Research News - December 14, 2018


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December 14, 2018

1. Need a FREE New -80 Freezer? Enter Our Lottery!
2. The new Partners Standard PC with Windows 10 is now available for purchase



1. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2019 Poster Session
2. Basic Biostatistics for Clinical Research
3. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Workshop


1. The Moore Inventor Fellows 2019
2. 2019 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)
3. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program
4. Connell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing Research
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
6. Private Funding Opportunities

In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events
1. Need a FREE New -80 Freezer? Enter Our Lottery!

One hundred new -80 Stirling energy-efficient freezers are being made available to Partners Healthcare at NO COST as part of Eversource’s energy conservation program. Approximately half of these freezers will be made available to MGH researchers to exchange out for older less energy-efficient freezers. Just as we do for giving out Patriots football tickets, we will conduct a lottery to see who gets the new freezers. The only conditions to enter the lottery are: 1) you must be able to turn in a working older (2014 or earlier) -80 freezer; 2) the freezer must reside in MGH space; 3) you must be the lab PI who owns the freezer; 4) you must exchange out the old freezer NLT 28 February, 2019.

Stirling is taking the 100 -80 freezers out of an order for their biggest vendor, Genentech, in order to meet the Eversource exchange offer to Partners.  The only caveat is that the freezers are specifically made for Earthquake zones (they are outfitted without leveling feet) and have a Genentech label. However, as a bit of a bonus, they come with an LN2 back-up manifold and customized graphics.  Each freezer will come with 5 shelves and both a 110v and 208v plug. You can view this product and its specifications in the two attachments. The Research Institute will cover the costs of new freezer delivery and old freezer disposal, so the winning lottery entries will receive the new freezers at no cost to the PI.

To qualify for the lottery, the -80 freezer to be exchanged must have been purchased in 2014 or earlier. PI’s may submit up to three lottery entries provided they have three different 2014-or-earlier freezers to exchange (i.e., only one entry per exchange freezer allowed). To register a freezer for the lottery, please click here:

Only entries received before midnight on Thursday, 20 December will be put into the lottery. Winning entries will have the purchase year of the freezer confirmed independently by RSMG.

Good luck!

2. The new Partners Standard PC with Windows 10 is now available for purchase

Windows 10 is now available when you order a new Partners Standard desktop or laptop on the Ergonomics Ordering website. Windows 10 offers faster startup speed, improved security features, and a modern layout. These newest desktops and laptops offer the latest 64-bit hardware from HP and include more memory and solid state drives for best performance. Please use the Partners Win 10 Application Checker before placing an order to confirm that applications work with Windows 10. Although applications are tested and certified weekly, not all Partners applications are currently certified to work on Windows 10. Learn more on the Windows 10 Resource Site.

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1. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2019 Poster Session

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Simches Building, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor (SERI)

Now is the chance to exhibit your research!
ECOR is now accepting abstracts for the 2019 SAC Poster Session
Deadline for submission:  Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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).

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

If you have problems or questions please email

2. Basic Biostatistics for Clinical Research

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Simches Room 3.110

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research and the MGH Biostatistics Center

Brian Healy, PhD, MGH Biostatistics Center
This course will provide clinical researchers with a solid foundation in biostatistical concepts. Intended for those with minimal statistical experience, these five lectures will serve as an introduction to biostatistical issues in clinical investigation and will prepare students for more advanced courses on clinical trial design and biostatistics offered through the DCR’s Education Unit. 

January 4: Types of Data, P-Value, Steps for Hypothesis Testing, and T-Test
January 11:  ANOVA and Regression
January 18: Analysis of Dichotomous Outcomes and Time to Event Outcomes
January 25: Power and Sample Size
February 1: Grant Writing: Statistical Considerations Section with Pilot Data
Registration is required. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

3. Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Workshop

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 11:00am – 2:00pm | Garrod/Mendel Conference Room

Sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Jonathan Jackson, PhD
This seminar will cover an introduction to community engagement, recruitment, and retention, including a focus on best practices and common mistakes. The seminar will demonstrate how best to implement strategies at study design, implementation, and follow-up. The presentation will be followed by a 2-hour workshop for participants to discuss and revise their study recruitment plans.
This course is geared towards project investigators.

Participants must submit a recruitment plan to enroll in this workshop. (The recruitment plan from the most recent NIH grant submission is sufficient.).

 Register Here. Contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with questions.

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1. The Moore Inventor Fellows 2019

A program of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Pre-proposals are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Moore Inventor Fellows

What are they?
Gordon Moore’s contribution to the development of microelectronics helped produce the exponential growth of the digital revolution. In the spirit of Moore’s passion for science and penchant for inventing, the foundation seeks to support people who create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.
MGH is eligible to nominate a maximum of two (2) candidates.

Who should apply?
Full time postdocs or junior faculty who are no more than 10 years past receiving the terminal advanced degree in their field (MS, PhD, or MD)

How much is each award?
The award is $200,000 per year for three years. In addition, the foundation will provide the host institution with $25,000 each year to cover costs associated with administering the grant award.

The mentor and or department/unit will be required to contribute $50,000 in annual direct support of the inventor’s work. Each fellow must devote at least 25 percent of their time to their invention.

This funding opportunity is not exempt from the 15% indirect cost (IDC) floor minimum. However, ECOR policy states that "for MGH investigators selected through a competitive process as the institutional nominee for the Moore Inventor Fellows in which the grant will bring in less than 15% indirect cost (IDC), ECOR will cover the IDC gap up to a maximum of $50,000 per year.

When is the deadline?  

MGH pre-proposal deadline: Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5:00pm
Submit nomination to sponsor: Monday, February 11, 2019
Sponsor deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5:00pm (PT)

How do I learn more about the opportunity and apply?
Moore Inventor Fellows internal pre-proposal– Click here
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation websiteClick here

2. 2019 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Diversity and Inclusion runs the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP). Founded in 1992, SRTP attracts college and medical students from around the nation to MGH. The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Twenty students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students participate in weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions and have opportunities for clinical shadowing at MGH.

Application Deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019
Click here to apply: 2019 SRTP Application

3. W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program

Internal Deadline: December 21, 2018

Brief Description:
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 edge 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 are typically about $1 million.
Indirect Cost Rate: Indirect costs are not allowed


  • 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 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). 
  • 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 MAGNITUE) 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 21st, 2018 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 617.724.5626 or

4. Connell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing Research

The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is inviting nurse applicants for the newly established Connell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing Research commencing in July 2019.  This is a unique opportunity for early-career nurse researchers within two years of completing a PhD degree (graduation year 2018 or 2019) to receive postdoctoral training at MGH, the leading independent hospital in NIH funding.

The fellowship provides developmental support and resources to advance nursing research in:

  • Symptom Science, including the identification of symptoms and symptom management in the context of acute and chronic illnesses among diverse populations.
  • Nursing Workforce Evaluation, including studies that focus on nursing workload assessment, clinical decision making, organizational culture, evaluation of the professional practice environment, and quality and safety.

Highlights of the Connell Postdoctoral Fellowship include:

  • Salary support with benefits for up to 3 years.
  • Expert mentorship from accomplished nurse scientists within the Munn Center and across MGH and associated institutions.
  • Diverse training and research development opportunities within and outside of MGH, including Harvard Medical School and local nursing schools.
  • Participation in opportunities offered through the MGH Research Institute: including extensive support for professional development, research education and training, and communication.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident/green card holder and a nurse who is a new or recent (calendar year 2018 or 2019) graduate from an accredited PhD program from a U.S. certified institution.

For detailed information, including requirements and application instructions, please visit:     

Deadline – 2/15/19

For questions, please email

5. 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.

  • Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation – NEW!
  • Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • Diabetes Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

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

6. 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 12/14/18

  •  AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowships, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Research Grants, American SIDS Institute
  • Romain Pauwels Research Award, European Respiratory Society
  • Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas, Greenwall Foundation
  • Basic Research Grants Program and Fellowships, Hereditary Disease Foundation
  • Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment Grants, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Research Grants, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Young Investigator Grants, North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • OTA Member Full Research Grant, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
  • HTRS/Novo Nordisk Clinical Fellowship Award (CFA) in Hemophilia and Rare Bleeding Disorders, Thrombosis & Hemostasis Societies of North America
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In Case You Missed It
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

NIH Update for Week Ending December 14, 2018

MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019; 7th day of each month

Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Call for 2019 Development Projects
Application Deadline: January 2, 2019

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).

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