Research News - December 21, 2018

 

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December 21, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

1. Employee Alert System
2. The new Partners Standard PC with Windows 10 is now available for purchase

EVENTS
 

1. Vaccine and Immunotherapy Symposium
2. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2019 Poster Session
3. Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award: Clinical Investigator Track
4. Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award: Fundamental Research Track
5. Research in Precision and Genomic Medicine
6. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
7. ERIS Office Hours at MGH
8. R Intro Training

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 

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

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

Do you know what to do in an emergency? During a disaster the hospital can send you important messages by text, email, phone, and computer alerts via the Employee Alert System.

More information available at: https://pulse.partners.org/eas

 
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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EVENTS
 
1. Vaccine and Immunotherapy Symposium

January 25, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, O’Keefe Auditorium

The Annual Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center Symposium is being held on January 25th, 2019 in the O’Keefe Auditorium at MGH and we would be delighted if you can join us.

The Plenary speakers in the first morning session between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM will be Dr. William Carson, President and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc. and Dr. George Savage, Cofounder and CMO of Proteus Digital Health, Inc. Bill and Georges’ talk is titled ‘Digital Medicine: Journey from Silicon Valley to FDA Approval.’

The later morning session beginning at 10:30 AM will feature presentations from VIC team leaders highlighting their current translational research projects and their development of new vaccines and immunotherapies for infectious diseases, cancer and type 1 diabetes.

The Round Table panel discussion beginning at 1:30 PM, will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Brown, the Director of the MGH Office of Research Career Development on the topic of Building Research Career Success at the Interface Between the Bench and the Bedside’. Panel members will be Drs. Sylvie Breton, Nick Dyson, Tayyaba Hasan and Ruxandra Sîrbulescu. This will be of particular interest to PhD scientists at MGH and their mentors.

 
2. 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!

QUESTIONS
If you have problems or questions please email sac@partners.org

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

Weekly starting February 6th- March 6th | Simches Building, 2nd Floor | Garrod/Mendel Conference Room

*Please note that there is an additional Conquering the K course with a Fundamental Research Track starting on February 27- please click this link to be directed to that offering

This course is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Are you planning on submitting a grant application for an NIH Career Development Award (K Award)? Then plan on attending Conquering the K!
Conquering the K is a comprehensive, five-session course, which focuses on the preparation of an NIH career development proposal. MGH faculty will discuss research design and the career development plan, focusing on how all the sections of the application must fit together to demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to and potential for becoming an independent investigator. Hands-on workshops and a mock study section are included to help participants prepare each section.
Application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 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 an application for an NIH K23 Award, K08 focused on behavior research, or K grant in the area of epidemiology or other patient-oriented research in June/October 2019 or February 2020.

Course Requirements: All attendees will be required to submit a rough draft of Specific Aims and name of mentor.

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

 
4. Conquering the K: Applying for an NIH Career Development Award: Fundamental Research Track

Weekly starting February 27th- March 27th | Simches Building, 3nd Floor | Simches 3.130

This course is sponsored by the MGH Division of Clinical Research

Are you planning on submitting for an NIH Career Development Award (K Award)? Then plan on attending Conquering the K!
Conquering the K is a comprehensive, four-session course, which focuses on the preparation of a NIH career development proposal. MGH faculty will discuss research design and the career development plan focusing on how all the sections of the application must fit together to demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to and potential for becoming an independent investigator. Hands-on workshops are included to help participants prepare each section.
Application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 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? Post-docs and instructors interested in submitting an application for an NIH K08 or other K Award application focused on a fundamental research topic  in 2019 or 2020.
Course Requirements: All attendees will be required to submit a rough draft of Specific Aims and name of mentor.

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

 
5. Research in Precision and Genomic Medicine

Monday, February 11 | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm | Simches Room 3.110

The MGH Division of Clinical Research is sponsoring a course focused on research in genomic and precision medicine.  Precision medicine has the potential to change how health care is practiced. An important component of precision medicine is the use of an individual’s genomic information to offer targeted treatment.

Distinguished faculty from MGH will provide an introductory lecture on precision medicine, discuss current challenges in pharmacogenomic research as well as the direction of research in cardiology and oncology.

This course is intended for clinical research investigators at the fellow and faculty level.
Register here. Please contact Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs with any questions.

 
6. MGH ORCD RCR Series: Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees

Tuesday, February 26, Noon to 1:00 pm, Simches 3.110, Simches Research Building, 3rd Floor

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

Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees

This seminar will discuss the characteristics of good mentoring relationships at all stages of a research career, including:

  • What are the best practices for an effective mentor?
  • How do you make the transition from mentee to mentor?
  • How can you build and maintain your mentoring network?

Facilitator: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director of the Office for Research Career Development, Director of the Program in Membrane Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Systems Biology, MGH

Please click here to register.

 
7. ERIS Office Hours at MGH

Monday, January 7 from 1-3p.m., MGH Simches 3130 (after MGH Research Council)

Stop by for 1:1 support and learn the ERISOne Linux ClusterPartners R User Group and more. Whether currently using ERIS services or looking to start, come on by for in-person consultation and supportSubject matter experts will be on site and happy to help you navigate the ERIS tools and services available to help your research and innovation, discuss problems and answer your questions. No appointment necessary. We hope to see you then!

 
8. R Intro Training

Wednesday, January 30 from 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

Assembly Row Training Room 2W23, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA 02145
R is a free, open-source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This training course targets research scientists who have no or little knowledge of R. The hands-on training will provide many examples and exercises on ways to use R including computation, data manipulation, plots and installs. This hands-on course has limited space, and registration is required.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 
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. 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: https://www.massgeneral.org/research/ 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: http://www.mghpcs.org/munncenter/connellpostdoc/     

Deadline – 2/15/19

For questions, please email MunnCenter@partners.org

 
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.

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.

  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • Research Approaches to Improve the Care and Outcomes of People Living with Spina Bifida (CDC) – NEW!
  • HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Data Integration, Algorithm Development and Operations MANAGEMENT Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – 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)
  • NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (UE5 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) – NEW!
  • Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32) – NEW!
  • 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 ecor@mgh.harvard.edu.

 
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 devcfr@mgh.harvard.edu 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 12/21/18

  • The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, & Treatment Services, American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • PNH Research Grant, Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. (AA&MDSIF)
  • Grants, Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
  • Signature Employment Grants, Kessler Foundation
  • Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program, Leukemia Research Foundation, Inc.
  • Infrastructure Grants, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
  • Research Grants, National Pancreas Foundation (NPF)
  • Post Doctoral Fellowships - Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc. (PhRMA Foundation)
  • PKD Foundation Fellowships, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation)
  • PKD Foundation Research Grants, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation)
  • Research Grants, Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA)
  • Grants, Weil Foundation
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

NIH Update for Week Ending December 21, 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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