Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)
ECOR has a major internal grants program, virtually a mini-foundation, that annually reviews nearly 700 applications from MGH investigators and fellows and awards approximately 120 internal grants. A major grants program launched six years ago provides interim/bridge support to faculty whose NIH or other federal funding is delayed or otherwise interrupted.
ECOR also awards the Martin Prize, the Howard Goodman Award, the Claflin Awards, and the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office Award, the Ryder Award, and the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery post-doc fellowship awards.
In January 2011, ECOR launched the MGH Scholars Program, a major initiative to award research support to outstanding faculty in the MGH research community in support of innovative, cutting-edge research. The first five scholars were named on May 6; each Scholar each received $100,000 a year for 5 years. The 100 million dollars in philanthropic funds to support this initiative is part of the Hospital's Capital Campaign.
HMS Foundation Funds Postdoctoral Fellowships at HMS
The HMS Foundation Funds Program administers the nomination process for HMS/HSDM faculty and postdocs for funding opportunities from private foundations that require candidates to be nominated by either Harvard Medical School or Harvard University. Each year, several foundations invite HMS/HSDM junior faculty members and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply internally through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates who will then submit applications to the foundations.
NIH Research Training Opportunities
The mission of the NIH is to protect and improve human health by uncovering new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. This mission can only be accomplished if the NIH also provides support for the training of the next generation of scientists. The mission of OER/Training Office is to maintain a cadre of well-trained investigators by offering a wide variety of intramural and extramural research training and career development programs.
Sponsored Programs Administration at HMS
The SPA is a research support organization that actively facilitates the pursuit of sponsored research at HMS and manages the pre-award process at the Medical School. The SPA can help post docs find funding opportunities, advise them on proposal preparation, and eventually aid in the set up of the newly awarded account. In addition to providing information about funding, the SPA offers training courses and extensive grant writing resources to HMS researchers.