Research News - December 24, 2021

December 24, 2021

1. MGH Research Job Board
2. Mass General Hospital Summer Research Opportunity for Students
3. Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy
4. DOM Freezer Clean Up Campaign
5. Scientific Computing Report 2021
6. Critical Patching Needed for all SPSS Software


1. MGH Research Council
2. The Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series
3. Celebration of Mentoring at MGH


1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award
3. 2022 Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Pilot and Feasibility Award program
4. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
6. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
7. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. 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.

2. Mass General Hospital Summer Research Opportunity for Students

The Massachusetts General Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) was founded by the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion in 1992 for students historically underrepresented in medicine (UiM) who are interested in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. SRTP pairs accepted students with an MGH faculty preceptor to provide guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. The summer research program will take place June 6, 2022 through July 29, 2022 and applications are due January 24, 2022.

For more details and to apply, go to:
Questions? Email

3. Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy

Applications are due by January 28, 2022

C/T Research Academy supports, nurtures, and grows the next generation of c/t investigators at Harvard Medical School so they may become highly competitive for careers in translational and patient-oriented research in academia, industry, and regulatory affairs. The program offers advanced training to early-career c/t researchers, with a focus on the core knowledge necessary to achieve success in c/t research.

Completion of the two-year training program, which includes a carefully structured didactic curriculum and a mentor-based research project, culminates in a Certificate in C/T Research from Harvard Catalyst.

The C/T Research Academy focuses on the following key areas of c/t investigation:

  • Clinical trial and study design
  • Computational/statistical sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Drug development
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Genetics and omics technology
  • Grant writing
  • Commercializing innovations

Please visit our website for the RFA and FAQ.  Contact us if you have questions. 

4.  DOM Freezer Clean Up Campaign

Department of Medicine at MGH is kicking of a research space revitalization project from December 1, 2021-January 15, 2022 in order to:

  • Be more strategic in the use of DOM research lab space
  • Identify tactics for maximizing space optimization and efficiency
  • Increase opportunities for investigator equipment space
  • Support the environment with more energy efficient equipment

This dedicated campaign will encourage freezer optimization through: inventory of freezers, removing old samples where possible, identifying opportunities for consolidation and sharing, and identifying freezers/samples that can be moved to off-site storage. Active investigators in the Department of Medicine are eligible to be entered in a lottery to win a prize.

For more information check out our Apollo page, to document campaign activities, click here, or contact Michelle Tagerman at Also check our twitter feed @DOMFreezerHero, and use #DOMFreezerHero and #DOMFreezerCleanupCampaign.

5. Scientific Computing Report 2021

With over 2467 active accounts on the ERISOne Linux Cluster and 710 new customers in 2021 alone (4.5% increase from last year), ERIS Scientific Computing provides a range of computational resources, platforms and support for the Mass General Brigham research and innovation communities. New this past year, the ERISXdl Linux GPU Cluster opened for a pilot phase. Currently free for users, the goal of ERISXdl is to give researchers the opportunity and necessary resources to complete deep learning and other GPU-powered analyses.  Contact with any questions or concerns.

Click here to learn more.

6. Critical Patching Needed for all SPSS Software

You must update your SPSS software to version 28 and patch in order to address a critical vulnerability. Detailed instructions are available in the Knowledge Base: INFO: SPSS Patching for the Apache Log4j VulnerabilityRead more about the Apache Log4j critical vulnerability that can lead to potential execution of arbitrary code. Contact for technical assistance.

Click here to learn more.

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1. MGH Research Council

Monday, January 3, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

Please join us for Research Council on Monday, January 3, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, via Zoom to learn more about research support at Mass General! 
All members of the Mass General Research Institute are welcome to attend!

"Research Support at a Soft Money Institution"
Harry W. Orf, PhD, Sr. VP, Research, MGH
Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director, Mass General Research Institute

Zoom Meeting Information
Join URL:
Meeting ID: 847 1934 3993
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84719343993# 
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923

2. The Chester Pierce Research Society Speaker Series

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Zoom

“The Evolving Role of Neuroimaging in Alzheimer's Disease: from
symptoms to in Vivo Biology”

Julie Price, PhD
Director, PET Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging,
Investigator, Department of Radiology,
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Faculty Co‚ÄźDirector for Research, MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Click here to register.

3. Celebration of Mentoring at MGH

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Zoom

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

Join us to celebrate the vibrant mentoring culture at MGH! This event will recognize recipients of 2021 departmental, MGH-wide, and Harvard mentoring awards. In particular, the winners of the 2021 CFD Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be announced.

“Lateral Mentoring™ in a Hierarchical Environment: Mentoring at every stage in your career”

Many people think of mentoring as hierarchical - a mentee is seeking guidance from someone directly above (and in the same department). However, the most effective mentorship is lateral, and many people are already doing it without even knowing it! By learning the different ways we can engage in mentoring, we can gain benefits that far exceed our expectations. And, we can mentor at any stage of our career, including in retirement!

Keynote speaker: Deborah Heiser, PhD, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Project, Founder of I.M.AGE. Dr. Heiser is an Applied Developmental Psychologist, a TEDx speaker, Psychology Today contributor, researcher, author, coach, consultant, Founder and CEO of The Mentor Project, and an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at SUNY Old Westbury.

Click to register

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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:

2. 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 Award – Click here

3. 2022 Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Pilot and Feasibility Award program

LETTER OF INTENT DUE: December 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm
FULL APPLICATION DUE: February 21, 2022

The Harvard Digestive Diseases Center (HDDC) will be accepting applications for new pilot and feasibility projects for the upcoming funding period (7/1/21 - 6/30/23). Requests can be made for up to $45,000 direct costs.

A Letter of Intent is required. This allows the HDDC to verify eligibility of the applicant for this program and the relevance of the project to the mission of the HDDC.
Please use the LOI form and submit, along with your updated NIH biosketch, to Kiki Densamo at: LOIs will be reviewed and applicants whose projects are considered eligible will be invited to submit a full application, as described below.

SCIENTIFIC SCOPE of the Pilot and Feasibility (P/F) Awards Program
The Harvard Digestive Disease Center is focused on the study of epithelial cell function and mucosal biology including inflammation and host defense of the gastrointestinal tract. The Center’s major emphasis on the inflammatory bowel diseases, gut microbiology, and stem cell and developmental biology of the intestine, liver, and pancreas. Pilot and Feasibility projects will be considered for support if they relate directly or indirectly to this mission. Clinical and translational research proposals are encouraged.

Eligible projects may be in areas such as:

  • cell and molecular biology that relate to epithelial structure and function in the alimentary tract, liver, and pancreas

  • epithelial-microbe interactions and pathogenesis of enteric infectious diseases

  • host defense in the GI tract, mucosal immunity and vaccine development

  • epithelial cell growth and differentiation, and stem cell biology

  • carcinogenesis in the GI tract

  • smooth muscle motility and biology of the enteric nervous system

UTILIZATION of HDDC CORE FACILITIES is strongly encouraged.
Cores include:

  • Core B: Microscopy and Histopathology

  • Core C: Epithelial Cell Biology and Mucosal Tissue Assessment

  • Core D: Gnotobiotic, Microbiology, and Metagenomics


  • Enable young scientists and clinicians to pursue innovative and promising pilot projects, which ultimately might lead to independent support. This is the primary focus of the Pilot and Feasibility Program.

  • Support is prioritized towards young investigators who have not held independent awards (such as an R01 and/or P01) in order to allow them to perform independent promising research that tests a novel research direction or hypothesis (per NIH policy).

  • Second priority is given to investigators without current involvement in research related digestive diseases in order to entice them to join the field (per NIH policy).

  • Lowest priority is assigned to established investigators already working in digestive disease-related research who are making a substantial change in the direction of their research (per NIH policy).

  • Established investigators in digestive disease-related research cannot be supported for projects related to ongoing work in their labs.


  • New/Young Investigators are particularly encouraged to apply and to use P/F funding to gather preliminary data needed for subsequent NIH applications.

  • Applicants must be at the level of “Instructor” or higher at the time the funding commences.

  • P/F projects cannot overlap with any ongoing funded project.

  • Established investigators must show how this project is a significant departure from ongoing work. Proposals that are logical extensions of ongoing projects are not eligible.

  • Investigators must address aspects of Rigor and Transparency in their application ( This will be distinct criterion for review.

  • P/F grants are not intended to be used as bridging support.

  • An investigator can be funded only once in every five-year cycle.

  • Funding for the second year is contingent on review of a year 1 progress report.

  • HDDC member laboratories and applicants with projects aiming for careers relevant to mission of HDDC will have priority.

Funds may be used for the following:

  • Technical support

  • Research supplies

  • Equipment is funded only in veryrare instances where it is vital to the particular project, unique and not available in any of the HDDC core facilities. Equipment requests require a budget justification and approval by the Executive Committee.

Non-allowable expenses:

  • Salaries (Investigator, Post-Doctoral)

  • Travel

Awards are split over 2 years. In recent years, project budgets have ranged from $25,000 to $45,000 direct costs. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs are limited to 25%.

Wayne Lencer, HDDC Director (617) 919-2573
Jerrold R. Turner, HDDC P/F Program Director (617) 525-8165
Kiki Densamo, Sr. Admin. Assoc.(617) 919-2543

Visit the HDDC website for details, LOI form, and application instructions

4. 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.
5. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592

The primary mission of this program is to promote the development of a diverse, translational research workforce that is capable of participating and/or leading cross-disciplinary team science relevant for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias.  The trainee will pursue a targeted research project under the mentorship of world-class researchers in the Harvard research community in three key areas:

  1. biology of aging and neurodegeneration;
  2. data sciences, computational biology, statistics, math/engineering/physics;
  3. drug discovery and development

Most T32 faculty are within the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and/or Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  Training includes targeted coursework, didactic lectures, and a dedicated T32 lecture series. General training includes research conduct, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, career development, and grant development activities.

Eligibility: PhD, MD, MD/PhD and U.S. citizen or permanent resident (see NIH PAR-18-524), with rolling admission for 4 training slots.  Our goal is to recruit a truly diverse T32 trainee pool that is highly representative of URM and women trainees.

Additional information: Please see for further information including application instructionsPlease submit questions to:  Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at

6. 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.

  • Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Demonstration Projects) – NEW!
  • Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Coordinating Center) – 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

7. Foundation Funding Opportunities

Please contact Corporate & Foundation Relations in the Office of Development at 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 12/24/21

  • Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID, American Heart Association (AHA) NEW! COVID! $1 million. Application Deadline: February 1
  • Esther Katz Rosen Gift Fund Child Research Grants, American Psychological Association (APA)/American Psychological Foundation (APF). $50,000. Application Deadline: March 1
  • Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). $300,000. LOI Deadline: January 12
  • CURE Epilepsy Award, CURE, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. $250,000. LOI Deadline: January 10
  • CURE Taking Flight Award, CURE, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. $100,000. LOI Deadline: January 10
  • Clinical Trial Grants, FRAXA Research Foundation. Unspecified Amount. Application Deadline: Continuous
  • FRAXA Fellowships, FRAXA Research Foundation. $100,000. Application Deadline: February 1
  • Integrative Medicine Start-Up Grants, Weil Foundation. Unspecified Amount. Proposal Deadline: January 31
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