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.


The Charles H. Hood Foundation 2016 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health.

Letters of Intent are due on April 24, 2015, and should be sent to the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) via email (  Please include an NIH biosketch along with the LOI.

 Award: $450,000 over two years ($225,000 per year, inclusive of 10% indirect costs)

The Charles H. Hood Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 Major Grants Initiative to Advance Child Health. This Award Program supports outstanding investigators conducting innovative and transformative research in child health. The overall goal of the Program remains the funding of translational or clinical research that will improve child health clinical outcomes, or improve health care access, affordability, and quality.


Two areas of focus will be considered for the 2016 Major Grants Program: Neonatology and Early Brain and Child Development.



Although the incidence of prematurity has been declining, recent data shows that 10% of babies born in Massachusetts are premature, 7.7% weigh less than 2.5 kg, and 1.3% weigh less than 1.5 kg. These infants require complex and expensive medical care after birth and are at high risk for pulmonary disease, neurological conditions, developmental delay and other issues. Thus, improvements in neonatal care are likely to result in better health outcomes for the infants, and lower initial and lifetime health care costs. New England has long been a leader in this field. Through the funding of the Major Grants Program in this area, the Hood Foundation hopes to continue this tradition of excellence.


Early Brain and Child Development

Groundbreaking work, beginning in the late 1990s, has demonstrated that childhood experiences determine important aspects of brain growth and development. Furthermore, we now know that there are at least two critical periods of rapid brain growth: during the first three years of life and, again, during adolescence. In parallel with the rapid advance of brain science, a new pediatric subspecialty, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, has emerged and is beginning to carve out its own research agenda.  Recent clinical and scientific advances in understanding children’s normal and abnormal development have arisen through a variety of approaches: from a basic science understanding of neural development to the epidemiology of the long-term health effects of children’s experiences. New England researchers have led many of these advances in knowledge. Therefore, this focus of the Major Grants Program will support continued innovations that will further the scientific understanding of child development and behavior and may inform the treatment of children’s physical and mental health.



The Major Grants are intended to fund innovative work that may be difficult to fund with traditional grant mechanisms. For example, relatively few child health researchers make use of advanced statistical and computational techniques, ranging from computational biology to health services research to geographic information systems. In addition to traditional project-related costs, all projects funded under this Program may include the use of funds to bring new techniques or novel collaborations into child health research.

Please contact Erin McGivney ( or 617-643-6471) with any questions.


 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.



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.


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.


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 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

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