), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program ($2 million), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
  • Research Grants ($225,000), Whitehall Foundation, Inc.
 
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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 28, 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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