Research News - September 10, 2021

 

         
 
September 10, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. The 2021 MGRI Image Awards have begun!
2. Annual ECOR Elections – Nominations are Open!
3. Applying for the Claflin Awards? ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers are offering help with your application
4. GraphPad Prism Software: Annual License Renewal and Signup
5. Mandatory flu vaccination program for all staff members kicks off September 9!

EVENTS
 

1. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
2. Virtual ERIS Office Hours
3. MGB Town Hall: COVID trends, Emergency Preparedness Month, HR updates
4. Designing Qualitative Research: Selecting the appropriate approach and method for your study
5. Health Care’s Responsibility at the Intersection of Climate, Health and Racial Equity
6. Funding Your Research: How to Obtain Foundation and Philanthropic Grants
7. MGH Research Compliance Quarterly Discussion Group
8. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center (HDDC) Seminar
9. RCR Program: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviews
10. Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel Discussion
11. Greening the Lab: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Your Laboratory
12. SAVE THE DATE! Virtual Nursing Research Day
13. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Project Selection: Finding the Right Fit
14. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day
15. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. MGH Research Scholars 2022
3. Fund for Medical Discovery (FMD) Research Fellowship Awards
4. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
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. 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

 
3. 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.

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

 
4. 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. 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.

 
5. Mandatory flu vaccination program for all staff members kicks off September 9!

To protect the safety of all patients and staff, Mass General Brigham requires that all employees receive a flu vaccine by November 12, 2021, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption.

As a health system, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our patients, including avoiding exposing patients to the flu.

The single best way to avoid getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading the virus to others is to get the annual influenza vaccine. Employees who are not vaccinated put our patients and other health care workers at risk for the flu, including those at higher risk for complications. All employees, including those working remotely, must be vaccinated unless they obtain a medical or religious exemption.

View the list of scheduled system-wide flu clinics and additional details about the mandatory flu vaccination requirement including medical and religious exemptions requests on The Pulse.

Click here to view the full communication from Tom Sequist, MD, Chief Patient Experience and Equity Officer, and Rose Sheehan, Chief Human Resources Officer.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office

The QI Program Clinical Research Bootcamp is a “clinical research 101” for study staff and investigators. The course is not only an introduction to clinical research for new investigators and study staff but also good review for experienced study teams.  Many teams include this course as part of the onboarding process for new study staff.  The course covers research regulations, GCP guidelines, and institutional policies relevant to the day to day conduct of clinical research.  Topics include:

  • Informed Consent documentation
  • Study Documentation (subject files, source documents, and data collection forms)
  • Unanticipated Problems, Deviations and Violations
  • Investigational Product Management and Accountability
  • Regulatory Binder and Essential Documents
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov
  • Inspections and audits 
  • Other relevant topics

*This course is worth 2 RCR Credits.

Register here.   

Click here to learn more or please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
2.  Virtual ERIS Office Hours: Freezerworks, ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap & more!

Monday, September 13, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom
  

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. New this month, the Freezerworks vendor will join to provide additional support. No appointment necessary. The Scientific Computing team is available at 1p.m. to provide extra support for ERISOne Linux Cluster, R, Python and the new ERISXdl platform. We hope to see you then! 

Click here for additional dates.

 
3. MGB Town Hall: COVID trends, Emergency Preparedness Month, HR updates

Monday, September 13, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Zoom

Rose Sheehan, Chief Human Resources Officer and Tom Sequist, MD, Chief Patient Experience and Equity Officer, will host the next Town Hall meeting. Sheehan will focus on Where We Work and other HR-related updates, and Dr. Sequist will update us on the latest COVID-19 trends. In addition, David Reisman, Vice President of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, will give a presentation on Emergency Preparedness since September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. 

RSVP to stay informed. 
 
4. Designing Qualitative Research: Selecting the appropriate approach and method for your study

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy

Speakers: Elyse Park, PhD and Lara Traeger, PhD

Designing qualitative research: selecting the appropriate approach and method for your study
Qualitative research is the systematic inquiry into how and why events occur and what these events mean to the individuals or groups being studied.  If you are designing a qualitative research study, you must select an approach from the beginning, which will shape your research question, your method of data collection, and your method for analyzing the data.  During this session, participants will learn about the range of qualitative research approaches (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology, case studies) and how they apply to health research. At the end of the session, participants will be able to select a qualitative research approach that fits their research topic and a data analysis method or technique that matches their approach.

Apply Here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions

Click here to learn more.
 
5. Health Care’s Responsibility at the Intersection of Climate, Health and Racial Equity

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Monthly Grand Rounds webinars on climate, the environment, and health: Co-hosted by the MGH Center for the Environment and Health and the MGH IHP Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health

Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, will explore the role of health care in climate change and racial equity.

Register to attend or receive link to recording by clicking here.

 
6. Funding Your Research: How to Obtain Foundation and Philanthropic Grants

Wednesday, September 15, 2021– Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Online course: Identify and apply for foundation and philanthropic grant funding, exploring the differences between these two funding sources. Researchers who have been successful share their stories. Open to all MDs, investigators, and researchers.

Applications due September 1.

 
7. MGH Research Compliance Quarterly Discussion Group

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Kele Piper, Director of MGH Research Compliance

We have been looking at logbooks and have feedback with some common errors and quick tips to be compliant with documentation.  Want to know what to do if the DEA calls or shows up in your lab?  Want to know what new functionality we have brought to iLog?  Secondary containers don’t last as long as they used to, changes from FDA on expiration dates.  Join us, we have a lot to talk about!  We will be diving into these topics and more.  Feel free to send your questions in advance to kkpiper@mgh.harvard.edu, and we will address them during the session.

Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions

Click here to learn more.

 
8. Harvard Digestive Diseases Center (HDDC) Seminar

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

 "Lnc'ing Non-coding RNA Biology to Disease."

Carl Novina, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator, Cancer Immunology and Virology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 924 8463 4330
Password: 875956

 
9. RCR Program: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviews

Wednesday, September 19, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Jennifer Thomas, PhD, Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) training is required of students, trainees, and investigators with career development awards who are supported by NIH funds. In addition, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with any NSF support. In order to fulfill the RCR training requirement MGB developed a curriculum that must be completed by all awardees. Once you have attended the 4-hour MGB RCR Seminar the awardees must obtain an additional 4 credits. MGH offers sessions that are RCR-credit eligible to complete the remaining 4 credits (1 credit = 1 hour). *MGB RCR Program has 3 parts: Part 1- RCR Seminar, Part 2 – CITI RCR Basic Course, Part 3 – 4 additional RCR credits. This course can be used as part of the 4 additional RCR credits. Register here.

Please contact Tiereny at tmorrison-rohlfs@partners.org with questions about the 1 credit RCR courses. For all other RCR related questions, please contact Claire at CRMORETTI@PARTNERS.ORG.

Click here to learn more.

 
10. Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

Would you like to know more about the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

These awards are designed to provide bridge funding for women with an HMS faculty appointment of instructor or assistant professor, to sustain research productivity during the child-rearing years, with the intention of advancing women in academic medicine. The discussion will cover:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Resources to improve your application
  • Advice from recent Claflin Scholars
  • How the award can advance your career

Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87201164559
Meeting ID: 872 0116 4559
Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
  
Find your local number: https://partners.zoom.us/u/k0BVCG7Sb

Join by SIP: 87201164559@zoomcrc.com
 
11. 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.

 
12. 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.
 
13. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Project Selection: Finding the Right Fit

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3:30 PM, Zoom

Mass General Brigham offers a wide-range of resources to support innovation. Hear from system leaders about the environments available to facilitate digital health innovation. Join Jeffrey Phillips, MD, Innovation Director – Ambulatory Services, Department of Family Medicine, NWH, Michael Ricci, Chief Information Officer, Vice President of IS, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, MGB, and Marissa Fox-Foley, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, AllWays Health Partners, to learn more about collaboration and incubation in the digital health space. Click here to register  

About MGB Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium
Mass General Brigham Innovation Digital Education Academy (IDEA) Symposium is a new, year-long program focused on Innovation and Digital Health. Designed for faculty, staff, and innovators within our System, each month will feature a theme with speaker(s) working on innovations and initiatives within the digital health space.   The following events are only open to Mass General Brigham employees. IDEA webpage: Learn more

 
14. 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.

 
15. 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:

Recently added:

 
2. MGH Research Scholars 2022

Applications are now being accepted by the Mass General Research Institute (MGRI) for the MGH Research Scholars program

What is it?
The MGH Research Scholars program was established with the aim of supporting MGH research faculty who are pursuing research at the level of Assistant and Associate Professor.  The intent of these awards is to support the careers of outstanding MGH investigators doing cutting-edge research that is highly innovative and expected to result in fundamental scientific discoveries and/or clinical applications.  MGH Research Scholar grants are awarded by the Mass General Research Institute (MGRI). Applicants will be asked to choose one of three categories based on their area of research: clinical research, fundamental research, or population and healthcare research.

How much is each award?
These awards are for $500,000 over 5 years; and will be funded at $100,000 per year, including 15% indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

 
3. 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. 

 
4. 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.

 
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.

  • Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology (P50 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • National Program for the Career Development of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes – Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!
  • Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) – NEW!

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 09/10/21

  • AGA-Bern Schwartz Family Fund Research Scholar Award in Pancreatic Cancer, AGA Research Foundation/American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) NEW! $300,000. Application Deadline: November 10
  • Academic Scholarship, American Association Of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS). $60,000. Application Deadline: November 1
  • Clinical Investigations Research Grants, American Otological Society (AOS). $66,000. LOI Deadline: November 1
  • Clinician-Scientist Award, American Otological Society (AOS). $240,000. LOI Deadline: November 1
  • Fellowships Grants, American Otological Society (AOS). $44,000. LOI Deadline: November 1
  • Research Grants, American Otological Society (AOS). $55,000. LOI Deadline: November 1
  • Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP), Cancer Research Institute (CRI). $200,000. REVISED LOI Deadline: December 1
  • Free Family Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) NEW! $600,000. LOI Deadline: October 25
  • NREF Research Fellowships and Young Clinician Investigator Awards, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). $50,000. Application Deadline: November 1
 
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