Launches Spanish Website

ResearchMatch (RM) is the national online recruitment tool that matches people interested in research with investigators throughout the United States. ResearchMatch has just launched a Spanish version of the website inviting Spanish speakers to sign-up in Spanish, enabling researchers from the Mount Sinai Health System to use ResearchMatch to connect with and recruit Spanish-speaking volunteers for their studies.

RM is a not-for-profit activity and is funded through the NIH’s CTSA program. With more than 131,000 registered volunteers and over 6,100 investigators at 154 participating institutions, ResearchMatch hopes to increase the pool of Spanish-speaking volunteers and to increase the recruitment of underrepresented groups in research.

Are you a Mount Sinai Health System Researcher interested in learning more about ResearchMatch? Register now or attend an online training!

Every initial submission to the IRB should include for approval:

  1. The use of ResearchMatch as a recruitment strategy*
  2. Your ResearchMatch contact message**
  3. Your REDCap prescreening (eligibility) survey – if desired.

* If not included on an initial submission, ResearchMatch should be added as a recruitment strategy in an amendment submission.

**Your RM contact message cannot contain study team contact information or survey links and must be less than 2,000 characters.

Already registered with ResearchMatch and wanting to recruit Spanish-speaking volunteers? Submit any Spanish contact messages to your IRB for approval (including any other participant-facing materials, such as consent forms) and ensure you are prepared for inquiries from Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Share ResearchMatch with people you know that are interested in finding out about research studies, and help us grow the number of volunteers in the New York metropolitan area!

Contact the Office of Research Services via its Research 411 Portal’s Research Subject Recruitment form by selecting Assistance, if you have any questions or need help with the process at Mount Sinai Health System.


Updated Post Doc Stipends and Salaries Effective December 31, 2018

Pursuant to the Memorandum from Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs regarding updates to the post doc salary and stipend levels, the Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) has included these updates in its guidance document linked below.

Students and Post Graduates on Federal Research and Training Grants Guidance – A Compendium of Budgetary, Administrative, Application Submission, and Post Award Information

To recap, below are the updated rates:

Post Doc Minimum Salary

Years of Experience Current Eff. 12/31/2018
50,700 58,661
1 50,700 58,661
2 50,700 58,661
3 51,324 58,661
4 53,184 58,661
5 55,308 58,661
6 57,528 58,661
7 or more 59,736 59,736

Please note, regarding the use of these amounts on NIH training grant budgets, this supplementation is not reflected on the budget and does not require a cost sharing form to GCO, but the availability of funds should be considered by the PI/Department when submitting applications.

Please contact the GCO if you have any questions.


Updated Health Insurance and Graduate Student Rates Effective July 1, 2018

Pursuant to the 7/18/18 Memorandum from Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs regarding changes to health insurance and graduate student rates, the Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) has included these updates in its guidance document linked below.

Students and Post Graduates on Federal Research and Training Grants Guidance – A Compendium of Budgetary, Administrative, Application Submission, and Post Award Information

To recap, below are the updated rates:

Graduate Student Total Compensation

Current  Eff. 7/1/18
Direct Compensation         36,000        37,000
Health Insurance           7,335          7,999
Tuition/Fees           1,749          1,795
Total Compensation         45,130        46,794

All the relevant sections of GCO’s guidance document have been updated including the post doctoral sections since the health insurance rate has changed.  

Please contact the GCO if you have any questions.


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:

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:

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:

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 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 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 for submission by the nominator
Blavatnik Deadline November 14, 2019

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, 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

  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
  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).

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 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.

Additional information is also available on the website at:


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 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.


GCO New Staff and Promotions

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) is pleased to announce a new staff addition and promotions as well.

Victoria Speziale joins the GCO team as a Grants Specialist serving the departments of Clinical Immunology/Medicine, Genetics and Genomics, Neurosurgery, OB-GYN and Reproductive Science, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Rheumatology/Medicine while Sarah Sanders is on leave.  Victoria previously worked as a Senior Contracts Coordinator at Northwell Health and has approximately 3 years of prior grants and contracts management experience including working with InfoEd.

Michelle Yoon has been promoted to Senior Grants Specialist having served as Grants Specialist II for 2 years in the GCO.  Michelle came to the GCO with 7 years of experience as a clinical research coordinator at Mount Sinai.

Amanda Amescua has been promoted from Assistant Director to Associate Director after approximately 1 year which indicates how competent she is in this leadership position.  Previously Amanda served as a Senior Grants Specialist for 3 years in the GCO.   Amanda has an additional approximate 10 years of prior sponsored project administration experience including positions at Columbia University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Please join us in congratulating our talented and hardworking staff.


Research Using Cellular Therapy

In recognition of the growth of clinical research utilizing cellular therapy, research administration leadership is working to ensure that we establish the proper regulatory and operational procedures to support this important work.  Effective immediately, Dr. Jeffrey Jhang, Director of Blood Bank and Transfusion Services, will manage the regulatory review as part of the established Ideate review process.   

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jhang or Dr. Luis Isola, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, early in the process of developing your protocol to review the feasibility of the proposed work and to confirm proper resource allocation.