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Mass General Research Institute

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Research Institute is the largest hospital-based research enterprise in the United States and was founded to promote, support and guide our diverse research enterprise.

The Research Institute is intended to create a “front door” to the Mass General research enterprise to better engage funding agencies and create new partnerships with the pharmaceutical, biotech, venture capital and philanthropic communities.


MGH Research Management

The MGH Research Management Office serves an executive function for the MGH Research Institute. The office is responsible for the overall administrative and fiscal management of research support operations across the MGH research enterprise, which include:
   » Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
   » Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM))
   » Research Space Management Group (RSMG))
   » Thematic Centers (administrative and budget))
   » Ragon Institute (administrative and budget))
   » ECOR (administrative and budget))
   » Office of the Scientific Director (budget))
   » Division for Clinical Research (budget))
   » Center for Faculty Development (budget))
   » Office of Research Integrity)
   » Partners Research Management (liaison))
   » MGH and Partners Research Compliance (liaison)


Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)

The MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) has existed since 1947 with responsibility for strategic planning and policy-making for the hospital’s research enterprise. It is a standing subcommittee of the General Executive Committee (GEC). A major strength of ECOR is its diverse and regularly-rotating membership which includes more than 50 senior research faculty, chiefs, and hospital executives. Meeting twice-monthly, this committee is the central body for research governance, bringing together a broad representation of internal stakeholders to provide strategic guidance to the hospital’s leadership regarding research priorities.

The ECOR Chair is selected from among the Chiefs of MGH Services and Departments. Each position is a three-year term, with the Vice Chair succeeding to the role of Chair and the previous Chair remaining a part of the ECOR leadership team after their Chair term, thereby assuring continuity over a nine-year period. Visit ECOR Leadership for currect leadership.

In addition to the ECOR chairs, all members of the Research Institute Steering Committee serve as members of ECOR. Further ECOR membership includes two elected representatives from each of the three HMS faculty ranks (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor), as well as representatives elected from the Chiefs’ Council and faculty appointed by the Chair of ECOR. Senior MGH and MGPO leadership, including the MGH President and the MGPO President, are also members.


Office of the Scientific Director

The Office of the Scientific Director is primarily charged with promoting science at Mass General, which includes marketing efforts, making connections with philanthropists and building new relationships with industry to broaden our research funding base.
The Research Institute mission includes efforts to broaden awareness of the substantial research enterprise here at the hospital—one that would stand out in any other context, but is often overshadowed by the hospital’s preeminent clinical reputation. The Office of the Scientific Director is working on several initiatives to promote the science at MGH.

They work closely with colleagues in the Mass General Development Office to educate philanthropists and potential donors about the important role research plays in driving new discoveries in medicine.

Strategic Alliances
The Strategic Alliances Initiative was developed to foster programmatic research efforts that convene experts in various disciplines to address areas of key scientific need.


Division of Clinical Research
Division of Clinical Research is a cornerstone initiative of the MGH Research Institute that works to increase the quantity, quality and efficiency of translating fundamental 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

Click here for their list of Tools and Resources for Clinical Researchers.


Other online resources

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?

Logging into Partners Research Navigator:
   » Navigate to the public site
   » On the Office 365 Login page, enter your primary email address
      (If you’re not sure what your primary email is, it can be found in Outlook
      (properties preceded by ‘SMTP’ in capital letters. You can also find your
      (primary email by logging into

   » You will then be directed to a Partners login page, and asked first for your
      user ID, followed by a page for your password.


Partners Research Management

Partners Research Management (not Mass General Research Management) supports the research activities at member institutions by facilitating administrative, financial, and regulatory requirements of the research efforts. The departments at Partners that support the research enterprise at Partners hospitals are:    

  • The Pre-Award team provides support and assistance to Principals Investigators (PIs) and Department Administrators (DAs) as they prepare proposals for submission to external sponsors.
  • The Post-Award team serves as the liaison between PIs and sponsors once awards have been issued and to review and negotiate incoming agreements from foundations and non-profit institutions and contracts from federal and state agencies as well as modifications related to these awards.
  • Research Finance partners with PIs and DAs to manage the financial activity through control and review of all research-related transactions.
  • Research Finance Systems - PeopleSoft is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system used to track and manage business resources.

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