Research News - November 5, 2021

 

         
 
November 5, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Flu Vaccination Deadline
2. Applications to the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) are Due November 18, 2021
3. Independent Learning Opportunity: The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research: Virtual Nursing Research Poster Showcase
4. MGH Research Job Board
5. The Cell Resource Core (CRC) at MGH is urgently looking for staff!
6. Open Enrollment ends Friday, November 12!
7. Vote Today for the 2021 ECOR Elections for Representatives from the MGH Research Community!

EVENTS
 

1. Fun Friday: Doodling
2. Two Meditation Sessions available every week
3. ClinicalTrials.gov Registration and Results Reporting
4. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap, Freezerworks & more!
5. MGH Lab Managers' Discussion Group Meeting with Supply Chain
6. Coffee and Conversation: "Health and Healing During the Challenges of Fertility Treatment" with Ellen Slawsby, PhD
7. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans
8. Reproductive Medicine Symposium
9. Travel Tips for J-1 and H-1B Visa Holders
10. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention
11. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Seminar and Workshop
12. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 11
13. Your Paper--Increasing the Odds of Its Acceptance at a High Impact Journal
14. MGH Immunology Virtual Seminar Series
15. The 8th Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Pilot Research Symposium
16. Novelline Innovation Speaker Series

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
3. Interim Support Funding 22-1
4. Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award
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. 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.

 
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. 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

 
4. 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.

 
5. The Cell Resource Core (CRC) at MGH is urgently looking for staff!

The Cell Resource Core (CRC) at MGH is urgently looking for technical staff at the tech II, technologist and lab manager levels. The CRC provides primary human hepatocytes and other liver cells, as well as surgical services including organ perfusion to the research community. Ideal technical skills are surgical experience in small animal models, and/or primary cell culture especially with liver cells and general molecular biology techniques. In addition, an administrative role with experience in budget management and some familiarity with wet lab operations is also sought. The work will involve lead of various core services, and participating in research funded by the NIH, NSF, DoD as well as other agencies and industry contracts. 

CRC is part of the Center for Engineering in Medicine and Surgery (CEMS), a place where scientific rigor and creativity are matched by a sense of sharing and community, bringing technology to the forefront of biomedical research and the practice of medicine. The CEMS draws strength from its diversity and collaborative spirit. The emphasis of CEMS on collaboration serves to remove the boundaries separating the engineering, scientific and clinical disciplines.  

Over the last decade staff at CRC/CEMS with similar roles have been acknowledged as authors in scientific publications due to their intellectual contributions. The vast majority have moved on to receive graduate training in MD, PhD or MBA programs, including many ivy league schools. We are looking forward to seeing our new colleagues meet and exceed these high standards of success. 
 
6. Open Enrollment ends Friday, November 12!

Open Enrollment for your 2022 benefits began on Monday, November 1 and will continue through Friday, November 12. One of the decisions you have to make for 2022 is which of Mass General Brigham’s employee health plans will best meet the needs of you and your family.

Select vs. Plus: Which Plan is Right for You?

The Select and Plus employee health plans provide different levels of coverage, with unique features and costs. And now that Open Enrollment is here, it's important to decide what kind of coverage you need and what health care features you value most. Here is a quick video to help you learn more.

Have questions? The HR Support Center is here for you.

  • Submit an online request on Ask My HR
  • Register for an Open Enrollment webinar
  • Call 1-833-Ask-MyHR (1-833-275-6947) during normal business hours

Visit www.askmyhrportal.com/OE2022 for medical plan comparison charts, rate sheets and other helpful materials.

 
7. Vote Today for the 2021 ECOR Elections for Representatives from the MGH Research Community!

Elected representatives serve a 3-year term and will represent faculty concerns and issues.  ECOR representatives should be able to speak to your interests and concerns in discussions and planning for research at MGH.  To learn more about the candidates, click here.
Please cast your vote for one candidate from each category.

Assistant Professor Candidates

  • Jocelyn Carter, MD, MPH, Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Anahita Dua, MD, MS, MBA, Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Nitya Jain, PhD, Pediatrics, The Mucosal Immunology & Biology Research Centre

Professor Candidates:

  • Alessio Fasano, MD, Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Jill Goldstein, PhD, Psychiatry / Medicine, Innovation Center on Sex Differences in Medicine
  • Judy Hung, PhD, Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Click here to vote
Please note: In order to vote you must be a Principal Investigator at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Fun Friday: Doodling

Friday, November 5, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

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

Doodle Escapes are five minutes doodle breaks. Whether you are at your desk for 10 hours on virtual calls or a student feeling stressed out or parent who is looking for ways to engage your kids—these creative exercises give you a different way to change your mood, de-stress, challenge your brain and just relax in a new way. I will be sharing 3 different simple exercises that you can use right now even if you never doodle or draw. These 5-minute exercises will help you to take a couple of minutes to de-stress, jumpstart your creative brain or just take a different kind of break.

Instructor: Deb Putnoi, a visual artist, educator and researcher. Putnoi has an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a 5th Year Graduate Degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a B.A./B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (joint degree program).

Click here to register
 
2. Two Meditation Sessions available every week

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

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

SESSION 2: Midweek Meditation with Guest Leader 
Every Wednesday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom à next session, Wednesday, November 10!
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Join guest leader, M. Jane Clayton, MD, Department of Radiology, for next Wednesday’s guided meditation session on November 10th!

Register and add to calendar

 
3. 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.
 
4. Virtual ERIS Office Hours: ERISOne Linux Cluster, REDCap, Freezerworks & more!

Monday, November 8, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Zoom

Join subject matter experts online for 1:1 support with Research IS & Computing tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. The Scientific Computing team is available at 1p.m. to provide extra support for ERISOne Linux Cluster, R, Python and the new ERISXdl platform. We hope to see you then! Check back to https://rc.partners.org/events for additional dates.

 
5. 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)

 
6. 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
 
7. Study Team Data Management and Internal QA Monitoring Plans

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1:00 -2:30 PM, Zoom

Speaker: Kathy Venovsky, Senior Human Research Compliance Specialist, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office

During this presentation you will learn tips and tricks for effective management of study data and options for developing an internal quality assurance monitoring plan that will ensure data integrity and compliance with GCP, research regulations, and MGB policies. 

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

 
8. Reproductive Medicine Symposium

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 4:00 – 6:30 PM, Zoom

Creating a consortium of reproductive medicine and science professionals across institutions and disciplines

Reproduction Across the Lifespan
David Page, MD of the Whitehead Institute

Zoom Meeting ID: 899 8849 3884
Passcode: 892023

All providers, investigators, trainees, and students are encouraged to attend. Clinical and basic science abstracts from all disciplines are welcome.

To register please email Allison McDermott
 
9. 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

 
10. Human Subjects Research Recordkeeping and Record Retention

Friday, November 12, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Zoom

Speaker: Kathy Venovsky, Senior Human Research Compliance Specialist, Human Research Affairs Compliance and Education Office

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

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

 
11. 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.

 
12. Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 11

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

"Definition of Success in Academic Surgery"

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures bring together faculty from institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars with MGH scholars, on topics that overlap both research areas. Faculty from the outside host institutions are also invited to present on their own.

This lecture will be given by Cassandra Kelleher, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery, MGH/HMS and Angela Gibson, MD, PhD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Click to register

 

13. Your Paper--Increasing the Odds of Its Acceptance at a High Impact Journal

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

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

Finding the funding, mentorship and milieu to do the research that results in writing a manuscript is difficult. Once it is written, you want to enhance the chance that it will be accepted into a journal and a well-regarded one at that. Come to this session to learn how to optimize your chances of acceptance into a high impact journal. 

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

  • Craft a workable outline for his or her a report of clinical or basic research.
  • Determine his/her next steps in writing a manuscript to submit to a high impact journal.
  • Complete the necessary steps to complete the submission process.

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

Presenter: Julie Ingelfinger, MD, a long-time Deputy Editor at the New England Journal of Medicine, a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Consultant, Pediatric Nephrology Unit, MassGeneral for Children at MGH.

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. 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.
 
15. The 8th Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Pilot Research Symposium

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Zoom

Each year, the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORCH) hosts a Pilot Research Symposium. This year, our Pilot & Feasibility grant awardees will share exciting new research on intergenerational obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity-induced viral pathogenesis, roux limb remodeling after gastric bypass surgery, and circadian disruption. They will be joined by Dr. Alessio Fasano, Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGH for Children, for a Keynote talk entitled “The Healing Power of Nutrition.”

To register now, click here.

For more information, click here.

 
16. Novelline Innovation Speaker Series

Friday, December 3, 2021, 12:00 PM, Zoom

The Healthcare Transformation Lab is pleased to announce that we will host the next on-line presentation of our Novelline Innovation Speaker Series on 3 December at noon.  This next session features Aaron Martin.  Aaron Martin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Providence where he leads Digital, Marketing, and Ventures for Providence.  His presentation is titled:  Innovation at Scale | Platforms, Partners and Business Models that Work.

More information about the presentation and how to register for this event are located here.

Contact us at hctransformationlab@partners.org if you have 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:

  • No upcoming deadlines

Recently added:

  • No recent additions
 
2. 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..

 
3. 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

 
4. Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award

A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
 
What are they?
The Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award was created in 2017 to fuel creativity and innovation in junior investigators in the basic sciences.  The Award supports the pursuit of high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research.  The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from our brightest junior faculty in the region. Projects should be conceptualized as a novel research line and a distinct and novel off-shoot from the applicant’s current research.
Eligible applicants must be junior investigators who received their first independent faculty appointment on or between November 1, 2013 and November 1, 2018.
There is no longer a limit on the number of applications from a given institution. Applicants no longer need to be internally selected and nominated by their institutions. Please apply directly to the sponsor.

How much is the award?
The award is $300,000 over two years ($150,000 per year).

When is the deadline?  
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 12:00 Noon

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey AwardClick 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
1. 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                                                                                                                                        
Please click here for more information and for our internal deadlines.

  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • 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) 
  • National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center (HRSA)– NEW!
  • Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Demonstration Sites – NEW!
  • Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Capacity-Building Provider – NEW!
  • Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Evaluation Provider – NEW!
  • 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 11/05/21

  • Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). $20,000. Application Deadline: December 2
  • Gupta Family Pilot Award in PSC Research, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). $50,000. Application Deadline: December 2
  • Pilot Research Award in Liver Diseases, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). $50,000. Application Deadline: December 2
  • Precision Medicine & Diabetes Innovative Basic Science (IBSPM), American Diabetes Association (ADA). $345,000. LOI Deadline: November 22
  • Precision Medicine & Diabetes Innovative Clinical or Translational Science (ICTSPM), American Diabetes Association (ADA). $600,000. LOI Deadline: November 22
  • Precision Medicine & Diabetes Junior Faculty Development (JDFPM), American Diabetes Association (ADA). $552,000. LOI Deadline: November 22
  • Physician Scientist Fellowship, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). $220,000. Application Deadline: January 7
  • Grants for Mesothelioma Research, Meso Foundation. $100,000. LOI Deadline: November 15
  • Pichichero Family Foundation Research Development, Vaccines for Children Initiative Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). $100,000. Application Deadline: January 15
  • PKD Foundation Fellowships, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation). $120,000. Application Deadline: January 18
  • Clinical Investigator Award, Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). $100,000. Application Deadline: November 30
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