Research Updates - 2013

November/December, 2013
October, 2013
September, 2013
August, 2013
July, 2013
June, 2013
May, 2013
April, 2013
March, 2013
February, 2013 - Faculty and Investigators
February, 2013 - Research Administrators 

 

 

 

November/December, 2013

Final Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp of Fall 2013

OVPR and the CTSI are pleased to announce the final Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp of the Fall.  Grant Proposal Boot Camp is an intense workshop designed to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop includes all aspects of grant proposals, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals.  This session will be held on Thursday, December 12 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register.

Office of Human Research Launches Mobile Office Hours

The Office of Human Research (OHR) is excited to announce their new mobile office hours.  Mobile office hours have been established to give researchers across campus easier access to the OHR team.  The first mobile office hours will be held in the MFA 8th Floor Conference Room, 8-416 on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 2:30-4:00.  More information about the Office of Human Research and the IRB process can be found on the OHR website.

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories to Present on Campus

Dr. Julia Phillips, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sandia National Laboratories will present to the research community on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Dr. Phillips will discuss leadership of the Laboratory’s $165M Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program, research strategy development and implementation, and intellectual property protection and deployment.  Contact Kirsten Gercke to RSVP (additional details included in Events section below).

Research Staff Merit Increases

Merit increases for all research staff become effective in January.  PI’s are reminded to use the PI Dashboard to ensure that there are sufficient funds budgeted on your awards to accommodate the salary increases.  Please also remember to budget for 3% yearly staff merit increases in your award proposals.

NSF Issues New Version of Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 14-1) has been issued.  Effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 24, 2014, significant changes include (1) addition to the certification regarding Conflict of Interest regarding the appropriate disclosure process; (2) reiteration that indirect costs are not allowed on participant support costs; (3) small-scale pilot of a new environmental impacts process with a few programs, prior to NSF-wide implementation; (4) updated process for program income reporting;  and (5) numerous clarifications throughout the document.

NIH Offers Researchers Opportunity to “Test Drive” SciENcv

NIH has worked closely with a number of other federal agencies, the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community to create a system that will provide comprehensive curriculum vita information. This system — the Science Experts Network or SciENcv — enables researchers to easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports, and is available to the public in a beta version.  More information about this beta testing is available here.

NIH Will Require Use of Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Multi-Year Funded Awards

NIH released notice NOT-OD-14-026 announcing that all multi-year funded (MYF) awards will now be required to utilize the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).  NIH already requires the use of the RPPR for Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports and is currently piloting implementation for non-SNAP RPPRs.  This announcement expands the requirement to use the RPPR for MYF progress reports. Additional information and resources on the RPPR can be found on the eRA Commons page here

NIH Reminder to Use Updated Electronic Application Forms (FORMS-C) for F, K, T and D Submissions

NIH released notice NOT-OD-14-027 reminding applicants that all F, K, T and D submissions for due dates on or after January 25, 2014 must use the new application forms. Applications submitted using incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Cayuse supports the new FORMS-C, but users are reminded they may need to search for the updated opportunity within the system prior to completing the forms.  More information about the FORMS-C package can be foundhere.

NIH Improves Process for Timelier Financial Closeout of Awards

In response to the GAO report issued on April 2012, National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recognized several process improvements regarding funds and closeout management.  NIH’s effort to promote timelier financial closeout of awards, is working with Payment Management System (PMS) to hold certain payment requests for funds that are 90 days or more beyond the project period end date.  Funds requests for these awards will not be processed unless, and until, the awarding Agency has approved the payment request.  To ensure there are no delays in requesting and receiving funds,Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) recommends departments and schools to submit vendor/subaward invoices and effort redistributions in a timely manner to ensure there is sufficient processing time.

 
 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Office of Human Research Mobile Office Hours

MFA Building, 8-416
Thursday, December 5, 2013
2:30 – 4:00pm
MFA Building, 8-416

Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp

Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Marvin Center 311
Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register for this session.

Dr. Julia Phillips, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sandia National Laboratories

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
2:00 – 3:00pm
Ross Hall 227 (GW ID required)
Contact Kirsten Gercke, Partnership Coordinator to RSVP (202-994-6191)

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

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Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

 

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October, 2013

NIH and NSF Release Revised Submission Deadlines

Following the resumption of operations by the federal government, both  the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have created websites detailing their operations plans and revised proposal submission deadlines. 

If you have any additional questions moving forward, please contact your sponsored projects team within OVPR.

The Pursuit of Funding—from a PI Perspective

On Friday, November 15, 2013, from 10:00am – 11:00am (Ross Hall 643), OVPR will host Dr. Carl A. Batt, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, as he presents “The Pursuit of Funding—from a PI Perspective.”  Dr. Batt will discuss best practices for identifying funding opportunities, application development, and submission.  He will present this session based on his own research background and expertise in anti-cancer therapeutics, design and engineering of portable sensor devices using nanofabrication, and how biomaterials can be used to develop novel methodologies. To RSVP for this session, please contact [email protected].  Dr. Batt also serves Director of the Cornell University/Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Partnership, co-Founder of Main Street Science and the founder of Nanooze, an online science magazine for kids.  He is also the co-Founder and former co-Director of  the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) a National Science Foundation supported Science and Technology Center.  We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Batt will be working with the Research Enhancement Unit to provide research development consulting services on federal grant proposals.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected].

Are you using the PI Dashboard yet?

The PI Dashboard, an interactive web-based resource to access real-time financial information about grants and contracts, is now available to give PI’s and administrators unprecedented visibility into award portfolios and to view award information at varying levels of detail based on role. In order to continually improve the resources we make available to you, we want to hear what you think!  Please contact [email protected] with any questions or comments regarding this resource. 

Unsure of how to access and use this resource?  An additional training session has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 10:00am – 11:00am.  Please contact [email protected] to register for this session.

Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp

OVPR and the CTSI are pleased to announce the return of Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp, an intense workshop to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop includes all aspects of grant proposals, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals.  One session is currently scheduled on the Foggy Bottom Campus on Monday, November 18 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and a second session is being scheduled for early December. Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register.

Change in Procedure for Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Update to MTA Request Form

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are agreements between a provider and recipient scientist/institution for unique biological or chemical materials, or even an engineering prototype, which describe the rights and responsibilities of each party.  As of Monday, October 28th, Material Transfer Agreements will now be reviewed and accepted by Charles Maples, Assistant Director for Sponsored Projects Administration in coordination with the Office of Technology Transfer as appropriate.  MTA and MTA request forms should be sent directly to OVPR's Sponsored Project Administration central intake email at [email protected].  Detailed updated procedures and the updated MTA request form can be found on OVPR'swebsite.  Staff or faculty with questions regarding MTA's should contact Charles Maples directly at [email protected].

Autism Speaks to Washington: Policy & Action Summit

On November 13, 2013, the George Washington University and the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Initiative – the AND Initiative - are hosting the second full day of this invitation-only special event at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium.  The "Autism Speaks to Washington: Policy & Action Summit" will bring together autism advocates, policymakers and thought leaders for a 3-day intensive symposium focusing on housing, science and research.  President Knapp will also be hosting a private luncheon for special guests of the Summit, invited guests include Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks, Suzanne & Bob Wright, Co-Founders, Autism Speaks, Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Designer and Board Member, Autism Speaks and Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NY Stock Exchange.

GW Meets with BASF Global, World's Largest Chemical Company

On October 24, 2013, BASF Global hosted an invitation-only workshop to discuss their corporate research needs and GW was invited to discuss our applicable technologies to help meet this need. The Office of Technology Transfer, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, and Dr. Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal from the department of chemistry represented GW.  BASF brought 50 technology experts, research managers, technology scouts, and corporate venture managers to meet with the 6 universities and 3 federal agencies that were invited to this workshop.  After introductory remarks from the universities and federal agencies, the workshop moved to a "speed dating" format where BASF personnel explored details of the research programs of interest to them.  GW's "dance card" was full for all 8 rounds.  We had active interest in technologies ranging from plant growth, catalysis, real-time mass spectrometry, toxicity screening, composite materials, and energy storage. 

 
 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Autism & Art Therapy: Applications & Benefits – Brown Bag Lecture

Friday, November 1, 2013
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The AND Initiative will host the second event in their 2013 Brown Bag Lecture Series.  "Autism & Art Therapy: Applications & Benefits" will feature a presentation by GW’s Art Therapy Program faculty and alumni followed by a networking reception.  Seating is limited, but if you’re interested in attending, please contact Kirsten Gercke at[email protected].  The event will take place at GW’s Alexandria Graduate Education Center (413 John Carlyle Street, Room 215).

DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Saturday, November 2, 2013
8:30am-12:00pm

On Saturday, November 2nd, join GW staff and students at Autism Speaks’ “Walk Day” on the National Mall.  The AND Initiative will have a booth at the Walk’s Resource Fair in order to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding!  Registration begins at 8:30 am with the Walk beginning at 10:00 am.  We hope to see you there!  For more information, please visit this site.

Autism Speaks to Washington: Policy & Action Summit

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
All Day
Jack Morton Auditorium
Hosted by the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (AND) Initiative.

PI Dashboard Training Session

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
10:00am – 11:00am

Contact [email protected] to register for this session.

The Pursuit of Funding—from a PI Perspective

Friday, November 15, 2013
10:00am – 11:00am

Ross Hall 643
Featuring Dr. Carl Batt, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University.  Contact [email protected] with questions or to RSVP.

Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp

Monday, November 18, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register for this session.

2nd CTSI-CN Mentor Development Conference

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GW Marvin Center
Who should attend:  This full day conference is free to faculty of any discipline at all colleges and schools at The George Washington University who are currently engaged in or want to be part of a mentoring relationship, as a mentor or mentee.

Collaborative Research Administrators Group Meeting

Wednesday, November 21, 2013
11:00am – 12:00pm

Marvin Center 404

 

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

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Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

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September, 2013

OMB Issues Memorandum to Departments and Agencies Regarding Possible Government “Shutdown”

The Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum on September 17th to departments and agencies of the federal government regarding the possible government shutdown. It is important to note that appropriations for FY 2013 will expire at 11:59 p.m. on September 30th and while Congress is working to prevent a lapse, agencies and contractors should be prepared regardless.  Additionally, agencies are currently updating their operational plans to respond to a possible lapse in appropriations.

It is unclear how exactly, or if, this will affect sponsored projects funding, but please ensure that you respond to sponsor inquiries quickly and submit information in a timely manner.  Please escalate any concerns to your Sponsored Projects team in OVPR. 

NIH to Require eRA Commons IDs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

NIH has begun phasing in a new policy that requires graduate and undergraduate students working on NIH-funded projects to set up eRA Commons IDs.

The implementation will begin as follows:

  • August 15, 2013: Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to start establishing eRA Commons accounts.
  • October 18, 2013: The PHS 2590 and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) forms will start prompting for this information. Warnings will also appear in eRA Commons screens to alert students that they need to complete their IDs.
  • October 2014: RPPRs must have eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students or the reports won't be accepted by NIH.

For more information or to set up a Commons ID, contact your Sponsored Projects team.

Research Matters Communications Workshop 

On October 9th from 8:00 – 12:30, GW is pleased to present, in partnership with Research!America and other corporate partners, Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications:  Challenges and Opportunities. There are still seats available for the GW community at no cost; contact [email protected] to reserve a complimentary registration today!  Registration is required.  The event will be held in the Marvin Center; click here for more information.

NSF Continues Improvements to Research.gov 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) continues to enhance and improve the project reporting feature on Research.gov.  In August, NSF added the following features:

  1. Check for Report Completeness
  2. Accurate Character Counter
  3. Unlimited Products & Participants
  4. Prepopulated PI/co-PI Role and
  5. Updated Publication Information

In announcing these changes, NSF reminds investigators that final reports are not cumulative, rather, they are considered the last annual report of the project, and should be written specifically for the most recently completed budget period.  For more additional details see:  Research.gov System Notices.

Office of Human Research (OHR) Outreach Services

Do you have IRB questions? Having problems with your IRB forms? Need a little help with figuring out your category? Want someone to come to your class or staff meeting to explain the IRB process?  Contact us at [email protected] or at(202) 994-2715.  The OHR offers one-on-one and small-group meetings with faculty, staff, and students tailored to your research needs.

American Veterinary Medical Association Releases Updated Guidelines for Research with Animals

After 6 years the American Veterinary Medical Association has updated their guidelines for the humane euthanasia of animals. The 2013 AVMA guidelines provide a comprehensive overview on euthanasia methods for numerous species and in many different settings. Additionally, the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at NIH has adopted these guidelines for all current and new animal protocols. Any method of euthanasia must adhere to these guidelines, including all conditions that must be met for 'conditionally acceptable' methods, in order to secure and maintain IACUC approval.  For more information, contact the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at [email protected].

Reminder! Applications to NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 15

On July 16 NIH announced the next application cycle for the NIH Extramural  Loan Repayment Programs. If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH LRPs may be an option for you. In exchange for a two-year commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by a nonprofit or government institution, the awards repay up to $35,000 of student loan debt annually. On average, nearly 40% of all new LRP applications are funded, and these awards are renewable.  For more information, click here for NIH information or contact us at [email protected]. Please know this is submitted directly to NIH and not through OVPR, although applicants are encouraged to work with OVPR to submit the strongest application. OVPR has a sample successful application available for review.

 
 

 

 

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
3:00 – 4:00
Marvin Center 413-414
Featuring guest speaker: Dr. Reed Skaggs, Assistant Director for Defense Programs,
Office of Science and Technology Policy - National Security and International Affairs Division, Executive Office of the President
Please rsvp to [email protected]

Research Matters Communications Workshop
Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications:  Challenges and Opportunities

Presented in partnership with Research!America and other corporate partners
October 29, 2013
8:00 – 12:30

Marvin Center 309
There are a limited number of GW seats available at no cost; contact [email protected] to reserve a complimentary registration today!

2nd CTSI-CN Mentor Development Conference

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GW Marvin Center
Who should attend:  This full day conference is free to faculty of any discipline at all colleges and schools at The George Washington University who are currently engaged in or want to be part of a mentoring relationship, as a mentor or mentee.

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please complete the form available here.  If you would like to unsubscribe, click here.

Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

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August, 2013

Dr. Anne Hirshfield Stepping Down as Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance

Beginning September 1, 2013, Dr. Anne Hirshfield will be stepping down from her role as Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance, and returning to the faculty as tenured professor in Anatomy and Physiology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  During her eight years in administration at GW she has made a number of important contributions to the research enterprise, including initiating a full reorganization of the Office of the Vice President for Research and leading our Integrity and Compliance Office.  We thank Dr. Hirshfield for her valuable work and dedication during her time in OVPR and wish her all the best for the future.

Editing Services Now Available for Federal Proposals

The Research Enhancement Unit of OVPR is pleased to announce the addition of editing services to the resources available to faculty preparing federal grant submissions.  As part of an OVPR pilot project, this service is available on a first-come, first-served basis for federal proposals.  In order to take advantage of OVPR’s editing services, investigators will need to provide both their specific aims/research objectives and the full narrative well in advance of the submission’s deadline.  Please refer to the specific details on the Research Enhancement Unit website.

Research Development and Grant Writing News

As OVPR continues its efforts to provide researchers with tools and resources to support grant writing and proposal preparation and packaging, we are pleased to announce a new subscription to "Research Development and Grant Writing News", a monthly newsletter that provides insight into many major federal sponsors.  Our license allows for distribution of this newsletter to GW researchers.   GW researchers interested in receiving an electronic copy of this newsletter should send an email from their GW email address to [email protected] and include "subscribe" in the subject line.  The August issue is attached for your review.  More information about the publication can be found here.

Applications to NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 15

On July 16 NIH announced the next application cycle for the NIH Extramural  Loan Repayment Programs. If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH LRPs may be an option for you. In exchange for a two-year commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by a nonprofit or government institution, the awards repay up to $35,000 of student loan debt annually. On average, nearly 40% of all new LRP applications are funded, and these awards are renewable.  For more information, click here for NIH information or contact us at[email protected]. Please know this is submitted directly to NIH and not through OVPR.  OVPR does have a sample successful application available for review.

Now Available: PHS 398 Application Forms and Instructions for Application Due Dates on or after September 25, 2013 and Updated Application Guides for Electronic Application Forms

The NIH has announced the availability of new application instructions and forms for paper-based PHS 398 applicationsand also the availability of new Application Guide instructions for electronic SF 424 (R&R) applications. The new application instructions and forms must be used for applications intended for due dates on or after September 25, 2013. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-091.

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Releases Updates

The regulations in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) have been amended to allow the Department to be more effective and efficient when selecting grantees in discretionary grant competitions, provide higher-quality data to the Congress and the public, and better focus applicants on the goals and objectives of the programs to which they apply for grants.  More details regarding the specific amendments can be found here.

Sponsored Projects Administration Launches Revitalized Online Presence

As one of OVPR’s summer projects, the Sponsored Projects Administration pages on the website have been revitalized.  Additional content has been added, older content has been refreshed, and more guidance materials are now available.  Additionally, our partnerships with other research-supporting divisions are now featured more prominently.  Your feedback is always appreciated; please send any comments and suggestions you may have to [email protected].

Sponsored Projects Administration Modular Training Series

Beginning October 2013, research administrators will have a new training tool available.  The Sponsored Projects Modular Training Series consists of nine modules that introduces the administrator – or anyone interested in taking the courses – to the lifecycle of a sponsored project and to research administration at GW.  More information will be available in September!  Contact [email protected] with any questions.

XSEDE Coming to GW Campus

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, considered to be the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world will be presenting “Power Up Your Research!” a full-day event co-hosted by the Division of IT on the Foggy Bottom campus, September 12.  XSEDE accelerates open scientific discovery by enhancing the productivity of researchers, engineers, and scholars and making advanced digital resources easier to use.  More information on this free seminar can be found here.  Registration is required.

Save the Date! GW to Host National Academy of Inventors Annual Conference

GW is a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and is pleased to host their inaugural conference in the DC area.  Save the date!  This event will be held March 6 – 7, 2014 at the US Patent Office Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  NAI is a national organization with a mission to recognize university inventors and promote university entrepreneurship.  Additional details will be available in the coming months; contact the Office of Technology Transfer with any questions.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014 GW Business Plan Competition Kickoff

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
5:00 – 7:00

Duques Hall, 2201 G Street NW, 6th floor

Collaborative Research Administrator’s Group meeting

Wednesday, September 19, 2013
11:00 – 12:00

Marvin Center 404

IRB Forum: Data Use Agreements

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
1:00 – 2:00

Marvin Center 309
Contact the Office of Human Research for more information.

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Featuring guest speaker: Dr. Reed Skaggs, Assistant Director for Defense Programs,
Office of Science and Technology Policy - National Security and International Affairs Division, Executive Office of the President
3:00 – 4:00
Marvin Center 413-414
Please rsvp to [email protected]. More information can be found here.

Research Matters Communications Workshop
Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications:  Challenges and Opportunities

Presented in partnership with Research!America and other corporate partners
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
8:00 – 12:30
Marvin Center 309
There are a limited number of GW seats available at no cost; contact [email protected] to reserve a complimentary registration today!

2nd CTSI-CN Mentor Development Conference

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GW Marvin Center
Who should attend:  This full day conference is free to faculty of any discipline at all colleges and schools at The George Washington University who are currently engaged in or want to be part of a mentoring relationship, as a mentor or mentee.

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please complete the form available here.  If you would like to unsubscribe, click here.

Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

 

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July, 2013

Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

Provost’s Office Releases Updated Guidance for Graduate Assistantship and Fellowship Appointments

The Office of the Provost released updated guidance for graduate students in Instructional, Research Support, Independent Research and Administrative Roles. This revised guidance, released July 29, 2013, is effective as of July 1, 2013.  The details regarding this process can be found on the Office of Sponsored Project's Student Support web page or from the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships website.

NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

NIH issued notice # NOT-OD-13-093 on July 23, 2013.  NIH encourages institutions to develop Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers (including scholars, trainees and fellows, and individuals in other postdoctoral positions) supported by NIH awards by October 2014. The IDPs should be broadly implemented for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NIH  to assist them in achieving their career goals within the biomedical research workforce.  Institutions are encouraged to report on this in all progress reports submitted on/after October 1, 2014, using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Read the full notice here.

CITI Program Website Downtime for Software Upgrade

Beginning Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11 a.m., the CITI Program website will be unavailable for approximately two to three days to complete a major software upgrade.  This software change will update many internal features of the CITI Program platform, and provide a new user interface designed to improve the experience of both learners and administrators. No access to the site will be possible during this downtime.

PI Access to Enterprise Accounting System

Just a reminder, if you are a principal investigator who needs access to the Enterprise Accounting System (EAS), the request form is available online.  This form can be accessed at here. and once completed, approved by your Finance Director.

LEICA Microscope Available to Researchers – Limited Time Only!

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the GW School of Medicine and Health are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Leica Microsystems, Inc.  In April 2013, Leica generously donated a TCS SP5 STED High Resolution Microscope to the Center for Microscopy & Image Analysis (CMIA) to be used by GW faculty and student researchers.  To schedule an appointment to use the equipment or a demonstration of how it displays 50 nanometer resolution (and beyond), please contact Anastas Popratiloff, PhD, MD [email protected] or 202-994-2881.

Beckman-Coulter Holding Contest to Win a Centrifuge

The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Industry Research would like to let you know that Beckman-Coulter, a vendor many of you are familiar with, is holding a contest to determine who has the oldest working centrifuge in their labs.  Enter online by completing a short form.  If your centrifuge is the oldest, Beckman-Coulter will replace it with a brand new one.  Entries must be received no later than August 15, 2013.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

IRB Forum – Data Use Agreements

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
1:00 – 2:00

Marvin Center 309
Contact the Office of Human Research ([email protected]) for more information.

Save the Date! - 2nd CTSI-CN Mentor Development Conference

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GW Marvin Center
Full conference schedule and registration information will be sent in early August. Approval to grant Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is pending.

 

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

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June, 2013

Editor’s Note:  Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators are currently receiving a combined OVPR Research Updates newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

DHHS Issues New Fringe Benefit Rates

The Department of Health and Human Services has responded to GW’s FY14 fringe benefit proposal and issued a revised agreement with the following rates in effect for sponsored projects effective  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.  These rates should be used in proposals immediately.

Regular Employees:  25.3%

Temporary & Student Employees: 6.1%

The agreement can be found here.

Biostatistics Center Names New Director

The Biostatistics Center (BSC), a research facility under OVPR has named Dr. Elizabeth Thom, Interim Director of BSC as Director.  Dr. Thom joined the Biostatistics Center in 1986 and has been the Principal Investigator of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU) and for the Management Of Myelomeningocele (MOMS) study since 2002.  More information about the BSC facility can be found on their website.

Are you expecting a Department of Energy Award or Modification?

OVPR has been made aware of a glitch in the Fedconnect award management system used by certain federal agencies to manage and transmit award documents.  The glitch causes award documents and notifications not to appear under GW's profile even though they have been issued by the agency. Therefore, OVPR may be unaware that a new award action has been issued.  While several agencies use this system, this problem has been noticed primarily with Department of Energy (DOE) awards.

If you are expecting a DOE award or modification which seems overdue, acquire a new award document directly, or become aware of a new action through your discussions with your program officials, please notify your sponsored project administrator.  OVPR can then begin to investigate any potentially missing documents.  In the interim, we are in dialogue with Fedconnect tech support to resolve the matter.

New OVPR “Multi-School Routing” Form Available

OVPR has created the new “GW Multi-School Routing Form” that should be used when multiple schools, centers or institutes are involved in submitting a collaborative proposal.  This form will capture critical information from the collaborating (non-lead) schools and should be completed by the lead PI and staff. The form is available on the OVPR website.

Policy Update

GW Travel, Entertainment and Business Expense Reimbursement Policy has been amended as of 4/30/13.  Please be sure to review this revised policy to ensure compliance with any changes as you continue your research.

Unallocated P-Card Expenses Older than 45 Days

The Sponsored Projects Administration teams have been notified that the Accounts Payable/P-Card Office is now suspending p-cards for unallocated expenses 45+ days old.  P-Card holders are receiving this notification via email and are advised that they have until a specific date to submit expense reports.  Reports must be submitted and through the approval process to avoid suspension.

New Grants Management Reports

As part of ongoing improvements to sponsored projects support, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Information Technology are developing new a series of grants management reports, which will culminate in a PI dashboard; the dashboard will allow faculty access to all budgetary information about their sponsored projects. The Enterprise Accounting System (EAS) has now released the fifth of these reports, the Award-Project Snapshot Report (GM-411).  The Award-Project Snapshot Report is a new report that has been designed to provide an analysis of all funded and invoiced installments under an award or project to allow easier monitoring of multiple year installments.

NIH Public Access Policy

Under the U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy, all peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH-funded research are required to be submitted to PubMed Central, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the date of publication.  To learn more about the policy, and for resources to assist you in bringing your publications into compliance, the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library has developed an NIH Public Access Policy website.

Beckman-Coulter Holding Contest to Win a Centrifuge

The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Industry Research would like to let you know that Beckman-Coulter, a vendor many of you are familiar with, is holding a contest to determine who has the oldest working centrifuge in their labs.  Enter online by completing a short form.  If your centrifuge is the oldest, Beckman-Coulter will replace it with a brand new one.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Date!

2nd CTSI-CN Mentor Development Conference

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
GW Marvin Center
Full conference schedule and registration information will be sent in early August. Approval to grant Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is pending.

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May, 2013

Editor’s Note:  Beginning with last month’s issue of OVPR Research Updates, Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators will receive a combined newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

Grant Preparation Boot Camp – Summer Session at the VSTC

OVPR and the CTSI are pleased to announce Grant Boot Camp, an intense workshop to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop includes all aspects of grant proposals, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals.  The Summer session will be held at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Innovation Hall 107, on Wednesday, June 12 from 1:30 – 4:30pm. Contact us at [email protected] with any questions. Additional sessions will be scheduled for Fall 2013.

2nd Annual Innovation Competition

The GW Office of Technology Transfer’s 2nd Annual Innovation Competition showcased 16 of some of the most innovative technologies at GW.  The winner of the $10,000 prize to help commercialize their technology is Dr. Stephen Hsu with Novel Surface Technology to Control Friction.  Semi-finalists were Dr. Volker Sorger with his Electro-Optic Modulator and Drs. Adam Corman and Neal Sikka with Sonostik: Ultrasound Assisted Catheter Placement technology.

New Grants Management Reports

As part of ongoing improvements to sponsored projects support, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Information Technology are developing new a series of grants management reports, which will culminate in a PI dashboard; the dashboard will allow faculty access to all budgetary information about their sponsored projects. The Enterprise Accounting System (EAS) has now released four of these reports, with a revised GM-082 (Award Status Report) and the new GM-409 (Project Status Report) joining the previously released GM-141 and GM-408.

NIH Public Access Policy

Under the U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy, all peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH-funded research are required to be submitted to PubMed Central, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the date of publication.  To learn more about the policy, and for resources to assist you in bringing your publications into compliance, the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library has developed an NIH Public Access Policy website.

2014 PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences - Internal Competition

Full-time assistant professors with appointment dates effective from 07/01/10 through 11/01/2013, who have earned a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences, and have demonstrated outstanding promise as a contributor in science relevant to human health are eligible to apply to be considered GW’s candidate for this program.  By 06/23/2013, eligible nominees should send a 2-page research project summary, department chair's nomination letter, and nominee CV and questions to [email protected] with "PEW Internal Competition" in the subject line. If you intend to apply to this competition, please remember to notify your Associate Dean for Research as well.  For additional information on the Pew Scholars Program, please click here.

NIH Announces Policies for Fiscal Operations for Remainder of Fiscal Year

NIH announced that these policies implement the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on March 26, and also incorporate the provisions of the sequester.  Key points:

Some key points from the guide notice:

  • NIH will continue many of the same policies established in FY 2012, including National Research Service Awards (NRSA) stipend levels, salary limits, and other legislative mandates in effect for FY 2012.
  • Some non-competing continuation awards were already made at reduced levels. These reductions may be partially restored, but NIH institutes and centers (ICs) likely will be required to issue all non-competing awards at levels below the FY 2013 commitment indicated on the notice of grant award.
  • NIH will make fewer competing awards.
  • The policy set forth in FY 2012, which discontinued inflationary increases for future year commitments, remains in place, but adjustments for special needs will be considered.
  • NIH will continue the targeted support of new investigators, aiming for a success rate on new (type 1) R01 equivalent grants comparable to that of established investigators.


For more information, you can view the complete announcement here.

Department of Health and Human Services Issues Notification of Intended Changes to Grants Policy Statement

A revised draft of the Grants Policy Statement has been completed with anticipated publication in Summer, 2013 and implementation beginning in the Fall, 2013.  It is expected that the fundamental tenants of the existing regulations will not change and that the business practice adjustments will be seamless.  All documentation - when available - will be postedhere.

The Innovation and Product Development Certificate Program

The CTSI-CN and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are pleased to announce a new program “The Innovation and Product Development Certificate Program” focusing on the skills, knowledge and insight needed to successfully participate in the innovation process and culture.  The program will consist of 4 workshops, each beginning with a panel discussion and ending with questions and answers from the audience.

The first workshop “Valuing your Research” will take place on May 29, from 1:00-2:30 pm at CNMC and GWU. Videoconferencing will be used so that attendees from both locations can participate. Please contact Abby Bronson at [email protected] to register or for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Innovation and Product Development Certificate Program – Valuing Your Research

May 29, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Contact Abby Bronson at [email protected] to register or for more information.

Grant Boot Camp Summer Session

June 12, 2013
1:30 – 4:30 pm

VSTC Innovation Hall 107
Please RSVP to [email protected]

IRB Forum - Normal Practice – vs- Research

June 19, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Contact [email protected] to register.

Collaborative Research Administrators Group Monthly Meeting

June 20, 2013
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Save the Date!  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

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April, 2013

 

Editor’s Note:  Beginning with the April 2013 issue of OVPR Research Updates, Faculty and Investigators and Research Administrators will receive a combined newsletter.  Separate newsletters will be sent when available updates warrant specialized dissemination.

BREAKING NEWS!

Graduate Student Support Classifications Revised

New Graduate Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Research Fellow, and Graduate Fellow classifications for student involvement and employment are available.  These classifications have been developed to be in line with GW’s updated stipend policy.  This appointment process will be administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships. Please note these are living documents that will be updated periodically. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with this process.

The timeline for using these new classifications on sponsored projects is as follows:

  • Active sponsored projects can use the previous classifications and funding for the life of the grant or they can choose to use the new classifications and funding.

  • Sponsored projects currently under review should be updated at time of funding to the new classifications.

  • All new proposals should incorporate these classifications.

If you have questions about a position that is supported by sponsored projects, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator or Sponsored Projects Manager in OVPR or email [email protected]. All other questions, please direct to Geri Rypkema in the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at [email protected].

More information on these classifications and the appointment process can be found here.

For NIH Awardees

For non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. Under the policy all peer-reviewed journal articles arising from NIH-funded research must be made publicly available in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after the date of publication.  Librarians from the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library can help you determine if your publisher will submit the manuscript for you, or help you submit the manuscript through the NIHMS, please email [email protected].

National Science Board Issues RFI to Identify Policies that Affect Administrative Workload

The National Science Board (NSB), the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) policy and advisory board, has issued a request for information (RFI) for principal investigators with Federally funded research activity to identify those Federal policies and institutional requirements that increase the investigator’s administrative workload.  The RFI, published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2013 (78FR19329) and available on the NSB website requires comments no later than May 24, 2013. 

LEICA Microscope Available to Researchers – Limited Time Only!

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the GW School of Medicine and Health are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Leica Microsystems, Inc.  In April 2013, Leica generously donated a TCS SP5 STED High Resolution Microscope to the Center for Microscopy & Image Analysis (CMIA) to be used by GW faculty and student researchers.  To schedule an appointment to use the equipment or a demonstration of how it displays 50 nanometer resolution (and beyond), please contact Anastas Popratiloff, PhD, MD [email protected] or 202-994-2881.

Research Enhancement Unit: Request for Services now online

Research Enhancement provides faculty with guidance and training to successfully apply for research grant funding.  Regular or research faculty and research scientists eligible to serve as PI and their graduate students may request services from the Research Enhancement Unit.  This request form is now available online, click here to access the form.

Grant Preparation Boot Camp – Last Spring Session!

OVPR and the CTSI are pleased to announce Grant Boot Camp, an intense workshop to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop includes all aspects of grant proposals, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals.  The last Spring session will be held Thursday, April 25 from 5-8pm. Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.  Additional sessions will be scheduled for Fall 2013.

New Grants Management Reports

As part of ongoing improvements to sponsored projects support, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Information Technology are developing new a series of grants management reports, which will culminate in a PI dashboard; the dashboard will allow faculty access to all budgetary information about their sponsored projects. The Enterprise Accounting System (EAS) has now released two of these reports, the Award-Project Summary Report (GM-141) and the Expenditure Detail Report (GM-408).

Annual Innovation Competition

The Office of Technology Transfer will hold its second annual Innovation Competition on May 22.  Over 15 researchers will present their technologies to regional business entrepreneurs to compete for a $10,000 prize to help fund commercialization of their technologies.  This year’s technologies include automotive technologies,  medical devices, composite materials and cancer drugs.  For more information or to register, click here.  If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Watkins ([email protected]) in the Office of Technology Transfer for additional information.

Top Teams in Annual Business Plan Competition Highlight Research

The top 2 winners of the GW Business Plan Competition held April 19 are based on research by GW Professors. Sonostik, a team composed of GW School of Medicine Assistant Professor Neal Sikka and medical resident Adam Corman, won first prize and $25,000 for their medical device startup providing improved image guided intravenous catheter placement. Graphene Plasma Technologies (GPT) won second place and the sustainable technology award for a combined total of $15,000. GPT has developed a high volume graphene production technology for reinforced plastics, and is composed of GW SEAS Professor Michael Keidar, Research Scientist Alexey Shashurin, Computer Science masters student Luis Buitrago, and undergraduate mechanical engineering student John Donahue. Prof. Keidar and Dr. Shashurin also graduated from the NSF I-Corps program on technology commercialization. Both teams have filed for intellectual property protection through the GW Office of Technology Transfer, and benefited from participation in workshops and mentoring from the GW Office of Entrepreneurship.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Grant Boot Camp Session #2

April 25, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Ross Hall 643

Symposium: Best Practices in Clinical Study Design for Rare Diseases

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National is hosting an event at the George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium to talk about the challenges and potential solutions surrounding rare disease product development. The format of the two-day event will feature roundtable discussions with leaders from the NIH, FDA, academia, for-profit companies, advocacy groups and non-profit organizations.  For an agenda and complete list of speakers or to register, please click here.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Initiative Brown Bag Lecture Series: An Integrated Genomics Approach Towards Understanding “What Causes Autism?”

Presented by Valerie Hu, Ph.D.
April 29, 2013
12:30 – 1:30
Ross Hall 117
Click here to register.

GW Institute for Neuroscience – 3rd Annual Symposium: Cortical Development and Epilepsy: From Bench to Bedside

Thursday, May 2, 2013
8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Collaborative Research Administrators Group Monthly Meeting

May 16, 2013
11:00 – 12:00
Ross Hall 227

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March, 2013
 

Grant Boot Camp

OVPR and the CTSI are pleased to announce Grant Boot Camp, an intense workshop to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop includes all aspects of grant proposals, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals.  Two sessions are currently scheduled on the Foggy Bottom Campus, Tuesday April 9 from noon to 3pm and Thursday, April 25 from 5-8pm. Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Research Days

April 2nd and 3rd - Students and faculty showcase their research, scholarship and creative endeavors in a poster presentation event dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research, creative scholarship, and cultural discovery on issues of major disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and global significance being done at GW.  Visit the Research Days website.

Research Days Vendor Showcase

On April 2nd (Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom) from 9:00 – 3:00, the Vendor Showcase will host more than 20 vendors on campus, including: Molecular Devices, LLC, VWR International, LLC, Leica Microsystems, Beckman-Coulter, AB Sciex, Fluke, Ultratech/Cambridge NanoTech, NetApps, Agilent Nano, Tektronix, and Eppendorf.  For a complete list of vendors, click here.

Beckman-Coulter Discovery Tour in Motion Demo Van

On April 3rd, we are excited to host the Discovery Tour van on campus at 21st and I streets!  The van is a fully functioning wet lab and will be providing live demonstrations of their products and technologies.

GW/NIH/NSF Issue Notices Regarding Sequestration

President Knapp’s remarks - click here
The National Institutes of Health - click here
National Science Foundation - click here

NIH Announces Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program

Piloted through the NIH Common Fund, the BEST awards will support the development of new and innovative methods for preparing graduate students for the full breadth of research and research-related careers in the biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical sciences. More information can be found here.

Reminder: OVPR to Receive Proposals/Applications 5 Days in Advance of Deadline

All proposals must be routed and received by your OVPR sponsored projects administrator at least five business days prior to the submission deadline.  Your school may establish an earlier deadline to ensure it is received by OVPR in a timely manner.  Questions regarding this information should be directed to [email protected].

UPCOMING EVENTS

Engaging Communities in Translational Research and Science – why bother and what can be gained?

Milton “Mickey” Eder, PhD
March 20, 2013
2:00 – 3:00
GW Hospital: 6th Floor, Weingold Conference Room

Office of Human Research IRB Forum

“What is Confidential?” A discussion on confidentiality in relation to human subjects research, and the differences between anonymity and confidentiality.
March 27, 2013
12:00 – 1:00
Ross Hall 227
Please RSVP to [email protected]

Research Days 2013

April 2 – 3, 2013
Visit this site for more information about the events or contact [email protected] with any questions.

Grant Boot Camp Session #1

April 9, 2013
12:00 – 3:00
Marvin Center 405

Grant Boot Camp Session #2

April 24, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Ross Hall 643
Email [email protected] to register.

International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain: The Role of Foods and Lifestyle in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurological Disorders

Brain disorders are the newest frontier in medical science. At this conference, some of the world’s foremost experts share the latest insights on the role of nutrients in Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.

July 19-20, 2013
Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC
Early registration (by April 15): $299

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February, 2013

Do you want to know what’s happening in the research community?  Do you want to know about funding agency, procedural, and compliance updates?  If so, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to introduce OVPR Research Updates, a newsletter designed to communicate important updates from the research community to faculty and investigators.

Click here to subscribe to this newsletter.

The content from the first issue of OVPR Research Updates for Faculty and Investigators is included below.

Reminder: OVPR to Receive Proposals/Applications 5 Days in Advance of Deadline

All proposals must be routed and received by your OVPR sponsored projects administrator at least five business days prior to the submission deadline.  Your school may establish an earlier deadline to ensure it is received by OVPR in a timely manner. Questions regarding this information should be directed to [email protected].

NSF Mandatory Shift to Research.gov Effective March 15

Effective March 15, 2013, Research.gov will be the only resource available to submit your interim, annual, and final reports for National Science Foundation awards.  Fastlane will no longer accept these report submissions. 

NSF to Close Submission Door to Full Proposals Lacking 10 Required Sections

On March 18, NSF expects to flip the switch on a compliance monitoring system within FastLane, its electronic proposal submission system.  FastLane will check full, versus preliminary, proposals for 10 required sections prior to submission.

Under a “system enhancement” intended to help awardees as well as the agency, they will begin prohibiting the submission of full proposals that do not contain mandatory “major parts,” such as project descriptions, references cited, biosketches, and plans for data management and post-doctoral mentoring, when appropriate.

Those found wanting for any of the required sections will not be able to be submitted, but will be bounced back to an institution’s sponsored projects office (SPO) with an error message indicating why the proposal has not been accepted by FastLane. When this happens, “there won’t be anything the SPO can do” to push the proposal through until the required sections have been included or identified as not applicable.

The 10 sections that must be present for submission as of March 18 are:

Project summary
Data management plan
Postdoctoral mentoring plan (if applicable)
Project description
References cited
Biographical sketch(es)
Current and pending support
Budget
Budget justification
Facilities, equipment and other resources

Read the full article here.

Executive Order Announces Change of NIH Salary Cap

Executive Order 13635 announced on December 27, 2012 that the salary cap for Executive Level II has been increased to $180,600.  NIH has not formally announced this change.  GW will begin using this cap amount once NIH makes a formal announcement.

New Process for Return of IDC for Student Dissertation Awards

OVPR has developed an official process for return of indirect costs for student dissertation awards. All student dissertation proposals should be submitted with full indirects. OVPR will then return indirects to the Schools for indirects accrued.

  1. Upon award notification, alert your School Finance Director, Sponsored Project Manager and Bob Kunst, of award including the following information: PI, funding period, agency, amount of award, and project title.
  2. Quarterly, submit an EAS-generated report showing IDCs expended and a request for reimbursement to Bob Kunst.
  3. OVPR will transfer funds to reimburse school for IDCs expended.

 

Note of clarification – Each school will identify the responsible parties for their portion of this process.

Announcing Grant Bootcamp

Grant Bootcamp – an intense workshop designed to prepare you for the grant proposal process, from planning your application to preparing and submitting your proposal.  More information will be available in the next few weeks.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Research Days 2013
April 2 – 3, 2013
Judges are needed! 
Contact [email protected] to volunteer as a judge or visit the Research Days website for more information about the events.

Do you have an update or content you’d like to have included?  Feedback?  Please send your suggestions to[email protected] for consideration. 

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February, 2013

Do you want to know what’s happening in the research community?  Do you want to know about funding agency, procedural, and compliance updates?  If so, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to introduce OVPR Research Updates, a newsletter designed to communicate important updates from the research community to research administrators.

Click here to subscribe to this newsletter.

Reminder: OVPR to Receive Proposals/Applications 5 Days in Advance of Deadline

All proposals must be routed and received by your OVPR sponsored projects administrator at least five business days prior to the submission deadline.  Your school may establish an earlier deadline to ensure it is received by OVPR in a timely manner. Questions regarding this information should be directed to [email protected].

NSF Mandatory Shift to Research.gov Effective March 15

Effective March 15, 2013, Research.gov will be the only resource available to submit your interim, annual, and final reports for National Science Foundation awards.  Fastlane will no longer accept these report submissions.  NSF is encouraging investigators to begin utilizing Research.gov before the mandatory shift. More information can be found here.

NSF to Close Submission Door to Full Proposals Lacking 10 Required Sections

On March 18, NSF expects to flip the switch on a compliance monitoring system within FastLane, its electronic proposal submission system.  FastLane will check full, versus preliminary, proposals for 10 required sections prior to submission.

Under a “system enhancement” intended to help awardees as well as the agency, they will begin prohibiting the submission of full proposals that do not contain mandatory “major parts,” such as project descriptions, references cited, biosketches, and plans for data management and post-doctoral mentoring, when appropriate.

Those found wanting for any of the required sections will not be able to be submitted, but will be bounced back to an institution’s sponsored projects office (SPO) with an error message indicating why the proposal has not been accepted by FastLane. When this happens, “there won’t be anything the SPO can do” to push the proposal through until the required sections have been included or identified as not applicable.

The 10 sections that must be present for submission as of March 18 are:

Project summary
Data management plan
Postdoctoral mentoring plan (if applicable)
Project description
References cited
Biographical sketch(es)
Current and pending support
Budget
Budget justification
Facilities, equipment and other resources

Read the full article here.

NSF PAPPG Revisions

Updates to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide were released October 4, 2012.  These updates were implemented on January 14, 2013.

Executive Order Announces Change of NIH Salary Cap

Executive Order 13635 announced on December 27, 2012 that the salary cap for Executive Level II has been increased to $180,600.  NIH has not formally announced this change.  GW will begin using this cap amount once NIH makes a formal announcement.

New Process for Return of IDC for Student Dissertation Awards

OVPR has developed the following process for return of indirect costs for student dissertation awards. All student dissertation proposals should be submitted with full indirects. OVPR will then return indirects to the Schools for indirects accrued.

  1. Upon award notification, alert your School Finance Director, Sponsored Project Manager and Bob Kunst, of award including the following information: PI, funding period, agency, amount of award, and project title.
  2. Quarterly, submit an EAS-generated report showing IDCs expended and a request for reimbursement to Bob Kunst.
  3. OVPR will transfer funds to reimburse school for IDCs expended.

 

Note of clarification – Each school will identify the responsible parties for their portion of this process.

Announcing Grant Bootcamp

Grant Bootcamp – an intense workshop designed to prepare faculty for the grant proposal process, from planning the application to preparing and submitting the proposal.  More information will be available in the next few weeks.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Research Days 2013
April 2 – 3, 2013
Judges are needed!  Mark your calendars to visit the poster sessions.  Contact [email protected] or visit visit theResearch Days website for more information or to volunteer to be a judge.