Non-OPF Events & Announcements

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MECUSA (Spanish Women Scientists in USA) offers a series of free workshops on Venture Capital for PhDs to enhance professional development of women scientists in Venture Capital. Everybody is welcome to the course!
‘Venture Capital for PhDs: small molecules and biologicals’ is a course organized by MECUSA, Spanish women scientists in USA. This 13-week intensive course explores the financial challenges that entrepreneurs face when establishing and growing their business ventures. We’ve empaneled international experts to provide a better understanding of each stage of start-up financing and development in both the USA and Europe. The famous glass ceiling has traditionally prevented women from reaching leadership positions in science, but even more so in areas of venture capital and entrepreneurship. For this reason, we have chosen mostly women scientists as our speakers to prove that women can access these professions and encourage other women to do so.
Next workshop is on August 8
"Scientist at CEO" | Saturday, August 8, 12:30-2:30ppm | Online |
EventBrite Registration
For information on the additional workshops in this series from MECUSA visit: Venture Capital for PhDs: small molecules and biologicals (link contains poster for each session with embedded registration links for each)

Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Supporting Biomedical Innovation and Discovery by Early-Career Investigators

- Full-time faculty whose first independent appointment began between 10/1/18 and 4/1/21
- Preliminary applications will be accepted from eligible faculty at any academic institution, hospital, or free-standing nonprofit biomedical research facility in Massachusetts

- Preliminary applications will also be accepted from Brown University and Yale University
- Women and people of color are encouraged to apply
Online application due: Tuesday, August 18, 12 NOON, Eastern Time
Award Amount: Up to five $300,000 three year awards, inclusive of 5% institutional overhead.
More details and apply:

OUTSIDE// Longwood Medical Area
Summer is here, and OUTSIDE// has returned to the Longwood Medical Area.
OUTSIDE// — a place-making program launched in 2019 by MASCO, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — creates fun, vibrant public spaces where employees, researchers, students, patients and visitors can unwind, interact and engage in free, accessible activities. The yellow umbrellas and outdoor furniture are back for a second year, and there’s plenty to see and do around the LMA through Sept. 18, including:
- Daily food trucks at Countway Plaza and Blackfan Circle.
- Additional outside furniture to accommodate safe, physically-distanced meal breaks.
- Mobile art displays, with a focus on LMA science and research.
- Roving musicians.
- Community chalk art and more activities to be announced.
Visit for the food truck schedule and to discover what’s happening OUTSIDE// today.

Novartis Quantitative Sciences Academic-to-Industry Virtual Symposium | August 18-19, 2020
Are you curious about working as a quantitative scientist in Pharma? Do you want to learn about exciting computational research projects and opportunities at Novartis? Join us!
The Novartis Quantitative Sciences Academic-to-Industry Symposium is a virtual event over the course of two afternoons designed to introduce academic students (primarily grad students and postdocs) to the quantitative sciences opportunities at Novartis. This includes topics such as Biostatistics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Modeling & Simulation, Bioinformatics, and Data Visualization.
The Symposium will kick off with a keynote address from the NIBR company president Dr. Jay Bradner, followed by interactive presentations and case studies from quantitative researchers, and career development Q&A sessions with Novartis associates. Come see the opportunities available through industry research at Novartis. Whether you’re just graduating or considering moving from academia to industry join us for two fun afternoons of talks!
Pre-registeration required at Invitations will be sent leading up to the event.

HMS-Online Education | Sponsored by Harvard Catalyst | No fee for Harvard affiliates
Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR)

August 12 - November 4, 2020
FaCToR provides an overview of the concepts of clinical and translational research. Participants learn the research methods used across the spectrum of C/T research, such as designing research studies, identifying and addressing ethical issues, and obtaining research funding. In addition, participants engage with colleagues, teaching fellows, and faculty through online discussion and other media. REGISTER by July 31
Introduction to Mixed Methods Research
August 19 - October 14, 2020
Introduction to Mixed Methods Research offers an introduction to mixed methods research in the health sciences. Participants learn how qualitative and quantitative data can be integrated to capture the perspectives of patients, providers, communities, or healthcare organizations to answer research questions. The course covers formulating research questions, collecting and analyzing different types of data, choosing the appropriate mixed methods designs, and interpreting results. REGISTER by August 5

Harvard HealthTech Fellowships - Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 fellowships
A 10-month fellowship that teaches the next generation of healthcare innovators how to harness technology, engineering, business, and cutting-edge science to define a new standard of medical care. This fellowship embeds teams in clinical settings to expose urgent, unmet healthcare needs, then design and test innovative solutions with guidance from mentors in the medtech, healthcare, and innovation sectors. Application deadline is September 1, 2020. More details and to apply:

The Brandeis University Postdoctoral Association (BUPA) is looking for talented senior postdocs to participate in the Invited Postdoc Research Colloquium (IPRC).
Invited Postdoc Research Colloquium (IPRC)
Brandeis University Postdoctoral Association (BUPA) is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Invited Postdoc Research Colloquium (IPRC). This seminar series will run throughout the academic year and will feature talks from outstanding senior postdocs from both inside and outside Brandeis. The goal of the IPRC is to showcase the work of talented senior postdocs and provide networking opportunities within the greater postdoc community and Brandeis faculty. Being selected as an IPRC speaker is an exciting opportunity to share and receive feedback on your postdoctoral work from Brandeis faculty, postdocs and students. The Brandeis community benefits from hearing about exciting new research. We encourage applications from a broad range of fields in the life sciences. Please consider applying and spread the word!
Selected postdocs will give a one hour research seminar, meet with faculty individually, and with small groups of students and postdocs to discuss their work. In the event that the COVID-19 public health emergency precludes being able to safely carry out these activities in person, arrangements will be made to carry out all presentations and discussions remotely. For up to date information on Brandeis policies regarding COVID-19 please refer to or email with any questions. If the talk is given in person or remotely, speakers will also receive a small honorarium. Please apply by July 31, 2020
To apply, please email the following to
1) Talk abstract: 500 word limit and aimed at a broad scientific audience
2) Your current CV: 2 page limit, and include your publications, presentations at conferences, and any community service (especially mentoring junior scientists and promoting diverse backgrounds and perspectives in science)

The HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office provides highly confidential, impartial and independent services to faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral trainees and affiliate institution appointees to help identify issues, goals and potential options available to help manage or resolve concerns.  ANY issue may be brought to the Ombuds Office, including anything related to COVID-19.  Ombuds Melissa Brodrick and Justin Neiman are available for Zoom, phone and Skype appointments.  Call 617-432-4041 or email.

Harvard Longwood Campus Employee Development and Wellness - has free virtual offerings and additional resources available, resources and programming.
Upcoming resources available for postdocs are listed here
Care@Work Coronavirus Resource Guide
The most recent issue of’s newsletter features stories and ideas for how to navigate work and life during this pandemic. Specifically, they have prepared a resource guide for parents and caregivers to help during this time. Please read more information at Care@Work: Coronavirus Resource Guide.

NIH Applicants & Recipients
Watch for updated resources on the (COVID-19) Information for NIH Applicants & Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. In addition to new funding opportunities, below is a round-up of what you can find:
NIH applicants/recipients (PowerPoint)
FAQs foreign components, animal welfare, continuous submission, reference letters, salaries, donating PPEs, prior approval, contracts, training, fellowship awards
Specific FAQ changes, go to page update history
Pandemic Contingency Planning for Animal Care & Use Programs
OHRP Guidance
Virtual NIH Activities for Trainees Outside the NIH
FAQs on Flexibilities

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is the most efficient way to create and maintain biosketches for NIH and NSF grant applications and annual reports.
As of June 1, 2020, SciENcv will be required for many researchers submitting biosketches to NSF. Visit the SciENcv website to review FAQs, and follow this link for the HMS step-by-step guide to Creating an NIH or NSF Biosketch in SciENcv. Questions? Contact

Science Magazine - Career Articles, topics include: "day in the life of a grantwriter" and conducting peer review in the middle of Coronavirus crisis.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Online Resources and Workshops - available to HMS Quad-based postdocs

SfN is excited to announce a new benefit for all Institutional Program (IP) members – unlimited access for trainees affiliated with your program to articles, videos, and webinars on Neuronline, SfN’s home for online learning. Any trainee associated with an IP member program is eligible for this access.
To access this benefit, trainees must:
Sign up for a free account on, preferably using their institutional email address
Sign in to the IP Affiliate Registration page using their SfN account
Fill out the form and choose their program from the drop-down list
Click “Register”

Once registered, trainees will receive an email confirming that the process is complete and that they now have access to Neuronline using their account.
If you have any questions about this new benefit, please contact

Countway Library still open for online services, including Research Data Management classes, and individual research assistance
Countway Classes (online)

Research Data Management
Research & Instruction Services

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Postdoctoral Association | Literature in Research Survey
Survey on the scientific reading habits of HMS postdocs. Available HERE.

HMS Teaches at Emmanuel
We are happy to announce a new collaboration between Emmanuel College and HMS that will give HMS postdocs the opportunity to gain teaching experience in an undergraduate setting.  Emmanuel College is a liberal arts college located down the street a couple blocks from the HMS quad, so this will be a convenient opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.  Emmanuel College has teaching needs each semester for many undergraduate science courses, and as part of this collaboration, HMS postdocs will be able to apply early for these positions. We look forward to the success of this exciting new collaboration and the opportunities it will provide the HMS community. 
Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in participating. By signing up, postdocs will continue to receive announcements about teaching opportunities each semester.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.