Research News - October 9, 2020

 

         
 
October 9, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. FY20 Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Salary Scale Update
2. MGRI Image Contest: Voting is Open!
3. MGB Community Connects
4. Get your Flu shot at the Navy Yard!
5. NIH Update: COVID-19 Impact Surveys, NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, Hypertext Policy Reminder
 

EVENTS
 

1. 2020 MGH LATINO/A/X and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
2. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group
3. MGH New Faculty Orientation
4. RCR Program @ MGH
5. “The Long Fix: Solving America’s HealthCare Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone”
6. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting
7. NORCH P+F Symposium- Virtual
8. Looking Your Best on Paper: How to Write a High Impact CV or Resume
9. Financial Literacy for Residents, Fellows, and Junior Physicians
10. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. MGH ECOR Interim Support Funding Program - Deadline: December 1, 2020
3. MGH Research Scholars 2021
4. 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship
5. HMS Foundation Funds
6. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
7. HMS Fellowship Opportunity: Research Rigor and Reproducibility Curriculum Fellow
8. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
9. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. FY20 Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Salary Scale Update

The NIH has released the NIH / NRSA pay scale for FY 2020.  The new pay scale will go into effect at MGH at the beginning of FY21, on October 1, 2020. Departments should use the new pay scale for any new post doc beginning on or after October 1, 2020.  Existing post docs should be moved to the FY20 scale on their next review date. 

For further information or to review the FY 2020 salary scale, please click here.

If you would like to review the NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Salary Scale Policy, please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact Dr. Harry Orf via email at horf@mgh.harvard.edu

 
2. MGRI Image Contest: Voting is Open!

Check out the Mass General Research Institute Facebook page to see this year’s stunning entries and support your colleagues by liking your favorites and sharing with friends!

The voting period will be open and monitored by MGRI staff until Oct. 16, so be sure to check back in to see how your favorites are doing. Once voting ends, a panel of judges will select several finalists from the images that receive the most likes. The finalists and winner will be announced on Nov. 6.

Questions? Email ResearchInstitute@mgh.harvard.edu

 
3. MGB Community Connects

MGB Community Connects provides colleagues with a platform on which they can connect with others in their neighborhood or nearby. Colleagues can connect with others to form carpool, connect with others for dependent care, and provides many other valuable resources during this extraordinary time.  

MGB Community Connect: https://community-help.mgh.harvard.edu/

 
4. Get your Flu shot at the Navy Yard!

To protect the safety of all patients and staff, all employees must receive a flu vaccine by November 13, 2020, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. Employees and dependents who are covered by a Mass General Brigham health plan may obtain flu vaccinations at no cost at your doctor’s office, CVS, another pharmacy or at a Mass General Brigham Urgent Care center.

Stop by the flu vaccination clinic at the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday, October 14, from 7:00 am- 12:00 pm in Building 149.

For other options for obtaining your flu vaccination click here. Learn more flu vaccination information, including how to request a medical or religious exemption and important deadlines.

 
5. NIH Update: COVID-19 Impact Surveys, NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, Hypertext Policy Reminder
Click here to view the latest news and updates from the NIH.
 
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EVENTS
 
1. 2020 MGH Latino/a/x and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Please join with us to celebrate Latino/a/x and Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM) and recognize contributions of individuals of Hispanic or Latin American heritage.  This national commemoration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is intrinsically linked to the independence anniversaries of several Latin American nations and uplifts the cultural legacy of a group deeply-rooted in rich traditions. To support our Boston area Latino/a/x community, please consider ordering from or visiting a Latino/a owned restaurant from the list here.

MGH has a diverse representation of patients and staff hailing from many different Spanish-speaking countries.  The MGH Equity and Inclusion Office,  the Center for Diversity and Inclusion,  the Committee for Latino Initiatives, Human Resources, the Radiology Diversity and Equity Committee, Patient Care Services, Nutrition and Food Services and MGH service employees are proud to collaborate and have planned a month filled of exciting events, talks and activities in celebration of LHHM. Click here for an MGH LHHM Calendar of Events including an Apollo link with more details for each event.

 
2. Lab Managers’ Discussion Group 

Friday, October 9, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00PM

The Lab Managers’ Discussion Group meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 9th at 3:00pm.  These meetings will resume on a monthly basis. Please see the Zoom information listed below. 

If you have questions or comments you would like to submit in advance of the next meeting, please fill out the form SubmitQuestionsToLMDG

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3. MGH New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Join webinar via 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 virtual session is designed to provide an overview of the MGH environment and faculty resources focusing on:

  • MGH and MGPO
  • Center for Faculty Development
  • MGPO Frigoletto Committee
  • Executive Committee on Diversity and Equity (ECODE)
  • Executive Committee on Teaching & Education (ECOTE)
  • Executive Committee on Community Health (ECOCH)
  • MGH Research Institute
  • Harvard Catalyst
  • How to format your HMS CV using 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.

Click here to register.

 
4. RCR Program @ MGH

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 Mass General Brigham developed a curriculum that must be completed by all awardees. Once the Mass General Brigham Program is complete 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)

Exorcising the Ghosts – Managing Problems with Co-Authors (1 credit)
Thursday, October 15 | 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom

Speaker: Roland C. Merchant, MD, MPH, ScD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, HMS, Attending Physician, BWH

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

 
5. “The Long Fix: Solving America’s HealthCare Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Department of Radiology

Beyond the outrageous expense, the quality of care varies wildly, and millions of Americans can’t get care when they need it. This is bad for patients, bad for doctors, and bad for business. Using clear and compelling language, Author Dr. Vivian S. Lee paints a picture that is both realistic and optimistic. It may not be a quick fix, but her concrete action plan for reform—for employers and other payers, patients, clinicians, and policy makers—can reinvent health care, and create a less costly, more efficient, and healthier system for all.

Click here to view webinar.

 
6. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting

Thursday, October 22 | 1:00-2:30pm | Via Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program
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 who need to register on clincaltrials.gov and/or need information on results reporting.
Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

 
7. NORCH P+F Symposium- Virtual

Thursday, October 22, 1:30-3:30PM, Via Zoom

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) presents its 7th Annual Pilot and Feasibility Symposium. It will be held on Thursday, October 22nd 2020 1:30-3:30PM virtually. Please click here for the link to the agenda which has the livestream link for the day-of as well.

Please reach out to HarvardNORC@mgh.harvard.edu with any questions or concerns

 
8. Looking Your Best on Paper: How to Write a High Impact CV or Resume

Monday, October 26, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
Co-Sponsored by the CFD Office for Research Careers' Graduate Student Division and Postdoctoral Division

This seminar will help you prepare your CV/Resume for academia, industry or for a more general career exploration.

You will learn how to:

  • Tailor your CV/resume to your goals
  • Highlight and build transferable skills and experience
  • Focus the content and structure
  • Apply value added tips and tricks

Facilitator: Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers

Click here to view webinar.

 
9. Financial Literacy for Residents, Fellows, and Junior Physicians

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Join Webinar via Zoom
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Join Chirag P. Shah, MD, MPH, for one of the most important (non-medical!) things you will learn in training: how to navigate your personal finances.  Dr. Shah is a vitreoretinal surgeon at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, and the Co-Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship.  He has recently co-authored a book on personal finance for physicians, “Financial Freedom Rx: The Physician’s Guide to Achieving Financial Independence,” and teaches “Financial Literacy 101” at Harvard Medical School.  His lecture will provide a brief overview on:

  • Why Financial Planning Matters
  • Jobs and Contracts
  • Initial Steps Post Training
  • Disability, Health, and Malpractice Insurance
  • Student Loans and Retiring Debt
  • Tax-Advantaged Investing
  • Taxable Investing
  • Diversification and Asset Allocation
  • Life, Homeowners, and Umbrella Insurance
  • Financial Advisors
  • Estate Planning
  • Have I Won the Game?
  • Retirement Distributions
  • Pitfalls to Avoid

Click here to view webinar.

 
10. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, November 2 | 10:00am-12:30pm | Via Zoom

Speaker: Pamela Richtmyer, Director, Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program
The QI Program and the MGH Division of Clinical Research are excited to offer QI Bootcamp. QI Bootcamp is a “clinical research 101” for study staff and investigators. The goal of the course is to review GCP guidelines and institutional policies, and instruct study staff and investigators on how to implement those guidelines and policies into the day to day conduct of clinical research.  Topics include:

  • Informed Consent documentation
  • Study Documentation (source documents and data collection forms)
  • Unanticipated Problems, Deviations and Violations
  • Investigational Product Accountability
  • Regulatory binder
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov, inspections and common rule revisions

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

 
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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 ECOR Interim Support Funding Program– Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is now accepting applications for Interim Support Funding. 

What are they?
Interim Support Funding
The Interim Support Funding (ISF) Program is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense).  Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01). The intent of the program is to rescue strong scientific programs that are in need of bridge funding in order to sustain their research. Applications will be accepted regardless of percentile or score, including applications that were not discussed. Financial need and the impact of the COVID pandemic will be taken into account. Please note that Formulaic Bridge Funding Support will not be offered until further notice.

When is the deadline?
December 1, 2020 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Interim Support Funding - Click here

 
3. MGH Research Scholars 2021

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?
Monday, November 9, 2020 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

 
4. 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Proposal deadline:  5:00 pm – November 2, 2020  
Award decision:  December 21, 2020

Potential candidate must be at the postdoctoral training level at the time of the award. PhD, MD and MD/PhD research fellows are eligible for this award. Criteria for funding are scientific quality, enabling collaboration that might not occur otherwise, potential medical and scientific impact, and career development of the Fellow. 

Combined mentorship and collaboration between two Harvard Medical School faculty members, at least one of whom is based at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, is required. An external collaborator is preferred. It is anticipated that the fellow will perform the majority of their research at the Wellman Center.
The Fellowship will provide one year of support. An award of up to $60,000 direct costs is anticipated. The award will be administered by the Wellman Center. Funds may be used for stipend (minimum effort 60%), fringe benefits and research supplies.  

The fellowship will begin on or about January 1, 2021 and is intended for one year.  The fellowship review committee will consider a one-time 6 month no cost extension (maximum project duration, 18 consecutive months). Any remaining funds at the end of the award period will be forfeited.   

For additional information and instructions regarding the application process please refer to this announcement: BullockFellowshipAward

 
5. 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
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Scholars Award
  • 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, October 19, 2020 at 11:30 PM. 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

 
6. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Intended to support independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine. ECOR is now accepting letters of intent.

Letter of intent deadline: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Faculty Type: Independent Assistant Professors who hold an MD or MD/PhD
Award Amount: $600,000 for a period of three years
Submit letter of intent and biosketch to ecor@mgh.harvard.edu     

Click here to view the requirements for the 1-2 page letter of intent
Click here to visit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation website

 
7. HMS Fellowship Opportunity: Research Rigor and Reproducibility Curriculum Fellow

Advances in modern biomedical research require the continuous development of and support for a culture that advances research rigor and reproducibility (R3). Harvard Medical School is committed to identifying, exploring, and supporting R3 principles relevant to our research community through cross-discipline conversations and collaborations. The R3 initiative at HMS is seeking an innovative, collaborative science educator to serve as R3 Curriculum Fellow (CF). The R3 CF will ­develop teaching curricula, work with faculty to modernize biomedical research training, and support the development and administration of the HMS R3 program. The fellow will be a member the HMS Curriculum Fellows Program (CFP), a postdoctoral training program for biomedical scientists interested in a variety of education-focused careers. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please see our complete posting and application guidelines at https://curriculumfellows.hms.harvard.edu/job-opportunities#r3_repost

 
8. 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.

  • Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54 - Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please let us know at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
9. 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 10/9/20

  • Entelligence Young Investigator Program ($100,000), Actelion Pharmaceutical US, Inc.
  • Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) Grants (Varies), American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF)
  • C. James Carrico, M.D., FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care, Faculty Research Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons ($80,000), American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Franklin H. Martin, M.D., FACS ($80,000), Faculty Research Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Collaborative Neuroimaging Research Grant ($60,000), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)/The Foundation of the ASNR NEW!
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Award ($60,000), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)/The Foundation of the ASNR
  • Neuroradiology Research Grant in Artificial Intelligence ($60,000), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)/The Foundation of the ASNR
  • Scholar Award in Neuroradiology Research ($60,000), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)/The Foundation of the ASNR
  • Request for Basic Scientific & Clinical Research Proposals ($50,000), ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) ($495,000), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
  • IASLC Lung Cancer Fellowship and Young Investigators Awards ($50,000), International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
  • Kornfeld Scholars Program Award ($198,000), National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC)
  • Research Grants ($200,000), Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation (OHF)
  • Grants ($50,000), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)/PVA Education Foundation
  • Advances in Atopic Dermatitis for Advanced Practitioners ($200,000), Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG)
  • Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice ($250,000), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) NEW!
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Check out the Coronavirus Resource Guide for MGH Researchers!

NIH Update for Week Ending October 9, 2020

PCORI - Click here for the latest funding opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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