Research News - May 1, 2015





May 1, 2015




1. Core of the Week: CCIB DNA Core
2. MGH Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) Animal Ordering Web Site – Scheduled Maintenance
3. PCORI Update: New Pipeline to Proposal Awards, LOIs Due, Upcoming Board Meeting




1. MGH Research Council
2. MGH Research Core Day
3. Call for Abstracts: Center for Skeletal Research Symposium
4. Save the Date: Steps to Success
5. Call for Abstracts: Present your poster at the Connected Health Symposium




1. MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support
2. FY15 DOD PRCRP and MSRP Program Announcements
3. Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches
4. Private Funding Opportunities
5. Limited Submission Funding Opportunities
6. NIH Update for Week Ending May 1, 2015




Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events




1. Core of the Week: CCIB DNA Core

Directors: Nicole Stange-Thomann, PhD
Locations: 38 Sidney Street, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Center for Computational and Integrative Biology (CCIB) DNA Core provides conventional Sanger DNA sequencing, Oligonucleotide Synthesis, custom molecular biology services, and high-throughput laboratory research automation services including project design and implementation.

In addition, the core has developed a low-cost high-throughput approach for Complete Plasmid Sequencing which combines massively parallel sequencing with automated plasmid assembly.

To learn more about the CCIB DNA Core, please click here.



2. MGH Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) Animal Ordering Web Site – Scheduled Maintenance 

On Friday, 5/1/15, CCM will be performing scheduled maintenance to the Animal Ordering Web Site ( The downtime will begin at 6:00pm on 5/1/15 and end on Saturday 5/2/15 at 6:00pm.

This maintenance is part of the Partners Healthcare project to relocate the CNY Data Center to the all-new Marlborough Data Center (MDC).

Please do not attempt to access the application during this maintenance window.   We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. If you have any questions or problems, please email us at MGHCCM@PARTNERS.ORG



3. PCORI Update: New Pipeline to Proposal Awards, LOIs Due, Upcoming Board Meeting

Please click here to read the latest news from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.



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1. MGH Research Council

Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:00-1:00 pm, Simches Auditorium (3.110), Broadcast to Isselbacher Auditorium (CNY-149, 7th Floor)

Join us as we launch the Mass General Research Institute

Introduction to the Research Institute
Harry W. Orf, PhD, Senior Vice President for Research
Research Institute Steering Committee

Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Scientific Director, Mass General Research Institute
Research Institute Steering Committee

Special Guest Speakers:
•             Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD, Co-Director, Partners Biobank at MGH
“How Investigators Can Utilize Biobank Data”

•             Mason Freeman, MD, Director, Translational Medicine
“Update on the Progress of the Translational Research Unit”

•             Sydney Cash, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology
“MGH Success Stories: Partnering with Philanthropy”

•             Rox Anderson, MD, Director, Wellman Center for Photomedicine
“MGH Success Stories: Partnering with Industry”

All MGH Researchers welcome!



2. MGH Research Core Day

Thursday, June 4, 2015; 1:00 -3:00pm, CNY 149 Atrium area

Please join the MGH Research Community on June 4, 2015 starting at 1pm in the CNY 149 Atrium area to learn more about the Cores at MGH!

Light refreshments will be available as well as a raffle!

If you or a representative from a Core would like to register to participate, please contact Samantha Molle (



3. Call for Abstracts: Center for Skeletal Research Symposium

Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 1:00 - 5:00pm, O’Keeffe Auditorium, Blake 1 

Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 8th at 5pm EDT

 The goal of this symposium is to bring together the Boston bone research community for an exciting afternoon of scientific exchange. The session will feature talks by talented invited leaders of the field and by young investigators who will describe the research they are conducting with the help of Pilot Grants awarded by the Center.   An important feature will be a poster session with prizes, which we hope will be an occasion for informal interchange about new research ideas.  Please register in advance due to limited seating.

To register for this event or to submit an abstract, please go to



4. Save the Date: Steps to Success

Presented by the MGH Training & Workforce Development Office

Financing Your Education Workshop - Wednesday, June 3, Noon-1pm, Haber Auditorium

Representatives from the Harvard University Employees Credit Union and the MGH Institute of Health Professions will discuss various options to assist in financing your education.

Education Fair - Thursday, June 11, Noon-3pm, Bulfinch Tent

The fair provides one-stop-shopping to explore certificate, undergraduate and graduate clinical and non-clinical programs, including nursing, research administration, inpatient coding, health care policy and administration.  Featured schools include Boston University, Bunker Hill Community College, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Emmanuel College and UMass Boston.



5. Call for Abstracts: Present your poster at the Connected Health Symposium

October 29-30, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston

As part of the 2015 Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium (Oct 29-30, Boston), we are pleased to announce a poster session in collaboration with the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Poster presentations offer an opportunity to share your work with an international audience interested in connected health. Poster presenters will enjoy free registration at the Symposium. Abstract submission deadline is May 14th.

With a focus on trends at the intersection of technology and new models of health care delivery, the Connected Health Symposium is a dynamic event that assists you to understand the rapidly-expanding connected health marketplace.

Partners employees can save even more on registration with the early-bird discount, available until July 31st. Visit



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1. MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding Support 

The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is accepting applications for Formulaic Bridge Funding Support.

What is it?
Formulaic Bridge Funding Support is offered to assist MGH Principal Investigators (PIs) during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH.  To be eligible for Formulaic Bridge Funding, applicants must have applied as a PI for an R01 or R21 NIH grant to support an independent, long-term research program.

The Formulaic Bridge process is open to:
1. Investigators whose grants received a score < or = 20th percentile and have received written communication from the NIH that the grant will not be funded.
2. Investigators whose grants received a fundable score (< or = 20th percentile), but are three months past the nominal start date of their NIH grant.

When is the deadline?
7th day of each month

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



2. FY15 DOD PRCRP and MSRP Program Announcements

This announcement is to notify the research community of the recently released Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) and the Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program

  • Idea Award with Special Focus
  • Career Development Award
  • Translational Team Science Award

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program

  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Pilot Clinical Trial Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website, the CDMRP website and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP).
All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website.



3. Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches

The goal of this funding opportunity is to work collaboratively to generate new evidence, methodologies, or tools that will contribute to translational research fostering deeper understanding of the roles of psychosocial stress response in human health and health disparity.

Up to $75,000 is available for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary translational research that enhances our understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations. The ultimate goal is to develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the reduction or elimination of health disparities.

Research priority areas include:

  • Stress Biology and Disease Pathways
  • Measuring Stressors, Stress Response, and Resiliency

These topics were addressed at the “Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches” symposium held in October 2013.

Applications are due by May 14, 2015.

Please review the RFA and apply on our website. Contact us if you have any questions.

The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program increases the prominence and impact of research on health disparities at Harvard, and promotes health equity by facilitating new collaborative research, and providing education and training opportunities in health and healthcare disparities research.



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.

  • SWOG Early Exploration and Development (SEED) Fund, The Hope Foundation
  • SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award, The Hope Foundation
  • AATS Research Scholarship - Third Robert E. Gross Research Scholarship 2016 – 2018, Graham Education and Research Foundation
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
  • SWOG Trial Support (STrS), The Hope Foundation
  • LAM Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards, LAM Foundation
  • LAM Established Investigator Awards, LAM Foundation

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.



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

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

  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)
  • Career Development Programs in Diabetes Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists (K12) - NEW!

The two awards below are offered in addition to those that follow the LOI process mentioned above and will require a full preliminary application be prepared:

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.



6. NIH Update for Week Ending May 1, 2015

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


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Reminders of recently posted funding opportunities, deadlines and events

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards
Application Deadline: May 19

The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Application Deadline: May 19

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Accepting PILOT & DRIVE Grant Pre-Proposals

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted - May 25

A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Principles for the Beginning Investigator - May 26

2015 Research Fellow Poster Celebration - May 27

Research Billing Discussion Group - May 27

D3 (Drug Discovery and Development) Project Simulation - June 2 & 3

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