Research News - November 20, 2020

 

         
 
November 20, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Upgrading to macOS Big Sur 11

EVENTS
 

1. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta
2. Speaking Up: How to Represent Yourself & Get Your Ideas Heard
3. Research Virtual Tech Talk
4. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Adoption 11
5. Conflict Management and Feedback: A tool for growth and change (not a dreaded weapon)
6. Independent Learning Opportunity: The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research: Virtual

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. MGH ECOR Interim Support Funding Program - Deadline: December 1, 2020
3. MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards for Junior Faculty Women Investigators
4. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2021
5. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
6. Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award
7. NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program 2021
8. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Bits to Bytes Program
9. 2020 John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award
10. MGRI Graduate Student Division Principal Investigator 2020 Mentoring Award
11. Translational Research Institute for Space Health
12. MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund (PCIF)
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. Upgrading to macOS Big Sur 11

The PEAS team is pleased to recommend the upgrade to macOS Big Sur 11 in the Enterprise. Prior to upgrading, please ensure you have the most recent version of enterprise apps that you use, like Citrix Workspace, Cisco VPN or Microsoft Office. The latest version of these applications are available in PEAS Self Service... click here to learn more

Upgrading to macOS Big Sur 11

 
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EVENTS
 
1. Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Join sessions via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Interim Director, Office for Well-Being for a guided meditation session on a Monday. 

If you would like to receive an Outlook invitation for these sessions, email owb@partners.org

Attend sessions via Zoom.

 
2. Speaking Up: How to Represent Yourself & Get Your Ideas Heard

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30pm, Join Webinar via Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

  • Would you like your ideas to get more recognition?
  • Are you a great advocate for others but not as good at meeting your own interests?
  • In large groups, do you struggle to get your voice heard?

Speaking up clearly and effectively is a critical leadership skill. Whether leading a team, or navigating an academic career, representing yourself is critical to your success. In this interactive session, we examine common roadblocks to effective assertion and offer practical tips to help professionals speak up more effectively.

Facilitators:Gillien Todd, JD, Lecturer, Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Consultant, Triad Consulting
Debbie Goldstein, JD, Lecturer, Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Principal and Managing Director, Triad Consulting

Register and add to my calendar.
Click here to view webinar.

 
3. Research Virtual Tech Talk

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Via Microsoft Teams

Are you looking for an opportunity to interact with Mass General Brigham (MGB) Corporate IT to ask questions and express concerns? This monthly meeting is geared to research IT administrators and managers who support research departments and labs, but is open to anyone in MGB community. 
Join us for the Research Virtual Tech Talk.

Click here to learn more about the December 3rd Research Virtual Tech Talk

 
4. Managing Parenthood and Your Career Series: Adoption

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Join via Zoom
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development's Office for Women's Careers

For most people, adoption and foster care seem like big mysteries. If you’re curious to learn more, come find out more from four people who are adoptive/foster parents, one of whom is also currently helping individuals and families in the adoption process. Also come if you would like to join a community of parents and adoptees!

Panelists: Connie Chang, MD; Laura Nemeyer, EdD; Ellen & Nate Lowe

Register and add to my calendar.

Attend via Zoom.
 
5. Conflict Management and Feedback:  A tool for growth and change (not a dreaded weapon)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Join via Zoom
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Objectives

  • Identify the barriers to resolving conflict among health care team members
  • Develop skills for using frame-based feedback to resolve conflict
  • Apply the skill of using frame-based feedback to relationship building on all levels

This session will focus on understanding the barriers to resolving conflict among health care team members and developing skills for using frame-based feedback as an effective way to resolve conflict. We will work together, applying the skill of using frame-based feedback to foster relationship building on all levels.

Facilitator: Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, HMS; Senior Faculty for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston; Consultant for the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Critical Care; and Founder, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Professionalism and Peer Support

Register and add to my calendar.
Attend via Zoom.

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

October 21, 2020, through March 31, 2021

This course will allow the learner to select from a field of 58 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 are required to receive 1 contact hour.  Learners can repeat the 4-poster review for additional nursing contact hours until all 58 posters are reviewed by re-registering on CVent.

Click here to register.

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**

Questions?? 
For more information, please contact the Knight Nursing Center with any questions or technical questions.
If you did not have a chance to see the featured speaker for this year’s MGH Nursing Research Day, please click here to view the presentation.

To learn more aboutThe Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research, please click here.
 
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
1. COVID Funding Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming deadlines:

Recently added:

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

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

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

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

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

 
3. The MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

For Junior Faculty Women Investigators

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, December 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online.

 
4. Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2021

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

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

How much is the award?
The award is $165,000 per year for two years plus 15% indirect costs and is effective April 1, 2021.  

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

 
5. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital NOT-OD-20-031.

This administrative supplement is designed to provide support for research experiences for individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum from high school to the faculty level. Continuation of this program in the future will depend on the evaluation of the career outcomes of the supported individuals as well as continuing assessments of the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Please click here to learn more.

 
6. 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.
Eligible applicants must be junior investigators who received their first independent faculty appointment on or between October 1, 2012 and October 1, 2017.
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 5, 2021 at 12:00 Noon

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award – Click here
 
7. NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program 2021

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: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:00pm
Sponsor deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:00pm

How do I learn more about the opportunity?
NSF Major Research Instrumentation ProgramClick here

 
8. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Bits to Bytes Program

The intent of the MLSC Bits to Bytes Program is to provide grants for scientific projects that generate and analyze large datasets to answer pressing life science questions, and to attract and train data scientists in the Commonwealth.

The MLSC is investing up to $5 million capital dollars to support work and equipment at not-for-profit partners.  Awards given out will be approximately $750,000 in funding to solve some of the most pressing life science questions using high throughput approaches generating large datasets.

Project teams are to be comprised of not-for-profit applicants collaborating with at least one for-profit Massachusetts life science company. For this solicitation, the MLSC is particularly interested in supporting applicants whose research will lead to significant healthcare advances using data-driven approaches and who will recruit and train data scientists in the life science field. While different areas of translational research have different time horizons, successful proposals will explain a clear path, with executable milestones, that leads to new discoveries in partnership with the company.

The deadline for the full application is December 10, 2020 at 1:00pm. If you plan on applying for this opportunity, please contact ECOR at ecor@mgh.harvard.edu as soon as possible. Those who are applying must send us their final application materials to ECOR by Wednesday, December 2, 2020.  We will work with Research Management to finalize and submit the application.

 
9. 2020 John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award

Nomination deadline: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Do you have an outstanding mentor? Do you know an outstanding mentor?

The Center for Faculty Development invites nominations for the John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award. Created to honor John T. Potts, Jr., MD’s outstanding achievements in faculty mentoring, this award seeks to recognize senior faculty members (MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree) with 10 or more years of mentoring experience at MGH. This $5,000 award will be given to a faculty member from any MGH department who has contributed to the success of junior faculty members and trainees and demonstrated excellence in a number of ways including:

  • Having a positive impact on careers of junior faculty 
  • Implementing ideas/programs that promote faculty success
  • Demonstrating sustained interest and success in mentoring of junior faculty and/or trainees 
  • Fostering and encouraging professional development of junior faculty and trainees
  • Facilitating and/or developing approaches to work-life balance

Learn more and submit a nomination.

 
10. MGRI Graduate Student Division Principal Investigator 2020 Mentoring Award

Nomination deadline: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 5:00 PM

Sponsored by the CFD's Office for Research Career's Graduate Student Division

Do you know an outstanding Principal Investigator (PI) mentoring PhD graduate student(s) in their lab?

The MGH Graduate Student Division (GSD) within the Center for Faculty Development invites nominations for the GSD PI Mentoring Award. This award will be given to an MGH PI who has contributed to the success of PhD graduate student(s) at MGH and demonstrated excellence in a number of ways including:

  • Demonstrating sustained interest and success in mentoring of PhD graduate student(s) in research
  • Having a positive impact on academic progress and achievements of PhD graduate student(s)
  • Helping PhD graduate student(s) to stay on track with their academic work
  • Fostering and encouraging professional development of PhD graduate student(s)

Learn more and submit a nomination.

 
11. Translational Research Institute for Space Health

Funded by NASA through a cooperative agreement, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is seeking research proposals with emerging scientific and biomedical advances, disruptive technologies, and new therapies and engineering capabilities with the potential to protect health in deep space.

TRISH seeks and funds high-risk, high-reward and creative solutions that can be used to protect astronauts on long duration exploration missions. With this solicitation, TRISH is seeking novel research and multi-disciplinary approaches to reduce health risks through manipulation of human metabolism and homeostasis at the cellular or whole organism level.

Click here to view the solicitation.

Depending on available funding, scientific merit review recommendations, and the programmatic review, five to seven grants may be awarded by TRISH. TRISH will accept proposals with a maximum annual budget of $500K per year for up to two years (direct plus indirect costs). The 10% cost-sharing minimum must be added on top of the maximum budget of $500K per year.

Step-1 proposal deadline: December 21, 2020 by 5 pm ET.

Step-2 proposal deadline (from selected investigations): March 30, 2021.

Selections will be announced in August 2021.

 
12. MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund (PCIF)

There is great promise for the development of new technologies to detect disease or disease risk factors at an earlier stage in the primary care setting. However, innovative screening technologies are frequently difficult to get off the ground due to challenges conducting research in the primary care setting and difficulties translating and commercializing technologies that need to be implemented in a cost-effective manner and on a large scale.

Thanks to philanthropic support from a generous family and the combined effort of the Department of Medicine and the Tearney Lab at MGH, a new primary care effort focused on translating technology to detect disease or disease risk factors at an earlier, more treatable or preventable stage has been created.

To populate this technology pipeline, we have initiated a pilot funding program to support proof-of-concept projects that advance promising new primary care screening technologies. This program will not only identify new investigators with great ideas, but will also provide them with the mentoring and support that are so critical to the successful realization of innovative ideas.

We therefore invite applications for pilot grant funding from MGH investigators who are conducting research developing or validating primary care screening technologies.

Awards: One pilot grant will be funded for one year at $50,000 (direct costs).

Application Guidelines:

  • Principal Investigator’s NIH formatted biosketch
  • Three-page proposal including:
    • Project title with contact information for the Principal Investigator
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Description of project, including background, significance, and research plan
    • Budget allocation
  • One letter of support

Key Dates:

  • Due date for proposals is January 8, 2021
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee with expertise on primary care screening technology development, clinical translation, and commercialization.
  • Funding will begin on February 1, 2021

Submission Instructions:

  • Please prepare the application as a single, merged PDF and submit to PCIF@mgh.harvard.edu
  • Please address all inquiries to The Primary Care Innovation Fund Committee
  • Please direct any questions to Lisa Palmer at ecpalmer@mgh.harvard.edu
 
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.

  • MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer’s disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences (T32)
  • A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study Vaccine-elicited Immunity and Efficacy Against Malaria (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00 – Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
  • NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding for Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Required)
  • Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Gastroparesis in Adults and Children (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!

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

 
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 11/20/20

  • Discovery Grant, American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) ($50,000). Deadline: December 9
  • KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase II, American Society of Nephrology (ASN) ($500,000). Deadline: January 31
  • Arthritis Research Grants, Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) ($100,000). Deadline: January 17
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis Research Grant, Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) ($100,000). Deadline: January 17
  • Arthritis and the Aging Process Research Grant, Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) ($100,000). Deadline: January 17
  • Psoriatic Arthritis Research Grant, Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) ($100,000). Deadline: January 17
  • Research Grants, Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (Unspecified). Deadline: December 21
  • Young Investigator Award (YIA), Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) ($174,000). Deadline: January 1
  • Research Fellowships, Cooley's Anemia Foundation ($100,000). Deadline: February 1
  • Support for Ongoing Clinical Research in Thalassemia, Cooley's Anemia Foundation ($50,000). Deadline: February 1
  • Translational Adult Glioma Grant Award, Ivy Foundation ($600,000). Deadline: March 1
  • OREF Etiology of Hip Osteoarthritis Grant in Honor of William H. Harris, MD, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) NEW! ($250,000). Deadline: December 10
  • OREF Injectable Orthobiologics of Knee Osteoarthritis Grant in Collaboration with AAOS, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) NEW! ($50,000). Deadline: February 21
  • OREF Treatment of Osteoarthritis Research Grant funded by the Arthritis Foundation, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) NEW! ($50,000). Deadline: February 21
  • OTA Member Full Research Grant, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) ($80,000). Deadline: January 11
  • Health Data for Action (Data Access Award), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) NEW! COVID! ($100,000). Deadline: December 17
  • Clinical Investigator Award, Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) ($100,000). Deadline: January 12
  • HTRS/Novo Nordisk Clinical Fellowship Award (CFA) in Hemophilia and Rare Bleeding Disorders, Thrombosis & Hemostasis Societies of North America ($80,000). Deadline: December 15
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