Research News - September 17, 2021

         
 
September 17, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. One week left to enter the MGRI Image Awards!
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. 5th Annual Bridge Award
5. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!
6. JMP and JMP Pro Software Available for Purchase
7. Employee Flu Clinics

EVENTS
 

1. RCR Program: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviews
2. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
3. Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel Discussion
4. Quick Interviews with Interesting People
5. Informed Consent Including eConsent
6. Greening the Lab: Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Your Laboratory
7. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention
8. Virtual Research Technical Talk
9. SAVE THE DATE! Virtual Nursing Research Day
10. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Project Selection: Finding the Right Fit
11. Bridging the Divide: Virtual Town Hall
12. It's time to slam your science again! Join us virtually for Slamtoberfest!
13. MGH will celebrate the 19th Annual Clinical Research Day
14. Virtual ERIS Open House
15. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course
16. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Capacity Building Workshop for Research Teams

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. One week left to enter the MGRI Image Awards!

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.

We've received a number of great images in different categories so far, and we are excited to share them with you! There is only one week left to enter, so if you want to join in on the fun learn more about the 2021 Awards on Bench Press and enter now until 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. 5th Annual Bridge Award

Nominate someone for the 5th Annual Bridge Award who has made a critical difference by fostering relationships, communicating proactively, or addressing barriers to care for people with cancer and mental illness and their caregivers. This includes clinicians (nurses, nurse practitioners, oncologists, social workers, psychiatrists), case managers, colleagues, researchers, staff members, advocates, security team members, chaplains, group home program managers, and more.

To nominate, email one paragraph to mghengage@partners.org that describes why this person or team should be recognized. Please include your name and relationship to the nominee in your submission and describe how this person has improved cancer and mental health care. 

Awardees will be recognized at our Virtual Town Hall on Friday October 1st, 2021.

Nominations are due by Monday, September 27th at 5 pm.

 
5. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!

Is your anesthesia machine/vaporizer due for service? Colonial Medical will be on-site at MGH Monday, October 4th (Boston Campus) and Thursday October 7th  (CNY Campus).  Anyone scheduling service on these days will receive special discounted pricing - $170 for small machines and $270 for large machines.  

Contact Colonial Medical directly to schedule: 888-446-8427 or service@colmedsupply.com.

 
6. JMP and JMP Pro Software Available for Purchase

JMP licenses are offered at a discounted rate through the ERIS Research Computing Core. JMP is a data analysis tool which customers leverage for its powerful statistical and analytic capabilities. The software allows users to: 1. explore data more fully with powerful statistics. 2. discover meaningful findings by digging deeper into your data and 3. share new discoveries with interactive visualization. This is a subscription service with an annual fee, which must be renewed each year by July 31st to continue access. JMP will need to be installed by an ERIS technician. Request JMP through the ERIS Research Computing Core Service Catalog.

Click here to learn more.

 
7. Employee Flu Clinics

Occupational Health Services will host a no-cost flu clinic for all workforce members between Monday, September 13 and Saturday, September 18 in the Thier Conference Room. Employees, professional staff, students, volunteers and other non-employees can receive the required influenza vaccine at no cost. 

Please note: The Thier Conference Room must be accessed through the Bulfinch Building, by following signs that begin near Coffee Central. The external doors to the Thier Building remain locked.

Receiving your vaccine at the Occ Health Clinic is the easiest way to ensure you are in compliance with the hospital’s Influenza Vaccination Policy, which requires all workforce members to receive the flu vaccine by November 12. When you receive your vaccine from Occupational Health Services, your vaccination status is automatically entered into PeopleSoft. No further action is required on your part!

In addition to the clinics in Thier, Occ Health will host clinics at other MGH and Mass General Brigham sites and provide vaccines through the Peer Vaccinator and Flu Champion programs.

Receiving your vaccine elsewhere?
If you receive your vaccine from your Mass General Brigham primary care physician, be sure to log into PeopleSoft and give your consent for vaccine information in Epic to be shared with Occupational Health Services. If you go elsewhere, (non-Partners primary care physician, pharmacy or other clinic), you will need to provide proof of vaccination to Occupational Health Services before November 12.

Planning to file for an exemption?
MGH policy allows those who have a medical contraindication to the influenza vaccine (i.e. a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome or a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine) to request exemption from the policy. You can do so by emailing this form (click to download) to Occupational Health Services.
If you intend to decline the vaccine because of a deeply held religious belief, you must  request an exemption by filling out this form.
All requests for exemptions must be submitted before October 15.

Why get the flu vaccine?
In addition to being hospital policy, receiving the annual influenza vaccine is the single best way to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others. Healthy persons infected with the influenza virus can transmit it to those at higher risk for complications and those who are not vaccinated put patients and other health care workers at risk from the flu. As health care providers, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to avoid the spread of influenza. 

Coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines
Per the Center for Disease Control guidance, COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines, including the influenza vaccine, may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. 

 
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EVENTS
 
1. 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.
 
2.  QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, September 20, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Kathy Vernovsky, Senior Human Research Compliance Specialist, 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.

Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
3. 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

Panelists: 

  • Emily Hyle, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; 2018 Claflin Award Winner
  • Anne Thorndike, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; 2004 Claflin Award Winner
  • Karen Miller, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine; 1999 Claflin Award Winner

Zoom URL: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87201164559
Meeting ID: 872 0116 4559
Dial in: +1 646 876 9923
  
Find your local number: https://partners.zoom.us/u/k0BVCG7Sb
Join by SIP: 87201164559@zoomcrc.com

 
4. Quick Interviews with Interesting People

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 – 12:30 PM, Zoom

QUIIPS (Quick Interviews with Interesting People) is a new online science conversation series sponsored by the Mass General Research Institute. Join us for a casual half-hour talk that’s perfect for your lunch break.

Our third event in the series features Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc, a physician-investigator in the department of neurology and the associate director of the MGH Asylum Clinic.

Dr. Saadi’s research focuses on neurologic health disparities and social and structural determinants of health among racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, and refugees. She was selected by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2021 and was chosen as a 2020 STAT Wunderkind.

She will be interviewed by Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, director of the Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program. Dr. Saadi is a faculty mentor in the program, which seeks to inspire, equip and empower students from diverse background to pursue neurology careers.

The event takes place via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. Join us for what promises to be a fun, informative and inspiring conversation!

Click here to register.
 
5. Informed Consent Including eConsent

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program

This course is intended for investigators and research staff.  In addition to covering the required elements of the informed consent, this course will address the following:

  • Different options available for obtaining consent
  • Tips for writing an effective consent  
  • Documentation required for obtaining consent
  • ICF Recordkeeping   
  • Special Considerations

Register here.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
6. 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.

Click here to learn more.
 
7. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention

Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office
Investigators are required to maintain records of their human research activities. Good recordkeeping is essential for verifying the integrity of study data produced and for demonstrating investigator compliance with applicable regulations, and institutional policies and procedures.  This presentation will cover: recordkeeping requirements for regulatory and subject files, maintenance and storage options, common errors identified in inspections and audits, as well as retention requirements for study files.  

Register here.

Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
8. Virtual Research Technical Talk

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, MS Teams

This month will feature a presentation of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and how to build both on premise and cloud infrastructure with code. The ITS Server and Storage Architecture Design and Automation Team will also discuss the Change Management Database (CMDB). The second presentation discusses cloud security and how Mass General Brigham has approached cloud security in Azure, GCP, and AWS to date, share achievements and highlight the resources available to researchers. This monthly meeting is geared for research IT administrators and managers who support research and innovation departments but is open to anyone in the Mass General Brigham community. 

Subscribe to receive the monthly meeting invite if you’re interested in learning more or attending.

 
9. 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.

 
10. 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

 
11. Bridging the Divide: Virtual Town Hall

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

Please join our virtual town hall to discuss best practices to use technology, digital tools, and telehealth to increase access to mental health care and cancer care. We will share findings from our Community of Practice focused on increasing reach and partnering with older adults affected by mental illness particularly those from Latino/a communities, older adults, and individuals in group settings.  Register here
This event is free and open to allThere will be closed captioning in Spanish

For any questions or accessibility concerns, please contact us at: mghengage@partners.org.  Click here to join via Zoom.
 
12. It's time to slam your science again! Join us virtually for Slamtoberfest!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

Register to take the mic at the next Virtual Science Slam - Slamtoberfest! MGRI Science Slams are fun, informal science communication events where researchers are challenged to explain their science in layman's terms in three minutes or less. (You can see some previous Slams on our blog!)

We encourage you to think out-of-the box in terms of presentation format (i.e. no PowerPoint) but we encourage you to get creative with props, pictures, everyday household items or something we haven't even thought of yet. All Slammers will receive a gift for participating!

Slamtoberfest is co-presented by the Office of the Scientific Director with the Benson-Henry Institute, the Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research Program, and the Center for Faculty Development Office of Well Being. It is open all members of the MGRI research community.

Click here to register.  Zoom link information will be sent to those who register. This is a free event open to all members of the MGRI community.

 
13. 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.

 
14. Virtual ERIS Open House

Monday, October 18, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

Short presentations highlighting applications, platforms and IT services available for collecting, managing and analyzing data for research and innovation. During the second hour, join breakout rooms for networking and office hours with members of the Research IS & Computing teams. Register online and contact rcc@partners.org with any questions or concerns.

 
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
 
16. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Capacity Building Workshop for Research Teams

Friday, November 5, 2021, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Zoom

*Application Required

Application Deadline Friday, October 15 at 11:59 PM

Speakers: Elyse Park, PhD, Lara Traeger, PhD, Christina Psaros, PhD, Vanessa Merker, PhD
Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the Mongan Institute of Health Policy
This course is intended for research teams who are planning or conducting a qualitative and mixed methods research project.  Workshop participants will learn to plan and conduct qualitative and mixed methods research as a critical skill set for amplifying stakeholder perspectives in all phases of health research and for reducing current and future health equity challenges. The agenda includes both high-level topics and operational/procedural topics primarily for the qualitative portion of the research. We encourage applications from teams which include 1) collaborators outside of MGH, 2) collaborators who are under-represented in medicine and related fields (including but not limited to psychology, nursing, epidemiology, allied health), and 3) project topics that are focused on health in underserved populations.

Apply here.

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

Click here to learn more.

 
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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:

  • No new additions
 
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.

  • Pediatric Centers of Excellence in Nephrology (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • National Program for the Career Development of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes – Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Responsive Grants, Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) - NEW!
  • NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)

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 09/17/21

  • AATS Foundation Research Scholarship, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)/AATS Graham Foundation. $160,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Surgical Investigator Program, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)/AATS Graham Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Heart to Heart Grant, Alpha Phi Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: November 6
  • AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $110,000. LOI Deadline: October 14
  • AACR-AstraZeneca Career Development Award for Physician-Scientists, in Honor of José Baselga, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $300,000. LOI Deadline: October 19
  • AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Midcareer Female Investigator Grant, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $225,000. Application Deadline: November 11
  • AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $50,000. Application Deadline: November 9
  • AACR-Debbie’s Dream Foundation Career Development Award for Gastric Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $200,000. LOI Deadline: October 28
  • Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in Honor of John Robert Lewis, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $300,000. LOI Deadline: October 18
  • Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $300,000. LOI Deadline: October 18
  • AOTF Intervention Research Grant Program, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)/American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). $50,000. LOI Deadline: September 30
  • Strategic Research Award, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)/American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF). $250,000. LOI Deadline: October 11
  • Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards & Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards, Autism Science Foundation (ASF). $50,000. Application Deadline: December 7
  • Physician-Scientist Training Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. $460,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • New Investigator Request for Proposals, Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (DTRF). $30,000. Application Deadline: March 1
  • Research Grants, Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (DTRF). $65,000. Application Deadline: March 1
  • GFCR Grant Program, Gateway for Cancer Research. $1.5 million. LOI Deadline: November 2
  • NCI / SPORE Program, Gateway for Cancer Research. $800,000. LOI Deadline: November 2
  • SIO Integrative Program, Gateway for Cancer Research. $800,000. LOI Deadline: November 2
  • Pilot Study Awards, Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. $75,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Scientific Scholar Award, Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. $120,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Kornfeld Scholars Program Award, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC). $180,000. LOI Deadline: November 5
  • Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) Fund, Rotary International. $250,000. LOI Deadline: December 1
 
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