Research Council Announcements: Grants

Grants announcements from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.


Announcement: New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or after January 25th, 2015 

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.


 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 are due Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 5:00 PM.   Click here for more information.

The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
A program of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation


The Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research
The mission of the Awards Program is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. The three‐year Award supports newly independent faculty engaged in basic biomedical research. Investigators in the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and engineering) whose projects focus on biomedical science are also encouraged to apply. Clinical trials are outside of the scope of this program however, basic research using human specimens is eligible. In recognition of the importance of research collaboration by the scientific community, collaboration is an additional, but not required, positive ancillary factor. These projects may involve researchers within and/or outside MGH.
MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates.

MGH internal preliminary applications are due Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 5:00 PM.  For more information, please Click here


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


Harvard Catalyst Pilot Grant Opportunity

Applications Due May 14, 2015, at 5pm


This pilot grant opportunity seeks to engage a broad range of basic, clinical, public health, and other investigators from across the Harvard community, and will provide seed money for cutting-edge interdisciplinary translational research to enhance understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions that disproportionately affect health disparity populations and to develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the reduction or elimination of health disparities. This pilot grant opportunity will provide seed funding for collaborative pilot grants. Through this mechanism, we are seeking to create teams of investigators that ultimately will be self-sustaining, thus laying the groundwork for an even broader and more robust community of stress and health disparities investigators than exist at present. 1 Grants will begin approximately in September 2015 and should be completed within one year. Grantees will be required to attend two grantee meetings as a condition of award – an initial meeting in January of 2016, (four months after the start date), and then a second meeting in August 2016, (12 months after the start date) – where grantees will share findings and discuss implications of their work. It is expected that the funded projects will lead to additional funding from other sources, including both federal and non-federal funders, which will extend results of the pilot project and will broaden the goals, scope, and scale of the investigator’s research program. We anticipate that Harvard Catalyst Stress and Health Disparities investigators may be eligible to participate in the Reactor Program, which is designed to provide additional assistance and resources to promising research projects (


For more information or to apply, please click here.


Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) - Request for Translational Proposals: Biotherapeutic Targets


Proposal Deadline: Send to Partners Innovation by June 12, 2015

CTI is an innovative Pfizer program that partners with leading academic medical centers and patient foundations nationwide to speed the translation of novel targets into potential therapeutics. CTI seeks to identify and partner novel targets with the goal of identifying new compounds and accelerate drug development from validated target to proof-of-mechanism in humans.  A partnership with CTI may include collaborative use of Pfizer’s proprietary antibody drug delivery technologies, broad publishing rights and financial awards in the form of milestone and royalty payments for successful programs.

For more information, please see the CTI Request for Proposals.



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.


HMS Foundation Funds

The Spring deadline for the HMS foundation funds has passed.  Please click here for general information on the HMS Foundation Funds.



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 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)

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.

  • Medical Humanities:  Collaborative Awards in Medical Humanities, Wellcome Trust
  • Society and Ethics:  Collaborative Awards in Society and Ethics, Wellcome Trust
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
  • NAF Pioneer SCA Translational Research Awards, National Ataxia Foundation (NAF)
  • Innovations: Portfolio Awards, Wellcome Trust

Please click here for further details on these funding opportunities.




Please click here to find current grant opportunities from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.




NIH Funding Opportunities

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



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