Research News - November 24, 2017





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November 24, 2017

1. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session
2. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar!


1. MGH Research Council Meeting
2. REDCap: API and DET User Group Meeting
3. Cardiovascular Research Seminar
4. LabArchives User Group Session
5. Monthly Research Resource Room
6. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research
7. Join the Research Technical Lunch
8. ERISOne Linux Cluster Trainings


1. Deliberative Interim Support Funding
2. MGH-MIT Strategic Partnership Grand Challenge 1: Diagnostics, Year 4
3. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program
4. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
5. Private Funding Opportunities
6. NIH Update for Week Ending November 24, 2017

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session

Now is the chance to exhibit your research!
ECOR is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 SAC Poster Session
Deadline for submission:  Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Poster Session gives researchers the opportunity to create a compelling visual display of their work and present it to some of the best scientific minds in the nation. The poster session is an essential part of the two-day meeting, which highlights excellence in research at MGH. Twelve Posters of Distinction will be chosen to receive a $1,000 travel award. A review panel will select a group of finalists from the submitted abstracts. Those finalists will be required to present their poster in order to be considered for the travel award. Awards will be restricted to junior faculty and trainees (i.e. Assistant Professors, Instructors, Fellows, and Graduate Students).

Poster abstract submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Authors must be MGH employees.  Abstracts on any type of research are eligible for submission and authors may only submit ONE abstract.  

Simches Building, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor (SERI)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Session 1:  10:00am – 11:30am
Session 2:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

*Submitted posters will be placed in a session based on the selected category

Twelve $1,000 Poster of Distinction Awards will be awarded and are intended to help offset the costs of travel to a scientific meeting.

Please click here for more information and to submit a poster abstract!

If you have problems or questions please email

Again, space is limited! Submit your abstract early!

2. Inspire a MGH Youth Scholar!

The MGH Youth Scholars program is looking for job shadowship hosts for 10th and 11th grade students. The students have been part of our program since 9th grade and were selected because of their interest in science and health careers and topics. They have been exploring a variety of topics in science and healthcare and are now ready to see what careers are out there! Please see the details below:

The Students: Scholars attend high school in Boston, Chelsea, or Revere. They represent a variety of backgrounds, many speak more than one language, may be the first in their family to attend college and are all motivated about their futures. Generally, they are all interested in science and health.

Your Role: As a host you will spend about an hour with 1-2 students and introduce them to your career. When you take them back to your work place, share with them some of the responsibilities of your job, the training and education involved, and answer any questions they may have. This is an opportunity for students to have an introduction of what your career involves.  If you are interested and available to host a student please fill out the form below.

11th Grade Job Shadowship December 6, 2017 4:00-5:15pm Pick up student in Wang Lobby
10th Grade Job Shadowship January 10, 2018 4:00-5:15pm Pick up student in Yawkey 4-820

Additional information: All of our scholars have non employee status and an MGH ID badge they can wear.


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1. MGH Research Council Meeting

Monday, December 4, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Simches Auditorium (3.110), Videoconference to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)

Meeting Chair: Sylvie Breton, PhD

NIH Policy: Certificates of Confidentiality
P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD - Director, PHS Human Research Affairs

Life After AAALAC - Visit Results and Next Steps
Anne Clancy, PhD - Director, Animal Welfare Assurance

What Every Researcher Should Know about the EAP
Lisa Goss Staffiere, LICSW, CEAP - Corporate Employee Assistance Consultant     

All MGH Researchers welcome!

2. REDCap: API and DET User Group Meeting

Wednesday, November 29 | 9:30am-11:00am | Simches 3.120

The REDCap Application Programming Interface, API, allows external applications to connect to REDCap remotely, and is used for programmatically retrieving or modifying data or settings within REDCap, such as performing automated data imports/exports for a specified REDCap project. Programmers can use the REDCap API to make applications, websites, apps, widgets, and other projects interact with REDCap. Programs talk to the REDCap API over HTTP, the same protocol that your browser uses to visit and interact with web pages.

The Data Entry Trigger, DET, provides a way for REDCap to trigger a call to a remote web address (URL), in which it will send a HTTP POST request to the specified URL whenever *any* record or survey response has been created or modified on *any* data collection instrument or survey in this project.

Main Objective: Provide support, best practices, and guidance to REDCap End-Users utilizing the REDCap API and DET

Target audience: Researchers that have evaluated and decided to use REDCap and/or have started a REDCap project. Researchers with basic level programming experience.

Registration is required. Contact Cassidy Peters with questions.

3. Cardiovascular Research Seminar

Tuesday, November 28, 4:00pm, 149 CNY / 2.204

Toward Systems Biology and Precision Medicine in Pulmonary Hypertension
Stephen Chan, MD, PhD, FAHA
Director, Center for Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

4. LabArchives User Group Session

Tuesday, December 12, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Simches 3.120

Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services, ERIS, has an enterprise license for LabArchives for all researchers to use at no cost. LabArchives is a web-based application designed for scientists to organize and share laboratory data with their study team, department, across Partners institutions and with external collaborators. Access rights are controlled by the notebook owner and can be modified to suit the individual needs of each researcher, educator, or contributor.

This session is for LabArchives users, new and current, to meet and discuss how sites/labs are using the application, lessons learned, and share knowledge.

More information and how to access LabArchives is available on the Research IS Computing website.
Registration is required. Contact Cassidy Peters with questions.

5. Monthly Research Resource Room

Monday, December 4, 1:00-1:30pm, Simches 3.120

There will be representatives from a variety of research resources on hand to promote the services that they provide to the research community. 

  • Are you a visa holder who would like to be better prepared before traveling abroad? 
  • Are you looking to create a website for your research lab or department but need some assistance getting started? 
  • Wondering how staff quickly and efficiently gain access to CCM animal facilities, and how can I best check up on the status of the request?  What part does IACUC have in the process, and what part does CCM have, and to whom should I direct any questions I have? 
  • Are you looking for ways to identify patients for clinical trials? 
  • Do you have a sweet tooth?

All of these questions can be addressed during the Research Resource Room session – and dessert will be provided!

The following resources will be represented:

  • Partners Office for International Professionals & Students (PIPS)
  • Center for Faculty Development (CFD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services (ERIS)
  • Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM)
  • Research Space Management (RSMG)
  • Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Isuggest
  • MGH Research Compliance
  • Partners BioBank
  • Research Patient Data Registry
  • Partners Quality and Improvement Program
  • Translational and Clinical Research Centers

We hope to see you all there!

6. MGH ORCD RCR Series - Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, MGH Campus, details provided upon registration

The Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for HMS faculty and trainees.

RCR: Avoiding Conflict of Interest in Research

This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar will discuss avoiding conflicts of interest that may arise in various aspects of research, including those related to:

  • Collaborations with academia and industry
  • Financial gain from research discoveries
  • Peer Review of manuscripts and grants

Speaker: Udo Hoffman, MD, Professor of Radiology, HMS; Division Chief, Cardiovascular Imaging; and Director, Cardiac MR PET CT Program

Please click here to register for this session.

7. Join the Research Technical Lunch

Thursday, December 7, 2017 from Noon-2p.m., Prudential Center, Assembly Row or WebEx

Are you looking for an opportunity to interact with Partners Corporate IT to ask questions and express concerns? This monthly meeting is geared for research IT administrators and managers who support research departments and labs, but is open to anyone in Partners HealthCare community. This month will feature an update on the PHS IT data analytics initiative, including Splunk, as well as a review of the Technology Depots. Subscribe to receive the monthly meeting invite if you’re interested in learning more or attending.

8. ERISOne Linux Cluster Trainings

Introductory Session Thursday, November 30 from 3-5p.m.  - REGISTER
Intermediate Session Thursday, December 14 from 3-5p.m. - REGISTER
Assembly Row Training Center 2W31, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA 02145

ERIS Scientific Computing offers courses to familiarize researchers with our working computational environment. These classes will emphasize common strategies and best practices in utilizing the Computational Resources and high-capacity storage systems provided by ERIS. Each hands-on course has limited space.

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1. Deliberative Interim Support Funding

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is accepting applications for the December 1st deadline for Deliberative Interim Support Funding.  December is the first of three standing deadlines for these awards in Fiscal Year 2018.  The next deadline will be April 1, 2018.  

What are they?
Deliberative Interim Support Funding
This 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 Deliberative Interim Support process is open to:

  • Investigators whose grants were not scored or whose scores were not translated into a percentile ranking.
  • Investigators whose grants received scores >20th percentile.
  1. Investigators who have already received Formulaic Bridge Funding or Deliberative Interim Support for a previous submission of this grant and are now requesting support for the resubmission of the same grant.  Investigators in this category must apply through the Deliberative Interim Support process for this application regardless of the score they received.

When is the deadline?
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 5:00 PM

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

2. MGH-MIT Strategic Partnership Grand Challenge 1: Diagnostics, Year 4

Grand challenge 1: Make diagnosis cost-effective and accurate, and guide individual clinical decisions based on real-time monitoring and massive patient data sets.

Award Types and Amounts:

  • 5 (five) grants at $100,000 (total costs) per team (to be spent over 1-2 years)

Letter of Intent: A Letter of intent submitted via the ECOR Online Grant Management Portal is required by December 1, 2017 if you plan on submitting a proposal. Letters of intent should include the names of the principal investigators from both MGH and MIT and a brief description of the project. Please note: Write to: AND to

Full Proposal Submission Date: January 15, 2018

Project Start Date: April 15, 2018

Submission Information: Letters of intent and applications should be submitted onlinevia the ECOR Online Grant Management Portal. This user-friendly system will allow the MGH PI to submit on behalf of the MGH-MIT team.  Click here for instructions for submitting the application and letter of intent online.

Click here for more information.

3. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program

MGH Deadline: 12/8/17

The W. M KECK FOUNDATION’S MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the knowledge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. In all of its programs, "transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation, technologies or methodologies enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Funded projects cannot focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.

This is a restricted opportunity with concept papers limited to FOUR and proposals limited to ONE PER INSTITUTION. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: Research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, and are typically about $1 million.

  • Keck is looking for BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH. Keck does not support clinically-oriented or disease-specific research. The ultimate application can be clinical, but the focus should be on basic underlying mechanism(s).
  • KECK HAS MOVED AWAY FROM HYPOTHESIS-DRIVEN RESEARCH. An external review committee found that hypothesis-driven research was less impactful than the development of novel basic tools, techniques, and methods.
  • Keck will only fund PROJECTS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OF THE MISSION OF PUBLIC FUNDING AGENCIES. If a proposal is declined by federal agencies (e.g., NIH), include reviewer comments verbatim, especially if it was turned down because the project was considered too high-risk or outside-of-the-box. 
  • Applications must represent priorities of INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP and receive some INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT (including coverage of indirect costs). Although not an explicit selection criterion, past successful proposals have had significant matching funding.
  • Keck places value on MULTIDISCIPLINARY and INTER-INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION, as well as the use of novel technology in the project.
  • For Instrumentation and Methodology proposals, DESCRIBE QUANTITATIVELY THE IMPROVEMENT (BY ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE) OVER EXISTING METHODS. It must represent a quantum leap over the state of the art. New tools and techniques should have broad applicability across disciplines.

For additional eligibility requirements and descriptions of previously funded projects, please see the program website:

Internal Submission Instructions:  Please submit a ONE-PAGE CONCEPT PAPER to ECOR at by December 8, 2017 that includes the following sections:

  • an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies;
  • a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  • a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  • an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

For questions or concerns about this opportunity, please contact Tristan Barako, Director of Development, at or 617.724.5626.

4. 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.

Submit a one- to two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email to  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.

  • Diabetic Foot Consortium – Clinical Research Units (U01)
  • Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Reducing Disparities in Vaccination Coverage by Poverty Status Among Young Children: An Assessment of Parental Experience, Barriers, and Challenges with Accessing Quality Vaccination Services – NEW!
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 - Clinical Trial Optional)

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed below or you have any additional questions, please let us know at

5. Private Funding Opportunities

Please note 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 submission of the award.

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at if you wish to submit a proposal in response to any of these funding opportunities.  Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

Week of 11/24/17

  • ASLMS Research Grant Program, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
  • HIVMA Clinical Fellowship, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)
  • Target Identification in Lupus Grant (TIL Grants), Lupus Research Alliance
6. NIH Update for Week Ending November 24, 2017

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link:

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

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: December 7, 2017; 7th day of each month

Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center:  Call for 2018 Pilot Projects
Application Deadline: November 30

President’s Innovation Challenge
Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

2019 Clinical Fellows in Dementia
Application Deadline:  July 1, 2018

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

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

11/29     REDCap: API and DET User Group Meeting
12/6       REDCap v7.4: New Feature Release and User Group Meeting
12/7       REDCap: eConsent
12/13     Division of Clinical Research Spotlight Series: Pitching/Consenting Research Opportunities in Acutely Ill Subject Populations

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