Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

The Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations of the Mount Sinai Development Office provides this curated list of funding opportunities to find faculty who may be interested and to provide assistance with the application process. Please see below for some of their upcoming deadlines, and check out their website for more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/portal/resources/corporate-foundation-relations

Please note – if you are interested in general funding opportunities (not a specific RFP listed here), please fill out the form linked on the site with your inquiry.

Melanoma Research Foundation: https://www.melanoma.org/research-center/research-grants

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting high-impact pre-clinical, translational, and early clinical research from scientists and clinicians around the world. The RFP calls for ideas that have the potential to lead to near-term clinical application in melanoma prevention, detection, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.

Proposals will be accepted for Established Investigator Awards, Pilot Awards, and Young Investigator Awards. Please note that the following Special Opportunities are available:

  • Special Opportunity MRA Young Investigator and MRA Established Investigator Awards for Artificial Intelligence Applied to Melanoma
  • Special Opportunity MRA Young Investigator Award and Established Investigator Award in Dermatology
  • Special Opportunity Young Investigator Awards in Immunotherapy
  • Special Opportunity ASTRO-MRA Early Career Investigator Award in Radiation Oncology
  • Special Opportunity SITC-MRA Young Investigator Award in Immune-Related Adverse Events Associated with Immunotherapy

November 2, 2018: Deadline for all Established Investigator, Pilot, and Young Investigator Award full proposal applications.
November 9, 2018:
Deadline for ASTRO-MRA Early Career Investigator full proposal applications.

Whitehall Foundation Research Grants: http://www.whitehall.org/grants/

The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. In order to respond to the changing environment, the Whitehall Foundation periodically reassesses the need for financial support by the various fields of biological research.

  • Typical grants are for up to $225,000
  • Letter of Inquiry deadline is October 1, 2018.

Rolling Deadline Opportunity: Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

Broad Medical Research Program @ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. BMRP-CCFA especially supports research that can be readily translated to improve the care of human IBD in the near future.

Rolling Deadline Opportunity: Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

 

Nominees Sought for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been invited to nominate faculty for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

CoSA Deadline October 11, 5 PM (submit single pdf to sandra.masur@mssm.edu) for submission by the nominator
Blavatnik Deadline November 14, 2019 http://blavatnikawards.org/national-awards/

The national competition recognizes and celebrates America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Each year, one nominee in each category is awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funding and honored at the Blavatnik National Awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate. The Awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in three disciplines http://blavatnikawards.org/national-awards/disciplines/, with one winner per category receiving $250,000 in unrestricted funds. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists strives for nominee equality and diversity, and strongly encourages the nomination of women and members of other historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Each institution may nominate up to three candidates, one in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry).

Evaluation Criteria
The candidate and his/her work will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
• Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.
• Impact: The extent to which the work addresses an important problem and is influential in the candidate’s field.
• Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
• Promise: Future prospects in the candidate’s field and potential for further significant contributions to science.

To choose Mount Sinai’s candidate(s), the nominator, a Department Chair, Division Chief or Institute Director should submit as a single pdf to sandra.masur@mssm.edu

  1. Candidate’s name, date of birth, title, contact information and disciplinary category.
  2. Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.
  3. Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200-word maximum) that explains why the nominee should be selected as the institutional nominee based on his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.
  4. Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae in format recommended by the award: see attachment and http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/nomination-guidelines/
  5. Names of two recommenders familiar with nominee’s scientific contributions who will provide letters of support. 
  6. Candidate’s Research Summary (1,000 word maximum).

Eligibility
a candidate must:

Have been born in or after 1977. Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at blavatnikawards@nyas.org no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
• Have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
• Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.
• Have made significant research contributions to the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and/or chemistry during his/her independent career as a principal investigator
Please note that although this award is for “young scientists”, the winners have highly significant independent findings.
http://blavatnikawards.org/honorees/

Additional information is also available on the website at: http://blavatnikawards.org/national-awards/

 

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle Opens September 1st

Are you a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident who spends and will continue to spend at least 20 hours per week on research?  Do you have a doctoral degree (M.D., or Ph.D. or equivalent)?*  Is your educational debt at least 20% of your annual salary? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, you are encouraged to apply to the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP).

Awardees can receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. Please share this valuable information with your colleagues!

The LRP application cycle is open from September 1st – November 15th. Go to www.lrp.nih.gov to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and many benefits of the program.

Get Ready for the New Application Cycle!

* All LRP recipients must have doctoral degrees with the exception of the LRP-CIR for Contraception and Infertility Research.

 

Must See Videos and Podcasts for Human Subjects Researchers

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) strongly recommends that human subjects researchers take advantage of educational resources issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inform grants applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

A primary component of NIH’s initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials is the creation of a new application form that consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This new form will be included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages and will be required for all applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

To support this endeavor for Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) researchers, the GCO would like to highlight the following NIH resources:

To learn more about the new Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form which will be included in grant application packages and contract for all human subjects and/or clinical trial research applications beginning for January 25, 2018 due dates, visit the NIH New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form web site.

For more information about conducting human subjects research at MSHS, please contact the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects.

For more information about NIH grant submissions at MSHS, please click here for a listing of Departmental Grants Specialists at the GCO who can assist you.

 

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

The Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations of the Mount Sinai Development Office provides this curated list of funding opportunities to find faculty who may be interested and to provide assistance with the application process. Please see below for some of their upcoming deadlines, and check out their website for more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/portal/resources/corporate-foundation-relations

Please note – if you are interested in general funding opportunities (not a specific RFP listed here), please fill out the form linked on the site with your inquiry.

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program – Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

  • Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.
  • The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:
    • Year one: $20,000 will be granted to support enrichment activities of the postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance the postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in the research lab where the postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)
    • Year two: $20,000 (same allocation as year one)
    • Year three: $20,000 will be granted to help the postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  The funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.
  • Deadline: January 16, 2018 by 4 PM EST

 Broad Medical Research Program @ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. BMRP-CCFA especially supports research that can be readily translated to improve the care of human IBD in the near future.

  • Rolling Deadline: Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

 

Helpful Hints – Summer Time and NIH Other Support

...Oh summer time,

… a beautiful time of year to relax in the sun by the beach listening to the restorative sounds of the ocean waves or at least dream about it while stuck in your clammy cubicle at work. 
… Oh summer time,

… a slower time to get to know each other better or at least to daydream about that opportunity. 
… Oh summer time,

… no time like the present to talk about how the NIH wants to get to know you better, dear senior/key personnel, through a document they call the “Other Support” page.

One type of Other Support page that the NIH wants is requested before the NIH might make that exciting award for new, resubmission or renewal applications as part of the Just In Time (JIT) process. The other type of Other Support page wants is part of the annual RPPR (i.e., non-competing) application process.  You can find instructions and helpful samples of both Other Support types here.

The Other Support (OS) page is not a portion of your Biosketch repackaged.  Pay attention to the details below and may you be rewarded with a more timely award and fewer delays in the process.

Ever hear of the “Overlap” statement that goes at the bottom of each Other Support page?  Be sure to read all about it in section “1.8 Other Support” in this NIH Supplementary Instructions document.

Other Support Page: New, Resubmission and Renewal Applications
Do Include:

  • Both active and pending sponsored projects.
  • A page for each Senior/Key Personnel.
    Is there a subaward on your project? Don’t forget to get their pages too. Same rules above and below apply for the subs.
  • An OS page for each senior/key person that says “None” if he/she has no active or pending projects.
  • Calendar months effort (e.g., 6 CM) for each sponsored project, not percent effort (e.g., 50%).  Note at Mount Sinai we use “calendar month” effort.  If you’re working with subs, they may use calendar, academic, and/or summer months effort as per their institutional policy.
  • The annual direct cost amount and not the total cost amount for each project.
  • An overlap statement at the bottom even if the overlap is “None.”
  • A commitment overlap statement at the bottom if awarding this new grant will put you over 95% effort on active sponsored projects.  Add a note to the overlap section at the bottom explaining what change you plan to make.
    Read more about Faculty Effort on Sponsored Projects in Sponsored Projects Accounting’s policy.
  • Industry awards (e.g., pharma funded clinical trials) and sponsored projects in no cost extensions.

Don’t Include:

  • The new grant –  the one you have your fingers crossed for funding.  Leave that one off.
  • Expired projects.
  • Training grants where you are listed as a Mentor.  However, are you a training grant director or participating with measurable effort (i.e., check budget – are you listed with effort)? If yes, then yes, do include on the OS page.
  • Prizes or Gifts or Major/Minor User Status on Equipment Grants.
  • Other significant contributors unless their involvement has changed so that they now meet the definition of senior/key personnel.

Other Support Page: Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs)
Do Include:

  • A page for each Senior/Key Personnel only when
    –  there is a new active project or projects to report on
    and/or
    –  a sponsored project that was previously reported on expired or the person is no longer participating.
    Is there a subaward on your project? Don’t forget to check on their pages too. Same rules above and below apply for the subs.
  • Calendar months effort (e.g., 6 CM) for each sponsored project, not percent effort (e.g., 50%).  Note at Mount Sinai we use “calendar month” effort.  If you’re working with subs, they may use calendar, academic, and/or summer months effort as per their institutional policy.
  • The grant for which you are submitting the RPPR.  When doing so, include the effort that will be devoted in the next reporting period.
  • Active sponsored projects.
    –   Annotate what the change is; which previously active awards ended and/or which previously pending awards are now active.
  • Industry awards (e.g., pharma funded clinical trials) and sponsored projects in no cost extensions.
  • The annual direct cost amount and not the total cost amount for each project.
  • An overlap statement. See the JIT OS section above for more info.

Don’t Include:

  • Any pending sponsored projects.
  • Training grants where you are listed as a Mentor.  However, are you a training grant director or participating with measurable effort (i.e., check budget – are you listed with effort)? If yes, then yes, do include on the OS page.
  • Prizes or Gifts or Major/Minor User Status on Equipment Grants.
  • When there are only changes in levels of effort of active support.  Let’s say your co-investigator reported last year that her effort on a grant was 15% and now it’s 10%. If that’s the only change, don’t submit the Other Support page.
  • Other significant contributors unless their involvement has changed so that they now meet the definition of senior/key personnel.

Now that we’ve got the Other Support page squared away for now, here’s one final wistful note about summer…

… Oh summer time, stay with us longer.  How we enjoy you so.

Check Out On Line Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR)

Globally approximately 85% of the research applications submitted to government funding agencies go unfunded. This leaves an innovation gap that may stifle research discovery and delay discoveries that could advance potential treatments and cures for many diseases.

OnPAR seeks to provide a funding alternative to the research community’s restraints imposed by limitations in government funding. OnPAR members include private foundations, pharmaceuticals and other private funders that will review research ideas submitted for consideration. The more research ideas OnPAR gets, the more funders will join to potentially partner and fund research projects, and the closer we will be to treatments and the potential cures for our communities.

The goal of OnPAR is to fund highly scored unfunded applications from NIH, NSF, FDA, CDC, DOE, NASA and other funding agencies –national and international.  Internationally, the EU Commission, E-rare (conglomerate of 26 EU government funding agencies), UK MRC and Innovate UK, Canada CIHR, Aus NHMRC, Japan AMED, NASA, the Department of Energy will start joining in the Fall.  Some have already confirmed. For a one page summary on OnPAR, click here.

Less InfoEd Data Entry – Elimination of Requirement to Enter Non-Key Personnel on Select Submission Types

Effective August 18, 2017, if researchers are submitting an InfoEd proposal for which the budget tab is not required, they no longer need to data enter non-key personnel in the InfoEd Personnel tab.

Below are project types that do not require a budget tab:

  • ISMMS funded
  • Projects in which the extramural funding agency provides funding by per subject payments (e.g.,  Pharmaceutical sponsored multi center clinical trial, NIH CALGB protocol)
  • No cost extensions

Examples of typical non-key personnel positions are research coordinators, research assistants and technicians.  Please review GCO’s Glossary of Common Terms for  additional information.

Also, please be aware that this policy change is for GCO InfoEd submissions only.  This policy neither applies to documentation submitted to PPHS or IACUC nor personnel data entry on Sinai Central, Ideate, or any other software system. Please contact the GCO at grants@mssm.edu, if you have questions about this change.

Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations Announces Funding Opportunities

The Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations of the Mount Sinai Development Office provides this curated list of funding opportunities to find faculty who may be interested and to provide assistance with the application process. Please see below for some of their upcoming deadlines, and check out their website for more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/portal/resources/corporate-foundation-relations.

Please note – if you are interested in general funding opportunities (not a specific RFP listed here), please fill out the form linked on the site with your inquiry.

Melanoma Research Foundation: https://www.melanoma.org/research-center/research-grants
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is committed to advancing research across the spectrum of melanoma – from prevention through diagnosis, staging and treatment. The MRF proactively partners with the NCI, Congress, the Department of Defense and other foundations to develop and collaborate on a broad agenda for melanoma research that takes full advantage of all opportunities, while also sharing challenges. Since 1998, the MRF has funded over 130 innovative, high impact, basic, translational and clinical research projects. Further, in 2016, the MRF awarded over $1.2 million dollars in new melanoma research.

  • Young Investigator Research Team Award
  • The MRF, in partnership with the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), is pleased to announce a new research award for 2017 for young investigator teams designed to advance the field of translational immuno-oncology research.
  • Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2017.

Whitehall Foundation Research Grants: http://www.whitehall.org/grants/
The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. In order to respond to the changing environment, the Whitehall Foundation periodically reassesses the need for financial support by the various fields of biological research.

  • Typical grants are for up to $225,000
  • Letter of Inquiry deadline is October 1, 2017.

Broad Medical Research Program @ Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Research grants are available for innovative proposals that will lead to improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. BMRP-CCFA especially supports research that can be readily translated to improve the care of human IBD in the near future.

  • Rolling Deadline Opportunity
  • Please email CorpFoundHelp@mountsinai.org if you are interested in this rolling deadline program, and the Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations will facilitate approaching the foundation.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has been invited by the Pew Scholars Program to nominate one candidate for support by the program. The aim of this program is to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in basic sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. This is an extremely prestigious award. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Previous recipients usually had an extensive publication list that includes at least one, and often more, first author publication(s) in either Science, Nature (or one of its specialty journals), Cell, and/or PNAS.

The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for a four-year period.  The applicant is expected to spend no less than 80% of their time on the project described.

Please refer to the Committee on Special Awards’ email announcement for additional details.