Research News - December 29, 2017


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December 29, 2017

1. Call for Abstracts: Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2018 Poster Session
2. Insight 4.0 News



1. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine
2. Achieving Research Independence: The K-to-R Transition
3. Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award


1. MassNextGen
2. Vertex Fellowship
3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. NIH Update for Week Ending December 29, 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

ECOR is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 SAC Poster Session
Now is the chance to exhibit your research but don't wait too long to submit your abstract- we are already over 30% full and will reach our capacity before the deadline.

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. Insight 4.0 News

The new Insight 4.0 Agreements module is live. The Research Applications and Analytics team would like to thank all of those who provided input and time to help make this possible.

How to Get Started

  • A Guide to Get Started is available to help orient you to key parts of the system
  • You can access the system by logging into Insight through your Partners Application menu and clicking on Agreements.  You can log in directly at


  • Call of email the Insight Help Desk to open a service ticket with any issues or questions
  • Insight Help Desk:
  • Telephone Support: (857) 282-1959

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1. A Practical Guide to Biobanking for Biomarker and Precision Medicine

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:00– 4:00pm, Simches 3.110

Presented by MGH Division of Clinical Research, Harvard Catalyst Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation

Speakers: Pearl O’Rourke, MD, Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, and Scott Weiss, MD, MS
This course will provide an introduction to the use of biorepositories for clinical research, a practical guide to banking, accessing, and using samples and phenotypic data, and an overview of relevant human subjects issues. The course is geared toward investigators and staff at all levels interested in the utility of biorepositories for their research.

Please click here to register. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

2. Achieving Research Independence: The K-to-R Transition

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30 am, MGH main campus, details with registration.

Presented by the Office for Research Career Development

Are you an NIH Career Development (K) Awardee preparing for the next steps towards an independent career?  In this seminar, Dr. P. Kay Lund, Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and Extramural Research Training Officer at the NIH will discuss the process for successfully transitioning from mentored researcher to independent PI, and the NIH funding mechanisms to support your science career.  This seminar will also be useful for early career researchers who are transitioning from other types of mentored research support.

Please click here to register, or email with questions.

3. Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award

Weekly, February 7 - March 7, Simches Building, 2nd Floor, Garrod/Mendel Conference Room

This course is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Are you planning on submitting for an NIH Career Development Award? Then plan on attending Conquering the K!

Conquering the K is a comprehensive, five session course, which focuses on the preparation of a NIH career development proposal. MGH faculty will discuss research design and career development plan focusing on how all the sections of the application must fit together to demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to becoming a clinical investigator. Hands-on workshops are included to help participants prepare each section.

Application deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018. Due to the interactive design of this course, there will be a limited number of spots. ** Incomplete applications will not be considered **

Who should attend? Fellows and instructors interested in submitting for an NIH K-Award (i.e. K08, K23) in June/October 2018 or February 2019.

Course Requirements: All attendees will be required to submit their draft of specific aims, name of mentor, and confirm whether they have preliminary data.

Please apply here. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

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1. MassNextGen

The Massachusetts Next Generation Initiative (MassNextGen) is a five year, $1 million commitment to ensure the next generation of life science entrepreneurs have equal representation of men and women. MassNextGen is a partnership between the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and anchor sponsor Takeda.

Each year, following a competitive program, two women-owned or controlled early-stage life science companies will be awarded a year-long customized package of support, which includes funding and access to a network of seasoned Executive Coaches from the life sciences ecosystem to refine business strategies to effectively raise capital.

Takeda is the first private partner to kick off this program by providing $250,000 to match the MLSC $250,000 over a five year period. As a result, $100,000 in funding is available for the inaugural year of the program to be distributed to two winners of a competitive process, each receiving a $50K grant. An additional $100,000 of in-kind support and coaching from an illustrious network of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors as executive coaches who will be available to winners of the first year’s challenge. 

For more information, click here.

2. Vertex Fellowship

The Vertex Fellowship is a unique program in which outstanding scientists and physicians are matched with mentors and embedded on Vertex project teams for one year. The team match is based on your interest and experience. You will receive didactic training on the integrated process of drug discovery in addition to hands-on experience with real world R&D problems. The program is directed by David Altshuler, EVP and Chief Scientific Officer, with the involvement of other Vertex senior leaders.

Why be a Vertex Fellow?

  • Help patients by contributing to transformative medicines
  • Learn about drug discovery to help inform your future work
  • Advance a scientific idea rapidly in a team-based environment
  • Receive mentorship from scientific, medical and business leaders at Vertex
  • Join a community of Fellows that spans industry and academia
  • Accelerate your career growth by learning from a cross-functional team that created a
  • global biotech company

How is the Vertex Fellows program unique?

  • 1 year to augment, rather than replace, a traditional post-doc,
  • residency, or business school experience
  • You work on real drug discovery challenges
  • You receive hands-on and didactic education about drug discovery
  • You gain exposure to many different parts of the drug discovery
  • process (e.g. research, clinical, commercial, business development)
  • You are mentored by Vertex senior leaders
  • Vertex has a track record of innovation and being an award-winning
  • place to work

Please express your interest by January 31 by submitting an application with your CV and a 1-page letter describing what you hope to learn and contribute at

3. 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.

  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation   
  • Microphysiological Systems Data Center (U24) - NEW!
  • NextGen Tissue Chip Testing Centers: Validating Microphysiological Systems (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - NEW!
  • Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional) - NEW!
  • Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 - Clinical Trial Optional) - NEW!
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 - Clinical Trial Optional) 
  • Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (P30)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)

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

4. 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 12/29/17

  • Debbie's Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Fellowship, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Annual Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grants, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)
  • Young Investigator Award (YIA), Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF)
  • Research Fellowships, Cooley's Anemia Foundation
  • Clinical Research Mentorship, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
  • Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)
  • Research Fellowship Grant (RFG), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)
  • Research in Education Grants (REG), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)
  • Keith Michael Andrus Cardiac Research Award, Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)
  • Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO), Global Probiotics Council (GPC)
  • Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, Health Resources in Action (HRiA)/The Medical Foundation
  • Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation
  • Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research, Michelson Foundation/Human Vaccine Project
  • Research Seed Money Grant for Malonic Aciduria, National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)
  • Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment Grants, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Grants, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)/PVA Education Foundation
  • Research Grants, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF)
5. NIH Update for Week Ending December 29, 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

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

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: January 7, 2018; 7th day of each month

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).

January 10 -  Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX
January 11 - MGH ORCD RCR Series -  Responsible Authorship: Case Studies

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