Research News - September 4, 2020

 

 

 

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September 4, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. 2020 MGRI Image Contest is Now Open
2. Annual ECOR Elections - Nominations are Open!
 

EVENTS
 

1. Last chance to apply! - Leadership Development Program for Researchers
2. MGH Celebration of Science 2020
3. Lab Managers' Discussion Group Weekly Check-In
4. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
5. Third Annual Mass General Neuroscience Day
6. Harvard Health Innovation Network (HHIN) webinar

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)
3. B-BIC & RADX-RAD Funding Opportunity
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. 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. Last chance to apply! - Leadership Development Program for Researchers

1. Last chance to apply! - 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
Applications are being accepted for a new Leadership Development Program for research faculty and trainees. This program 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.

Time Commitment

  • One Tuesday a month 4:00-6:00 pm, October-June
  • Regular attendance at the sessions is expected

Session Topics

  • Leadership in Research on Oct 6
  • Managing Conflict and Difficult Conversations on Nov 17
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback on Dec 15
  • Mentoring and Being Mentored on Feb 2
  • Influencing Others: Motivating, Managing Conflict, Leading Up on Mar 2
  • Career Options in Industry on May 4
  • Others to be announced

A completion certificate will be awarded at the end of the course.

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

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here

 
2. 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

 
3. 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.

 
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. 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.

 
6. Harvard Health Innovation Network (HHIN) webinar

Calling all Harvard researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students and others interested in health care innovation and entrepreneurship.  Join us at the first Harvard Health Innovation Network webinar on September 21st at 1:00 PM for an in-depth conversation with Travis McCready, JD, former President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and currently launching Upshift Innovation, and Lesley Solomon, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Tune in to hear about the state of innovation in the Boston area! 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvard-health-innovation-network-showcase-webinar-registration-118656596073

 
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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:

The Lung Ambition Alliance: Junior Faculty Research Grants for the Study of Lung Cancer and COVID-19 Infection - International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) International Lung Cancer Foundation (deadline 9/15/20) Philanthropic - please contact BWH Development or MGH Development before applying
 
2. NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently announced the 2020 Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) funding opportunity announcement: PAR-20-278. The objective of the NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) is to provide long-term support to accomplished investigators with outstanding records of cancer research productivity who propose to conduct exceptional research. The OIA is intended to allow investigators the opportunity to take greater risks, be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry, or take the time to develop new techniques. 

The OIA will support investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research with up to $600,000 in direct costs per year for up to seven years.

It is expected that the OIA would provide extended funding stability and encourage investigators to embark on projects of unusual potential in cancer research. The research projects should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that may lead to a breakthrough that will advance biomedical, behavioral, or clinical cancer research.

Applicants are required to devote at least 6 person months effort to the OIA. The Institution will be expected to provide clear and continuing substantial commitment to the PD/PI, including a commitment of at least 20 percent salary support.

Although MGH may submit more than one application to this program, provided each is scientifically distinct, an institutional review and a letter of nomination are required for applicants to this funding opportunity. 

How to Apply

Anyone interested in applying to this program must submit a 1-2 Letter of Intent and a biosketch to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu by Monday, September 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The letter of intent should include:

  1. Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
  2. A descriptive title of the potential application
  3. Brief description of the project
  4. A description of why the applicant should be nominated for this opportunity
 
3. B-BIC & RADX-RAD Funding Opportunity

We have been asked by the NIH and NHLBI to assist in soliciting technology development proposals in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) under the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics - Radical (RADx-rad) program. Specifically, the NIH has published three Requests for Proposals (RFAs) that support the development of technologies for “Novel Biosensing for Screening, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of COVID-19 from Skin and the Oral Cavity”.

While the three NIH RFAs call for relatively advanced projects, this RADx-rad biosensing initiative aims to support incubation of promising early stage projects solicited through B-BIC to advance early Feasibility and Proof of Concept work (analogous to Phase I SBIR projects).

More information about the opportunity can be found here:  https://www.bbicradx.com/

All interested applicants will need to register for a Fast Pitch with us no later than September 10th.  
Invitations to apply for the opportunity will only be extended to investigators after a successful Fast Pitch. Details for registering for a Fast Pitch are on the opportunity website.  

If invited, full proposals must be submitted with Institutional Authorization no later than October 8th.
If anyone has any questions about the opportunity, please reach out to Lesley Watts (lwatts@bics.bwh.harvard.edu).

 
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)
  • NEI Center Core Grant for Vision Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • 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)
  • NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (U19) – 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 9/4/20

  • Career Development Award ($450,000), American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in ALS and Related Disorders ($150,000), American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome ($150,000), American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Neuroscience Research Training Scholarship ($150,000), American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Practice Research Training Scholarship ($150,000), American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • AACN Impact Research Grant ($50,000), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship Program ($160,000), American Kidney Fund (AKF)
  • Clinical Investigations Research Grants ($66,000), American Otological Society (AOS)
  • Clinician-Scientist Award ($240,000), American Otological Society (AOS)
  • Fellowships Grants ($44,000), American Otological Society (AOS)
  • Research Grants ($55,000), American Otological Society (AOS)
  • Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants ($50,000), American Psychological Association (APA)/American Psychological Foundation (APF)
  • Basic Research Award ($75,000), Bayer AG
  • Clinical Research Award ($75,000), Bayer AG
  • Fellowship Project Award ($80,000), Bayer AG
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR): Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards ($200,000), BrightFocus Foundation
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR): Standard Awards ($300,000), BrightFocus Foundation
  • Grants to Address Children’s Mental Health and Childhood Hunger (Varies), Cigna Foundation NEW! COVID!
  • The Lung Ambition Alliance - Junior Faculty Research Grants for the Study of Lung Cancer and COVID-19 Infection ($50,000), International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)/International Lung Cancer Foundation NEW! COVID!
  • Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge in COVID-19 Patient Care ($100,000), Johnson & Johnson NEW! COVID!
  • Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant ($300,000), National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
 
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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 September 4, 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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