Centers and Institutes Application Process and Forms

***The Office of the Vice President for Research is not accepting new charter or re-charter applications at this time. The guidelines for chartering and re-chartering a research center or institute are being evaluated and updated. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].***

Chartering and Re-Chartering Information

The Office of the Vice President for Research’s policy of chartering and re-chartering research centers and institutes facilitates the strengthening of research and scholarly activity throughout the university. Becoming a chartered center or institute reflects a university seal of approval and results in the inclusion in listings of research units.

A center or institute charter may be approved for a duration of one to five years.

Definitions of Research Centers and Institutes

A center is a research unit that typically has a single focus or mission and is usually located within a single school, although its faculty may draw at times on the expertise of faculty in other schools or disciplines to support their work. The center typically reports to the dean of that school.

An institute is typically cross-disciplinary in nature and involves faculty from different schools or, at least, representatives of diverse departments and disciplines within a single school.

Application Process

Faculty seeking to establish or re-charter an organized research unit should submit the application form to the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Advisory Council for Research (ACR) meets throughout the academic year to review applications.

For more information about chartering, re-chartering, modifying or closing a center or institute, please review the Chartered Research Centers and Institutes Manual (PDF) and/or contact [email protected].

Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Application DeadlineMeeting Date
Wednesday, October 16, 2019Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The above deadlines correspond to scheduled meetings of the Advisory Council for Research. *Charter and Re-charter materials must be submitted no later than 21 days prior to the next scheduled ACR meeting to be reviewed (the deadline for January's meeting has been adjusted to reflect the GW winter holiday).


·         Application for Chartering (PDF)

o   Membership Confirmation

o   Budget Template

·         Applications for Re-Chartering or Major Modifications (PDF)

o   Membership Confirmation

o   Budget Template

·         Application for Closing a Charter (PDF)