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Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT)
The mission of CIMIT is to improve patient care by facilitating the collaboration of scientists, engineers, and clinicians to catalyze development of innovative technology, emphasizing minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy. CIMIT is bringing together clinicians at the forefront of medicine, scientists and engineers working at the frontiers of high technology, and industry to focus on solutions to perplexing health care problems.


Clinical Research Center
The goal of the MGH Clinical Research Center is to provide a clinical laboratory and other support for medical scientists who conduct human subject research. Investigations include studies of normal and abnormal human physiology and studies of the cause, prevention, control and cure of diseases that afflict individuals of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds.


Clinical Research Network (Clinical Trials @ Partners)
This is a resource for clinical investigators, sponsors, patients and others interested in advanced clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH), and other Partners HealthCare System institutions. CRnet is produced by the Clinical Research Program and the Laboratory of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Division of Clinical Research
The mission of the Division of Clinical Research at Massachusetts General Hospital is to support researchers in their efforts to increase the quantity, quality and efficiency of translating basic science advances into improved care for our patients.

The Division of Clinical Research promotes clinical research by:
   » Supporting clinical and translational research at Mass General
       through specific centers and units
   » Nurturing the next generation of Mass General clinical investigators
   » Increasing Mass General's overall clinical research funding
   » Expanding Mass General's pool of clinical research mentors
   » Providing hands-on support to overcome the logistical challenges
       faced by clinical investigators

Free services provided to investigators:
   » Consultations with CRP faculty (6-8 hours)
   » IND/IDE submissions and project management
   » Assistance with subject recruitment
   » Identification of potential funding sources
   » Budgeting for clinical studies
   » Help with National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Patient Centered
       Outcomes Research (PCORI) applications

Tools and Resources for Clinical Researchers


Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE)

ECOTE oversees all institutional matters relating to the teaching mission of the MGH and, in conjunction with the Partners Education Committee (PEC), is the principal body charged with implementing educational policy for the Hospital. ECOTE Graduate Medical Education (GME) Subcommittee also functions as the institution’s Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) for purposes of national and specialty accreditation of physician training programs, in conjunction with the PEC.

ECOTE participates in responsible strategic planning for the educational mission of the MGH, congruent with both the clinical and research missions of the Hospital and the Partners-wide education enterprise, in conjunction with the PEC.

For more information, contact Georgi Bland.


GRANT FUNDING\ RESOURCE: is THE single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants.


GRANT FUNDING\ RESOURCE: Harvard University Financial Administration Office for Sponsored Programs

The Financial Administration Office for Sponsored Programs provides a list of resources that cover the many aspects and considerations when preparing a grant proposal.


GRANT FUNDING\ RESOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Grants and Funding Opportunties


Harvard Catalyst / The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is dedicated to improving human health by enabling collaboration and providing tools, training and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. As a shared enterprise of Harvard University, Harvard Catalyst resources are made freely available to all Harvard faculty and trainees, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree.

Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard schools and the academic healthcare centers (hospitals) to build and grow an environment where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, with free resources such as biostatistics consultations, with educational programs such as the Clinical and Translational (C/T) Research Academy and over a dozen courses, and with a range of web tools that assist in data collection and team collaboration efforts.

Harvard Catalyst offers clinical and translational investigators what they need to conduct clinical experiments, including Research Resources - HC litt Image clinical research nursing, research dietician support, experimental design assistance, sample processing, data management, and information about core facilities.

Harvard Catalyst Advanced Curriculum Compendium
The Harvard Catalyst Advanced Curriculum Compendium (ACC) has been developmed to provide clinical investigators with opportunities for continuing education in clinical investigation beyond the introductory level.

Through a searchable online catalog, the Catalyst ACC offers educational opportunities to learn new methods or update existing clinical investigative skills. The compendium consists of lectures, seminars, and courses that target core competencies fundamental to successful clinical investigation.


Partners Human Research Committee
The Partners Human Research Committee (PHRC) is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Partners Research Management. The PHRC must approve all human-subject research conducted by a Partners-affiliated investigator. Human-subject research is a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge where an investigator obtains data on individuals either through direct intervention/interaction or through the use of identifiable private information (medical records) or specimens.


Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program
In June 1999, the Human Research Quality Improvement Program (QI Program) was established as part of Partners Human Research Affairs, which oversees human studies conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham & Women's Hospital (BWH). The goal of this program is to help fulfill the institution's responsibility for ensuring compliance with Federal and State regulations governing human research, and to promote an environment in which human subject research will be conducted according to the highest standards. In doing so, the QI Program has developed and implemented various quality assurance and improvement initiatives to serve the Partners clinical research community.


Partners Innovation

(formerly known as Research Ventures and Licensing (RVL)

Partners Innovation is a division of Partners HealthCare that coordinates industrial relationships and IP management across Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.

Partners Innovation is a cohesive, coordinated group servicing medical inventors, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and industry. Our goal is to take medical inventions and innovations discovered by Partners HealthCare researchers and provide the appropriate support and infrastructure to allow technology development, commercialization and, ultimately, the development of products to benefit patients.

The team has backgrounds in technology licensing, patenting, bench research, finance, funding, business, law and start-ups.

Primary functions in converting invention to innovation:
   » Manage inventions arising from research
   » Protect intellectual property
   » Determine commercialization pathway
   » Find industry partners and licensees
   » Identify technology funding options
   » Create marketing plans
   » Support PHS academic-industry alliances


Partners Research Computing
Research Computing provides infrastructure, administrative, and translational research support and services to investigators and researchers in the Partners system. The department is organized into five groups: scientific services and infrastructure, genomics IT, specimen banking, RPDR, and research administrative systems. Infrastructure services include:
   » Support and data backup for non-Partners desktops and laptops
   » Help purchasing hardware and software
   » Assistance in solving computing technology problems
   » Secure File Transfer Service


Partners Research Management

The Partners Research Management internet was designed with the research community in mind, currently focusing on the administration of grants and contracts and features news and information about the Partners Research Management department.

MGH Research Intranet
MGH has the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. The MGH Research Intranet brings together many resources that can help investigators, including:
   » Grant funding information
   » Pre- and post-award forms and resources
   » Research policies and procedures
   » Links to many external resources

Research Navigator
The Research Navigator is a robust collection of content to guide you through the research administrative process. The Research Navigator covers answers to the following questions:
   » Preparing or submitting a proposal?
   » Managing an award?
   » Collaborating through subcontracts or contracts?
   » Accounting for a grant or contract?



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