Research Updates - 2014

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December 2014

Working on Proposals over the Holidays? We can help!

During the period December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015, Office of Vice President for Research staff will be available. If you are working on a sponsored project and would like assistance, please inform your sponsored projects administrator as soon as possible. For any proposals due in the month of January, please provide notice ASAP to your school and to your sponsored projects administrator. We want to start the new year fresh and prepared!

Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) Effective December 26, 2014

Reminder!  The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) goes into effect on December 26, 2014. Information regarding these revised regulations can be found on the Sponsored Projects website. Several guidance documents have been prepared and are also available on this website. This guidance includes a PI Guide, a guide to the cost principles of uniform guidance, and a proposal submission guide.  Contact your sponsored projects administrator with any questions.  Additional training sessions will be held beginning in January.

Current Policies Updated to Reflect Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) Regulations

Eight GW policies have been updated and approved to reflect changes resulting from the implementation of the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) regulations.  On December 26th, the following policies will be posted online and will conform to the updated regulations:

  1. Award Management and Closeout Policy
  2. Cost Sharing on Sponsored Projects
  3. Cost Transfers on Sponsored Projects
  4. Direct Charging of Administrative Costs Associated with Sponsored Projects
  5. Effort Reporting Policy
  6. Identification and Treatment of Unallowable Costs on Sponsored Projects
  7. Managing Program Income Generated on Sponsored Projects
  8. Subrecipient Monitoring Policy

All policies are available on the GW Policy website.

Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Released

NSF has released a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 15-1), effective December 26, 2014.  The PAPPG has been revised to implement 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). The PAPPG also has been revised to incorporate other significant changes and clarifications unrelated to the Uniform Guidance implementation.  The Guide can be accessed online.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

GW offers in-person and online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. The online training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). For NSF awards, this training meets the NSF requirement that all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers supported on a full or part-time basis on any NSF award receive RCR training. We also conduct in-person, interactive RCR presentations and an RCR Lecture Series that meets NIH requirements for RCR training. NSF PIs and those who are required to be trained are receiving email notices regarding this requirement. More information is available on the RCR webpage, or by contacting [email protected].  Both the online and in-person interactive RCR training are also available to all university faculty, staff and students!

RCR Lecture Series: The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lecture Series will welcome Dr. Sharon Lynch and an expert panel to present "The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society" and will feature an audience discussion.  This presentation will be held on January 22nd from 12:00 - 1:30 (location is TBD).  More information is available on the RCR webpage, or by contacting [email protected].  All RCR training opportunities are open to all university faculty, staff and students!

Faculty Research Salons

The OVPR Research Enhancement Unit is offering a series of interdisciplinary Faculty Research Salons this spring to help faculty across the university network and develop partnership around key issues. Our first salon - "Food and Sustainability" - will be held on January 27, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:30 (location is TBA).  The Salons are designed to connect and engage GWU faculty from diverse disciplines in collaborative, intellectual and scholarly exchange around research-themed issues, questions and challenges. Moderated by leading faculty and university leadership, future topics will include "Humanizing Technology: Accessibility and Globalization," "Regulatory Science and Science Policy," "Human Microbiome," and "Neighborhoods and Health." Lunch will be provided, so please let us know if you are joining us for our first salon.  To RSVP, send an email to [email protected] indicating FRS in the subject line.  More details to follow. Also, if you would like to share ideas for future salons, please email them to [email protected].

Data Management Plans and Data Security Consultations

OVPR's partners in the GW Libraries and the Division of IT work closely with researchers on several aspects of their proposals and award management. The GW Libraries offers pre-award/proposal assistance in the development of data management plans. Additionally, the Division of IT is available to consult with researchers on post-award data security. Please contact your sponsored projects administrator if you have any questions or would like additional information on any of these services.

Research Hiring Improvement Initiative

In response to faculty and staff concerns about research hiring practices, University Human Resources and OVPR are partnering to improve hiring workflow processes, timeliness, and communication. We have heard concerns about posting and onboarding post docs, research scientists, research associates and assistants. To help us understand the scope of problems and implement improvements, please escalate all hiring challenges, questions, or concerns directly to Kimberly J. Wilson, Executive Director, HR Client Services, Research, Schools and Academic Support. Please send all communications to [email protected].

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


"The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society" Research Integrity Lecture Series

January 14, 2015
Time: 3:30 - 5:00
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] for more information.

Proposal Preparation Boot Camp

January 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:30
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Save the Date! "Obesity Prevention and Control in Work Site Settings" - A GW/ICF Research and Evaluation Seminar Series

January 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 12:00
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health Auditorium
Contact Kirsten Gercke for more information or register now.

Faculty Research Salon: Food and Sustainability

January 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:30
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP (include FRS in the subject line).

 

November 2014

Responsible Conduct of Research - GW Leadership Takes the Stage!

On December 3, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:30, Responsible Conduct of Research - GW Leadership Takes the Stage will be presented.  This live and interactive production features cast members from across campus in three vignettes addressing different issues related to responsible conduct of research.  Don't miss this engaging training opportunity!  December 3, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30, Ross Hall 117.  RSVP to [email protected].

Illustrate Your Research - Pilot Program Launched

Images and graphics attract attention on a page, can serve as artwork for magazines, journals and news outlets, and enhance an audience's understanding of the information in a story. OVPR and External Relations want to assist you in developing the most effective illustrations possible and have launched the "Illustrate Your Research" pilot program.  This program is a collaborative effort that facilitates interaction with designers and subsidizes the cost of artwork for applications approved to move forward in the process.  More information about this program, including the criteria for participation and the application are available here.  Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) Information Session Scheduled at VSTC

The new Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) - effective December 26, 2014 - will have an impact on sponsored projects and all of research at GW.  As the task force continues to develop training and guidance materials to assist the research community in this transition, we are also scheduling in-person training and information sessions.  The next session will be held at the Virginia Science and Technology Center on Wednesday, December 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 in Enterprise Hall, room 175.  To RSVP for this session, please contact [email protected].  More information about 2 CFR 200 is available here.

Research Hiring Improvement Initiative

In response to faculty and staff concerns about research hiring practices, University Human Resources and OVPR are partnering to improve hiring workflow processes, timeliness, and communication. We have heard concerns about posting and onboarding post docs, research scientists, research associates and assistants. To help us understand the scope of problems and implement improvements, please escalate all hiring challenges, questions, or concerns directly to Kimberly J. Wilson, Executive Director, HR Client Services, Research, Schools and Academic Support. Please send all communications to [email protected].

NIH Releases Tutorial on Grants Closeout in eRA Commons

NIH has released a seven minute tutorial to demonstrate how Principal Investigators and signing officials can access, initiate, respond to closeout reports and requests for additional information, and complete NIH closeout requirements for their awards. To view the NIH tutorial, click here.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Announces Annual Budget Caps

AHRQ has raised the annual budget cap on new R01 and R18 grants from $250,000 per year to $400,000 per year for projects up to two years in length that are responsive to AHRQ Priorities #3 ("Increase Accessibility to Health Care") and #4 ("Improve Health Care Affordability, Efficiency, and Cost Transparency"). For three-to-five year grants, the annual cap remains $250,000.  For more details and program contacts, click here.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Workshop

On Monday, December 1, 2014 from 10:00 - 12:00 in Marvin Center 405, OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit is pleased to welcome Dr. Marina Broitman, PCORI Senior Merit Review Officer in Research Integration and Evaluation.  Dr. Broitman is responsible for managing the merit review process of research applications submitted to PCORI and will discuss the Institute, it's funding priorities, goals and review process with the GW research community.  PCORI is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with a mandate to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

FDA: Advanced Research and Development of Regulatory Science Discussion

On Tuesday, December 2, from 1:00 - 2:00, OVPR and the Milken Institute School of Public Health invite you to attend a discussion session for anyone interested in responding to FDA broad agency announcement 14-00120, Advanced Research and Development of Regulatory Science. If you are interested in applying, finding opportunities for collaboration, or hearing more about this opportunity, please join us for this discussion in Room 101 in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW.  There is no RSVP required to attend this discussion session.  Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

International Research Development Award

The Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health is offering support and protected time (3-5 years) to advanced postdoctoral (2+ years post doctoral degree) research scientists for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country leading to an independent research career focused on global health. Applications are invited from biomedical, epidemiological, biostatistical, social and behavioral scientists. The Africa Population Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya, is particularly interested in partnering with GW researchers on maternal and child health, chronic disease, and implementation science. There are also multiple opportunities in Peru including chronic disease, infectious disease, and maternal and child health. Please contact [email protected] for more information. The deadline is March 4, 2015. More information can be found here.

ORAU Opportunity: Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Centers for National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.  More information, including qualifications and the application process can be found here.

 



UPCOMING EVENTS


Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Workshop

December 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

FDA Broad Agency Announcement 14-00120 Discussion Session

December 2, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health, Room 101
No RSVP required to attend this discussion session.

Responsible Conduct of Research - Leadership Takes the Stage

December 3, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Ross Hall 117
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Autism Spectrum Disorders & Transitions from High School: Challenges and Opportunities

December 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Contact [email protected] for more information or register now.

The Impact of Uniform Guidance on Research @GW Training Session

December 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:30
Location: VSTC, Enterprise Hall, Room 175
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training

December 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.


 

 

October 2014

Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) Training Sessions Scheduled

As you have heard from us over the last ten months, the Office of Management and Budget has released new Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) that will have an impact on sponsored projects and all of research at GW.  A task force was assembled earlier this year to evaluate the changes that the Uniform Guidance implements and this training session will highlight those for you.  Sessions will be scheduled over the next few months on the Foggy Bottom campus and at the VSTC.  The presentation will be made to the November 20 meeting of the Collaborative Research Administrators Group and additional open attendance sessions will be held on Thursday, November 13, from 2:00 - 3:30 (Marvin Center 403) and Tuesday, November 18, from 10:00 - 11:30 (Marvin Center 307). To register for one of these training sessions, please contact [email protected].

Faculty Research Salons

The OVPR Research Enhancement Unit is offering a series of inspirational Faculty Research Salons this spring. The Salons are designed to connect and engage GWU faculty from diverse disciplines in collaborative intellectual and scholarly exchange around a research-themed issues, questions and challenges. The Salons will be moderated by leading faculty and university leadership and lunch will be provided.  The schedule of Salon topics and moderators will be released in December 2014. If you have questions or suggested topics and moderators, please email Shandra White [email protected] indicating FRS2015 in the subject line.

New Webinars Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has launched Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars to help you learn how to make NIH peer review work for you.  Four sessions have been scheduled in the areas of:  Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15); Fellowship Awards (F30, F31, F32, F33); Small Business Grants (SBIR/STTR); and Research project Grants (R01).  All webinars will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, including a 30 minute question and answer period.  Registration is required no later than November 3rd. These sessions are being offered free of charge. To learn more and reserve a space in a webinar, go to the CSR Webinar website.

Global Women's Institute Research Fellowship Applications Due November 3rd

Applications to the Global Women's Institute Research Fellowship Program are due Monday, November 3rd. GWI affiliated faculty and post-doctoral students are encouraged to apply for funding to support future sponsored research grants that will help advance gender equality and the cause of women and girls both globally and locally. Further information on eligibility and how to apply for the program by contacting Dr. Fernanda Bianchi at [email protected].

University Facilitating Fund Full Proposals Due November 20th

Full proposals to OVPR's University Facilitating Fund (UFF) Intramural Competition are due November 20th.  The UFF supports the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities in all disciplines that encourage application to externally funded projects and/or bring external recognition to the investigator and GW.  Eligible faculty include: all active-status University faculty who are continuing service at the University the following academic year.  Faculty in SMHS, GWSPH, and Law may participate, but not serve as the PI of a UFF proposal. More information on the UFF is available online.

PI Dashboard 1.3 Released

The PI Dashboard, version 1.3 was released earlier this month and includes increased functionality for the Summary to Detail reports.  The PI Dashboard can be accessed online here.  If you would like access to the PI Dashboard or to request additional training, please contact [email protected].

Accounts Payable Payment Inquiries

Since the roll-out of the new Accounts Payable (AP) online payment submission form, things have been going fairly smoothly. For those occasions when an update on the status of payments made on a sponsored project is needed, AP has created a customer service email and telephone number to check payment status inquiries.  Moving forward, please send all status inquiries to AP Customer Service at [email protected] or by calling 571-553-0247.   Departmental staff should not contact individual AP employees directly.  Using the AP customer service email or phone number will help AP to better manage these inquiries.  If you have questions specific to OVPR, please reach out to your Sponsored Project Administrator.

NSF Issues Dear Colleague Letter to Announce Immediate Funding Opportunity

In light of the recent emergence of the Ebola virus in the US, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of Ebola, educate about prophylactic behaviors, and encourage the development of products, processes, and learning that can address this global challenge.  Interested researchers should use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.   Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found here.

2015 Katzen Center Innovative Pilot Cancer Research Grants RFA

The Katzen Cancer Research Center invites proposals for internal funding from eligible collaborating GW/MFA faculty, as co-PI's, or "Synergy" teams of three or more collaborators to support a one-year cancer-focused translational or clinical research project. $450,000 in grant awards are available. The proposal deadline is 4PM 12/19/14.  For any questions, contact Leo Schargorodski, Executive Director of the Katzen Cancer Research Center at [email protected] or 202-741-2250.

E-Signature Guide

Our partners in the Division of Finance have developed a guide for creating and utilizing electronic signatures.  If you are new to electronic signatures, this guide can be found on the Sponsored Projects Administration website or is available at this link.

Reminder - Fully Electronic Proposal Routing Coming Soon

At the request of many faculty and staff, OVPR is implementing electronic routing for all proposals in the next few months.  In order to use electronic routing, federal proposals will proceed as usual through Cayuse, and non-federal proposals will have minimal data entered into Cayuse so its routing feature can be used.  Cayuse is a web-based tool used for creating, reviewing, approving, and submitting proposals.  OVPR is currently working with each school to review processes and plan training for faculty and administrators.  More information will be available soon.  For questions, contact [email protected].
 



UPCOMING EVENTS


AND Initiative Speaker Series
Cultural Adaptation and Translation in Autism Research: Global Perspective
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Presented by: Roy Richard Grinker, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, International Affairs, and Human Sciences
October 31, 2014
11:00 - 12:00
Location: 1957 E Street NW, Room B-19
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training

November 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Cayuse Electronic Proposal Routing Training

November 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

The Impact of Uniform Guidance on Research @GW Training Session

November 13, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:30
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

The Impact of Uniform Guidance on Research @GW Training Session

November 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Marvin Center 307
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Collaborative Research Administrators Group (CRAG)

November 20, 2014
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 308

 

 

September 2014

New Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for GW

With the departure of OVPR's former director of sponsored projects, Jackie Bendall, we have named a new Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR).  The AOR is the university official signature on proposals and contracts.  For all proposals moving forward, please list Sylvia Ezekilova, Assistant Director, Sponsored Projects as the university official. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].  

University Facilitating Fund Letters of Intent Due Thursday, October 16, 2014

OVPR's University Facilitating Fund (UFF) Intramural Competition supports the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities in all disciplines that encourage application to externally funded projects and/or bring external recognition to the investigator and GW.  Eligible faculty include: all active-status University faculty who are continuing service at the University the following academic year.  Faculty in SMHS, GWSPH, and Law may participate, but not serve as the PI of a UFF proposal.  A letter of intent is required no later than Thursday, October 16, 2014 and can be completed here.  The full proposal is due November 20, 2014.  More information on the UFF is available online.

Labor Redistribution Outage Sunday, October 5, 2014

The web service that hosts the labor redistribution application will undergo scheduled maintenance on Sunday, October 5, 2014 and will be unavailable from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, in prelude to the Java 7 upgrade. Please contact Mark Stevens at [email protected] or (571) 553-1942 with any concerns.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training Offered Through CITI

GW offers Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). This training meets  the NSF requirement that all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers supported on a full or part-time basis on any NSF award receive RCR training. We also conduct live, interactive RCR courses, workshops and presentations that meet NIH requirements for RCR training on certain NIH training, career development, research education, and dissertation research grants. Further information is available at OVPR's RCR webpage, or by contacting [email protected].  Both the online and in-person interactive RCR training are also available to all university faculty, staff and students!

2015 GW Business Plan Competition Officially Launches

What's new for 2015?  The 2015 GW Business Plan Competition features a renewed focus on the Lean Startup approach, with the Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery - a cutting edge methodology proven to turn great ideas into successful ventures; Increased number of prizes; increased support for early stage startups; workshops, office hours & networking; and a high-energy, campus-wide finals event in the Jack Morton Auditorium.  Want to learn more about any of these enhancements to the GW Business Plan Competition?  Visit the new website for more details.

Fully Electronic Proposal Routing Coming Soon!

At the request of many faculty and staff, OVPR is implementing electronic routing for all proposals in the next few months.  In order to use electronic routing, federal proposals will proceed as usual through Cayuse, and non-federal proposals will have minimal data entered into Cayuse so its routing feature can be used.  Cayuse is a web-based tool used for creating, reviewing, approving, and submitting proposals.  OVPR is currently working with each school to review processes and plan training for faculty and administrators.  More information will be available soon.  For questions, contact [email protected].

New Procedure Announced for Cost Overruns On Sponsored Projects

GCAS and OVPR have implemented a new process for charging expenditures that would be considered "overruns."  Cost overruns are defined as those items charged on an award that do not belong to the award or may be sitting in Suspense and Failed Fund accounts.  PI's will receive three notifications to remove these charges and if no action is taken, the overrun will be charged to their department's 'C' fund.  Overruns are not eligible for transfer back to Sponsored Projects and OVPR and GCAS will complete the journal entries if departments cannot do so within a stated timeframe.  Please contact [email protected] or your sponsored projects administrator with questions.

Updated Award Management and Closeout Policy

The residual transfer policy on Fixed Priced Awards has been updated.  The three items to note for sponsored projects are 1) residual funds are to be used to further research in the school; 2) residual funds are to be split between the PI and the department or dean's office; and 3) the calculation of the residual funds and indirect cost recovery has changed.  You can view the full policy online. Contact your sponsored projects administrator with questions.

ClinicalTrials.gov Now Available to GW Researchers

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.  This resource is now available to researchers at GW. Registration is required for some clinical trials. For more information or to request access to this resource, please contact Megan Flood at [email protected].

Feedback requested!

As many of you know, OVPR is continually seeking to improve its services.  Please send requests, comments (or appreciation!) to us at [email protected] or complete our customer service survey available online.



UPCOMING EVENTS

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

October 14, 2014
1:30 - 4:30
Location: VSTC, Exploration Hall 410
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Collaborative Research Administrators Group Meeting (CRAG)

October 16, 2014
11:00 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 308

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Monthly Training Forum

October 21, 2014
12:00 - 1:00
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] for more information.

NIH Comes to GW

Presented by: Dionne Jones, Ph.D, Acting Chief, Services Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse
October 22, 2014
10:30 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 407
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

AND Initiative Speaker Series

Cultural Adaptation and Translation in Autism Research: Global Perspectives
Presented by: Roy Richard Grinker, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, International Affairs, and Human Sciences
October 31, 2014
11:00 - 12:00
Location: 1957 E Street NW, Room B-19
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.


 

 

August 2014

The team in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) would like to take a moment to welcome all new faculty to campus and wish everyone the best for a successful fall semester. We look forward to working with you in your research endeavors.


NIH Transformative Research Awards

Announcing a funding opportunity for the 2015 NIH Transformative Research Awards. NIH is seeking exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research with broad impact. Individual or multi-PI applications permitted and projects in any area of NIH interest, including clinical, basic, translational and/or behavioral/social science research projects, are encouraged and will be considered responsive to this FOA.  Large budget applications welcome.  Application deadline: October 10, 2014. Letters of Intent are due by September 10, 2014. See the Funding Opportunity Announcement RFA-RM-14-003.

RPPR Required for Non-SNAP Progress Reports Beginning October 17, 2014

NIH currently requires use of the federal-wide progress reporting format - known as the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) - to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards. In April, RPPR was opened for use for all Type 5 Non-SNAP progress reports in anticipation of an October 2014 requirement for RPPR use. Now, it's official - all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014 need to be submitted through the RPPR module of eRA Commons. Learn More...

New F&A Rate Agreement Released

The new Facilities & Administration (F&A), also known as the indirect rate agreement is now available and has been updated on both the Comptroller and Sponsored Projects websites. This revised agreement updates the fringe benefit rates for the fiscal year.

2015 Business Plan Competition Kickoff

The 7th Annual Business Plan Competition is back!  Join us on September 4, 2014, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (Marvin Center 405 RSVP!) for this Kickoff event, where we will announce some exciting changes to the competition this year.  With special guest, Patrick Landers from the AARP Foundation, and a Rapid Pitch Challenge that will award up to $1,000 in cash prizes to the best pitches, this kickoff event is not one you want to miss.  The Kickoff will include an overview of the various workshops and opportunities for competition participants and the community at large. If you're interested in submitting an application to compete, or would just like a chance to network with the entrepreneurial community...Join us!

Effort Certification Process for the Period January - June 2014

The most recent cycle of effort reports for the period of January - June 2014 were distributed to departments on August 11th.  The signed effort reports are due back to Grants & Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) by September 30th.  All labor redistributions must be approved and processed through the payroll system by October 31st.  If not processed by October 31st, the salary adjustment will be considered a late cost transfer and will be required to follow the Cost Transfer Policy.  If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Miller at 703-726-3523, [email protected] or the Effort Report Hotline at 703-726-4117, [email protected].

Global Women's Institute Announces Winners of 5-Minute Science Fair

The Global Women's Institute (GWI), in partnership with the South African-based Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), has announced the winners of the inaugural Gender-based Violence (GBV) 5-Minute Science Fair, an international competition which encourages researchers from varied disciplines  to share their research related to GBV through short online videos using the WeShareScience.com web platform.

Honorarium Form Changes Announced

The Honorarium Form has been updated to include new required fields, additional instructions, and clearer guidance for completion to aid in quicker payments.  To ensure you are completing the most recent version of this form, please complete the form available here.

NIH Notice on Revised Implementation Deadline for Subaccounting

NIH will be changing their payment policies for domestic, non-competing continuation awards from the 'pooled account' method to the 'subaccount method.' (see original August 2012 Notice here.)  NIH has extended the Payment Management System sub-accounting implementation deadline to October 1, 2015. The revised Notice is available here. This Notice applies to domestic non-competing continuation awards that have not yet transitioned to PMS subaccounts.  As of October 1, 2015, NIH will utilize only subaccounts for awarding grant funds. OVPR and GCAS will continue to update the research community on how this may specifically affect NIH awards. Please direct any questions on this new process to your OVPR Sponsored Projects Manager.

Want assistance preparing federal proposals?

Junior and senior investigators (and all investigators in between): Would you like assistance with preparing federal proposals? OVPR can provide a research development consultant, who can help interpret funding opportunity requirements, identify collaborators, and assist with completing all parts of the proposal. OVPR also offers scientific editing services to assist with polishing the final narrative to increase clarity, readability, and, hopefully, its success!  These services are available at no cost to GW faculty. E-mail [email protected] or complete the online Service Request Form. [To obtain support for non-federal proposals, please contact the Foundation Relations Office.]

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ethical Dilemmas in Research

Session 4 of the "Research Ethics Program"
September 9, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00
Children's National: Room R-114 (3.5 Main); GW: Ross Hall, Room 106B (via WebEx)
Contact [email protected]  for more information.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

September 17, 2014
2:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Monthly Training Forum

September 17, 2014
12:00 - 1:00
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] for more information.

Research @GW - The Fundamentals of Sponsored Projects Administration

September 25, 2014
2:00 - 3:30
Location: Marvin Center 309
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

E.U.-U.S. Collaborative Funding Workshop on Horizon 2020 and BILAT 2.0

Errol Levy, First Secretary Research & Innovation, European Union Delegation to the US
September 24, 2014
1:30 - 4:30
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

 

 

July 2014 - Special Edition

A Special Research Update from the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance

GW Today Introduces GW Community to New Executive Director of Research Integrity and Compliance

On Monday, July 14, 2014, GW Today published an interview with Sheila Garrity, GW’s new Executive Director of Research Integrity and Compliance.  In this interview, Garrity discusses her role and the role of her office, as well as her work with the offices of Human Research Subjects Protection, Animal Research, Laboratory and Biosafety, and Regulatory Affairs, and the Responsible Conduct of Research Program.  Read the full interview here.

Online Training Session for Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI)

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST, the Office of Human Research will be hosting an online training for the collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI).  This training is ideal for new research community members, new to GW researchers or for those who need a bit of a CITI update. Attendees will be able to ask questions regarding CITI modules and the session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.  We invite you to forward along this information to anyone you feel may be interested in participating. Attendees will be required to RSVP in order to access the online training link.

A Reminder Regarding Proper Attire in the Laboratory

GW’s Office of Laboratory Safety shares the following important reminder regarding proper attire in the lab:

To: ALL Researchers/students/Interns working in a Laboratory Setting

From: Vinod Jyothikumar,PhD, Biosafety Officer

Re: Proper Attire in the Laboratory

On behalf of the Office of Laboratory Safety, I kindly remind all Principal Users working in laboratories to follow proper laboratory attire during the summer months. As temperatures continue to rise, people can be seen wearing shorts, tank tops and open-toed sandals. This attire is perfect for the outdoors -- but not in the laboratory. In addition, shorts, miniskirts and tank tops are discouraged in all laboratories and where hazardous conditions exist.

Details on Shorts and Sandals:

It is that time of the year when it starts getting warm and researchers and students want to wear shorts and sandals in the lab. Shorts and sandals are not appropriate clothing in laboratories. OSHA has seen a number of injuries that could have been less severe if the employees had been wearing pants and closed toed shoes. If you want to wear shorts and sandals, keep some clothes at work that you can change into!

Here are few references that discuss proper attire in the laboratory.

  1. Laboratory Safety Standard, OSHA. "Protective laboratory practices and equipment are available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous chemicals."
  2. Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. CDC/NIH. "This publication describes the combinations of standard and special microbiological practices, safety equipment also may include items for personal protection, such as gloves, coats, gowns, shoe covers, boots, respirators, face shields, safety glasses, or goggles."
  3. Prudent Practices in the Laboratory - Handling and Disposing of Chemicals. National Research Council. 1995. "Clothing that leaves large areas of skin exposed is inappropriate in laboratories where hazardous chemicals are used. The worker's personal clothing should be fully covering. Appropriate laboratory coats should be worn, buttoned, with the sleeves rolled down."
  4. Biological Safety - Principles and Practices. American Society of Microbiology. 2000. "As a minimum, and with consideration of the risks involved, PPE may include street attire protected by a full length, long-sleeved, fully fastened laboratory coat, gown or smock; closed-toed shoes; eye protection;  ear protection; molded "surgical type" masks; appropriate gloves ("examination" or "surgical" type depending on the need for sterile projects); and HEPA filtered respirators.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  If you have questions, please contact the biosafety officer at 994-8258 or [email protected].

 

June 2014

DC Minimum Wage Increase

As you may have heard from your HR Client Partner, In January 2014, Washington DC’s Mayor signed a law increasing the minimum wage rate as follows:

Effective July 1, 2014 from $8.25 to $9.50,

Effective July 1, 2015 from to $9.50 to $10.50 and

Effective July 1, 2016 from $10.50 to $11.50 

What does this mean for GW?  Currently, there are student and temporary wage employees that will need their hourly wage increased to $9.50 to meet the new minimum wage rate effective July 1, 2014.  There are no benefitted employees who are paid below the new minimum wage rate of $9.50.  Hiring managers are encouraged to consider the new minimum wage rate when negotiating hourly rates for new hires.  To ensure a smooth transition within the time reporting system, all rates below the new minimum wage rate will be adjusted automatically to $9.50 effective June 22, 2014 (the first day of the BW15 pay period).  Any employees hired with effective dates on or after June 22, 2014 must have a rate of $9.50 or more.   For subsequent minimum wage rate increases, UHR will follow a similar process to increase wage rates for those who are below the new minimum.  This means that departments will need to be mindful of these minimum wage rates during budget planning efforts.

What action is required?  If you have employees that will be affected by this increase, HR will provide their names to you so that the wage increase can be communicated to them.

No action is required on your part to make the wage increase take effect.  Human Resources will be making the hourly wage updates automatically effective June 22, 2014.

How do we submit the wage increase request?  You do not need to take any action to have the increase take effect.  HRIS and Compensation will be automatically increasing all hourly wages that are below $9.50 an hour to $9.50 an hour with an effective date of June 22, 2014.  If you would prefer to increase a non-student wage employee’s wage prior to June 22, 2014, please follow the regular wage increase request process using the PAF form.

What if I have any questions? Please contact your HR Client Partner with any questions

New Internal OVPR Award Tracking System

OVPR is implementing a new system for collecting data, streamlining workflow, and tracking information related to proposals and awards. The new Award Tracking Portal (ATP) will go live on June 26.  We do not anticipate that this will impact our service to you. However, to assist us in ensuring the transition goes smoothly for our staff, please let us know immediately of any proposals that are due June 25 - July 1, and work to have materials submitted as soon as possible.

Cayuse Unavailable Saturday, June 21st from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

On Saturday, June 21st,  Cayuse will be upgrading to Version 6.0.4.  This release is designed to patch an issue with Multi-Project applications, as well as add some additional validations to reduce the potential for errors in the eRA Commons.  After the upgrade, you will not need to transform any existing applications.  The upgrade to our production and training environments has been scheduled for 1:00PM to 5:00PM ET.  This upgrade will take approximately four hours and Cayuse 424 will be inaccessible during this time.  If you have any questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

Reminder CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Armenise-Harvard Foundation

The Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation has released a call for applications for their Career Development Award (“CDA”). The CDA is designed to foster young, newly independent researchers and consists of three-to-five years of funding ($200,000/year). They will be offering a CDA to a promising young scientist, not currently in Italy, who wishes to establish a basic biological science laboratory in an Italian institute or university. For more information or to apply by the July 15th deadline, please visit their website or view the attached call for applications. Responses to this opportunity may not need to go through OVPR, contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator or [email protected] with any additional questions.

NIH Announces Imminent Rollout of New Biosketch Format

In a recent blog post, NIH's Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural research, announced the imminent rollout of a new biosketch format. Rockey writes, "The primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher's discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings. This change will help reviewers evaluate you not by where you've published or how many times, but instead by what you've accomplished."  In another blog post, Drs. Rockey and Richard Nakamura, Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, discuss new efforts to maximize NIH peer review. Please see: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/05/22/changes-to-the-biosketch/  and http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/05/29/new-efforts-to-maximize-fairness-in-nih-peer-review/

Free PCORI Workshop for Sponsored Projects Administrators

Getting to Know PCORI: From Application to Closeout - A Workshop for Sponsored Project Administrators 

This workshop will be held July 24-25, 2014 at the Westin Georgetown, Washington, DC.  It is a FREE two-day workshop to provide sponsored project administrators with tools and guidance for developing responsive funding applications. This interactive workshop will be led by PCORI’s staff and will offer an overview of: PCORI and PCORI funding announcements (PFAs); Administrative issues to consider when including patients and other stakeholders in research; PCORI’s application process, requirements, and online application system; PCORI’s Merit Review process; Award and contract activation; Opportunities to meet with PCORI staff, ask questions, obtain resources, and network with other research administrators.  Register early, as attendance is limited to  participants on a first come, first-served basis. Please visit the link to begin the registration process. More information can be found here.     

 

May 2014

New Director of Research Enhancement Will Increase Services to Faculty

OVPR is pleased to announce that the services offered by our Research Enhancement Unit (REU) will be expanded in the coming months as we welcome Shandra White as director, to this team.  Shandra has been an integral part of OVPR’s sponsored projects administration in her role as Sponsored Projects Manager for the Columbian College and will transition into REU over the next few months.  Shandra’s addition to the Research Enhancement Unit will allow us to offer greater support for researchers working on collaborative projects, more training opportunities, and provide more services like our scientific editing and research development consultants.  Shandra and REU can be contacted at [email protected].

Researchers Invited to FBI Presentation on Biosecurity Engagement – June 4

On Wednesday, June 4 from 8:00 – 12:00, the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to invite you to attend the Biosecurity Engagement Workshop.  This half-day event, moderated by the FBI’s WMD Directorate Washington Field Office is co-sponsored by OVPR and the Milken Institute School of Public Health.  This workshop will feature the FBI's WMD Directorate Washington Field Office moderating the opening session and facilitating break-out sessions with tabletop exercises in smaller groups.  Click here to register for this workshop.  Questions?  Need more information?  Contact [email protected].

New federal rules will lead to changes in grant management; stay tuned

On December 26, 2013, OMB released the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule” (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.).  This guidance supersedes “requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122…; Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133” among others and contains the guiding principles on how the University prepares proposals and administers & monitors sponsored funding.  The effective date for the new guidance is December 26th, 2014.  GW has created a task force to implement and train on these changes in guidance and procedure.  A webinar that highlights the 2-CFR-200 and key issues universities will face is scheduled to be shown on Monday, June 9, 2014, 2-4:30pm, in Marvin Center 403.  If you are interested in participating on the task force, please contact Megan Flood at [email protected].

Candidates Wanted for Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

GW has been invited to nominate one candidate for the Pew scholars program.  This program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $240,000 in flexible support—$60,000 per year for four years. We invite those interested to self-nominate and include a research project summary, C/V, and letter of recommendation from their chair.  OVPR will appoint an internal selection committee of 3 or more notable scientists who will select GW's candidate. By 07/15, OVPR will notify PEW of GW's candidate and affirm that we followed PEW's selection process.  To be considered, materials must be submitted by midnight on 06/26/14 to [email protected], with "Pew" in the subject line.  More information is available here.

Research Requirements for Special Populations - Session #3 of the Research Ethics Certificate Program

The CTSI-CN and GW will be hosting the 3rd session of the Research Ethics Certificate Program.  This series focuses on the ethics of research and is qualified by GW for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. The third workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and will focus on the “Research Requirements for Special Populations.”  Please contact Dr. Lisa Schwartz at [email protected] or [email protected] for more information. Please click here for a full description of the Research Ethics Certificate Program and to register.

Collegiate Inventors Competition – Encourage your students to submit their inventions!

The OVPR The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) regards the Collegiate Inventors Competition as a valuable experience for student innovators. The competition "encourages invention, entrepreneurship and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities."  The competition is judged by a panel of National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees and US Patent and Trademark Office officials and will provide networking opportunities with some of the nation’s foremost innovators.  Participants will have the opportunity to compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes and represent GW in a competition that includes the country’s most inventive universities. The application deadline is June 15, 2014 (apply now) and you should contact OTT before submitting an application to ensure your invention is protected.  More information can be found here or by contacting OTT at [email protected].

A Quick Reminder: All Departmental Correction Forms must be submitted through Grants and Contracts Services

All Department Correction Forms (DCFs) related to sponsored projects must be submitted to Grants & Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) ([email protected]) for review as they determine if it requires the Comptroller’s signature and then sends it to Accounts Payable (AP) for processing.  Please be aware when submitting DCFs the 90 day allowance includes processing by the central offices.  Please allow for a minimum allowance of ten days for processing by GCAS and AP.  The DCFs must be received by calendar day 80 otherwise it will be considered a late cost transfer and require Comptroller’s (or designee’s) signature.  The Cost Transfer Policy can be found here and if you have any questions, please contact Tania Wadhawan at 703-726-8549 or [email protected].  Accounts Payable has provided additional guidance here.

NIH Regional Seminar to be held in Baltimore, June 26-27

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, will kick off this seminar and lead a session called Rock Talk which, like her blog, will be a candid discussion of hot topics and big picture issues in the minds of NIH leadership. Throughout the seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of sessions designed to give you a better understanding of the grants process and related policies.  This seminar is always well attended by NIH staff, including policy experts, grants managers, scientific program and review officials, and others to ensure that they can answer all of your NIH grant related questions.  More information can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/regionalseminars/2014/index.html. This seminar is open to all investigators and administrators and requires registration.  Conference fees are $350.



UPCOMING EVENTS

Biosecurity Engagement Workshop

June 4, 2014
8:00 – 12:00
Marvin Center 309
Click here to register.

Research Requirements for Special Populations - Session #3 of the Research Ethics Certificate Program

June 10, 2014
3:00 – 5:00

Children's National Room R-114 (3.5 Main)
GW Ross Hall, Room 106B via WebEx
Please click  HERE for a full description of the Research Ethics Certificate Program and to register.

June IRB Forum – Retrospective Chart Reviews

June 18, 2014
1:00 – 2:00

Location: TBD
Contact [email protected]  to register

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April 2014

Change in NIH policy on application submissions

NIH has announced that for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission and while a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, NIH encourages applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions. The full notice is available here.

NIH announces updates to subaccounts and grants close-outs policies

NIH has announced two significant updates to their subaccounts and grants close-outs policies.  Specifically, cash payment requests will be transitioned from the “pooling” method to award-by-award requests (see full notice here) and they have developed a new Department of Payment Management (DPM)/Payment Management System (PMS) grant expiration/closeout process (full notice available here).  Please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator to determine if these new policies may affect your NIH awards.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Releases 2 CFR 200:  Replaces A-21, A-110, and A-133; Task Force Created

On December 26, 2013, OMB released the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Final Rule” (2 CFR Chapter I, Chapter II, Part 200, et al.).  This guidance supersedes “requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122…; Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133” among others.  A-21, A-110, and A-133 are the guiding principles in how the University prepares proposals and administers & monitors sponsored funding.  The effective date for the new guidance is December 26th, 2014.  GW has created a task force to implement and train on these changes in guidance and procedure.  If you are interested in participating on the task force, please contact Megan Flood at [email protected].

A gentle reminder from the Office of Foundation Relations regarding outreach to specific foundations

The Office of Foundation Relations has requested that we be sensitive to many foundations’ requests for a single point of contact from each institution, as well as overarching institutional strategies surrounding many of these same foundations.  Please remember to work with the Office of Foundation Relations when submitting foundation proposals, and specifically if you are interested in funding from one of the following foundations:  Gwendolyn and Morris Cafritz Foundation, Josiah Macy Foundation, Johnston Trust, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Morgridge Family Foundation, Keck Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.  Please contact the Foundation Relations Office with any questions.

A Quick Reminder: All Departmental Correction Forms must be submitted through Grants and Contracts Services

All Department Correction Forms (DCFs) related to sponsored projects must be submitted to Grants & Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) ([email protected]) for review as they are determine if it requires the Comptroller’s signature and then sends it to Accounts Payable (AP) for processing.  Please be aware when submitting DCFs the 90 day allowance includes processing by the central offices.  Please allow for a minimum allowance of ten days for processing by GCAS and AP.  The DCFs must be received by calendar day 80 otherwise it will be considered a late cost transfer and require Comptroller’s (or designee’s) signature.  The Cost Transfer Policy can be found here and if you have any questions, please contact Tania Wadhawan at 703-726-8549 or [email protected].

Schedule for FY 2014 Close-out Activities

A list of important dates and notes pertaining to the FY 2014 closing and the start of the new fiscal year is located on the Enterprise Accounting System website. Your participation is critical to the success and accuracy of GW's year-end close and the subsequent issuance of GW's audited financial statements. It is imperative that we adhere to these dates so that transactions can be recorded properly and timely in the appropriate fiscal year. Your efforts are greatly appreciated in meeting these deadlines which helps the University achieve our accelerated year-end close goal.

Want assistance preparing federal proposals?

Junior and senior investigators (and all investigators in between): Would you like assistance with preparing federal proposals? OVPR can provide a research development consultant, who can help interpret funding opportunity requirements, identify collaborators, and assist with completing all parts of the proposal. OVPR also offers scientific editing services to assist with polishing the final narrative to increase clarity, readability, and, hopefully, its success!  These services are available at no cost to GW faculty. E-mail [email protected] or complete the online Service Request Form. [To obtain support for non-federal proposals, please contact the Foundation Relations Office.]

Nuclear Export Controls – Overview and Tips for GW Researchers

On Tuesday, May 6 at 4:00 (Corcoran Hall, room 209), Ajay Kuntamukkala, Partner in the International Trade and Investment group at Hogan Lovells, will provide an overview of U.S. nuclear export control requirements and how these requirements apply to university research programs and professionals. This includes: (1) an overview of the nuclear export controls administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and the Department of State; (2) a discussion of the university research activities subject to nuclear export controls and those not subject to such controls; and (3) what steps research professionals needs to take to confirm compliance with applicable nuclear export controls and avoid delays in their research programs.  This event is open to anyone interested in nuclear export controls.

Last Grant Proposal Preparation Boot Camp of the Semester

The Grant Proposal Preparation 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.  The final session of the semester is scheduled on the Foggy Bottom Campus on Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00 – 4:00 (MC 405). Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register.

May 2014 IRB Forum – A Responsible Conduct of Research Qualified Session

The May IRB Forum, to be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 10:00 – 11:30, in Children’s National Medical Center’s Main Auditorium, will be presented collaboratively with the Children’s National Medical Center.  This session will feature live dramatizations to assist in Responsible Conduct of Research training.  Researchers from GW and CNMC are invited to attend this interactive session. This session will be broadcasted to GW, but with very limited seating (preference give to those required to attend).  This session qualifies for 1.5 hours of Live RCR Training for applicable NIH awards requiring RCR training.  To register, please RSVP.

eRA Information: eRA Commons and ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend

In the interest of providing advance notice, the NIH Office of Extramural Research has announced that they have scheduled extended downtime for Memorial Day weekend 2014.  All systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be offline while the systems are upgraded and the information in the databases converted to support Unicode compatible data.  As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will now appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text.  More details about the downtime will be released as the date approaches.



UPCOMING EVENTS

Grant Boot Camp

May 6, 2014
1:00 – 4:00
pm
Foggy Bottom Campus, Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected]  to register

Nuclear Export Controls – Overview and Tips for GW Researchers

May 6, 2014
4:00 pm
Foggy Bottom Campus, Corcoran Hall 209

May IRB Forum

May 13, 2014
10:00 – 11:30

Children’s National Medical Center, Main Auditorium
Foggy Bottom Campus
Contact [email protected]  to register

 

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March 2014

An Update to the Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure Process for Public Health Service

As part of our efforts to continuously improve and streamline processes, OVPR’s Office of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs has announced an update to the requirement for financial conflict of interest disclosures and recertification of disclosures for public health service funded (PHS) awards and proposals to PHS agencies.  Effective as of this message, certifications will now be required every 365 days, as opposed to the current 30 days.  PHS regulations require investigators to update the university within 30 days of a change in a significant financial interest, so please email any changes within 30 days to [email protected].  For more information, please contact your sponsored projects administrator or [email protected].

NEW!  Cost Transfer Justification Form

In an effort to ensure that appropriate and adequate documentation accompanies all cost transfer requests, OVPR and the Comptroller’s Grants and Contracts Accounting Services unit have created the new Cost Transfer Justification Form.  This form should be used for all cost transfer justifications - accurately and thoroughly completing this form will allow OVPR and GCAS to more effectively review these requests. Additionally, the form eliminates the need for a memo to be attached to cost transfers that require Comptroller review.  This form is available on the Sponsored Projects website.  For more information, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

Research Days

April 1st and 2nd - 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.  This event will be held in the Grand and Continental Ballrooms in the Marvin Center.  Visit the Research Days website for a complete schedule of events.

Research Days Vendor Showcase

April 1st (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) - The Vendor Showcase is the perfect opportunity to meet with more than 30 vendors who will be here on campus and available to discuss their technologies and equipment – timely as we begin to outfit new labs and the Science and Engineering Hall.  For a complete list of vendors participating this year, click here.

3 Spots Remain for Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC, coming to GW April 8, 2014

OVPR and the School of Public Health and Health Services are pleased to co-sponsor an all-day Grant Writers’ LLC seminar on Writing Winning Grant Proposals to assist investigators who wish to submit winning research proposals to NIH.  This workshop is open to research investigators who are eligible to submit proposals.  Participant space is limited to 50 and is at no charge to investigators. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot for this session.  Only 3 spots remaining!

Pilot Studies Program (PSP) of the CTSI-CN is pleased to announce the 2014 Pilot RFA

The CTSI-CN seeks applications for 2014 pilot research funding from faculty members at Children's National and/or The George Washington University. The PSP of the CTSI-CN deliberately targets a broad range of disciplines and levels of inquiry ranging from basic to translational to clinical to population-based research that cover the human life span with a special emphasis on disorders of childhood, including those which extend into adulthood, and on disorders that have their antecedents in childhood. View the RFA.  The deadline for Phase I: Letter of Intent submission is April 4, 2014. To apply, please click here.

eRA Information: eRA Commons and ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend

In the interest of providing advance notice, the NIH Office of Extramural Research has announced that they have scheduled extended downtime for Memorial Day weekend 2014.  All systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be offline while the systems are upgraded and the information in the databases converted to support Unicode compatible data.  As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will now appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text.  More details about the downtime will be released as the date approaches.

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.  Sessions are currently scheduled on the Foggy Bottom Campus on Monday, April 28 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm (MC 403) and Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00 – 4:00 (MC 405). Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register.

Want assistance preparing federal proposals?

Junior and senior investigators (and all investigators in between): Would you like assistance with preparing federal proposals? OVPR can provide a research development consultant, who can help interpret funding opportunity requirements, identify collaborators, and assist with completing all parts of the proposal. OVPR also offers scientific editing services to assist with polishing the final narrative to increase clarity, readability, and, hopefully, its success!  These services are available at no cost to GW faculty. E-mail [email protected] or complete the online Service Request Form. [To obtain support for non-federal proposals, please contact the Foundation Relations Office.



UPCOMING EVENTS

Research Days 2014

April 1 – 2, 2014
Visit the Research Days Website for more information about the events or contact [email protected] with any questions.

Grant Boot Camp

April 28, 2014
2:00 – 5:00pm
Foggy Bottom Campus, Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected]  to register.

Grant Boot Camp

May 6, 2014
1:00 – 4:00

Foggy Bottom Campus, Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected]  to register

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February 2014

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

On Tuesday, March 18, Vice President Chalupa will host Dr. R. Reed Skaggs, Assistant Director for Defense Programs, Office of Science and Technology Policy - National Security and International Affairs Division, Executive Office of the President on campus for a discussion on “Partnering with Federal Labs” with interested members of the GW research community.  The presentation will include an opportunity for dialogue on some of the barriers encountered from a University perspective and possible incentives that could be put into place to foster more partnerships.  This presentation is part of the OVPR Workshop Series and was re-scheduled from October 2013.  RSVP's requested.  Please contact [email protected] to reserve space in this session.

Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC is coming to GW April 8, 2014

OVPR and the School of Public Health and Health Services are pleased to co-sponsor an all-day Grant Writers’ LLC seminar on Writing Winning Grant Proposals to assist investigators who wish to submit winning research proposals to NIH.  This workshop is open to research investigators who are eligible to submit proposals.  Participant space is limited to 50 and is at no charge to investigators. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot 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.  Sessions are currently scheduled on the Foggy Bottom Campus on Monday, April 28 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00 – 4:00. Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register.

3rd Annual Innovation Competition

On March 26, 2014, the GW Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community, as well as the opportunity to present technologies to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $20,000 in prizes!  For more information and to register, visit the competition website.

NIH Releases Notices Implementing Provisions from the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

NIH recently posted the FY 2014 NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards and according to the notice, "Non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2014 likely will be made within the range between the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award and 3 percent below that level. Out-year commitments for continuation awards in FY 2015 and beyond will remain unchanged.  The number of competing awards will likely exceed the number of competing awards in FY 2013.”  Full notice can be viewed here.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator or [email protected].

Important to note:

++ Stipend levels for training awards funded using FY 2014 funds have been posted. Predoc stipends were increased by 2 percent and entry-level postdoc stipends increased by 7 percent. Other postdoc stipends increased 4 percent.  See website here.

++ The salary cap, tied to the Executive Level II salary level, has increased to $181,500 effective January 12, 2014. It had been at $179,700.  See website here.

Want assistance preparing federal proposals?

Junior and senior investigators (and all investigators in between): Would you like assistance with preparing federal proposals? OVPR can provide a research development consultant, who can help interpret funding opportunity requirements, identify collaborators, and assist with completing all parts of the proposal. OVPR also offers scientific editing services to assist with polishing the final narrative to increase clarity, readability, and, hopefully, its success!  These services are available at no cost to GW faculty. E-mail [email protected] or complete the online Service Request Form. [To obtain support for non-federal proposals, please contact the Foundation Relations Office.]

“Stand With AND”  An Update from the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Initiative

The Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (AND) Initiative is preparing for a busy spring: two lectures, one on March 20 (Writing and Publishing on Autism) and the other on March 27 (Atypical Cognitive and Brain Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder ) as well as two fun filled, Autism Awareness functions one on April 2 (GW Lights-it-up-Blue) and the other on April 6 (GW Colonials' Baseball Charity Game for Autism). For more information on where, when, and how to attend and/or support their efforts and to "STAND with AND" please visit www.ANDinitiative.gwu.edu or follow @GWautism.

New OVPR and CTSI-CN Partnership Coming May 2014!

In a new partnership between OVPR and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), the format of the Open Studios will be redefined and expanded to support junior investigators in grant development, review, and submission. The focus of Open Studios is on translational research through the scholarship of discovery. If you are interested in utilizing existing resources to support these proposal processes, the CTSI-CN Grants Enhancement Program and OVPR can assist you. For more information and to request support, please visit our website.

Office of Foundation Relations Announcement regarding Cafritz Foundation

The Cafritz Foundation will not accept any unsolicited concept papers, phone calls or proposals from GW faculty/staff unless the request is vetted through the Foundation Relations Program. There are no exceptions to this rule, regardless of existing relationships with the Cafritz family or foundation staff.  Also, all forms of correspondence -- including phone calls -- must come from the Executive Director of Foundation Relations. If you have questions, please call 202-994-8714. GW's relationship with this foundation is extremely important, therefore, we ask that all faculty and staff please follow this requested protocol.

Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees

In a recent Dear Colleague Letter, NSF announced several research opportunities in Europe for CAREER awardees.  These opportunities enable U.S.-based scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues supported through EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants.  For more information about these opportunities, the Dear Colleague Letter is available online. Responses to this opportunity may not need to go through OVPR, contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator or [email protected] with any additional questions.

Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation Career Development Award to Establish Basic Science Collaborations with Italian Scientists

The Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation has released a call for applications for their Career Development Award (“CDA”).  The CDA is designed to foster young, newly independent researchers and consists of three-to-five years of funding ($200,000/year).  They will be offering a CDA to a promising young scientist, not currently in Italy, who wishes to establish a basic biological science laboratory in an Italian institute or university. For more information or to apply by the July 15th deadline, please visit their website.  Responses to this opportunity may not need to go through OVPR, contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator or [email protected] with any additional questions.



UPCOMING EVENTS

CTSI-CN Certificate in Research Ethics

Four-workshop series beginning Tuesday, March 11, 2014
CNMC and GW via webcasting
Click HERE for more information and to register.  See flyer for more information.

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
3:00 – 4:00

Location: TBD
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
Contact [email protected]  to RSVP for this workshop.

CTSI-CN Mentoring the Diverse Trainee Workshop

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Noon to 4 pm

GW Marvin Center, Room 403
Click HERE for more information and to register

Writing and Publishing on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:00 - 1:30
Gelman Library, Room 702
Click here for more information.

3rd Annual Innovation Competition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:00 – 4:00

Marvin Center 309
Visit the Innovation Competition website for more information and the register.

Research Days 2014

Tuesday - Wednesday, April 1 -2, 2014
Marvin Center Grand and Continental Ballrooms
Visit the Research Days website for more information.

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January 2014

REMINDER!  Effective January 31, 2014, NIH Requires Use of Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All Multi-Year Funded Awards

Reminder, effective January 31, 2014 NIH will require the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPRR) for all multi-year funded awards. NIH already requires the use of the RPPR for Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports and has piloted 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 at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/. This information was announced in November 2013 in notice NOT-OD-14-026.

NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution; Announces Increase in Salary Cap

NIH has announced that, consistent with NIH practices during the CRs of FY 2006 – 2013, they will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).  It is also noted, that the Executive Level II was increased by 1 percent from $179,700 to $181,500 by Executive Order 13655 that became effective January 12, 2014.  This announcement was issued as NOT-OD-14-043Please note, regarding the increase in salary cap, OVPR will work with PIs to adjust both proposals and funded awards as needed once official NIH guidance is released.

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.  The new guide is available here.

Research Days 2014

The Research Days 2014 showcase of students and faculty research, scholarship and creative endeavors in a poster presentation format.  This event will be held on April 1st and 2nd and is 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.  Encourage your students to participate or volunteer to be a poster presentation judge.  Visit the Research Days website or contact [email protected] for more information.  The abstract submission deadline is February 21st!

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

On Tuesday, March 18, Vice President Chalupa will host Dr. R. Reed Skaggs, Assistant Director for Defense Programs, Office of Science and Technology Policy - National Security and International Affairs Division, Executive Office of the President on campus for a discussion on “Partnering with Federal Labs” with interested members of the GW research community.  The presentation will include an opportunity for dialogue on some of the barriers encountered from a University perspective and possible incentives that could be put into place to foster more partnerships.  This presentation is part of the OVPR Workshop Series and was re-scheduled from October 2013.  RSVP's requested.  Please contact [email protected] to reserve space in this session.

3rd Annual Innovation Competition

On March 26, 2014, the GW Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is showcasing promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community, as well as the opportunity to present technologies to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry. Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $20,000 in prizes!  For more information and to register, visit the competition website.

Need assistance with applying for research grant funding or obtaining services for federal proposals?

Do you need assistance with applying for research grant funding or obtaining editing services for federal proposals?  E-mail [email protected] with your request for support or complete the online Service Request Form.  One of our OVPR staff will reply to inquiries promptly to ensure that you receive the necessary support for your proposal.  Please note that Patti Lieblich is currently on leave.

Accounts Payable Announces New System to Track Invoices and Payment Requests

On Monday, January 20th, Accounts Payable began using Remedy to track invoices or payment requests in process within the AP department. Our customers /users will receive an email to acknowledge the receipt of invoices or payment requests submitted to Accounts Payable. To facilitate tracking, the acknowledgement email from Remedy will include the sending email's subject line.  As a result, the subject line of the sending email should be informative. In the subject line, please indicate the following: Vendor Name, Invoice Number, Invoice Amount, and Invoice Count (if submitting multiple invoices from the same vendor). Attach only one invoice per email. Multiple invoices should not be attached to a single email, unless they are from the same vendor.  Please direct any questions to [email protected] or  571-553-0247.

Increase in Mileage Reimbursement Rate as of January 1, 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the business use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) is 56 cents per mile for business miles driven. This rate is established by the Internal Revenue Service and is applied to reimbursement of business miles driven while on University approved travel.  The iBuy Expense (Concur) system and the Travel and Expense Reimbursement web form have been updated with the new rate. The 2013 rate remains available for use on expense reimbursements for 2013.

Global Women’s Institute Research Fellowship Program

GWI affiliated faculty and post-doctoral students are encouraged to apply for funding to support the development and preparation of future sponsored research grants that will help advance gender equality and the cause of women and girls both globally and locally.  This series of $5,000 grants will be funded competitively, with the Statement of Intent, due on February 14, 2014.  More information on eligibility and application instructions is available on the Global Women’s Institute website or contact [email protected] with any questions.

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.  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 are available on the NAI website; contact the Office of Technology Transfer with any questions.

NIH Grant Training Seminar – How to Obtain Peer-Reviewed NIH Research Grants

Sponsored by The Grant Training Center, this one-day seminar is geared for junior faculty, students, and administrators who are beginning the process of submitting grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is also relevant for seasoned researchers who wish to refresh their knowledge of the new NIH requirements and the peer review process. Ultimately, the focus is to assist all who wish to submit winning research proposals to the NIH.  Hosted by Johns Hopkins University on March 17, 2014, the cost for this training session is $375.  More information and registration is available on their website.

 
   

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

IRB Forum

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
12:00 – 1:00pm

Marvin Center 301
Contact [email protected] to RSVP for this session.

OVPR Workshop Series: Partnering with Federal Labs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
3:00 – 4:00
Location: TBD
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
Contact [email protected]  to RSVP for this workshop.

3rd Annual Innovation Competition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:00 – 4:00

Marvin Center 309
Visit the Innovation Competition website for more information and the register.

Research Days 2014

Marvin Center Grand and Continental Ballrooms
April 1 -2, 2014
Visit the Research Days 2014 website for more information.

 

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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.