Research News - October 1, 2021

 

         
 
October 1, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Anesthesia Machine Annual Maintenance and Vaporizer Certification – Special Pricing!
2. 2022 Innovation Discovery Grant (IDG) Open!
3. The Fundamentals of Digital Health at Mass General Brigham | On-Demand Innovation Education: MESH Core Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp
4. Research Software Annual Interest Survey
5. MGH Help & Safety App!
6. New TEDxMGH Talk for September showcases two of our brilliant MGH postdocs in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation! “Women, World’s Catalysts”
7. Important Notice: Employees will be vaccine compliant with first dose of Moderna or Pfizer by October 15

EVENTS
 

1. REDCap eConsent Functionality
2. Bridging the Divide: Virtual Town Hall
3. New Web Series on Translational Research in Radiology
4. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©
5. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
6. MGH Research Council
7. MGH New Faculty Orientation
8. Parenting Series Panel: "Fun Things to do with Kids”
9. It's time to slam your science again! Join us virtually for Slamtoberfest!
10. How to Give a Good Presentation
11. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff
12. Study Team Roles and Responsibilities: What you can and cannot do!
13. Conversational Intelligence®: Building Stronger Relationships and More Effective Teams Through Conversation
14. Writing a Clinical Research Protocol
15. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series
16. Virtual ERIS Open House

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. HMS Foundation Funds Fall 2021 Cycle
8. Pilot Grants: Up to 50K for Proposals on the Five Senses: Input & Response
9. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
10. Job Research Foundation Announces 4th Round of Funding
11. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
12. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
13. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. 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.

 
2. 2022 Innovation Discovery Grant (IDG) Open!

Applications will be accepted through October 26, 2021. Submission is via the IDG website.

IDG funding opportunity is open to all clinical and technology types. Individual awards up to $100,000 will be made (inclusive of 15% IDC). IDG stimulates new inventive concepts, identifies areas significant translational potential, and accelerates commercial outcomes. All Mass General Brigham faculty and employees are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more and see a list of past awardees and projects, please visit Innovation Discovery Grants.

  • $3.6 Million has been awarded to 59 projects.
  • $196 Million has been received to further the development of the IDG-supported technologies, a 54-fold increase on the funds awarded
  • 14 New Companies are based on IDG-supported technologies
  • 19 Licenses Agreements have been executed to further their development

Thank you for advancing innovation throughout Mass General Brigham.

 
3. The Fundamentals of Digital Health at Mass General Brigham | On-Demand Innovation Education: MESH Core Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp

Digital health is synonymous with healthcare innovation today. All clinicians, researchers, and providers should have a working knowledge of the fundamental digital health tools and implementation methods that improve healthcare delivery and patient care. Join us and take this free, pre-recorded, on-demand 1-hour session as part of the MESH Core Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp certificate course. In this session, Alistair Erskine, MD, Chief Digital Health Officer at Mass General Brigham, teaches the basics of digital health. Sign-up and then enroll in the full innovation bootcamp certificate course or take just this session. Be sure to use your Mass General Brigham email and username.

 
4. Research Software Annual Interest Survey

Would you be interested in purchasing Snapgene, NVivo or ChewDraw software if offered at a discounted rate? Please take a brief survey to help the ERIS Research Computing Core understand the interest and volume of licenses needed across Mass General Brigham affiliates for FY22. Read more about software licenses that the ERIS Research Computing Core resells at academic or bulk pricing. Please contact rcc@partners.org with any questions or concerns.

 
5. MGH Help & Safety App!

The MGH Research Safety Committee, in conjunction with the Departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Police and Security, Buildings and Grounds, Environmental Services, Research Compliance, and Research IS, is pleased to announce the new MGH Help & Safety App for smartphones, tablets, and all mobile devices. This app contains emergency phone numbers, numbers for reporting problems, and much more important safety-related information, all available with one-touch dialing and/or a single click!

Instructions for downloading can be found here.

The app will be helpful in all kinds of situations and could literally save a life! Instructions for placing the app on your phone or tablet are attached. It takes less than a minute – do it now!

 
6. New TEDxMGH Talk for September showcases two of our brilliant MGH postdocs in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation! “Women, World’s Catalysts”

In their joint talk, Litia A Carvalho, PhD, and Joelle El Hokayem, MD, from the Department of Neurology, share their stories of how they have ended up where they are today, pursuing exciting research at MGH—where they found the support they needed to realize their dream of being a woman scientist, and their commitment to supporting other women scientists chart their paths.  View video here. The TEDxMGH videos present inspirational stories from the MGH community, including how people have handled challenges through innovation, resilience, vulnerability, and connection. These monthly 10-12 min. stories by your colleagues cover far-reaching topics – from antiracism and social justice to climate change, laughter, coping with loss, COVID-19, and living and working with depression. View previous videos on the TEDxMGH Apollo page. If you are interested in contributing to this series, please click here to apply.

 
7. Important Notice: Employees will be vaccine compliant with first dose of Moderna or Pfizer by October 15

Shortage of J&J vaccine prompts change
As the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination deadline of October 15 nears, we continue to reach out to unvaccinated colleagues and their managers to ensure they are kept fully informed with the latest information.

We have recently been made aware of potential supply challenges related to obtaining the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccination. Given this new information and the fact that the J&J vaccine is the only single dose vaccine available, we are modifying the process for compliance with the vaccination mandate.

Effective immediately, employees who receive the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer series by October 15, will be considered compliant provided they:  

  • Scheduled their second vaccination at the recommended interval
  • Completed the second vaccination on the scheduled day and no later than November 12
  • Consented to share their Mass General Brigham vaccination record with Occupational Health when the vaccine is received or submitted proof of vaccination if received outside Mass General Brigham (see links below).

Get vaccinated and document your status
Employees must have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 15. Those who have received only one dose of Moderna or Pfizer by the October 15 deadline also will be required to show proof of a scheduled second dose at the appropriate time interval.

  • The quickest, easiest way to get a COVID-19 vaccination is in your local community. There are many sites, including CVS and Walgreens, offering free same-day COVID-19 vaccines. You can search vaccines.gov, visit Mass.gov or Vaccines.nh.gov to find a location near you. You can also text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location.
  • Mass General Brigham is offering short-term COVID-19 vaccination clinics for staff members:
    • Given the limited number of vaccination appointments that will be available, we are strongly urging all staff members to get vaccinated as soon as possible at a location in your community.
  • Staff members can also continue to use open scheduling to get a vaccine at existing patient vaccine centers located at Assembly Row, MGH Outpatient Pharmacy or BWH Hale.
  • The Mass General Mobile vans will also have limited walk-in COVID-19 vaccines available for staff members and others in communities we serve.
  • The Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator helpline has agents available who can help employees schedule their COVID-19 vaccination – at a Mass General Brigham site or elsewhere in the community. Call 617-724-9600.
  • Vaccination status is not shared automatically. Employees must visit vaccinecheck.massgeneralbrigham.org to share their Mass General Brigham vaccination record with Occupational Health or submit proof of vaccination to Occupational Health Services (if vaccinated elsewhere) by October 15.
  • If it has been over 72 hours since you shared or uploaded your vaccination record with Occupational Health and believe there is an error, please email PHSOHSCOVID19@partners.org.

Additional information about obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine can be found on The Pulse.

We are fully committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safest environment possible for our colleagues, their families, and our patients.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. 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.

 
2. 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.
 
3. New Web Series on Translational Research in Radiology

Friday, October 1, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom
The new Translational Research webinar will offer conversations between researchers developing new biomedical imaging and related technologies and clinicians who either are or might soon be using those technologies.

The inaugural confab takes place today (Oct. 1) at noon and features the Martinos Center’s Matt Rosen and Susie Huang.

Click here to join the webinar!

 
4. Fun Fridays- Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi©

Friday, October 1, 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.

Join Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi© certified teacher Barry Friedman in exploring the traditional principles of Tai Chi in a relaxed, informal and experiential session. Regular practice of this gentle “meditation in motion” leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and an overall sense of well-being.

Facilitator: Barry Friedman is a long-term committed practitioner of tai chi, teaches regularly to his own classes as well as at the Tree of Life tai chi studios in Watertown, and brings his experience as a life-long soccer goalkeeper coach to bear in providing a welcoming environment for the cultivation of fitness, health and mental well-being.

Click here to register
 
5. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, October 4, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:30 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. Please contact  Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

Click here to learn more.
 
6. 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!
Meeting Chair: Miriam Bredella, MD

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
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 
7. 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

 
8. Parenting Series Panel: "Fun Things to do with Kids”

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers

The Parenting Series is an Office for Women’s Careers initiative focused on well-being and work-life balance for MGH faculty and trainee parents. Each session includes a panel of people with lived experience sharing their thoughts and stimulating discussion on a topic relevant to managing parenthood.

Join us for a panel discussion on fun things to do with your kids! Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, will share the essential tools to build resilience and improve your health and quality of life, while helping support your children and teens to learn and practice their own resiliency building skills. Anne Fishel, PhD, will talk about the importance of mealtimes during the pandemic, how they changed, and what the Family Dinner Project has to offer to help families harness the many nutritional, mental health, and academic benefits of shared mealtimes. Anne Levy, PhD, will share her insights into the experience of reading aloud to her three children before bedtime until they were in middle school - short and then longer books from her children’s, hers, and her parents’ generation.

Panelists:
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, Director of the PART Training Program and Resilient Youth at the Benson Henry Institute
Anne Fishel, PhD, Executive Director of the Family Dinner Project
Anne Levy, PhD, Senior Program Manager of the Center for Faculty Development at MGH

Click here to register

 
9. 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.

 
10. How to Give a Good Presentation

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

A quick and easy guide on how to give an oral presentation.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 
• Utilize the tools for giving an effective presentation.
• Organize a talk.
• Create PowerPoint presentation slides that work.
• Apply the most effective ways to communicate with an audience.
• Manage personal performance anxieties.

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

Presenter: Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at MGH; Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation; Associate Director, Depression Clinical and Research Program; Co-Director, Center for Clinical Research Education; and Professor of Psychiatry, HMS.   

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. 

Click here to register
 
11. IND and IDE Responsibilities for Sponsor-Investigators and Study Staff

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office
Principal Investigators (PI) who hold an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) agree to oversee the conduct of a clinical trial and remain in compliance with FDA regulations and MGB policies. Investigators who hold an IND or IDE are considered Sponsor-Investigators and must comply with regulations for both an investigator and a sponsor.  This results in an an increased regulatory burden on investigators and study teams. In this program the MGB Human Subjects Quality Improvement Program will outline the responsibilities of a sponsor-investigator.
This course is highly recommended for investigators and study staff conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials under an investigator held IND or IDE.

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

Click here to learn more.

 
12. Study Team Roles and Responsibilities: What you can and cannot do!

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom

As part of a research study an investigator may decide to delegate certain tasks to members of the study team, who are trained to perform such tasks. In this session, we will discuss the responsibilities that can and cannot be delegated to study staff. Topics include: 

  • What tasks can be delegated to a clinical research assistant or coordinator? 
  • What tasks can be performed by a clinical research nurse or nurse practitioner? 
  • What study-related activities can only be performed by an investigator? 
  • What to do if you have been asked to perform a task you are not qualified to perform? 


Presented By: Mallory Hillard, MSN, NP, Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner

Audience: Study staff new to clinical research with less than 1 year of research-related experience or experienced study staff looking to learn the basics of a new skill. 

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

Click here to learn more.
 
13. Conversational Intelligence®:  Building Stronger Relationships and More Effective Teams Through Conversation 

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Zoom

Provided by: Mass General Brigham and MGH Center for Faculty

Everything in our professional and personal lives, happens through conversation.

Conversational Intelligence® is a set of tools and frameworks that help us increase the effectiveness of our conversations so that we can build trust, create healthy relationships, and increase the effectiveness of our teams and organizations.  Effective conversations help us increase engagement, creativity, innovation, and satisfaction.  They help us move from I to We, from protect to partner, from transactional conversations to co-creative ones. 

In this highly interactive 90-minute session, participants will be invited to reflect on and share their communication challenges and successes and gain and practice new skills and perspectives.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Learn the impact of conversations on our nervous system.
  • Identify two core human needs that impact the effectiveness of our conversations.
  • Understand the key factors to creating meaningful and generative dialog.
  • Gain specific tools that increase the impact of conversations in order to build trust and encourage greater creativity, collaboration, and satisfaction.

Presenter: Cindy Loughran, CPC, CMMT, is the Founder and CEO of Cindy Loughran Coaching, a practice offering leadership coaching and mindfulness training to individuals and teams. 

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.

Click here to register
 
14. Writing a Clinical Research Protocol

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program
This course is intended for investigators and research staff.  A well written protocol is essential to successful and compliant clinical research.  This course will address the following questions:

  • What are the required elements of a protocol including GCP requirements?  
  • What makes a protocol effective? 
  • What issues related to protocol writing have been identified in regulatory inspection and audits? 
  • Are there special considerations when Writing a Clinical Research Protocol? 
  • What is required for protocol training?  

*This course is worth 1 RCR credit.

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

Click here to learn more.
 
15.  MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series

Thursday, October 16, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

"Tissue-Treg crosstalk with local stromal cells"
 Diane Mathis, PhD, Harvard Medical School  

Click here to join via Zoom.

 
16. Virtual ERIS Open House

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

Short presentations will highlight applications, platforms and IT services available for collecting, managing and analyzing data for research and innovation. Throughout the event there will be opportunities for virtual networking and Q&A with subject matter experts and support teams. ERISXdl includes several deep learning frameworks such as Pytorch, TensorFlow, mxnet and theano. The platform supports Docker for containerized environments with access to the NVIDIA AI Catalog. Register online and contact rcc@partners.org with any questions or concerns.
 
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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
 
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. HMS Foundation Funds Fall 2021 Cycle

HMS Foundation Funds

Each year several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career.  Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds office, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the sponsors. 

Awards include:

  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
  • Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
  • Mary Kay Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Award
  • Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Faculty and postdocs interested in applying for any of the awards listed above can apply for the HMS nomination by submitting an application online no later than Monday, November 8, 2021. For information on application guidelines, click here.
For some awards, MGH receives invitations to submit their own nominations. In this case, MGH faculty must first apply for the MGH nomination through ECOR and a committee at MGH will select the final MGH candidate(s) to submit applications to the foundations. Click here to view a chart of the current opportunities and the Institution that MGH faculty should apply through. Internal announcements are forthcoming for the following opportunities in which MGH is invited to submit their own application:

  • Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
  • Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award

Please direct all inquiries regarding the application process at HMS to Clare Lamont, Program Coordinator, Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463, clare_lamont@hms.harvard.edu.  If you have questions regarding the MGH application process, please email MGH ECOR, ecor@mgh.harvard.edu

 
8. Pilot Grants: Up to 50K for Proposals on the Five Senses: Input & Response

This funding opportunity will support investigations on any aspect of human sensory systems, or systems-enabling sensory perception, in human health or disease. Proposals on both traditional sensory systems – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – which gather, organize, and integrate external stimuli, as well as on internal sensory systems (vestibular, spatial orientation, pain, and others) are both welcome.

Proposals can address, but are not limited to: sense functionality, injury, disease states, treatment, mitigation, social and societal impacts, and/or public policy.

Examples include human health-related issues such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Physiology or mechanistic aspects of sensory reception or perception;
  • Innate or acquired impairments of any sensory reception or perception system:
    • age-related changes
    • inborn or acquired physical impediments
    • illness or treatment-related effects  
  • New therapeutics, e.g., drugs, mechanical aids, gene and cell-based therapies, etc.;
  • Impacts on individuals/families/society, e.g., social isolation, depression, ostracization, mental health issues, etc.;
  • Legal/public policy aspects, e.g., ADA, accessibility of public buildings, etc.

As deficits in sensory reception or perception may affect several systems simultaneously, such as vision and hearing, proposals describing the formation of interdisciplinary teams to address multi-sensory integration projects would also be welcome.

This RFA is intended to offer applicants opportunities to conduct important translational research across a wide range of topics.

Proposals addressing healthcare disparities and health equity or focus on or actively recruit underserved, understudied, or special populations, and impacts across the lifespan are encouraged.

Areas of inquiry should focus on translational research and human health. Proposals requiring the use of non-human samples/models will only be considered if there is a clear and direct link to subsequent investigation of some aspect of human health. Proposals investigating basic research questions or those solely limited to pre-clinical applications will not be considered.

Investigators from any field are encouraged to apply. Applications are due November 10, 2021.

Please email reactor@catalyst.harvard.edu to learn more or if you have any questions.

Click here to learn more and to apply.
 
9. 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.
 
10. 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.

 
11.  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

 
12. 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.

  • Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into the Genomics Field to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations (R24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Responsive Grants, Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
  • NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Limited Competition: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Research Training Grant for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)  – NEW!
  • Limited Competition: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Research Training Grant for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)  – NEW!
  • SUNBEAM – Analysis and Bioinformatics Center (ABC) (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – 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.

 
13. 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 10/01/21

  • Innovation Grant, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF). $250,000. LOI Deadline: November 15
  • Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship Program, American Kidney Fund (AKF). $160,000. Application Deadline: December 17
  • Research Grants Program, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). $50,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • Research Grant Program, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). $100,000. Application Deadline: December 5
  • Pathways for Hope Pilot Grants For Basic and Translational Research Projects, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD). $60,000. Application Deadline: October 29
  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). ≈ $78,000. LOI Deadline: October 27
  • Advanced Clinical Research Award for Diversity & Inclusion in Breast Cancer Research, Conquer Cancer Foundation/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). $450,000. LOI Deadline: December 14
  • Technology Awards, McKnight Foundation/McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. $200,000. LOI Deadline: December 6
  • NBF Scientific Research Grants Program, National Blood Foundation (NBF). $75,000. Application Deadline: December 1
  • SCI/D Programmatic Grants, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). $50,000. Application Deadline: December 3
 
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