Research News - September 24, 2021

 

         
 
September 24, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Deadline Today: Enter the MGRI Image Awards!
2. MGB Innovators are Invited to Provide Feedback
3. New Invention Disclosure Process
4. Applying for the Claflin Awards? ECOR and the Office for Women’s Careers are offering help with your application
5. 2022 IDG Program Announced
6. 5th Annual Bridge Award
7. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!
8. JMP and JMP Pro Software Available for Purchase

EVENTS
 

1. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention
2. Fun Fridays- Music Scales
3. Two Meditation Sessions available every week
4. Biobank Portal
5. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting
6. RCR Program: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviews
7. It Never Hurts to Ask! Strategies to Negotiate Academic Job Offers
8. Introduction to the RPDR
9. Virtual Research Technical Talk
10. SAVE THE DATE! Virtual Nursing Research Day
11. IDEA Symposium: Digital Health Project Selection: Finding the Right Fit
12. First Annual Conference on Precision Psychiatry
13. REDCap eConsent Functionality
14. Bridging the Divide: Virtual Town Hall
15. MGH Research Council
16. MGH New Faculty Orientation

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. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2022
6. The Moore Inventor Fellows 2022
7. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
8. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding
9. NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Applications from Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds, Including Under-Represented Minorities
10. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
11. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
12. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. Deadline Today: Enter the MGRI Image Awards!

Today is the last day to enter the MGRI Image Awards! We've received a number of great images in different categories so far, and we are excited to share them with you! Join in on the fun and enter before 11:59pm TONIGHT! Learn more about the 2021 Awards on Bench Press and enter: massgeneral.link/2021-image-awards

 
2. MGB Innovators are Invited to Provide Feedback

If you are an innovator today or might be in the future, Innovation would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to respond to this year’s Innovation Service Survey. Your responses will help enhance translation and commercial support for innovators across Mass General Brigham. If you’ve already completed the survey, thank you. If you haven’t, please click on the link and share your ideas – it will only take 5 minutes. Your feedback is extremely valuable.

The survey is open until September 30. Please click here to take the survey.

 
3. New Invention Disclosure Process

Enhanced IDF Submission via Insight Starts on Friday, September 24

On Friday, September 24 an enhanced Invention Disclosure Form will be introduced via Insight. This new electronic submission process will improve data integrity and streamline the invention disclosure process. Enhancements include an interactive interface, prepopulated data, look up information, links to IPA, and other agreements. In addition, this new access introduces easier sharing and approvals throughout the process.

The enhanced Invention Disclosure Form goes online this Friday at 9am. PDF Forms will no longer be accepted after 9am Friday.

Click here to access the new Disclosure Form in Insight.
 
4. 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.
 
5. 2022 IDG Program Announced

Innovation Discovery Grant Program: Now open to all clinical areas and technologies!

The Innovation Discovery Grant (IDG) program aims to enhance the commercial outcomes of the Mass General Brigham community and is designed to stimulate new inventive concepts, identify areas of commercially significant scientific strength, and accelerate commercialization of MGB intellectual assets.

In 2022, the IDG funding opportunity is open to all clinical areas and technology types. The program will fund projects up to $100,000 total cost (inclusive of 15% indirect costs). Project plans must demonstrate tangible outcomes towards commercialization opportunities that improve patient health or healthcare delivery.

The first deadline for 2022 Submissions is October 26.

Please click here to review the IDG Guidelines and Submission Information

 
6. 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.

 
7. 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.

 
8. 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.

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EVENTS
 
1. 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.

 
2.  Fun Fridays- Music Scales

Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Fun Fridays offer a refreshing mid-day break from work to indulge in physical, mental, or creative activity.

How many music scales do you know? There are a lot more than major or minor scales! Can you identify them when you listen to music? We will discuss various music scales that make a system in music. This will be a fun, intellectual listening experience!

Joo Park, is a composer and pianist. She seeks to write music that explores the dual nature of existence: simple and complex, obsessive and impulsive, serious and humorous, and tonal and atonal. She wants to create music that combines fascinating musical traditions, such as tonality and counterpoint, with her approach to timbre, chords, fast-changing meters, and texture. She intends to create music that is positive and easy to listen to, and yet intellectual.

Register and receive link

 
3. Two Meditation Sessions available every week

Monday, September 27, 2021, 8:00 AM & Wednesday, September 29, 8:00 AM

SESSION 1: Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta 
Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom à next session, Monday, September 27!
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on Monday mornings.
 
Register and add to calendar

SESSION 2: Midweek Meditation with Guest Leader 
Every Wednesday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom à next session, Wednesday, September 29!
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Join guest leader, Joanne Doyle Petrongolo, PharmD, Pharmacy Department, for this week’s guided meditation session on September 29th!

Register and add to calendar

 
4. Biobank Portal

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

The Partners Biobank Portal is a tool that links consented subjects from the Partners Biobank with their health care data from the electronic medical record (EMR) and allows researchers to request clinical samples for these subjects. 

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the Biobank Portal application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, types of samples available, genomic information and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the Biobank Portal for research. Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
5. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

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

This course will provide participants with information on the requirements for clinical trials registration on ClinicalTrials.gov, results reporting, record maintenance, and consequences for noncompliance.  The course is recommended for investigators and study staff involved in the conduct of clinical trials registration and results reporting or those interested in registering research studies to meet ICMJE publication requirements.   *This course is worth 1 RCR credit.

Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
6. RCR Program: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviews

Wednesday, September 29, 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 these 1 credit RCR courses. For all other RCR related questions, please contact Claire at CRMORETTI@PARTNERS.ORG.

Click here to learn more.

 
7.  It Never Hurts to Ask! Strategies to Negotiate Academic Job Offers

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Provided by: Mass General Brigham and MGH Center for Faculty Development

Negotiation is a critical component of obtaining and retaining academic jobs, yet most psychologists do not receive training on how to be effective negotiators. Negotiation has significant long-term implications, as failure to negotiate a first salary can result in >$500,000 in lost wages by age 60. Per research on the gender gap, women are less likely to initiate or engage in negotiations and set lower expectations for the process. Gender differences perpetuate a salary gap with 2017 estimates showing that women earn 73.2% of men’s salaries. The purpose of this workshop is to provide instruction in the benefits and process of negotiation, drawing on lessons learned from industry and academia. Understanding the cognitive and behavioral components of negotiation will enhance its effectiveness. In the first stage of negotiation, candidates identify what they want by articulating what is important to them and what they value for this position and their career. The second stage is identifying what is being negotiated. Candidates prepare for this process by identifying what they need to be most successful in this position, knowing with whom they are negotiating, and understanding the context surrounding the position. The third stage is engaging in the negotiation, which includes key considerations like how to preserve the relationship and when to walk away. Participants will be equipped with skills and strategies to successfully negotiate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 
  • Recognize the importance of negotiation as a specific skill with implications for professional development.
  • Identify components of particular elements of the position that could be negotiable.
  • Learn specific skills to negotiate successfully.

Target Audience: This activity is intended for: Faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director:  Miriam A. Bredella, MD

Presenter: Shona N. Vas, PhD, ABPP, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician (BICT-CC); Associate Professor, Psychiatry Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience; Director, Clinical Psychology Training & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program.

ACCREDITATION
Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Register here
 
8. Introduction to the RPDR

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 11:00 – 12:30 PM, Zoom

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) brings clinical information to the researcher's fingertips and ensures the security of patient information by controlling and auditing the distribution of patient data within the guidelines of the IRB.

This course will provide an introduction to the use of the RPDR (Research Patient Data Registry) application for clinical research, including the review of healthcare data, creating a query and requesting data. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility and information of the RPDR for research.

Register here.  Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
9. 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.
 
10. 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.

 
11. 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

 
12. First Annual Conference on Precision Psychiatry

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Friday, October 1, 2021, Zoom

Sponsored by the new MGH Center for Precision Psychiatry in partnership with the Psychiatric &
Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, MGH Center for Genomic Medicine

Conference Chair: Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD

This new annual international conference brings together the community of scientists, industry partners and healthcare leaders in the emerging field of precision psychiatry, advancing interest in the application of precision medicine to psychiatric research and clinical practice. Joshua Denny, MD, MS, CEO of the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, will open the conference as the Plenary speaker and Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will serve as the Keynote. Leading experts will present on a broad range of domains, tools and findings across several major areas of interest in psychiatry, including: 

  • Data science and big data analytics including use of AI/ML
  • Genomics and other omics 
  • Biomarkers development and validation
  • Precision therapeutics 
  • Risk stratification for suicide and other important outcomes
  • mHealth and digital technologies
  • Implementation science and clinical decision support
  • Learning health systems
  • Ethical, legal and social issues

Mark your calendars now!  Click here to see full details and register:  https://mghcme.org/precision-psychiatry

Please direct any questions about the event to mghctrprecisionpsych@mgh.harvard.edu

 
13. REDCap eConsent Functionality

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

REDCap Representatives: Lynn Simpson, Research Data Collection Services Manager, Jeremy Alphonse, Research Data Collection Services Project Analyst, Research Information Science and Computing (RISC) Applications and Services

Mass General Brigham (MGB) has developed a REDCap eConsent Framework that will turn the paper-based informed consenting processes into an electronic informed consent process that researchers can use for Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed and approved studies. The MGB REDCap eConsent Framework will allow users to implement a combination of the validated components to design and customize an eConsent Project to their Use Case and workflow.

Objectives:
1. Understand eConsent technical requirements
2. Learn how to program REDCap for electronic consent

Target audience: Researchers evaluating electronic consent options for research studies.

REDCap link : https://rc.partners.org/research-apps-and-services/collect-data#redcap

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

Click here to learn more.

 
14. 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.

 
15. MGH Research Council

Monday, October 4, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom
 
Please join us for Research Council on Monday, October 4, 2021 where leaders from MGH and MGB will discuss the current state of research at Massachusetts General Hospital and share their vision for the future.

This meeting will be held via Zoom and all members of the Mass General Research Institute are welcome to attend!

Agenda:

David Brown, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital
Please join us in welcoming Dr. David Brown, President, MGH, who will be joining Research Council for the first time in his new role.

Anne Klibanski, MD, President & CEO, Mass General Brigham
Dr. Klibanski will join us to provide updates on research across MGB.

"Who we are - Research at MGH"
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, Chair, ECOR
Maurizio Fava, MD, Vice Chair, ECOR
Harry W. Orf, PhD, Sr. VP, Research, MGH
Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director, MGRI

Join Zoom Meeting: https://partners.zoom.us/j/83147099666
Meeting ID: 831 4709 9666
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,83147099666# US (New York)
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 
16. MGH New Faculty Orientation

Monday, October 4, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development  

An opportunity for new (and established) faculty to learn about the various offices and networks that support our clinical and research faculty. While this is designed for those who are new to the MGH Faculty, all faculty members are welcome to attend.

This two‐hour session is designed to provide an overview of the MGH environment and faculty resources focusing on:

  • MGH and MGPO
  • Center for Faculty Development
  • Key Executive Committees
  • Important resources such as EasyCV.me

Note: This session is targeted for the MGH environment and is distinct from the orientation session from the HMS Office for Faculty Affairs.

Register and add to my calendar

 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

Please visit the new MGB web page for COVID funding opportunities that provides a central database for researchers to view open and competitive funding announcements.

We have aggregated opportunities from federal and private funding sources including NIH, DoD, CDC, EPA, foundations, and more.  The database defaults to sorting by award amount and can also be sorted by deadline or filtered by research focus.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • No upcoming deadlines

Recently added:

 
2. 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.

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

 
5. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2022

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the MGH Howard M. Goodman Fellowship

What is it?
This is an endowed fellowship established by the MGH Department of Molecular Biology in honor of the founding Chief of the Department, Dr. Howard M. Goodman. The award is intended to further the careers of outstanding independent young scientists, who would normally hold the position of Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated the potential to rise to a leadership position in their chosen field. Applicants who hold a full-time appointment in any MGH department and are primarily engaged in research are eligible to apply.

How much is the award?
The award is $100,000 per year for two years plus 15% indirect costs and is effective April 1, 2022.  

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

 
6. The Moore Inventor Fellows 2022

A program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Pre-proposals are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Moore Inventor Fellows

What are they?
Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.
  
MGH is eligible to nominate a maximum of two (2) candidates.

Who should apply?
Full time postdocs or junior faculty who are no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (MS, PhD, or MD; received on or after 2012)

How much is each award?
The award is $200,000 per year for three years. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award.

The mentor and or department/unit will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. Each fellow must devote at least 25 percent of their time to their invention.

This funding opportunity is not exempt from the 15% indirect cost (IDC) floor minimum. However, ECOR policy states that "for MGH investigators selected through a competitive process as the institutional nominee for the Moore Inventor Fellows in which the grant will bring in less than 15% indirect cost (IDC), ECOR will cover the IDC gap up to a maximum of $50,000 per year.

When is the deadline?  

MGH pre-proposal deadline: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5:00pm
Submit nomination to sponsor: Friday, November 12, 2021
Sponsor deadline: Monday, December 13, 2021 at 5:00pm (PT)

How do I learn more about the opportunity and apply?
Moore Inventor Fellows internal pre-proposal– Click here

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation website – Click here
 
7. 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.
 
8. 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.

 
9.  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. 

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10. 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

 
11. 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                                                                                                                                        
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  • 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)
  • 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.

 
12. 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 09/24/21

  • Sheila Essey Award: An Award for ALS Research, American Academy of Neurology. $50,000. Application Deadline: October 28
  • Afdhal/McHutchison LIFER Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). $100,000. Application Deadline: December 2
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) COVID. $60,000. Application Deadline: October 29
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. $495,000. Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 12
  • Individual Investigator Research Award/Clinical Innovation Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). $300,000. LOI Deadline: November 5
  • Diversity and Inclusion Health Equity Research Grant, Foundation for Women's Cancer/Society of Gynecologic Oncology COVID. $75,000. Abstract Deadline: October 8
  • Grant for Infrastructure/Registry Research, Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation. $300,000. LOI Deadline: November 11
  • National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. $50,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • PSF/MTF Allograft Tissue Research Grant, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. $100,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Research Fellowship, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. $50,000. Application Deadline: December 1
 
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