Research News - December 31, 2021

 

         
 
December 31, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

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

EVENTS
 

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

1. COVID Funding Opportunities
2. Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award
3. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
4. T32 Postdoctoral Program to Enrich Translation and Multimodal Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (PET/MR in ADRD) - T32 AG066592
5. Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID, American Heart Association (AHA)
6. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
7. Foundation Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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: www.massgeneral.org/cdi/programs
Questions? Email srtp@mgh.harvard.edu

 
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 mtagerman1@mgh.harvard.edu. Also check our twitter feed @DOMFreezerHero, and use #DOMFreezerHero and #DOMFreezerCleanupCampaign.

 
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EVENTS
 
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: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84719343993
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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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:

 
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. 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.
 
4. 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  https://pricelab.martinos.org/t32-adrd/ for further information including application instructionsPlease submit questions to:  Krystal Whitfield (T32 Administrative Contact) at T32ADRD@mgh.harvard.edu

 
5. Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID, American Heart Association (AHA)

To better understand both COVID-19 and Long COVID, the American Heart Association (AHA) invites research proposals that will contribute to understanding the mechanism(s) underlying cardiac, vascular and cerebrovascular effects of these conditions, as well as mechanisms that contribute to differential susceptibility to Long COVID.  Proposals are sought that will utilize contemporary and innovative approaches to assess tissue damage and/or dysfunction of the heart and vasculature/cerebrovascular, and/or potential associated dysregulation of various signaling pathways and systems.  Proposals directed toward leveraging basic mechanistic discoveries, including identification of biomarkers, to develop therapeutic approaches for cardiovascular consequences of COVID are also of interest.  Due to the heterogeneity of Long COVID, important insights into key mechanistic underpinnings and potential treatment strategies are most likely to be achieved in participant populations with well-characterized phenotypes.       

Because of the racial and ethnic disparities associated with COVID-19 and Long COVID noted above,  proposals should have a strong focus on inclusion of demographically diverse subject populations.  Applicants proposing studies engaging individuals who have active Long COVID are encouraged to consider utilization of a patient-centered approach in designing, conducting and disseminating their studies (https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2021/using-body-mapping-develop-patient-centered-research-agenda-about-long-covid).

Citizenship: Unspecified

Award Amount: $500,000-$1 million paid over 3 years
Indirect Costs: 10%
Research Management Deadline: January 21, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Website: https://professional.heart.org/en/research-programs/strategically-focused-research/long-covid-cv-consequences-grant

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 this opportunity. 

 
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.

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.

  • Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Demonstration Projects)
  • Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Coordinating Center)
  • Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) – 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.

 
7. 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 12/31/21

  • Zenith Fellows Award Program, Alzheimer's Association (ALZ). $450,000. LOI Deadline: February 5
  • Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). $75,000. Application Deadline: January 31
  • Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Solid Tumors, Gilead Sciences, Inc. $130,000. Application Deadline: March 1
  • Lupus Innovation Award (LIA), Lupus Research Alliance NEW! $450,000. LOI Deadline: March 1
  • Lupus Mechanisms and Targets Award, Lupus Research Alliance. $600,000. LOI Deadline: March 1
  • Early Investigator Award, Williams Syndrome Association. $170,000. Application Deadline: Continuous
  • Research Grant, Williams Syndrome Association. Unspecified Amount. Application Deadline: Continuous
 
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