Chartering Research Centers and Institutes

***Chartering and re-chartering applications for institutes are now being accepted in the new format via InfoReadyAt this time, we are not currently accepting center chartering/re-chartering applications. The Office of the Vice President for Research is working with the Advisory Council on Research to review and update the guidelines and process for centers. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].***

The chartering and re-chartering of 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.

Application Process and Forms

Faculty seeking to establish or re-charter an organized research unit should submit the appropriate application form to the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). 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) or contact [email protected].

Research Institutes

An institute is a scholarly unit that is multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and involves faculty from two or more schools. Institutes are generally larger and more complex than centers: they bring a number of resources and disciplines together to achieve a set of common goals.

Forms for Research Institutes

Start a Research Institute Chartering Application

Research Centers

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.

Forms for Research Centers

Coming soon!

Deadlines and Meeting Dates

The following 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 Deadline

Meeting Date

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Wednesday, October 16, 2020 TBD
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 TBD

Contact Us

Email [email protected] with questions about the chartering process or for assistance with the application on OVPR’s InfoReady portal.