December 19, 16
Strategic Initiative Description
Ragon Strategic Initiative awards are intended to promote active collaboration amongst different Ragon Institute Group Leaders, Steering Committee members, Associate Members and external investigators to advance the strategic goals of the Institute. These awards are intended to be catalytic in nature and aim to fund truly transformative and innovative projects which may be in an early stage of development and often overlooked by traditional granting mechanisms. Strategic Initiatives will have a finite lifespan, and it is expected that recipients will pursue extramural funding for future research as a result of these awards.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All submitted proposals must be signed by an institutional official by each participating institution (unless the project is wholly performed at MGH and has no subcontracts).
- Primary applicant(s) must be Ragon Institute Group Leaders, Steering Committee, or Associate Member at the Assistant Professor level or above
- Collaborators on applications are not required to have a Ragon Institute Affiliation, but must hold the title of Assistant Professor or above at their respective institution
- M.D., Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D investigators pursuing either basic or clinical investigation are eligible to apply
Detailed budgets and budget justifications are required for each subproject associated with the Strategic Initiative. Budgets should reflect the costs necessary to perform the proposed work, but generally should not exceed $250k/year direct cost in total across all subprojects.
Awards may be used for salary, fringe benefits, large or small equipment, supplies, and other expenses requisite for the project. In general, projects will be one year in length. Projects with a scope longer than 1 year must include a separate budget for each budget year, and the proposal narrative must clearly state which aims/objectives will take place in each year. The maximum funded project length is two years, with the second year of funding dependent upon positive review nine months after the start date.
If applicable, approved Human or Animal use protocols must be current prior to award activation. Award start dates may be adjusted based on the length of the review process, and we suggest the earliest start date be listed as 3 months post-submission.
Projects will be evaluated on the basis of research progress, suitable use of funds, and the strength of the research plan.
For subprojects established at MGH, IDC is limited to 15% of Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC).
For subprojects established at institutions outside MGH, IDC is limited to 15% Total Direct Costs (TDC).
Application forms for Strategic Initiatives are available for download here. Applications should be submitted to Alex Cusson once all documentation is complete, and institutional signatures have been obtained from each collaborating institutions.
Applications are evaluated utilizing an anonymized process. Reviewers may consist of both internal and external reviewers and all reviews are confidentially submitted.
Proposals will be evaluated on scientific merit and criteria applicable to the scientific area for which the proposal was submitted. Applicants should expect to receive feedback on their application within 6-8 weeks of submission.