March 1, 2024

Announcements, events, funding opportunities and more news for the Mass General Research Institute community.

In this edition:

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Funding Opportunities

  • Interim Support Funding 24-2
  • Pew Scholars Program
  • HMS Foundation Funds
  • MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund
  • The Dorothy A. Jones Endowed Research Fund
  • NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2024
  • Limited Submission Funding
  • Foundation Funding Opportunities


  • NEW Anonymous MGH Compliance Help Line Being Retired
  • Information Sessions on the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing
  • Summer Digital Internships available
  • MGH Endocrine Division Training Program
  • Joint MIT/MGB AI Cures Conference
  • MGB Commercialization and Inclusive Leadership Program 
  • MGH Research Compliance Survey
  • Discounted Stata Licenses


  • Research Tech Talk

  • REDCap eConsent Functionality
  • Leadership Skills Retreat
  • Speed Mentoring Hour
  • NEW CBRC Seminar Series 
  • NEW Faculty Transition Webinar Series
  • NEW Research manuscript preparation
  • 2024 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 04
  • K Grant Writing Workshop
  • Two Meditation Sessions available every week

Interim Support Funding 24-2

The Interim Support Funding (ISF) Program is open to Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their research funding from the NIH or another Federal agency (e.g., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense). Investigators must have applied for independent, long-term support (R01, R21, U01 and P01). The intent of the program is to rescue strong scientific programs that are in need of bridge funding in order to sustain their research. Applications will be accepted regardless of percentile or score, including applications that were not discussed.

Deadline - Monday, April 1, 2024 - 5:00 PM

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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Awards

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the Assistant Professor level.

MGH is eligible to nominate one candidate

MGH internal preliminary applications: Wednesday, March 20, 2024– 5:00 PM

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HMS Foundation Funds

Each year several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds office, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the sponsors. 

Please direct all inquiries regarding the application process at HMS to Clare Lamont, Program Coordinator, Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463, If you have questions regarding the MGH application process, please email MGH ECOR,

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MGH Screening Technologies in Primary Care Innovation Fund

There is great promise for the development of new technologies to detect disease or disease risk factors at an earlier stage in the primary care setting. However, innovative screening technologies are frequently difficult to get off the ground due to challenges conducting research in the primary care setting and difficulties translating and commercializing technologies that need to be implemented in a cost-effective manner and on a large scale.

Award: One pilot grant will be funded for one year at $50,000 (direct costs) + 20% (indirect).

Due date for proposals: April 30, 2024

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The Dorothy A. Jones Endowed Research Fund

The Dorothy A. Jones Endowed Nursing Research Fund (sponsored by Frances and Stephen Foster) is a grant award designed to support nurse researchers (Ph.D. prepared) who are advancing a program of research exploring the nurse-patient relationship, a holistic approach to nursing assessment and clinical reasoning to uncover the patient and/or family's response to illness and life pattern that guides actions to promote health and well-becoming.

  • PROPOSAL DUE:  March 31, 2024
  • Grant awarded on Nursing Research Day 2024

To set up an appointment to learn more about The Dorothy A. Jones Endowed Nursing Research Fund please email: Dottie Jones, Ed.D, ANP, FAAN

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NIH Instrumentation Grant Programs 2024

The NIH ORIP's Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) program, also known as a SIG, supports the purchase of research equipment in the $50,000 to $600,000 price range. Examples of instrumentation supported by SIG funding include nuclear magnetic resonance systems, electron and light microscopes, mass spectrometers, protein and DNA sequencers, biosensors, X-ray diffractometers and cell sorters. For research equipment exceeding the $600,000 price range, investigators may apply for the High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program.


The MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) has again committed funding to provide institutional support this year for Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) and High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant  proposals. ECOR has made this commitment because it recognizes that institutional support greatly increases the likelihood that an application will be funded. 

When is the deadline?

ECOR Pre-application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 5pm

NIH Application Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

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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. 


See full details for all awards on our website.

Assessment of Climate at Institutions (Act) Award (RC2 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

MGH LOI Deadline: 4/01/24

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

For all open foundation funding announcements, see the MGB Innovation External Funding Database


See this week’s full foundation funding announcements (including eligibility, RM deadlines, and IDC) on our website.

  1. Research Scholar Award, American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS). $75,000 (No IDC). Application Deadline: May 31
  2. Member Research Grant and Community Grants (multiple opps), CHEST Foundation. $150,000 (No IDC). Application Deadline: April 22
  3. Clinical Repurposing Research to Impact Veterans (includes mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and brain injuries), Cures Within Reach. $75,000, which includes required institutional match (No IDC). LOI Deadline: May 8
  4. NEW! Next Steps Program: Advancing Drug Discovery to Identify New Therapies, Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). $250,000 (No IDC). Application Deadline: March 28
  5. Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant (nursing policy and regulation research), National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). $300,000 (No IDC). Proposal Deadline: April 5
  6. NEW! Focused Research Grant: Oral Chemotherapy Adherence, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation. $100,000 (Unspecified IDC). LOI Deadline: May 16
  7. General Topic Research Grant for Patient Care Insights (multiple career stages), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation. $100,000 (Unspecified IDC). LOI Deadline: May 16
  8. NEW! PERF-CNS Bridge Grant Program, Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF). $50,000 plus required 1:1 institutional match (No IDC). Application Deadline: April 15
  9. NEW! St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Awards (multiple opps), Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). $285,000 (No IDC). Application Deadline: April 1
  10. Basic and Translational Research Grants, Worldwide Cancer Research. ≈$348,000 (No IDC). Application Deadline: April 2

Do you want to learn more about identifying external funding opportunities? Please click here to request a research consultation with Amy Robb or see ECOR’s website for information on the Pivot database.

NEW Anonymous MGH Compliance Help Line Being Retired

For nearly 20 years, the MGH has maintained the internal Anonymous Compliance Help Line. Effective Monday, April 1, the MGH-specific line will be retired and replaced with the Mass General Brigham Compliance HelpLine. All staff have a duty to report inappropriate decisions or actions to help maintain a safe environment for all patients, staff and visitors. Confidential and anonymous reporting is available online here or via phone at 1-800-856-1983. Reports can be made at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any location. 

Follow-up Information Sessions on the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy Roll-Out

All researchers interested in an update on the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy roll-out.

  • We will be sharing metrics and updates on the policy roll-out over the last year as well as soliciting your feedback.
  • We’d like to know what has gone well and areas for improvement, and what resource needs or additional information would be helpful in writing and actualizing your DMS plans?
  • All sessions will contain the same content – you only need to attend one.
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Summer Digital Internships available

Do you have a college age student interested in a paid Summer Internship? Several Digital internships are available, including within the Research Computing Core/Research Applications group under Digital Research Operations. Internships can be found on the MGB career site, by searching with Keyword: Intern. The 10-week Internship Programs begins Monday, June 3rd and runs through Friday, August 9th.  

MGH Endocrine Division Training Program

The MGH Endocrine Division Training Program in Endocrinology, supported by the NIDDK and led by Karen K. Miller, MD and Alexander Soukas MD, PhD, is now accepting applications for the 2024-2026 academic cycle. This program is supported by a T32 training grant and provides salary and fringe support at NIH NRSA PGY levels for PhD or MD postdoctoral fellows performing mentored research in diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders within NIDDK congressionally mandated research areas. Applications are due March 1, 2024.

For more information, please email Dr. Miller at

Joint MIT/MGB AI Cures Conference

Mass General Brigham (MGB) will be again co-hosting the AI Cures Conference with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Monday, April 1st, 2024.  

Poster Submissions Deadline - March 8, 2024

We encourage researchers with potential collaborators at MIT to register and submit an abstract for the poster session (deadline March 8).  

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MGB Commercialization and Inclusive Leadership Program 

The MGB Commercialization and Inclusive Leadership Program (CILP) is a one-day in-person customized program offered by the MGB Innovator Community Expansion Initiative (ICEI) in collaboration with Babson College. The program is strategically tailored to: 

  • Promote Inclusive Innovation and build a community of innovators
  • Break down barriers and provide resources and tools to participating in innovation
  • Empower participants to see themselves as innovators and champions of innovation
  • Build a strong innovator culture and community

Contact with any questions.  

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MGH Research Compliance Survey

MGH Research Compliance is working on a safety incident reporting process improvement project, and we’d like to hear the research community’s feedback on the MGH Safety Reporting System. Please share your thoughts through this quick survey:

Discounted Stata Licenses

The Research Computing Core offers Stata licenses to the Research Community at a discounted rate via Stata is a statistical software package that provides tools for analysis, data management and graphics. Interested in learning new tips or looking to learn about new functionality with Stata 18? Check out the Stata Webinars, which are offered free of charge via the vendor's website.

See these events and more on the calendar of events

Research Tech Talk

Friday, March 1st, 11:30 - 12:30 pm

Mass General Brigham (MGB) has developed a REDCap eConsent Framework that will turn the paper-based informed consenting processes into an electronic informed consent process that researchers can use for Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviewed and approved studies. The MGB REDCap eConsent Framework will allow users to combine the validated components to design and customize an eConsent Project to their Use Case and workflow.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand eConsent technical requirements
  2. Learn how to program REDCap for electronic consent


Target audience: Researchers evaluating electronic consent options for research studies.

REDCap link


REDCap eConsent Functionality

Thursday, March 28, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center 

This workshop is appropriate for clinical and basic science researchers from all fields.

Featuring special guest appearance by: Robin Huebner, PhD, NIH Program Officer

Hosted by Ingrid Bassett MD, MPH; Kenneth Freedberg MD, MSc; Jodi Kurtz MS, CRA; Athe Tsibris MD


Leadership Skills Retreat

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 8:20 am – 2:00 pm

A half-day in-person retreat geared toward mid-career faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looking to build their leadership skillset. 


Topics include:

  • Shift from Mentoring to Sponsorship with Joshua Goldstein MD, PhD, Director, Center for Faculty Development
  • How to Give a Talk with Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation Office
  • Building Diversity and Avoiding Unconscious Bias with Anna Brown, JD, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Mass General Brigham
  • Building and Managing Teams with Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Neurological Research Institute at MGH and physician scientist at the Healey & AMG Center for ALS

Speed Mentoring Hour

Friday, March 8, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Every month, two mentor leaders from different departments will answer your questions about any aspect of being a mentee or mentor. You do not need to be in the same department as the leaders—this event is open to faculty across MGH, but registration is required. Come ready with your questions and be ready to learn not only from the senior mentoring leaders but also from fellow attendees.


This session is scheduled for March 8, 12 – 1 pm, with Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD, Vice-Chair, Faculty Development and Promotions, MGH Department of Neurology; and Erin Tracy Bradley, MD, Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.


NEW CBRC Seminar Series 

Monday, March 11, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

CNY, CBRC Large Tea Room – Room #3.230

Title: Evolution of T Cell Fitness in the Tumor Microenvironment.


Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD.

Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

NEW Faculty Transition Webinar Series

“Health of Your Wealth: Retiring against a backdrop of change”

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

 Provide a financial check-up for physicians in their 50’s and 60’s to help ensure you are on track for a successful retirement transition

Discuss advanced strategies to help maximize your future social security monthly benefit as well as key points about Medicare

 Review recent changes in tax and estate law changes in MA

Share considerations when investing in the context of an election, war, deglobalization, and changing interest rates


Facilitator: Nora Yousif, CFP, CDFA, MBA, Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President of the Empower Wealth Group at RBC Wealth Management


NEW Research Manuscript Preparation

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Scott Lapinski, MS, ALM, Associate Director, Publishing & Data Services, Harvard Countway Library

Sponsored by the DCR’s Research Ethics Consultation Unit and the Harvard Countway Library.

This interactive course will discuss best practices in manuscript preparation, citation management, and plagiarism tools. The focus will be on plagiarism examples, counter-examples, and plagiarism tools for both text and images. This course offers 1 hour of Responsible Conduct of Research credit. 


2024 Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series 04

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 12:00-1:00 pm

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures bring together faculty from institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars with MGH scholars, on topics that overlap both research areas.


Dr. Mitchell will present on “The future of vaginal microbiome interventions.”

Dr. Sykes will present on “Targeting The Immune Response At The Cervicovaginal Interface To Prevent Preterm Birth.”


Are you writing a K? Get practical advice

Thursday, March 28, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center 

This workshop is appropriate for clinical and basic science researchers from all fields.

Featuring special guest appearance by: Robin Huebner, PhD, NIH Program Officer

  • Hosted by Ingrid Bassett MD, MPH; Kenneth Freedberg MD, MSc; Jodi Kurtz MS, CRA; Athe Tsibris MD

Two Meditation Sessions available every week 

SESSION 1: Meditation Mondays with Dr. Darshan Mehta 

Every Monday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom next session, Monday, March 4!

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being and the MGPO Frigoletto Committee

Join Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director, Office for Well-Being, for a guided meditation session on the Monday morning. 

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SESSION 2: Midweek Meditation with Guest Leader 

Every Wednesday, 8:00 – 8:30 am, Zoom next session, Wednesday, March 6!

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Well-Being

Join guest leader, Jennifer Kurz, MD, Mass General Brigham, for next Wednesday’s guided meditation session.

Register and add to calendar

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