Research News - October 29, 2021

 

         
 
October 29, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. The Campaign for Mass General
2. Applications to the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) are Due November 18, 2021
3. MGH Research Job Board
4. The Fundamentals of Drug Development at Mass General Brigham | On-Demand Innovation Education: MESH Core Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp
5. Independent Learning Opportunity: The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research: Virtual Nursing Research Poster Showcase
6. Flu Vaccination Deadline

EVENTS
 

1. A Clinical Research Fellow’s Guide to Mentoring and Resources
2. Fun Fridays- Music with Delfina
3. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff
4. MGH Research Council
5. 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
6. Presentation on ORCID, PubMed, etc
7. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course
8. Good clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution
9. Informed Consent Including eConsent
10. Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research
11. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting
12. MGH Lab Managers' Discussion Group Meeting with Supply Chain
13. Coffee and Conversation: "Health and Healing During the Challenges of Fertility Treatment" with Ellen Slawsby, PhD
14. Travel Tips for J-1 and H-1B Visa Holders
15. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop
16. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. MGH Research Scholars 2022
3. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
4. Interim Support Funding 22-1
5. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
6. HMS Foundation Funds Fall 2021 Cycle
7.NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program 2022
8. Familial RUNX1 Grant Program: RUNX1 Early Career Investigator Grant Program, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
9. Innovation Grant, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
10. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
11. 2022 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
12. Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
13. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
14. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
1. The Campaign for Mass General

The Campaign for Mass General publicly launched on October 1, 2021 with the goal of raising $3 billion in philanthropic funds to transform patient care, break new ground in medical research, trailblaze medical education and build healthier communities. This is a pivotal moment in medicine — and for Mass General. We have led the world in health care, discovery and innovation for more than 200 years — and we’re thinking big about the future. Together with our talented staff, our generous donors and our patients, we are undertaking the largest comprehensive fundraising effort in the hospital’s history. To learn more about The Campaign for Mass General and how you can get involved visit campaignformassgeneral.org. 

 
2. Applications to the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) are Due November 18, 2021

The Fiscal year 2022 NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application cycle is now opened through November 18, 2021. Funds awarded under LRP allow recipients to repay qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity.  Click here for additional information regarding the LRP User Guide and required Chief Letter.

 
3. MGH Research Job Board

Are you looking for a new opportunity within the Mass General Research Institute or hoping to promote a newly posted job within your department?  Check out the Research Job Board, powered by the Division of Clinical Research!

All members of the community are able to submit postings or apply for positions. 

Click here to learn more.

 
4. The Fundamentals of Drug Development at Mass General Brigham | On-Demand Innovation Education: MESH Core Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp

What is the process involved in taking a new drug from the laboratory to market? What are the barriers and logistical challenges along the way? 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, Dione Kobayashi, PhD, Head of Therapeutics and Operating Partner with Amplify, will discuss the factors driving successful drug development and outline approaches that may be applied in the academic setting including the new Amplify translational technology program. 

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.

 
5. Independent Learning Opportunity: The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research: Virtual Nursing Research Poster Showcase

Dates Open: October 26, 2021, through September 26, 2022

Overview: This course will allow the learner to select from a field of 40 posters consisting of Quality Improvement, Original Research, and Evidence-Based Practice to review, reflect upon, and describe how the learned material will impact their nursing practice. Review of total 4 posters is required to receive 1 contact hour.  Learners can repeat the 4-poster review for additional nursing contact hours until all 40 posters are reviewed by re-registering on CVent.

Register: CLICK HERE

To view the Virtual Poster Showcase, click here:

***The Virtual Poster Showcase is behind the MGB/Partners firewall & is only accessible from within the MGB/Partners network**

Please note that Internet Explorer is no longer supported;  copy/ paste the hyperlink into: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and/or MS Edge.

How to re-register on CVENT for additional CEU's: 

  • Visit the event's website CLICK HERE and click on Already Registered > Enter in Email Address and Confirmation Number > Modify Registration (click "next") > Select new sessions (you will be able to select additional sessions to review)
  • Or, if you do not have the Confirmation number, there is an option to click "forget confirmation number," and it will email it to the email address used for registration.
  • You will receive an email entitled "modification confirmed," along with instructions on viewing the poster showcase and submitting the Poster Showcase Submission Form to obtain additional CEU's.

Questions??  For more information, please contact the Knight Nursing Center with any questions or technical questions: PCS Knight Center KPCS@PARTNERS.ORG

 
6. Flu Vaccination Deadline

The deadline to receive your flu shot is Friday, November 12. Don’t delay; get your vaccine today.

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, kills thousands of people in the U.S. each season according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the flu vaccine has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing – and reducing complications of – this common infectious illness.

View Five Things to know about the Mass General Brigham flu vaccination program.

If you received your flu vaccine from a retail pharmacy or a non-Mass General Brigham clinician, you need to submit proof of vaccination to Occupational Health Services to have your vaccination record updated in PeopleSoft. Please use only the link above to document your flu vaccine. Many employees have been using the link to document their COVID-19 vaccine when they are intending to document their flu vaccine.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. A Clinical Research Fellow’s Guide to Mentoring and Resources

Friday, October 29, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Zoom

This orientation program will provide a networking opportunity for new clinical research fellows. Dr. Karen Miller will discuss strategies and resources for a successful research fellowship and career at MGH. Dr. Andrew Nierenberg will introduce the Division of Clinical Research (DCR) and describe resources available to support new fellows conducting clinical research.

Course outline:
11:00-11:10 Welcome and Introduction
11:10-11:35 Keys to a successful research career at MGH, including available resources
11:35-12:00 Division of Clinical Research Resources
12:00-12:30: Fellows Q&A

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

Click here to learn more.

 
2. Fun Fridays- Music with Delfina

Friday, October 29, 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.

Delfina will be sharing a solo set of songs of her own that were written during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facilitator: Delfina Cheb-Terrab is a singer and composer based in Boston where she is currently a candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the New England Conservatory. Her repertoire expands from Jazz to folkloric music from South America as well as her own compositions that feature Spanish lyrics and musical references to folk, pop, jazz and tango and free improvised music.

Click here to register

 
3. QI Bootcamp for Clinical Researchers and Study Staff

Monday, November 1, 2021, 10:00 – 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.
 
4. MGH Research Council

Monday, November 1, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Please join us for Research Council on Monday, November 1, 2021 where leaders from the Center for Faculty Development will discuss the results from the 2021 Postdoc Well-Being survey.  
This meeting will be held via Zoom and all members of the Mass General Research Institute are welcome to attend!
ECOR Elections Meet the Candidates!
Come learn more about the candidates running for Elected Representatives for ECOR!

2021 Postdoc Well-Being Survey Results
Bakhos Tannous, PhD, Director, Postdoctoral Division, Center for Faculty Development
Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being, Center for Faculty Development

Join URL: https://partners.zoom.us/j/89946640364
Meeting ID: 899 4664 0364
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,89946640364# US (New York)
Dial In: +1 646 876 9923 US 

 
5. 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

Monday, November 1, 2021 – Thursday, November 4, 2021

The NIH Regional Seminars, which NIH has held once or twice a year for decades, have been great opportunities to help researchers, research administrators, trainees and others to better understand the NIH grants process. We encourage you to join us as we go virtual once again, even if you participated last year. This free, four-day virtual event covers a broad range of grant policy, program, and process topics from application through award closeout.  Click here for more info.

To view the full four-day program, click here.

 
6. Presentation on ORCID, PubMed, etc

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

Learn how you can use existing library and other electronic tools to distinguish yourself and highlight the output of your work.

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

  • Create an ORCID account and understand how your ORCID ID can help you distinguish yourself by allowing your publications to be easily identified.
  • Calculate your H-index.
  • Create a link to a PubMed search strategy that produces a list of your publications.
  • Use MyNCBI to create a bibliography and search alerts to your publications.

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

Presenter: Dan McCloskey, MLS, Associate Director of Technical & Access Services at MGH’s Treadwell Library. Mr. McCloskey has been a medical librarian for nearly 20 years, including the last 12 at Mass General.

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

 
7. 2021 Virtual Tumor Course

Monday, November 2, 2021 – Thursday, November 4, 2021

36TH Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology

For comprehensive information about this course, including faculty, schedule, and pricing,
please visit the 36th Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology website
The “36th Annual Critical Issues in Tumor Microenvironment: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and Immunology” course, directed by Professor Rakesh K. Jain, will continue to offer the best in critical analysis of what is currently known about the tumor microenvironment, angiogenesis, metastasis, immunology, metabolism and chronobiology. This will include chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies and the role of microbiome as newly introduced topics this year. The faculty is internationally recognized. They will present their latest findings from their clinics and laboratories. The goal is to highlight key gaps in present knowledge of cancer and outline future directions for research at the bench, in the clinic, and in drug development.

The course will continue its four-day online webinar-based live lecture format. Learning formats will include didactic lectures, Q&A and group discussions. The faculty will encourage an open discussion and will provide critical comments on challenges and future opportunities in research in cancer and in establishment of novel therapy approaches and biomarkers to guide treatment. The aim of this course is to analyze and synthesize the most up-to-date findings. Our faculty will present valuable information in a systematic and comprehensive framework, along with a critical review of various measurement techniques. This course is dedicated to helping to improve clinical translation of this knowledge and competence, leading to improved cancer treatment.  

Harvard Medical School’s secure online registration.

Click here to for an overview 

Click here to view the brochure

 
8. Good clinical Practice in Research at an Academic Research Institution

November 2 | November 9 | November 16 | November 23 | November 30, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research, and Mass General Brigham Human Research Affairs 

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting human subjects’ research. GCP guidelines define the roles and responsibilities of the IRB, investigator, and sponsor as well as describe the essential documents needed for the conduct of a study. Compliance with GCP assures that the rights, safety, and welfare of subjects are protected and that the data produced from the research are credible.  

After completing this training, the learner will have a comprehensive understanding of GCP and be able to apply those practices to the conduct of clinical research. 

Note: To receive a certificate of completion a participant must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a post-course assessment. RCR Eligibility: Completion of all five sessions of this course will fulfill two lecture/discussion requirements. 

Registration is required. Please contact Jamie Quinkert with questions. 

Click here to learn more.
 
9. Informed Consent Including eConsent

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Zoom

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more.
 
10. Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Zoom

We are delighted to invite you to register and join the MGH Center for Cancer Research (CCR) faculty as we present the Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Since 2006, the MGH Center for Cancer Research has annually honored a luminary in the field -  an extraordinary scientist, who has made major advances in our understanding of cancer and its treatment, and has been recognized as a true mentor by teaching and inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers.  This year, the 2021 Kraft Award will be presented to Aviv Regev, PhD, Head of Research and Early Development at Genentech, and formerly Chair of the Faculty and Professor at the Broad and MIT, for her groundbreaking work in Cancer Genomics.  Previous recipients of the MGH Award in Cancer Research (preceding the endowment of this award in honor of Jonathan Kraft) include:  Drs. Anton Berns, Joan Massague, Titia de Lange, Bert Vogelstein, Charles Sawyers, Michael Stratton, Craig Thompson, James Allison, and Hans Clevers.  In 2015, Dr. David Allis was the first recipient of the named Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research Award. In subsequent years, the Award has been given to Drs. Joan Steitz, Kevan Shokat, Charles Swanton and Carl June.

Click here to view the full agenda.

We hope that you can join us for this year’s Virtual Symposium, Award Presentation and Lecture on November 4, 2021 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

To register, click here.

Click here for more information.

 
11. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting

Monday, November 8, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, 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.
 
12. MGH Lab Managers' Discussion Group Meeting with Supply Chain

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

Join the Lab Managers’ Discussion Group for a discussion with members from Supply Chain. The focus of this meeting will be ordering concerns, issues, and suggestions.  This presentation is open to all.

Presenters:
Marybeth Monahan, (Director, Supply Chain Management)   
Dan Lewis, (Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations)
Dennis MacDonald, (Director Value Analysis, Supply Chain Management)
Lisa Martino, (Corporate Manager, Supply Chain Management)
Lisa Scannell, (Corporate Director, Supply Chain Management)
John Arington, (Corporate Purchasing Manager)

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

Join URL: https://partners.zoom.us/j/88464648955
Meeting ID: 884 6464 8955
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,88464648955# US (New York)
Dial in: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 
13. Coffee and Conversation: "Health and Healing During the Challenges of Fertility Treatment" with Ellen Slawsby, PhD

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

Coffee and Conversation is a new monthly series sponsored by the Office for Women’s Careers to create connections among faculty by bringing them together informally to address specific topics of interest and concern.

Ellen Slawsby, PhD, will discuss one of the most challenging events in life that anyone can face - fertility. Join us for a discussion on the challenges of fertility treatment and ways to manage not only the stress of cycles, but also work, family and friends during this time. Ellen will be focusing on mind body skills including the relaxation response, cognitive restructuring and communication tools.

Facilitator: Ellen Slawsby, PhD, is director of the Mind/Body Chronic Pain Service at the Benson-Henry Institute and provides individual therapy, specializing in individuals with chronic illness, IBS/IBD, GERD, chronic fatigue, and pain. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Slawsby is also a researcher and clinical trainer at the Benson Henry Institute and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slawsby has published and presented research on chronic medical illness and infertility.

Moderator: Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being. Dr. Mehta is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital, and Education Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

*Please note: registration will be capped at 50 people, as this is intended to be a small-group discussion.

Click here to register

 
14. Travel Tips for J-1 and H-1B Visa Holders

Tuesday, November 11, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Zoom

Provided by: MGB Office for Global Professionals & Scholars and MGH Center for Faculty Development

This presentation will cover documents visa holders should carry when traveling, reminders about visa stamps, and I-94s and the latest news about COVID specific travel requirements and delays.

Resources:

  1. General questions can be sent to pips@partners.org
  2. J-1 Travel Information is available online: https://pips.partners.org/maintaining-visa-status/J-1-visa/travel.aspx
  3. J-1 Travel Information is available online: https://pips.partners.org/maintaining-visa-status/H-1B-visa/travel.aspx
  4. Updates that could impact visa holders are posted regularly here: https://pips.partners.org/about/news-and-events/immigration-updates.aspx
  5. People can also directly contact Noel Palatas at npalatas@partners.org

Presenter: Noel Palatas is the manager of the Office for Global Professionals and Students (GPS formerly known as PIPS). GPS handles visa sponsorship for Mass General Brigham and their affiliated teaching hospitals. Noel has been with GPS for over seven years and is extremely on matters relating to sponsorship, visas, and immigration.

Click here to register

 
15. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop

Monday, November 15, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Speaker: Jonathan Jackson, PhD
*This workshop requires an application. Application deadline is November 11th at 11:59pm.
This seminar will cover an introduction to engagement, recruitment, and retention for inpatient and outpatient populations, including a focus on best practices and common mistakes. The seminar will demonstrate how best to implement strategies at study design, implementation, and follow-up. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A for participants to discuss and receive feedback for their study recruitment plans. This course is geared towards project investigators.  Participants must submit a recruitment plan to enroll in this workshop. The recruitment plan from the most recent NIH grant submission is sufficient.

Register Here. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

Click here to learn more.

 
16. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

“Immunobiology of Transfusion Medicine”
Sean Robinson, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Click here to join the seminar.

To learn more about the MGH Immunology Seminar Series, please visit our website.

 
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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. 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.

 
4. Interim Support Funding 22-1

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.

When is the deadline?
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 5:00 PM

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

 
5. Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

A program of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Letters of intent are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

What are they?
The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports 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. The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

MGH is eligible to nominate a maximum of five (5) candidates.

Who should apply?
Independent assistant professors who hold an MD or MD/PhD. Applicants must be within the first five years of their initial full faculty appointment (cut-off date: July 1, 2017). Candidates holding or awarded R01s (or R01-equivalent grants such as the DP2 and DP5) at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

How much is each award?
$600,000 for a period of three years. Funding in the amount of $200,000 will be allocated to the awardee’s institution each year for the support of the Clinical Investigator.

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 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.

The applicant must commit to spending 80% of their time conducting research. 

When is the deadline?  
MGH letter of intent deadline: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5:00pm
Sponsor deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2021 at 4:00pm

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
To see the ECOR letter of intent instructions – Click here
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award– Click here

 
6. HMS Foundation Funds Fall 2021 Cycle

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

 
7. NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program 2022

Internal applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program!

What are they?
The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MGH is eligible to submit "a maximum of three proposals, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2." 

Who should apply?
MGH faculty who have a full-time MGH appointment at the time of application and during the entire award period.

How much is each award?

Track 1: MRI proposals that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000.
 Track 2: MRI proposals that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required. 

When is the deadline?  

MGH internal application deadline: Friday, November 12, 2021 at 5:00pm
Sponsor deadline: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:00pm

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program– Click here

 
8. Familial RUNX1 Grant Program: RUNX1 Early Career Investigator Grant Program, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)

To promote the establishment of a new generation of translational and clinical researchers interested in tackling inherited hematologic malignancy predisposition disorders with a focus on RUNX1-familial platelet disorder. We believe that providing capital to early career investigators not only injects funding to where it is needed most, but also cultivates a new cohort of investigators who will be invested in an area of research that historically has had limited attention.

Aims of research proposals must be relevant to the ultimate goal of preventing hematologic malignant transformation in RUNX1-FPD. Proposals that seek to translate from bench to bedside will receive priority.

Example areas of research interests include:

  • Hematopoietic stem cell gene correction strategies that optimize gene editing efficiency, precision and limit off-target effects.
  • Determining the drivers of clonal hematopoiesis and progression to overt malignancy.
  • Identifying strategies to lower the risk of hematologic malignancy in RUNX1-FPD.
  • Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the inflammatory manifestations of RUNX1-FPD such as eczema, reactive airway disease and GERD.
  • Defining the role of inflammation in leukemic progression in RUNX1-FPD.
  • Determining whether impaired RUNX1-regulated DNA damage response contributes to acquisition of somatic mutations and clonal evolution.

Eligibility requirements (partial list):

  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD or dual MD, PhD (DO, MBBS or equivalent) and be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor or equivalent.
  • Applicants may have research grants from other funding sources during the award period, but there must be clear documentation of mechanisms to avoid scientific and budgetary overlap.
  • Applicants must have research experience working in and a deep understanding of normal or malignant hematopoiesis and/or immunology.
  • One resubmission of a previously unfunded application is allowed. 

Citizenship: Unrestricted

Award Amount: $180,000 paid over 3 years
Indirect Costs: None
Research Management Deadline: December 8, 2021
Application Deadline: December 20, 2021

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9. Innovation Grant, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)

The Innovation Grant is designed to provide critical and significant seed funding for researchers with a novel approach to pediatric oncology scientific investigation. Proposals should have clinical translation in view. This may represent a change in research direction and/or an innovative new idea that moves away from an investigator’s prior research but for which a strong case is made for the potential impact on childhood cancers.

Eligibility requirements (partial list):

  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent and be appointed as faculty (or equivalent) at an academic institution.
  • Applicants must have a track record of publication and funding productivity that demonstrates that the project can be accomplished by the investigators.

Citizenship: Unrestricted
Award Amount: $250,000 paid over 2 years
Indirect Costs: None
LOI Deadline: November 15, 2021
Research Management Deadline: March 23, 2022
(Invited) Proposal Deadline: April 4, 2022

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10. 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.

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11. 2022 Bullock Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Proposal deadline:  November 11, 2021 by 5:00pm

Award decision:  December 20, 2021

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, 2022 and is intended for one full 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.

Application Materials

Title page, including:
• Title of research project
• Applicant's Name, Service or Department/Unit, professional appointment title, office or laboratory address, telephone and fax number, and e-mail address
2. Summary of research project (500-word limit)
3. Research plan (5-page limit) to include:
• Specific aims
• Background and significance
• Preliminary data (if available)
• Experimental design and methods
• References
• Potential scientific and medical impact
4. Budget 
5. Bio sketch
6. Other support
7. Applicant’s description of long-term career plans (one-page limit)
8. Letters of Support addressed to Bullock Review Committee stating specific commitment from collaborating mentors, and briefly describing how Bullock support will impact the fellow’s career development.

 
12. Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Applications are now being accepted by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

What is it?
The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Fellows receive funding to support their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. Fellows participate in professional development, mentorship, and networking with their community of peers and the broader HHMI community of scientists across career stages.

How much is each award?
Up to 25 Hanna Gray Fellows are selected annually. During the postdoctoral trainee phase, a minimum of 2 years, fellows will receive annual support of a $70,000 salary for the initial year and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through the training institution. During the faculty phase,  fellows will receive $250,000 in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance per year, maximum of 4 years, paid through the institution where they have attained a faculty position.

When is the deadline
December 1, 2021: Applications are due
December 8, 2021: Mentor and reference letters are due
How do I learn more and apply?

 
13. 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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  • Responsive Grants, Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
  • NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (IBDGC) Genetic Research Centers (GRCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation – NEW!
  • 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) 
  • 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) 
  • Cancer Center Support Grants (CCSGs) for NCI-designated Cancer Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Genomic Curriculum Development for Medical Students (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • SUNBEAM – Analysis and Bioinformatics Center (ABC) (UM1 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.

 
14. 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 10/29/21

  • Lupus Insight Prize, Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR). $100,000. Nomination Deadline: January 20
  • Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant for Epilepsy Fellows, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $22,000. Application Deadline: January 14
  • Junior Investigator Research Award, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $50,000. Application Deadline: January 14
  • Pediatric Research and Training Fellowship for Clinicians, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $50,000. Application Deadline: January 14
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $50,000. Application Deadline: January 14
  • Research & Training Fellowships for Clinicians, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $50,000. January 14, 2022
  • Sergievsky Award for Epilepsy Health Equity and Diversity, American Epilepsy Society (AES). $150,000. Application Deadline: January 14
  • Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) Grants, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF). $80,000. Application Deadline: January 18
  • Nutrition & Diabetes Innovative Clinical or Translational Science (ICTSN), American Diabetes Association (ADA). $600,000. LOI Deadline: November 22
  • Nutrition & Diabetes Junior Faculty Development (JDFN), American Diabetes Association (ADA). $444,000. LOI Deadline: November 22
  • ASH Minority Hematology Fellow Award, American Society of Hematology (ASH). $100,000. Application Deadline: January 15
  • Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF), American Society of Hematology (ASH). $70,000. Application Deadline: January 18
  • Research Grants, European Hematology Association (EHA). ≈ $186,000. Application Deadline: December 16
  • Research Grants, National Pancreas Foundation (NPF). $50,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • AOSSM Sports Medicine Multicenter Research Trial Mentored Grant, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). $400,000. Application Deadline: January 15
  • Derek Harwood-Nash International Education Scholar Grant, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)/RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation. $75,000. Application Deadline: January 10
  • Research Seed Grant, RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation/Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). $40,000. Application Deadline: January 18
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