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MGH CASI Early Career Pilot Awards

We are now accepting applications for 2024 CASI Pilot Awards

Applications are due September 1st, 2024 and instructions to apply are outlined below.

The Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness (CASI) supports innovative, transdisciplinary research that leverages MGH’s and the broader community’s strengths to improve the well-being of older adults and those with serious illness. 

The Chong Jin Park and Ki Sub Joung Early Career Pilot Awards in Aging and Palliative Care support innovative applied clinical research or clinical implementation pilot project(s) (T3-4) focused on improving the evidence base for aging or serious illness care. This award will fund initial pilot work to provide data and planning for an externally funded, full-scale project grant (e.g., K award, R01, PCORI, etc.). Applicants who hold a full-time faculty appointment in any MGH Department, are pursuing a research career, and meet the eligibility criteria below are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: Each award is $50,000 per year, plus 20% indirect costs. 

Project Period: 12 months

The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care

The Chong Jin Park Innovative Early Career Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on achieving health equity and improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness through research in population and health care delivery science. 

The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care

The Ki Sub Joung Innovative Junior Faculty Pilot Award in Aging and Palliative Care will support research focused on improving the lives of older people and or those with serious illness, with an emphasis on the care of those living with cognitive impairment or their caregivers.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must have a full-time MGH faculty appointment at the start of the award and during the entire award period. Applicants must not yet have reached the level of Associate Professor (e.g., Instructors and Assistant Professors) at the time of the award start date.

  • Applicants from any MGH Department are eligible to apply.

  • Faculty, including those who will be expecting an MGH appointment by the anticipated award start date, are invited to apply.

  • Collaboration across Departments, Divisions, Research Units, and the Hospital, as well as partnerships with community-based organizations are strongly encouraged.

  • Women and UiM candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION

To apply, please email CenterforAgingandSeriousIllness@mgh.harvard.edu

with the following information by September 1st, 2024:

1. Project Title

2. Layperson’s summary of your research work (200 Words)

3. Cover letter (1-page limit), stating the nature of appointment at MGH, describing independent accomplishments, and discussing expected career goals

4. Letter of reference from supervisor or mentor

5. Project or Research Plan: 4-pages for items a-g listed below, single spaced limit not including references, 11-point Arial font with 0.5-inch margins

a. Specific aims

b. Background/significance

c. Innovation

d. Approach

e. How the pilot will contribute to future funding

f. Timeline and milestones

g. Identified whose role and commitment to mentoring is described in the project or research plan

h. References (no page limit)*

i. Budget and Budget Justification*

j. Biosketch in NIH format*

k. Human Subjects/IRB plan (1 page)*
 

*Recommended but not required

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty appointed by the Center for Aging and Serious Illness. Candidates will not be provided with critiques of their application. For both awards, pilot awards will be selected based on the merit of the science and the likelihood of the candidate to contribute to the mission and work of the Mongan Institute Center for Aging and Serious Illness. NOTE: For the Ki Sub Joung Award, preference will be given to pilot proposals addressing important research questions touching on the care of those living with dementia and/or their caregivers.

Questions should be directed to the CenterforAgingandSeriousillness@mgh.harvard.edu

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