Research Updates - 2015

November, 2015

2015 Innovation Competition

On November 4, 2015 the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) showcased promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. This annual event provided a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and members of the venture community, as well as the opportunity to present technologies available for licensing to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals. Finalists pitched their technologies to win $25,000 in prizes. Prize winners included Dr. Timothy McCaffrey for his team's infection diagnostic and Dr. Michael Wagner for his team's improved battery technology.

Limited Proposal Submission Opportunity - NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

The NIH published a funding opportunity announcement on October 20 for the Director's Early Independence Awards, a Common Fund Initiative which supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. A letter of intent is due by December 29, 2015. GW is limited to two (2) institutional submissions. Interested faculty may submit the following to [email protected], as single PDF by 12/11/15: 1) LOI, following format in funding opportunity, 2) 1 Page concept paper or draft specific aims, 3) CV. Selected submitters will be notified by 12/18/15 of approval to submit an LOI.

Global Women's Institute: Gender-Based Violence Science Fair

The Global Women's Institute and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) are partnering to promote safe and ethical Gender-Based Violence (GBV) research. The GBV Science Fair offers opportunities for your research to reach a global audience and have the potential to win prizes. To enter, simply create a short video abstract about your research during or after SVRI. Entries will be accepted until March 1, 2016! Visit this website for more information.

Expert Finder to Launch: Experts invited to update profiles

A collaboration between the Provost's Office, GW OVPR, the Library, External Relations, and the Division of IT will facilitate faculty finding others in GW with similar interests. Vivo software will pull academic history data from Lyterati to create a research profile for each GW faculty member who does not opt out. It will also pull from other research profiles they may have established such as ORCID. The Provost's Office is rolling Expert Finder out internally to GW only over the next month and a half to allow Experts to refine their VIVO profile via Lyterati or ORCID. In January 2016, Expert Finder will be a public-facing resource. School communications officers and Lyterati leads are already involved in this project and will assist with questions that faculty may have.

Credit for Cross-disciplinary Projects

Schools and departments want to encourage cross-disciplinary research across schools and departments by ensuring investigators and departments receive credit for their share of the work on the award. Investigators are encouraged to collaborate during the proposal stage about how credit will be distributed. More information regarding guidelines can be found here.

Summer Conference/Housing Needs for Grant Proposals

For those who would like to utilize the George Washington University's facilities for summer events (seminars, trainings, etc.), please reach out to Matthew LeBlanc for summer events at the Foggy Bottom campus and Colette Coleman for summer events at the Mount Vernon Campus. Matthew and Colette can assist you with identifying facility needs to be included in your proposal budget (housing, classroom space, meals, transportation, etc.). For more information, please visit this website.

The GW International Research Program

The GW International Research Program aims to encourage and support original research of the highest quality and new collaborations. Program funds may be used for travel and travel-related living expenses only and projects will be funded to a maximum of US $5,000 for one year. Visit this website for more information.

Pre-Award Proposal Checklist

To assist faculty and staff with proposal review, pre-award submission checklists are provided here for the following types of proposals: NIH Submission, NIH Grant Transfer (Change of Grantee Application), NSF Submission, General Submission. Note: These checklists are meant to provide general guidance for proposal preparation. The actual proposal requirements will vary by funding agency, sponsor's needs, and program type.

Increase in Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in the District of Columbia will be increased to $11.50/hour starting July 1, 2016. Principal Investigators are encouraged to consider the new minimum wage rate when submitting proposals.

Research Days 2016: Save the Date! March 29 and March 30, 2016

March 29 and March 30, 2016 - 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 for more information.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.


Upcoming Events

Research Days 2016

March 29-March 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center Ballrooms
Contact [email protected] with any questions. More information here.

 

October, 2015

A message from Leo Chalupa, Vice President for Research

In an increasingly competitive funding climate, it is important that each proposal submitted follows all sponsor requirements. Federal agencies such as NIH and NSF are applying the 'letter of the law' in adhering to sponsor guidelines for formatting and inclusion of documentation. GW has unfortunately had proposals rejected without review for minor errors such as incorrect formatting (biosketches, references, font size), not completing sections as described, or incomplete current and pending section.

PIs are ultimately responsible for providing a complete funding application that meets all sponsor requirements. OVPR sponsored projects staff are here to collaborate with you to navigate sponsor requirements, obtain clarifications when necessary and provide guidance to prevent proposal rejections due to non-compliance with guidelines. Submitting your proposal in advance of the deadline will allow sufficient time to address potential compliance issues.
Leo

NIH and AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes for 2016 Grant Applications

Earlier this month, on October 13th, NIH and AHRQ released NOT-OD-16-004 announcing changes to policies, instructions, and forms for 2016 grant applications.  Planned changes focus on rigor and transparency in research, vertebrate animals, inclusion reporting, data safety monitoring, research training, the appendices, font requirements, and biosketch clarifications.  Full text of the notice can be viewed here.

NSF Issues Revised Proposals & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

NSF has issued a revised version of the Proposals & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).  The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.  A number of significant changes are in this revision, including: enforcement of 5 p.m. submitter's local time across all NSF funding opportunities; electronic signature and submission of notifications and requests by the AOR only; revision of timeframe for submission of final project reports, project outcomes reports and financial closure of awards to 120 days after the award end date; and numerous additional clarifications throughout the document. The PAPPG is available online here.

US Department of Defense: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Reminder! On Thursday, October 29, from 10:00 - 2:00 (Marvin Center 403), the Research Enhancement Unit is pleased to host an opportunity to engage with and hear from the lead scientific officers from the Department of Defense, Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program. Scientific officers Dr. Rebecca Fisher, Program Lead for Military-Focused Research and Dr. Gayle Vaday, Program Lead for National/Military-Relevant Programs will present and engage with faculty about CDMRP's current priorities, mission, structure peer and consumer review process and the application process. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Vaday will also discuss how CDMRP differs from other funders and how its priorities may intersect with other initiatives. Click here for more information. Please contact [email protected] with questions or to RSVP (please include CDMRP in the subject line).

2015 Innovation Competition

On November 4, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:30, the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) 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 available for licensing to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals.  Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.

21st Century Cancer Research: At the Crossroads between Clinical and Population Sciences

On Monday, November 23, 2015, from 10:00 - 11:30, OVPR, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and ICF International are pleased to present 21st Century Cancer Research: At the Crossroads Between Clinical and Population Sciences. With more than one million people in the United States diagnosed with cancer each year, cancer remains the second leading cause of death. Join us as our panelists explore how an increased focus on cancer control and population science can reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer. This panel presentation will feature Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor, director of the GW Cancer Center, and Dr. Robert Croyle, director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lynn Goldman, Michael and Lori Milken Dean at GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health, will moderate this session. For more details and to register, please click here. Questions should be directed to [email protected].

NIH Subaccount Transition

In response to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) directive to Agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have begun transitioning domestic awards from pooled accounts to subaccounts (P-accounts). This transition within HHS's Payment Management System (PMS) is intended to enhance financial data integrity and financial closeout for all awards. OVPR and GCAS are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition at GW. In preparation for the October 1, 2015 transition date, a number of steps were taken for impacted awards.  For details on this transition, please review the NIH Subaccount Transition guidance document  and other resources on the GCAS website here.

Mount Vernon 2016 - 2017 Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 fellowships to the Mount Vernon 2016-2017 Fellowship Program.  Proposals are due by December 31, 2015. Generous short- and long-term awards are available to doctoral candidates, recent PhDs, mid-career faculty, as well as advanced scholars and independent researchers with relevant topics. All fellowships are residential with housing provided on the Mount Vernon campus.  For more information, click here.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.


Upcoming Events

Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs

October 29, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 2:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Cayuse Proposal Routing Training

October 30, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

November 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

2015 Innovation Competition

November 4, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 5:30
Location: Science and Engineering Hall, Lehman Auditorium

IRB Forum - Chart Reviews

November 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Please contact [email protected] with questions or to RSVP.

21st Century Cancer Research: At the Crossroads Between Clinical and Population Sciences

November 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium
Questions should be directed to [email protected].

 

September, 2015

REMINDER! AAAS Communicating Science Workshop, October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, in Marvin Center 301,OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit will host the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) "Communicating Science Workshop." Researchers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. The workshop addresses how to communicate science broadly, through: media outreach; public outreach and engagement, such as efforts at schools, museums, and other community institutions; and online media, such as images, blogs, podcasts, etc. GW's Media Relations team is also scheduled to join the session. Registration is required.  Contact [email protected] wit AAAS in your subject line for questions and to RSVP.

Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, Returns to GW, October 6, 2015

On October 6, 2015, OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to again host an all-day Grant Writers' LLC seminar on Writing Winning Grant Proposals to assist investigators who wish to submit research proposals to the National Institutes of Health. This workshop is very focused on the actual writing of a grant proposal and is open to research investigators who are eligible to submit proposals. Participant space is limited to 75 attendees and is at no charge to investigators. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot for this session. (FYI: This session, in combination with the Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp, will give you the full suite of training to ensure you are submitting your best grant proposals!)

100 Mentor Match-Ups for GW Students, October 8, 2015

Where Innovation Meets Its Match!  On Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm (City View Room, 1957 E St, NW, 7th Floor), the GW Office of Entrepreneurship and the GW Entrepreneurs Round Table (GWERT) Mentors Program will be pairing experienced mentors with GW students. This event will allow aspiring GW student entrepreneurs (at all experience levels) to connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals and industry experts. Turn your creative ideas into viable concepts for pitch competitions, business plan competitions, or startup companies!  For more information and to register, click here. With additional questions, please contact [email protected].

University Facilitating Fund Letters of Intent Due October 13, 2015

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 Assistant, Associate or Research Professors or Research Scientists, are continuing service at the University the following academic year and have less than $100,000 of total active funding. 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 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and can be completed here. The full proposal is due December 2, 2015. More information on the UFF is available online.

RCR Lecture Series Presents "Data Acquisition and Management"

On Wednesday, October 21 from 12:00 - 1:30 (Gelman Library 702), OVPR's Office of Research Integrity invites you to attend the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lecture Series on Data Acquisition and Management. This session will feature University Librarian and Vice Provost Geneva Henry and a distinguished panel including Dr. Jody Ganiban, Dr. Tara Sinclair, and Dr. Alexander van der Horst.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

US Department of Defense: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

On Thursday, October 29, from 10:00 - 2:00 (Marvin Center 403), the Research Enhancement Unit is pleased to host an opportunity to engage with and hear from the lead scientific officers from the Department of Defense, Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program. Scientific officers Dr. Rebecca Fisher, Program Lead for Military-Focused Research and Dr. Gayle Vaday, Program Lead for National/Military-Relevant Programs will present and engage with faculty about CDMRP's current priorities, mission, structure peer and consumer review process and the application process. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Vaday will also discuss how CDMRP differs from other funders and how its priorities may intersect with other initiatives. Click here for more information. Please contact [email protected] with questions or to RSVP (please include CDMRP in the subject line).

New GW Nanofabrication & Imaging Center Launched

The Center for Microscopy & Image Analysis (CMIA), located in Ross Hall, is now part of the new GW Nanofabrication & Imaging Center (GWNIC) in the SEH.  This new Center is a shared facility with existing confocal microscopes and many new top-of-the-line microscopes and tools for imaging and the cleanroom.  Developing the center was a multi-year, collaborative initiative between multiple schools and the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research. Beginning November 1, fees will be charged for use of instruments and services in the GW NIC.  The opening of the GW NIC will be in phases.  New equipment will be put online in the coming months as it becomes ready for use.  Please stay tuned for more information about the GW NIC, including upcoming town hall meetings. For questions regarding this new structure, please contact Anastas Popratiloff.

Office of Technology Transfer is now the Technology Commercialization Office

In keeping with the evolving industry, OVPR's Office of Technology Transfer is now the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO).  The TCO promotes and facilitates the transfer of GW innovations for the benefit of the university community and the public while leveraging GW resources by partnering with industry experts and entrepreneurs.  More information about the office and its resources can be found at http://commercialization.gwu.edu, @GWUTCO on Twitter, or by emailing [email protected].

Intramural Funding: RFP: Duke Energy Renewals Innovation Fund

GW and Duke Energy Renewables have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund. This annual competition invites faculty to compete for research, planning, or living lab grants.  Faculty are invited to submit grant proposals which are due by 5:00 pm on November 6, 2015. The solicitation is available here and any questions should be directed to [email protected]. These proposals do not route through OVPR.

Intramural Funding - Request for Proposals: Research on Federal Regulations

The GW Regulatory Studies Center has issued a request for proposals from GW faculty for research projects that address issues related to regulatory impacts, regulatory process, and regulatory analysis.  Designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research on regulatory policy and practice within the George Washington University.  This is a $50,000 faculty research fund for academic year 2015-2016. Proposal submissions are due October 23, 2015. More information is available online or you can contact [email protected]. These proposals do not route through OVPR.

2nd Annual Business Intelligence Showcase

On Wednesday, October 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Marvin Center 309), join the team from Business Intelligence (Division of IT) for their 2nd Annual Business Intelligence Showcase.  This showcase will feature analytics and data governance capabilities that can help enhance and improve your work at GW. View interactive dashboards that streamline business processes and give insight into meaningful data. In addition, network with the Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Governance teams to learn how Tableau and Cognos can be used to build an analytic application to fit your needs. Finally, view demonstrations of current analytic capabilities and learn how you can take advantage of Business Intelligence services.  For more information, click here.

2015 Innovation Competition

Save the Date! On November 4, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:30, the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) 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 available for licensing to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals.  Finalists will pitch their technologies for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.


Upcoming Events

AAAS Communicating Your Science Workshop

October 1, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Location: Marvin Center 301
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP. Click here for more information.

NIH Grant Writer's Workshop

October 6, 2015
Time: 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health, Room 700A
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Early Career Faculty Career Advancement and Mentoring Program (CAMP)

Charting Your Course: Goal Setting and Prioritizing
Co-sponsored by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research
October 14, 2015
Location: Marvin Center 405

Post-Award Management Boot Camp

October 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 1:30
Location: Marvin Center 308
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Responsible Conduct of Research Lecture Series: Data Acquisition and Management

October 21, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 2:30
Location: TBD
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

PI Dashboard Training Session

October 27, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:30
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Cayuse Proposal Routing

October 30, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

November 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

 

August, 2015

IRB Days

On September 15 - 17, 2015, the Office of Human Research will be hosting the inaugural Fall IRB Days - a three-day series of workshops to learn more about the Federal regulations, IRB process, consent writing, Good Clinical Practice, and more! To RSVP, contact [email protected] by September 8, 2015. More details can be found here.

AAAS Communicating Science Workshop

On October 1, 2015, OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit will host the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) "Communicating Science Workshop." Researchers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science. Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, funding agencies and research institutions are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. The workshop addresses how to communicate science broadly, through: media outreach; public outreach and engagement, such as efforts at schools, museums, and other community institutions; and online media, such as images, blogs, podcasts, etc. Space is limited to 60 participants and registration is required.  Contact [email protected] with AAAS in your subject line for questions and to RSVP.

Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, Returns to GW, October 6, 2015

On October 6, 2015, OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to again host an all-day Grant Writers' LLC seminar on Writing Winning Grant Proposals to assist investigators who wish to submit research proposals to the National Institutes of Health. This workshop is very focused on the actual writing of a grant proposal and is open to research investigators who are eligible to submit proposals. Participant space is limited to 75 attendees and is at no charge to investigators. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot for this session. (FYI...this session, in combination with the Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp will give you the full suite of training to ensure you are submitting your best grant proposals!)

Annual GW New Venture Competition Kicks Off on September 10

The GW New Venture Competition, formerly known as the Business Competition officially kicks off on September 10th.  The GW New Venture Competition offers numerous opportunities to help grow and financially support your business ideas and ventures. Last year's finalists won a total of over $209,000. To learn how you can be a part of this exciting program, join us at the Kickoff! Click here to register.

RCR Lecture Series Presents "The Importance of Collaborative Research"

On September 23, 2015 from 11:30 - 1:00, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance will host an encore presentation of "The Importance of Collaborative Research - Including with Industry" featuring Dean Ali Eskandarian and a distinguished panel at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus (Exploration Hall, room 410).  For questions or to RSVP for this session, please contact [email protected].

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

On September 16th from 2:00 - 5:00, the Office of Sponsored Projects will present the Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp.  The Boot Camp covers many phases of the life cycle of a sponsored project from the planning stages of defining the opportunity, planning and developing through submitting your research proposal to the sponsor. This workshop is a comprehensive course designed to prepare you for the grant proposal process. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation proposals. Contact [email protected]  with the subject PREBC for questions or to register.

GW to Host National Capital Area Chapter of SoPE Event

On September 30th, GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Office of Technology Commercialization will host the National Capital Area Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs' "It Cost How Much? Optimizing Reimbursement for Novel Healthcare Technologies". Medical technology companies are faced with increased challenges in determining precisely how new technologies fit into today's coding, coverage and payment environment. The
panel provides perspectives from reimbursement consultants with decades of experience helping clients develop and implement strategies to address barriers to reimbursement. Additionally, the panel will include insights from start-up digital health, medical devices and established biotech company perspective.  For more information, please contact OVPR's Technology Commercialization Office.  To register for this event, click here.

Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp

On October 14th from 9:00 - 1:30, the Office of Sponsored Projects will present the Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp.  The Boot Camp is an in-depth course to prepare you for effective, accurate management of sponsored projects/awards. The course covers the post award stages from receiving and accepting the award through award closeout as well as the support services available for managing those activities. Including what you need to know regarding travel, purchasing equipment and supplies, initiating agreements, research integrity, financial management and reporting, and award closeout. It touches on a number of facets of the award management process and highlights available resources to provide support throughout the process. Contact [email protected] with the subject line POSTBC for questions or to register.

Division of Information Technology's CAAREN Recognized by CIO Magazine

Kudos to the Division of IT's Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN), which was recognized by CIO Magazine as a recipient of the 2015 CIO 100 Award! The annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Developed by the Division of IT, CAAREN is building a high-performance research and education (R&E) infrastructure in the D.C. area to facilitate world-class research. Through a partnership with DC-Net, the District's government owned and operated fiber optic network and first 100Gbps capable municipal network in the U.S., CAAREN provides R&E services to schools, libraries, hospitals, government institutions and some private-sector organizations.

FDA Requires Mandatory Use of Federal Financial Report (FFR) System

Beginning November 1, 2015, the FDA will require all Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) (annual and final) due on or after October 31, 2015. This includes all initial FFRs being prepared for submission and any revisions being submitted or re-submitted to FDA.  For more information, the full notice can be reviewed here.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.
 


Upcoming Events

Early Career Faculty Career Advancement and Mentoring Program (CAMP)
A Dialogue with the Provost - What GW Means by "Excellence"
Co-sponsored by the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research

September 9, 2015
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] to RSVP - RSVP's are required, and space is very limited.

GW New Venture Competition Kick-Off

September 10, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Marvin Center 308

Office of Human Research Fall IRB Days

September 15 - 17, 2015
Location: Marvin Center
Contact [email protected] to RSVP.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

September 16, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Responsible Conduct of Research Lecture Series: The Importance of Collaborative Research

September 23, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 2:30
Location: VSTC, Exploration Hall, room 410
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Proposal Budgeting

September 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:30
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

Cayuse Proposal Routing

September 30, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Location: Marvin Center 310
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP. More information here.

AAAS Communicating Science Workshop

October 1, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 305
Contact [email protected] with any questions and to RSVP.

 

July, 2015

Office of Industry and Corporate Research Launches New Website

The Office of Industry and Corporate Research (OICR) launched their new website on Tuesday, July 28. OICR, under the direction of Assistant Vice President, Tom Russo supports a broad range of services including Industry-led research, Collaborative Research Agreements, Workforce Development, Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) opportunities, Shared Equipment Use, and Industry Showcase, among others.  Visit the new website or contact [email protected] to learn more.

PI Dashboard Wins NACUBO Innovation Award!

We are very pleased to announce that the PI Dashboard was recognized by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) as a 2015 Innovation Award winner. Developed collaboratively by the Division of Information Technology's Business Intelligence Services team, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Finance,  the Principal Investigator's (PI) Dashboard is an analytics tool that provides PIs with the ability to quickly gain the insight necessary for making data driven, informed decisions about their sponsored projects. If you need access to the PI Dashboard or would like training, please contact [email protected].  More information on the PI Dashboard is available online.

Reminder Regarding Waivers to the 5-Day Submission Deadline

Please keep in mind, that in the rare event that a proposal cannot be submitted at least five business days prior to the application deadline, requests for exceptions must be submitted by the PI's Associate Dean for Research to the Director of Sponsored Projects, Shandra White, for consideration. This should be submitted via email with a copy to the Principal Investigator and the Sponsored Project Administrator.

Office Human Research Invites you to an Open House

The Office of Human Research will be hosting an Open House on August 19th, from 12:00 - 1:00. Stop by to ask questions about your study or the IRB process in general.  Or just stop by to say hello!  If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Save the Date!  First Annual Fall IRB Days

On September 15 - 17, 2015, the Office of Human Research will be hosting the inaugural Fall IRB Days - a three-day series of workshops to learn more about the Federal regulations, IRB process, consent writing, Good Clinical Practice, and more! Official notification will be sent in the coming weeks, but save the date!  For questions, contact [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.
 


Upcoming Events

Office of Human Research Open House

August 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Office of Human Research Fall IRB Days

September 15 - 17, 2015
Location: Marvin Center
Contact [email protected] with any questions. More information will be available soon!

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

September 16, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

June, 2015

Summer SPA Session Today! June 30 "Research Integrity and Compliance"

The Office of Sponsored Projects is pleased to present Summer Sponsored Projects Administration (Summer SPA) - a 6-course summer training series designed to provide a refresher on how to find domestic and international funding opportunities, how to build a sponsored projects proposal, what to do when your sponsored project is awarded, and how to ensure compliance with all university, federal and sponsor regulations.
 
Join us this afternoon, June 30 from 1:00 - 3:00 in Duques 652.  The team from the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance will join us to discuss the variety of regulations and processes that are part of sponsored projects. These include areas such as responsible conduct of research, human research, animal research, export controls, conflicts of interest, and more.
 
Future sessions include:

July 14 - "Award Management"
July 28 - "Research Hiring"

To RSVP, please contact [email protected].

Office of Human Research and IRB announce form and policy improvements

The Office of Human Research (OHR) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) are undergoing improvements! A single, new IRB Application form has replaced the former Synopsis and Exempt Application. Supplemental forms to the new application have been developed for research that requires special considerations and the new forms will facilitate the collection of information required by regulations and the IRB. These new forms will improve the IRB review process and allow OHR to better serve the GW research community. In addition, many new and updated policies are now available on the Office of Human Research website. We ask that you remember to always download forms from the website to ensure you are using the most recent versions and visit the Research Tools and Policies pages often.

New Cost Transfer Justification Form released

The Office of Sponsored Projects has released the latest version of the Cost Transfer Justification form.  This form is required when requesting the transfer of expenses (costs) to/from a sponsored project. The form should be attached to the Departmental Correction Form (DCF) or the Labor Distribution request. See the Costs Transfers on Sponsored Agreements policy or the Office of Sponsored Projects website for more information.  Please contact your sponsored projects administrator with any additional questions.

CTSI-CN Pilot Studies Program Announces 2015-2016 Pilot RFA

The CTSI-CN seeks applications for 2015-2016 pilot research funding from faculty members at the George Washington University and/or Children's National. The Pilot Studies Program (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. Click here to view the RFA. Letters of Intent submission deadline is July 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Note: This is not a sponsored projects proposal and will not route through the Office of Sponsored Projects.  If assistance is needed, please contact your departmental administrator as your sponsored projects administrator will not be available to assist with this submission.

Save the Date! 4th Annual Innovation Competition

The 4th annual Innovation Competition hosted by OVPR's Technology Commercialization Office (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 in the Lehman Auditorium of Science and Engineering Hall. Save the date and look for more information in the coming months!

Technologies of note from the Office of Technology Transfer...

The OVPR's Office of Technology Transfer is pleased to share the following items of note:

A plasma thruster developed in Dr. Michael Keidar's School of Engineering and Applied Science lab was launched into space last month!  These plasma thrusters are used to keep small satellites in the proper orbit during their mission. The use of small satellites is expected to grow as communications systems use space-based systems to provide connectivity. Read more here.
A license has been signed with Astute Medical to develop a clinical lab test based on the work of Drs. Tim McCaffrey and Lakhmir Chawla. The GW research has indicated that biomarkers could be used to indicate if a patient has appendicitis. This blood sample test would be much preferred to the current practice of having to do a CAT scan on the patient.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting! Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.
 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer SPA - Session 4 - Research Integrity and Compliance

June 30, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:00
Location: Duques Hall, room 652
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 5 - Award Management

July 14, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: To be determined
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 6 - Research Hiring

July 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:00
Location: To be determined
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

 

May, 2015

Summer SPA Begins June 2 - "International Funding Opportunities"

The Office of Sponsored Projects is pleased to present Summer Sponsored Projects Administration (Summer SPA) - a 6-course summer training series designed to provide a refresher on how to find domestic and international funding opportunities, how to build a sponsored projects proposal, what to do when your sponsored project is awarded, and how to ensure compliance with all university, federal and sponsor regulations.
 
We will be kicking off the Summer SPA series on Tuesday, June 2 from 10:00 - 12:00 in Marvin Center 407.  Dr. Jong-on Hahm, Special Advisor for International Research, and Carrie O'Neill, Associate General Counsel with GW, will present on where to start and what to consider if you are interested in exploring international research opportunities.
 
Future sessions include:

June 16 - "Proposal Budgeting"
June 23 - "Grant Development"
June 30 - "Research Integrity and Compliance"
July 14 - "Award Management"
July 28 - "Research Hiring"

Please contact Megan Flood with any questions or for more information.  To RSVP, please contact [email protected].

Automation of Summer Faculty Hires Using EPAF

The Office of Sponsored Projects and the Office of Human Resources are pleased to announce that we are now utilizing EPAF to automate the process of appointing Faculty Summer Hires on sponsored projects. Utilizing EPAF, all information will be entered and routed electronically, then automatically uploaded to Banner. Please download the updated Initiator Guide at the Office of Sponsored Projects' homepage for more detailed instructions on this process. If you would like training on this updated process, please e-mail Megan Flood with a request.

GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center Biomedical Imaging Workshop

On Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 am in SEH B1270, the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GW NIC) will host Dr. Kedar Narayan from NCI/NIH to present his research using FIB-SEM for high resolution biological imaging. This is an opportunity to gain understanding of 3D microscopy techniques and an opportunity to meet with the speaker after his seminar to discuss similar projects that we might undertake here at GW. The GW NIC will have the capability to perform 3D data collection in two ways: Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB SEM) and Serial Blockface Scanning Electron Microscopy (SB SEM).  Come and learn more about how these techniques work and are applied to research questions. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dr. Chris Brantner.

Potential Delays in the Issuance of NIH Awards May 19 - June 3

Due to software upgrades that impact NIH's accounting and business systems, NIH's ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. While many systems will remain accessible during the extended downtime, the processing of some requests may be impacted. For more information, be sure to read the NIH Notice of Potential Delays to NIH Issuing Awards in May 2015. Additional information will be published to the NIH Guide as updates become available. If you have questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

GCAS Points of Contact

The personnel responsible for your financial reports and invoices may have changed in the Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) department effective May 4, 2015 due to a redistribution.   As a PI you may have received a personalized letter from your new contact if there was a change.  Please visit the GCAS website to find a listing by School. If you can't find your Department or School, please contact Muna Belayneh.

Follow us on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.
 



UPCOMING EVENTS

FIB-SEM in Biology: Theory and Practice featuring Dr. Kedar Narayan

May 20, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Science and Engineering Hall, Lehman Auditorium, B1270
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

IRB Forum: Collaborative Research (Institutional Authorization Agreements, Reliance, Concurrences, and IRB of Records)

May 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Summer SPA - Session 1 - International Research Opportunities and Considerations

June 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 407
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Cayuse Proposal Routing and Submission Training

June 10, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 407
No RSVP required.

Summer SPA - Session 2 - Proposal Budgeting

June 16, 2015
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Marvin Center 407
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 3 - Pre-Award Grant Development

June 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 2:00
Location: To be determined
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 4 - Research Integrity and Compliance

June 30, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:00
Location: Duques Hall, room 652
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 5 - Award Management

July 14, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: To be determined
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Summer SPA - Session 6 - Research Hiring

July 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:00
Location: To be determined
Contact [email protected] with any questions.

April, 2015

Reminder: Office of Sponsored Projects Post-Award Award Boot Camp

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Post-Award Award Management Boot Camp, presented by OSP, GCAS, HR, and Procurement & Travel Services. The Boot Camp is an intense workshop designed to prepare PI's for effective, accurate management of sponsored projects/awards. The workshop includes what you need to know regarding hiring personnel onto sponsored projects, purchasing equipment and supplies, initiating agreements, research integrity, financial management and reporting, and award closeout. It touches on a number of facets of the award management process and highlights available resources to provide support throughout the process.  The first open session for this Boot Camp will be on April 28, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm in Marvin Center 405.  Contact [email protected] to register.  Please note, this workshop was designed for PI's, but all administrators, postdocs, and students are welcome to attend.

Seminar: Modern 3D Electron Microscopy for Mapping Neural Circuits

On April 29th, the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (NIC) will host a seminar on Modern 3D Electron Microscopy for Mapping Neural Circuits featuring Dr. Kevin Briggman from the National Institutes of Health.  Beginning at 1:00 in the Lehman Auditorium of Science and Engineering Hall, this seminar is an excellent opportunity for junior faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students to gain understanding of 3D microscopy techniques. The GW NIC will have the capability to perform 3D data collection in two ways: Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB SEM) and Serial Blockface Scanning Electron Microscopy (SB SEM). For more information or to register for this seminar, please contact Chris Brantner.

The Rise in e-Cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective

The 2nd GW/ICF International Research and Evaluation Forum will be held on May 6, 2015 from 10:00 - 12:00 in the Milken Institute School of Public Health 1st Floor Auditorium. Hosted by OVPR's Office for Industry and Corporate Research and ICF International, this session will gather key experts from across the government and private sectors to discuss a spectrum of public health challenges related to e-cigarette use, including the rapidly increasing use of e-cigarettes in the US, with some analysts suggesting that e-cigarette sales could surpass sales of traditional cigarettes in the near future. This rapid rise has stimulated a vigorous debate in the tobacco control community over the potential public health impact of these products and how best to regulate them. For more information and to register, click here.  If you have additional questions, please contact Kirsten Gercke.

8th Annual NIH Career Symposium

On May 15th, NIH will host the 8th Annual NIH Career Symposium.  The Symposium aims to highlight the diversity of career choices available to biomedical researchers.  Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is a good place to start. This is not a job fair and there will be no recruiting tables. The Symposium will feature seminars and workshops with over 75 presenters and panels on Industry, Academic, Non-Bench, Clinical, and Skill Blitzes. For more information, click here.

TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo comes to DC June 14-17

The TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo will be held in Washington, DC from June 14 - 17, 2105. The conference will co-locate with the largest global innovation program in physical and life sciences. The joint programs include the Nanotech 2015 Conference, the National Innovation Summit and the National SBIR/STTR Conference.  Steve Kubisen, Director of GW's Office of Technology Transfer will will chair a panel of industry and university experts sharing new medical device commercializations.  For more information on this conference, including abstract submissions and to register, click here.

Reminder: New NIH Biosketch Format Required with May 25 Submissions

Reminder - NIH and AHRQ will require a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator's field. Details on this new format can be found on the SF 424 Forms and Applications Page. The Office of Sponsored Projects encourages faculty to begin using this format now. For more information, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

NIH Issues Reminder of Policy on Application Compliance

On April 15, NIH issued NOT-OD-15-095 that remind applicants, both investigators and grants office officials, that to be fair to all concerned the NIH needs to consistently apply standards for application compliance.  Please be mindful that non-compliance can have serious consequences. NIH may withdraw any application identified during the receipt, referral and review process that is not compliant with the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and relevant NIH Guide Notices. If an application is withdrawn because it does not conform to the application preparation and submission instructions, a letter will be placed in the eRA Commons Status page for that application. The PD/PI and the AOR from the applicant organization will be notified by eRA Commons to access their account and view the explanatory letter. The full notice is available online.

Follow OVPR on Twitter!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.
 



UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Post-Award Award Management Boot Camp
 
April 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 5:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Modern 3D Electron Microscopy for Mapping Neural Circuits

April 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Location: Science and Engineering Hall, Lehman Auditorium, B1270
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

The Rise in e-Cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective

May 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health, 1st Floor Auditorium
Contact [email protected] with any questions.  Registration is available online.
 
 

March, 2015

Research Days 2015

March 31st and April 1st - 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
 
March 31st (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM) - The Vendor Showcase is the perfect opportunity to meet with more than 20 vendors and GW offices who will be here on campus and available to discuss their technologies and equipment. For a complete list of vendors participating this year, click here.

Follow OVPR on Twitter

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now tweeting!  Follow us on Twitter @GW_OVPR for announcements of training opportunities, limited proposal competitions, and other research updates.

Welcome our New Electron Microscopy Manager

OVPR has welcomed Dr. Christine Brantner to the OVPR team as the Electron Microscopy Manager. Dr. Brantner most recently served as Scientist and Acting Core Director at the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Electron Microscopy Core Facility.  She has also held positions at the Battelle National Biodefense Institute/National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for the Department of Homeland Security, and Janelia Farms Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, among others. Chris will be working in both Science and Engineering Hall and Ross Hall. She can be reached at 202-994-3219 or [email protected].

Office of Sponsored Projects Launches Post-Award Boot Camp

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Post-Award Award Management Boot Camp.  Presented by OSP, GCAS, HR, and Procurement & Travel Services. The Boot Camp is an intense workshop to prepare you for effective, accurate management of sponsored projects/awards. The workshop includes what you need to know regarding hiring personnel onto sponsored projects, purchasing equipment and supplies, initiating agreements, research integrity, financial management and reporting, and award closeout. It touches on a number of facets of the award management process and highlights available resources to provide support throughout the process.  The first open session for this Boot Camp will be on April 28, from 1:00 - 5:00 pm in Marvin Center 405.  Contact [email protected] to register.

Late-Breaking Opportunity Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

Registration is now open for the just-added March 30 (10:00am - 2:00pm, Marvin Center 403) session of Grant Development Boot Camp presented by the Office of Sponsored Projects and the CTSI. The Boot Camp is 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, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation sponsors. Please contact [email protected] to RSVP. 

Reminder: Animal Procurement Standard Operating Procedure

The Animal Research Facility (ARF) would like to remind research faculty and staff of the standard animal procurement procedures in place for the purchase of research animals.  Working with your Finance Director, the Procurement Requisition Form must be completed and then signed off on by your Sponsored Projects Manager, and then that procurement package should then be forwarded to the Animal Research Facility. Please request your animal purchase as much in advance as possible.  Animal orders must be submitted to ARF no later than noon on Tuesday in order for the animals to be received the following Tuesday or Thursday.  For more information, including a detailed copy of these procedures (SOP), please contact ARF's Executive Coordinator for Procurement, Marissa Gigantana-Collado.

GW Business Plan Competition Finalists Announced

On Tuesday, April 14, the GW Business Plan Competition will award over $200,000 in prizes! Ten teams have been chosen for the Finals (see them here) and will present their business ideas to a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, and GW alumni. Please join us from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for the final presentations and announcement of winners.  You will also have the opportunity to vote for the Audience Choice Award. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Who is on my sponsored projects team?

Just a reminder, the members of your sponsored projects team can always be found on the department directory website for the Office of the Vice President for Research.  This page is updated regularly, as necessary.

TEDx Foggy Bottom Features Two GW Researchers

On April 3, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, TEDx Foggy Bottom will present a day-long conference around the theme of "Be Rebellious."  Drs. Mary Ellsberg and Fitzhugh Mullan will be participating as speakers.  The event is $20 for adults and will be held in Lisner Auditorium.  For more information or to register, please click here.

NIH Regional Seminar to be held in Baltimore, MD; Registration is Now Open

The 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-8, 2015. Registration is now open (fee is $310 through April 3). The seminar provides an opportunity to meet and discuss grant issues with NIH & HHS policy officers, grants managers, review and program officials, and NIH senior leadership in a central location.  It is a comprehensive program that provides valuable information about the NIH grants process, including such topics as the fundamentals, peer review process, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, compliance, how to interact electronically with NIH, or perhaps how to map your career with NIH.  Click here to register.

OHRP/NIH Workshop: Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) announced they are presenting a one-day workshop on Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore entitled: "Human Research Protections Workshop: Getting through Human Research Reviews without Pain."  The schedule is available here.  This is a pre-seminar activity at the seminar and is $100 to attend. This full-day workshop aims to provide participants with the knowledge and information necessary to have their NIH grant applications and research protocols pass review for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusions and providing participants with practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews.  Click here to register. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Solicitation Released

NSF has released the new solicitation for  Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) competition. This year's deadlines, staggered by directorate, are: July 21 for BIO, CISE, and EHR; July 22 for ENG; July 23 for GEO, MPS, and SBE. Note that letters of collaboration are now limited to a one-sentence statement, which is specified in the solicitation. 
 

NIH Updates 2 CFR 200 ("Uniform Guidance") FAQ's as of March 11, 2015

In response to the December 26th implementation of 2 CFR 200 (also known as the "Uniform Guidance), NIH has updated their Frequently Asked Questions webpage, including additional information on items of cost and prior approvals.  As a reminder, grants awarded on or after December 26, 2014 are governed in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and NIH's Interim Grant General Conditions. OVPR will notify the research community once NIH releases a final Grants Policy Statement.   Please contact your Sponsored Project Administrator if you have any questions.
 
 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp 
 
March 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 2:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.
 
Research Days 2015
 
March 31 - April 1, 2015
Location: Marvin Center and Lisner Auditorium
Contact [email protected] for more information or view the full conference agenda here.
 
"Light It Up Blue" to support World Autism Day and Awareness Month
 
April 2, 2015
Location: Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses
Click here for more information.
 
GW Business Plan Competition Finals 
 
April 14, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7:30
Location: Science and Engineering Hall
Click here for more information or to register.
 
GWSPH Welcomes Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Program Officer
 
April 15, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: 950 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Room 101
Click here for more information or to register.
 
Post-Award Award Management Boot Camp 
 
April 16, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 5:00
Location: Gelman Library, room 300
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.
 
Post-Award Award Management Boot Camp 
 
April 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00
Location: Marvin Center 405
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

 

February, 2015  - Special Announcements

OVPR Announces New Director of Sponsored Projects

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce that Shandra White will be the new Director of Sponsored Projects effective February 18, 2015.  She has demonstrated sponsored projects expertise, exemplary leadership, and a results-oriented work ethic that will help GW continue to improve.

At GW, Shandra has been the Director of Research Enhancement, where she led research development activities in support of GW's strategic research initiatives, to diversify the university's portfolio, and to assist individual researchers. She has also served as the sponsored projects manager for the Columbian College and as a research administrator for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has held positions in federal and private grants and contracts management and university research administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Public Welfare Foundation, and George Mason University.

As the Director of Sponsored Projects, Shandra will direct all research administration activities pre-and post-award, including research enhancement to continue furtherance of the university's research agenda and goals.  She will lead an experienced and talented management team:

Pre Award: Monique Foxx, 4-0896
Award Negotiation: Sylvia Ezekilova, 4-6076
Award Set Up and Subaward Management: Ted McKoy, 4-1784
Post Award: Alma Starks, 4-7995

To identify the sponsored projects staff who work with your school/department, please click here.

Shandra can be reached at [email protected] or 4-6255.

New NIH Biosketch Format Required Beginning with May 25 Submissions

NIH and AHRQ will require a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator's field.  Details on this new format can be found on the SF 424 Forms and Applications Page.  The Office of Sponsored Projects encourages faculty to begin using this format now.  Additionally, the Science Experts Network (SciENcv), an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies will come online as a tool the next few weeks.  SciENcv is NOT required.  For more information,  please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

 

January, 2015

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 23, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:30 (Marvin Center 403).  The Salons are designed to connect and engage GW 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].

New NIH Biosketch Format Required Beginning with May 25 Submissions

NIH and AHRQ will require a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator's field.  Details on this new format can be found on the SF 424 Forms and Applications Page.  The Office of Sponsored Projects encourages faculty to begin using this format now.  Additionally, the Science Experts Network (SciENcv), an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies will come online as a tool the next few weeks.  SciENcv is NOT required.  For more information,  please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

Electronic Proposal Routing to be required March 1

As we have announced over the last few months, all proposals due on or after March 1, 2015, must now be routed through Cayuse 424.  It is important to note that basic proposal information will be entered directly into Cayuse 424 and supporting documentation (technical narratives, COI disclosure, etc.) uploaded for review and approval.  Additionally - proposals will be routed electronically, starting with the Principal Investigator and going through all necessary school/institution approvals before reaching OVPR by the start of 5 business days prior to the submission deadline.  If you have additional questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator. To learn more about Cayuse 424 or the February training sessions, click here.

PI Dashboard - New Release

Version 4 of the PI Dashboard will be released on January 20th providing two new reports - Monthly Run Rate and a Labor Effort Report - and modifying the Interactive Visualizations to incorporate alerts directly into the Budget and Actuals visualization as opposed to a separate tab. Additionally, reports now include a "Data refreshed on" date on the bottom right of the PI Dashboard.  If you have questions regarding this resource, please contact [email protected] or access the PI Dashboard here.

Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

On February 25, 2015, the George Washington University Office of Technology Transfer and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are proud to present the Entrepreneur Boot Camp. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. WSGR represents companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations. Please join us for a one-day program providing the university community, including clinicians and scientific faculty in the process of-or considering-getting involved in a new venture with an opportunity to discuss the business, legal, and practical issues facing today's technology and life science entrepreneurs. Local experienced business entrepreneurs will also be invited, so valuable entrepreneurial networking opportunities will also be part of the program. Click here for more information and to register. Questions? Contact Steve Kubisen.

Deadline Approaching to Submit your Idea to the GW Business Plan Competition!

The GW Business Plan Competition is awarding over $200,000 in prizes, and January 20th is the final day to enter and take your idea and turn it into an innovation with an impact. With special prizes for social entrepreneurship, low-income senior focused, veterans, international, undergraduates and even an audience choice award, there's something for everyone!  For more information, please contact [email protected] or submit your idea here.

NIH SBIR/STTR Due Dates are Changing

NIH's standard due dates for the small business innovation research (SBIR) and small business technology transfer research (STTR) programs are changing. These changes are in response to small business community feedback, congressional mandates, and recommendations from the NIH Scientific Management Review Board to decrease delays between submission and award funding. The next standard due date for these programs is April 5, 2015, and there will not be an August 5, 2015 due date. From then on, SBIR/STTR due dates will fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5, as described in the NIH Guide.

Office of Naval Research: Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO

February 4-5, 2015 the Naval Future Force Science & Technology (S&T) EXPO is the Office of Naval Research's premiere event of 2015 and will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The EXPO, formerly known as the Science & Technology Partnership Conference, will open access to naval leadership and technology principals who will discuss the revised Naval S&T Strategy, provide updates on the status of key programs, and share new research opportunities. Over the course of the event, participants will have multiple opportunities for two-way dialogue on science and technology requirements, challenges and new opportunities in multiple S&T focus areas.  Program Officers will be in attendance. For more information and to register, click here. OVPR will pay for five (5) faculty attendees at this EXPO.  If you would like to attend, please contact [email protected] and the five spaces will be given on a first-come basis.

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 (Ross Hall 227).  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!

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

Registration open for the Grant Development Boot Camp presented by OVPR and the CTSI. The Boot Camp is 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, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local, or foundation sponsors. Please contact [email protected] to RSVP.

NIH Increases Executive Level II Salary Cap

Beginning January 11, 2015, the NIH Executive Level II salary cap has been increased to $183,300.  This was announced in NOT-OD-15-054. If you have additional questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

 



UPCOMING EVENTS

Business Plan Competition Deadline

January 20, 2015
Deadline: 11:59 pm
Submit your plan!  http://bit.ly/BPCSubmissions

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

January 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:30
Location: Duques Hall, Room 450
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

"Obesity Prevention and Control in Work Site Settings" A GW/ICF Research and Evaluation Seminar Series

January 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Milken Institute School of Public Health Auditorium
Contact Kirsten Gercke [email protected]  for more information or register now.

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

January 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Ross Hall 227
Contact [email protected] for more information.

Faculty Research Salon: Food and Sustainability

January 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP (include FRS in the subject line).

Cayuse 424 - Electronic Routing Training

February 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Marvin Center 407
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Cayuse 424 - Electronic Routing Training

February 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00
Location: Marvin Center 403
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp

February 17, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:30
Location: VSTC, Exploration Hall
Contact [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

February 25, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 5:00
Location: City View Room, 1957 E St
Contact Steve Kubisen for more information or click here to register.