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.




MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Request for Proposals for Pilot Feasibility Studies

Deadline: April 15th, 2015

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is accepting applications for awards to support clinical or laboratory-based pilot feasibility studies. The intent of the awards is to allow MGHfC junior faculty who lack other substantial sources of research support to initiate studies that have a high likelihood of leading to extramural funding.


1. Upto 2 proposals will be awarded $20,000 each to be used over 1 year for supplies and support staff salaries. The awards cannot be used to cover salary for the Principal Investigator (applicant) or equipment. Indirect costs are not allowed.

2. The applicant should hold the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor, and should play an active role in the care of pediatric patients and/or the research activities of the MGHfC. He or she should not have significant independent funding from other sources. Investigators with NIH K awards are eligible, but those with R awards are not.

3. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on April 15th, 2015.

4. The award will be announced in June, with funding expected to start by July 1st.

5. Selection criteria for the awards will include the applicant’s record of achievements and commitment to research, the scientific merits of the proposal, and the likelihood that the project will lead to long-term funding. 


The application should include all the components listed below:

1. Partners cover-page with signatures of the Principal Investigator and Division Chief.

2. Description of proposed research, including Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Data (if available) and Experimental Design (5 pages maximum for these items). Literature citations are not included in the page limit.

3. Budget, including a brief justification of the expenses.

4. Biosketch of applicant in NIH format (either the old or new format is acceptable).

5. A list of all current and pending research support (including departmental start-up funds, if any), with dates of awards, direct cost dollar amounts, goals, and overlap, if any, with current proposal.

6. Copy of IRB or IACUC approval if applicable.

7. Two letters of support - from a research mentor and the Division Chief. In addition to an evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for the award, the letters should indicate plans for his or her career development, and the amount of protected time devoted to research. 

Components 2 to 5 should be formatted according to NIH guidelines using pages with no less than 0.5” margins, Arial font, no smaller than 11 point (figures and legends may use smaller font as long as it is legible), single-spaced. Page restrictions are inclusive of figures, tables and other pertinent data, and will be strictly enforced. Assemble all components of the application into a single PDF file in the order indicated, and e-mail to Suzzette McCarron ( Address any questions to Dr. Bobby Cherayil (


 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



Harvard Catalyst KL2 / Medical Researcher Investigator Training

Two-year mentored clinical and translational research and education grant program for junior faculty and senior fellows.  Please see link for more information.  Applications open February 19, 2015, with a deadline of April 16, 2015.  Funding includes 50-75% salary support for 2 years.



Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard

Deadline: April 22, 2015

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard (NORC-H)  (previously known as Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center) will be accepting applications for new pilot/ feasibility projects as well as for competing renewals of currently funded one-year projects for the 20th year (08/01/2015-07/31/2016) of the NIH-supported NORC. Projects will be funded up to $20,000 in the first year with possibility for renewal for a second year.

The specific purpose is to find:

  1. Young investigators (senior fellows* or junior faculty) established by research programs relevant to clinical research who are without NIH R01 and R21 grant support (K awardees are encouraged to apply).
  2. Established scientists not currently focused on nutrition per se who wish to initiate studies of direct or indirect importance to nutrition, metabolism or obesity.
  3. Established nutrition researchers with novel new projects distinctly removed from their currently funded research projects.

Applications should be in the format of an R01, including all the NIH forms and budget pages, with the text portion of the grant limited to 3-5 pages single-spaced (NIH PHS 398). For anyone planning to submit a continuation please be certain to detail the progress you have made in the first year, as well as your plans for the proposed second year.

In addition, please suggest 3 or 4 individuals who might be able to review your application knowledgeably. These individuals can be from within or outside the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, but should not be current collaborators.  Please include their full names, mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.

All applications should be received in the NORC office by April 22, 2015.  Please submit electronically to Ewelinka ‘Nika’ Grzejka at  For a complete application procedure go to the NORC website.  For any science related questions please contact Dr. Steven Grinspoon, Co-Director of the NORC and Director of the Pilot Feasibility Program at 617-724-9109

*Fellows must be in the final year of training and must have a documented commitment to a faculty appointment by a sponsoring division or department.



Center for Skeletal Research requests proposals for pilot and feasibility studies

The Center for Skeletal Research, based in the Endocrine Unit at MGH, and funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (NIAMS) is announcing a request for pilot and feasibility research proposals. Two grants ($30,000/year) will be awarded this year, which may be renewable for an additional year for a maximum of two years funding in total.  Three-page scientific proposal required.  Applications due April 1, 2015.

Program announcement at


2016 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award

The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals, in Cleveland, Ohio – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development - is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2016 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award.  The award recognizes physician-scientists throughout the U.S. whose drug discovery research has the potential to change standard of care.  

The Harrington Discovery Institute is committed to providing Scholar-Innovator awardees with a full level of support, including:

  • Up to $700,000 over two years ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Additional funding according to the needs of specific projects
  • Project management support through our Innovation Support Center

Applicants must have a doctorate in medicine, be on faculty at an accredited U.S.-based academic institution, and must demonstrate exceptional promise.

1. Letters of Intent due May 1, 2015
2. Proposals (for those invited) due August 3, 2015

Up to 12 awardees will be selected by the Harrington Discovery Institute’s scientific advisory board and announced December 2015. For complete details and access to the Letter of Intent guidelines, please visit Please feel free to contact Natalie Haynes with any questions at



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.



Harvard CFAR Feasibility Projects and Scholar Awards

The Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for HIV/AIDS research for awards beginning April 1, 2015.

The HU CFAR welcomes proposals for Feasibility Projects and Scholar Awards for research in all disciplines, including but not limited to, one or more of the following: 

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
  • International Research
  • Pathogenesis
  • Therapeutics
  • Vaccine 

Download complete application PDFApplications are due February 2, 2015 at 4 PM.





HMS Foundation Funds

Spring opportunities for HMS Foundation Funds are available.  Researchers interested in applying for any of the awards can apply for the HMS nomination by submitting an application online no later than Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by 5:00PM

Two informational sessions about the Foundation Funds will be held: 

  • March 3, 3:00-4:00pm at MGH in the Haber conference room
  • March 23, 2:00-3:00pm at HMS in the Armenise Amphitheater

Opportunities include:

  • 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 Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by 5:00PM

Please see the website for further details. 

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

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 as well as corresponding deadlines, please click here. For more information, please visit the ECOR website.

  • ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Research Accelerator Award
  • ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Research Career Initiator Award
  • ADA Pathway to Stop Diabetes: Diabetes Research Visionary Award
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Grant
  • Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research



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 Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Centers (P30)
  • NIAMS Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine Resource-based Centers (P30)
  • Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation - NEW!
  • American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Awards
  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation Grant
  • NIAMS Rheumatic Diseases Research Resource-based Centers (P30)

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.

  • Bio-Therapeutics Impact Awards, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
  • 'A' Award, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
  • Medical Research Grants: Reach Awards, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF)
  • Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE):  Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE):  Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE):  New Ways to Reduce Childhood Pneumonia Deaths Through Delivery of Timely Effective Treatment, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE): New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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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