Research News- February 28, 2014






February 28, 2014




1. Core of the Week: CBRC Confocal Microscope Core




1. MGH Research Council
2. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2014: April 2 & 3, 2014




1. MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

2. HMS Foundation Funds: Opportunities for Faculty and Fellows

3. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

4. Private Funding Opportunities

5. NIH Update for Week Ending February 28, 2014




Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events




1. Core of the Week: CBRC Confocal Microscope Core

CBRC Confocal Microscope Core
Director: Kristin White, Ph.D.
Location: Building 149-3, 13th Street, Charlestown

The CBRC Confocal Microscope Core provides support for confocal microscopy. The core is currently equipped with a Nikon A1SiR confocal equipped with galvo and resonant scanners for high resolution and high speed scanning. A motorized stage facilities data collection at multiple regions during time lapse imaging. A stage incubator is available for long term imaging of mammalian cells. Spectral imaging and unmixing allows users to separate multiple fluorescent proteins in live and fixed tissue. This facility is available on a fee for service basis to trained users from the CBRC and the MGH Community. Training is a two step process, scheduled on an as needed basis. Please contact the core coordinator with questions or to schedule training.

To learn more about the CBRC Confocal Microscope Core, please click here.




1. MGH Research Council

Monday, March 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

Partners Healthcare Innovation
(formerly known as Research Ventures & Licensing)
Come meet your MGH Innovation Specialists!

Presentation by Chris Coburn
Vice President for Innovation, Partners Healthcare

All MGH Researchers welcome!


2. Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) 2014: April 2 & 3, 2014

The 67th Annual Meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is being held on April 2 & 3, 2014. The agenda for SAC 2014 is now available online! We hope that you will be able to attend at least part of the SAC events on April 2 & 3!




1. MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards

MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
for Junior Faculty Women Investigators in Basic & Clinical Research

Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards!

What are the Claflin Awards?
In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. R. Morton Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH. Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of the Executive Committee On Research (ECOR), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards. It is intended that this transitional funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.

The awards are aimed at MGH junior faculty women pursuing either basic or clinical research that are within 10 years of first full-time faculty appointment.

How much is each award?
These are two year awards for $50,000 per year in direct costs, plus 15% for indirect costs.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 9:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?
Click here to read more and apply online!


2. HMS Foundation Funds: Opportunities for Faculty and Fellows

Information on funding opportunities offered through the HMS Foundation Funds will be available online on February 19 at:

Each year several foundations invite HMS junior faculty members and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. For awards that limit the number of applicants from Harvard, interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the foundations.

The following opportunities may be applied to via HMS:

  • Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award
  • Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists
  • Burroughs Wellcome Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
  • Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program
  • Grunebaum Cancer Research Fellowship
  • Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Searle Scholars Program
  • W.T. Grant Scholars Program

Researchers interested in applying for any of the awards listed above can apply for the HMS nomination by submitting an application online no later than April 1, 2014 at 5:00PM.

Please join us for an informational forum:
- March 11 12:00-1:00pm at HMS in the Armenise Amphitheater. Lunch will be provided.

Please direct all inquiries to Betty Carbunari, Office of the HMS Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463,

The selection process for the following opportunities is handled by MGH ECOR. To view MGH's internal process on applying for limited submission funding opportunities, please click here.

  • ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
  • ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award
  • Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
  • Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation E.D. Thomas Fellowship
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Grant
  • Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences

If you have any questions regarding applying for a limited funding opportunity through MGH, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.


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:
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.

  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30)
  • Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC) (P50)
  • Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (P30)
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P50)
  • Diabetes Research Centers (P30)
  • Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Grant
  • Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Center (P30)
  • American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Awards

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.


4. 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.

  • Stem Cell Investigator Awards, New York Stem Cell Foundation (Note: Mar 17 Deadline)
  • 2014 Grants, MetroWest Health Foundation
  • Research Grant, Lung Cancer Research Foundation
  • Global Social Innovation Competition, Livestrong Foundation
  • TRIH Funding Scheme, Action on Hearing Loss (Trading Name of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People ([RNID])
  • Harry Schwachman Clinical Investigator Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, Cystinosis Research Foundation
  • Research Grants, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
  • Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships, Cancer Research Institute (CRI)
  • Faculty Grant Program, National Marfan Foundation (NMF)

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.


5. NIH Update for Week Ending February 28, 2014

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

Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
Application Deadline: February 28

MGH Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards
Application Deadline: March 4

Pilot Funding: Up to $500,000 for Novel Approaches to Crohn's Disease Proposals
Application Deadline: March 13

MGH ECOR Deliberative Interim Support Funding
Application Deadline: April 1

MGH ECOR Sequestration Relief Funding
Application Deadline: April 1

Genetic Literacy: A Guide to Understanding the Language and Concepts of Modern Genetic Research - March 4

Partners Innovators Forum: Accelerating Innovation in the Electronic Era of HealthCare - March 6

Problem-Based Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators - March 6, 13, 19, 27

Introduction to Survey Design - March 6, 13, 19, 26

CRP Spotlight Series: Bio-Specimen Processing Basics - March 12

QI Roundtable: Study Start-Up - March 20

Orientation Program: Clinical Research Resources at MGH - March 27

Connecting Immunologists across Harvard: Junior Faculty Retreat - March 31





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