Research News- January 24, 2014
















January 24, 2014




1. Partners Research Management Message for January 23, 2014
2. Windows 7/Office 2007 rollout/End-of-Support for Office 2003 applications
3. PHS Government Affairs Update- January 24, 2014




1. MGH Research Council
2. MGH Seminar Series in Cell Biology
3. Harvard Catalyst Overview




1. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
2. Private Funding Opportunities
3. The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine
4. Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
5. Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies
6. NIH Update for Week Ending January 24, 2013




Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events




1. Partners Research Management Message for January 23, 2014

Please click here to view the Partners Research Management Message for January 23, 2014.

  • NIH Executive Level II Salary Cap Raised 1% to $181,500, Effective January 12, 2014
  • Update on the Research Portal
  • Research Management Upcoming Training Courses
  • MGH Institute PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences


2. Windows 7/Office 2007 rollout/End-of-Support for Office 2003 applications

Effective April 8, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP and Office 2003. After this date, Microsoft will discontinue all free security updates and other necessary support components for these operating systems and they will need to be removed from our desktop computers.


What does this mean for users at MGH/MGPO?

The current Windows 7 upgrade initiative includes Office 2007, and the migration of all users is anticipated for completion in April. Departments will continue to receive notifications regarding their upgrade timing, and users will then be able to convert old Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents into the updated format.


What does this mean for applications that use Word or Excel 2003?

Applications that have dependencies on Word and/or Excel 2003 will likely need to be upgraded.


If you own an application that has such dependencies, please provide these details to the MGH/MGPO IS contact below. This information will be used to help identify possible solutions for your upgrading needs.


What does this mean for Access 2003 databases?

It is expected that users/owners of individual or shared Access 2003 databases may require further assessment and consideration of conversion options to maintain full functionality and prevent loss of data. In the interim, there is a "virtual Access 2003" option that is a part of the Windows 7 image that will continued to be delivered to users during the upgrade and for a brief period of time after the Windows7/Office 2007 is complete.


The MGH/MGPO Information Systems department is looking to identify Access database owners/users that may be impacted by this end of support notification.


If you use an Access 2003 database, please provide the following details to the contact below. This information will be used to help source remediation options for how you move forward and address your upgrade needs:


-Access Database Owner/Contact Person

-Primary purpose for use

-User(s) of database

-How often is it used?

-Is it located on a single computer or shared drive?


Please send details for Access, Word, or Excel to Jina Yoo (617-726-9304) at by Friday, January 31.


We will provide testing area's where database owners can test their applications with Office 2007 and Office365. For databases/applications that need to be upgraded, we will work with the database owner to identify various upgrade options, including a referral to a number of software contractors with Office application experience should any departments need to purchase custom programming.


3. PHS Government Affairs Update- January 24, 2014

Click here to read the Partners Government Affairs Update.




1. MGH Research Council

Monday, February 3, 2014, 12:00 -1:00 PM, Simches 3.110
with Broadcast to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th floor), Lunch available at 11:45 AM

All MGH Researchers welcome!

  • PIVOT-Amy Robb, Assistant Director for Prospect Research and Funding Opportunities, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • MGH Research Internet Website -Harry W. Orf, PhD, SVP for Research
  • ECOR Website - Deverie Bongard, Associate Director for Technology & Communication, ECOR


2. MGH Seminar Series in Cell Biology

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 4:00 PM, Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY Bldg. 149-East, Room 7231)

Sponsored by the Division of Nephrology

"Discovery of New Pathways and Molecules using Comprehensive Metabolomics and Peptidomics"
Alan Saghetalian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Host: Roy J. Soberman, M.D.
Contact: Christine Plouffe:; phone: 617-724-1502


3. Harvard Catalyst Overview

Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Thier Conference Room, Thier Research Building, 1st floor


Are you looking for more ways to connect to the clinical and translational research community?


Come to this workshop to learn about the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Translational Science Center's:

  • Funding and Resources
  • Educational Training Opportunities
  • Classes and Partnerships


Carol Martin

Harvard Catalyst CTSC Program Manager

Program for Faculty Development and Diversity, Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership


Bring your laptop or IPad for an up-close and personal hands-on experience!


Co-sponsored by the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office and Center for Faculty Development


Please RSVP by clicking here.





1. 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:
1. Name of the Principal Investigator with appropriate contact information
2. A descriptive title of the potential application
3. Brief description of the project
4. Brief description of why you specifically should be selected to receive institutional nomination for this award

In the event that there is more than one MGH investigators interested in applying 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.

  • Hyundai Hope Grant Program
  • Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancer for Year 2014 (P50)
  • Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R25)
  • Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R25)
  • Coordination Center for Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R01)
  • NIH Coordination and Evaluation Center for Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program (U54)
  • NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54)
  • Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42)
  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)
  • Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC) (P50)
  • Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (P30) - NEW
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P50) - NEW
  • Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Center (P30) - NEW

If there is a limited submission funding opportunity you do not see listed above or you have any additional questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.


2. Private 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 funding opportunities. Note that proposals are still routed through the standard InfoEd/Research Management process.

  • The Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention: Early Detection and Treatment, American Cancer Society
  • Child Health Research Awards Program, Charles H. Hood Foundation
  • Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award, Alpha-1 Foundation
  • Emerging Leader Award, Bay Area Lyme Foundation
  • State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE): Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.


3. The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine

The HMS Office for Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Shore Fellowship Application

The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine seeks to support the academic success of junior faculty, women and men, at the most vulnerable point in their careers, namely, when young physicians and scientists must teach, do research, compete for grants, publish, and practice (if a clinical faculty member) at the same time they may be assuming increased family or other responsibilities. Stipends of at least $25,000 may be used to buy protected time from clinical or laboratory responsibilities to pursue academic work, including writing a grant application, preparing a manuscript, completing a research project, or developing a new curriculum. Funds awarded could also be used for additional laboratory assistance at a time when the junior faculty member does not yet have independent funding.

The program was renamed in 2004 to honor Doctors Eleanor and Miles Shore's efforts on behalf of the 50th Anniversary Scholars in Medicine Fellowship program.

For a more detailed description, list of participating fellowships, eligibility criteria, application and instructions, click here. Please check back for updates and additions to the list of fellowships.

Application deadline is February 10, 2014. Please note that some fellowships have different application deadlines; please see website for details.

For questions, please contact the Faculty Development Coordinator Megan Dross at (617) 432-1198 or


4. Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014

The Shapiro Institute for Education and Research is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for a one-year Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education. The Fellowship was established in 1998 to provide faculty the opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to launch or advance academic careers in medical education and/or academic leadership.

Faculty participating in the Rabkin Fellowship will:

  • Develop and enhance their skills as medical educators;
  • Conduct education research or undertake a project in an area of importance in medical education, including UME, GME and CME;
  • Learn the principles of effective academic leadership and develop the skills needed to create change; and
  • Become members of a community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and the creation of effective learning environments across the continuum of medical education.

The Fellowship is open to all faculty with a primary appointment at Harvard Medical School and who currently teach at HMS or a Harvard-affiliated institution. The Rabkin Fellowship should be of particular interest to those faculty members whose careers include, or will include, a substantial amount of teaching.

The Request for Applications along with an application form and instructions may be found by visiting: and follows for your convenience.

BIDMC Center for Education
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: (617) 667-9120


5. Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies

CAMTech's $100K Innovation Awards program is a request for proposals for innovative health technologies targeting pressing global health challenges. The awards look not only for innovative technical solutions, but also for solutions that will be sustainable and scalable in LMICs in the long term.

2014 Request for Applications (RFA)
With support from the Bacca Foundation and the Omidyar Network, we are pleased to announce the next round of Innovation Awards to accelerate innovative technologies to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. We are initially requesting a one-page letter of intent (LOI) due February 13, 2014 followed by a full proposal for those invited to apply.

How much are the awards?
The awards provide US$100,000 for one-year of support for innovative technologies. Technologies are defined as devices and protocols, but excluding medicines and vaccines. CAMTech is agnostic to where the technology is in the product development process (e.g. prototyping, field-testing, market research for commercialization etc.) as long as the budget reflects the scope of work proposed.

What are we looking for?
CAMTech is looking for technologies that can strengthen the delivery of healthcare. Successful proposals demonstrate the applicant's technology will improve health outcomes specifically in LMICs; incorporate the value of co-creation throughout the process; have an interdisciplinary team with partners from LMICs; identify a business strategy that is sustainable; and be technologically feasible and innovative compared to what is currently available.

What is the process?
Innovation Awards are provided to a range of recipients, including academic researchers, clinicians, engineers and business students, as well as for-profit institutions and NGOs. During the proposal development process, CAMTech urges applicants to contact the CAMTech team to ensure proposals meet all of the identified criteria. For example, proposals that include one of our LMIC partners in Uganda and/or India are preferred in order to enhance the CAMTech network and build capacity at our international sites. Proposals are submitted to CAMTech's online platform - CoLab.

Please click here for more information.


6. NIH Update for Week Ending January 24, 2013

For the latest National Institutes of Health notices, requests for applications, and program announcements, follow this link:





Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research
Nomination Deadline: January 31

Alex's Lemonade Stand: 2014 Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program
Application Deadline: February 10

2014 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
Application Deadline: February 17

MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
Application Deadline: March 4, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Subject Recruitment and Retention Series - 1/28, 2/5

Research Nurse Book Club: RN Roundtable - January 28

Welcome to the Genetic Code: An Overview of Basic Genetics - February 3

IRB Hot Topics: What Constitutes a Minimal Risk Study? - February 4

Managing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems Including Adverse Events - February 12

K Writing Workshop- February 13

Study Electronic Data Capture: REDCap and StudyTRAX - February 26

Hands-on MORA Training: Managing Monitor Online Record Access - February 28





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