Research Council Announcements: Grants

Grants announcements from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.


MGH ECOR Formulaic Bridge Funding

What is it? Formulaic Bridge Funding Support is offered to assist MGH Principal Investigators during a lapse or delay in their funding from NIH. To be eligible for Formulaic Bridge Funding, applicants must have applied as a PI for an R01 or R21 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 3 months past the nominal start date of the the 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.
Visit the ECOR website and specifically the Formulaic Bridge Funding Support under the Awards and Grants tab of the site.




The Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) is accepting applications for the December 1st deadline for the Deliberative Interim Support Funding & Sequestration Relief Funding. December is the third of three standing deadlines for these awards in 2014. The next deadline will be April 1, 2015.


What are they?

Deliberative Interim Support Funding 
This 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 Deliberative Interim Support process is open to:

  • Investigators whose grants were not scored or whose scores were not translated into a percentile ranking.
  • Investigators whose grants received scores >20th percentile.
  • Investigators who were awarded Formulaic Bridge Funding (grants with scores < or = 20th percentile), and are now requesting additional financial support (in excess of $75,000 for RO1s, and $37,500 for R21s).
  • A PI who has already received Formulaic Bridge Funding or Deliberative Interim Support on their A0 grant application must apply through the Deliberative Interim Support process for their A0 or A1 resubmission regardless of the score they received on their resubmitted grant.

Sequestration Relief Funding
This is open to Investigators that have experienced a funding shortfall as a result of sequestration and do not qualify for either Formulaic Bridge Funding or Deliberative Interim Support.

For eligible applicants:

  • The total funded amount, if awarded, will be sourced 50:50 with the Department. For example, if a PI applies for $100,000, then $50,000 will be sourced from ECOR funds and $50,000 will be sourced from Departmental funds.
  • All applications for additional funds must include the Letter of Support & Cost Sharing Authorization Form for ECOR Funding.

When is the deadline?
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?Deliberative Interim Support Funding - Click here

Sequestration Relief Funding - Click here


Howard M. Goodman Fellowship 2015


Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for theMGH Howard M. Goodman Fellowship


What is it?
This is an endowed fellowship established by the MGH Department of Molecular Biology in honor of the founding Chief of the Department, Dr. Howard M. Goodman. The award is intended to further the careers of outstanding independent young scientists who have demonstrated the potential to rise to a leadership position in their chosen field. Independent Fellows, Instructors, and new Assistant Professors from any MGH Department are eligible to apply for this award.

How much is the award?
The award is for two years at $150,000, plus 15% indirect costs, per year and is effective April 1, 2015.

When is the deadline?
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

Visit the ECOR website for other funding opportunities. ______________________________________________________________________

The MGH Research Scholars Program


Applications are now being accepted by the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) for the MGH Research Scholars Program


What is it?
The Massachusetts General Hospital Research Scholars Program was established with the aim of supporting MGH research faculty who are pursuing either basic or clinical research at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.

How much is each award?
These awards are for $500,000 over 5 years; and will be funded at $100,000 per year.

When is the deadline?
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 5:00 PM

How do I learn more and apply?

Visit the ECOR website for other funding opportunities.


New England Pediatric Device Consortium – RFP for Pressure Ulcer Treatments

The NEPDC is now accepting proposals for novel technologies to reduce, treat, or prevent pediatric pressure ulcers with. Awards target ideas with a clear potential for commercialization, and support efforts that can be leveraged for subsequent funding opportunities (preliminary data, working prototype, business plan). Proposals should include a plan of work. NEPDC is a collaborative consortium providing rapid, targeted assistance to innovators seeking to address the needs of children with diseases or disabilities. Visit or contact us at


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, and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the foundations.

Information on funding opportunities offered through the HMS Foundation Funds is available online at:

Awards include:

  • Brain Research Fund Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
  • Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant (MGH Nomination required)
  • Bullock-Wellman Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program
  • Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars Program
  • Mary Kay Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Award
  • Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering
  • Rita Allen Faculty Scholars Program

Faculty and postdocs interested in applying for any of the awards listed above can apply for the HMS nomination (unless noted) by submitting an application online no later than October 15, 2014 at 5:00PM. Please direct all inquiries to the Office of the HMS Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463,

If you are an MGH investigator, you should not apply directly to HMS for several of the funding opportunities offered through the HMS foundation funds annually. Please see the chart located here to determine where to apply and for information on the process.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin McGivney at 617-643-6471.


2015 Training Program in Nervous System Tumors. National Cancer Institute Paul Calabresi Career Award for Clinical Oncology (K12)

The Massachusetts General Hospital is pleased to offer a National Cancer Institute-sponsored, 2-year research/training fellowship in nervous system tumors. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, must have completed clinical training in neurology, neurosurgery, medical oncology, pediatric oncology or radiation oncology and must be eligible for HMS appointment at the Fellow or Instructor level. The program consists of 2 years of research experience as well as didactic training in clinical research methodology. Trainees are expected to devote at least 75% effort to research training. Trainees should engage in laboratory-based or clinical translational research on nervous system tumors under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Applications are due December 1, 2014 for the training period July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017. Awardees will be notified by December 15, 2014. An application consists of 1) project description (2 pages maximum), 2) curriculum vitae (HMS format) and 3) three letters of recommendation.

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf via email to:
Leah Hesse, Ph.D., K12 Program Administrator,


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.

  • American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network: Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)
  • The Midlife in the United States Study (U19) - NEW!
  •  Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)


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.


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.

  • Individual Investigator Research Grant, Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)
  • Michael Geisman Fellowships, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Bridge Grant Program, American Society of Hematology

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.


PCORI Funding Opportunities – New round of funding available for Pragmatic Studies

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


NIH Funding Opportunities


The National Institutes of Health is challenging science innovators to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000, by developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment. For more information, please click here.


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


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