Research Updates - 2016

          December, 2016

NEWS
 
NIH Implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Reports 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) with the Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR) through a new eRA Commons module effective January 2017. Please see the NIH Office of Extramural Research website and Notice Number NOT-OD-17-022 for more details.
 
Research Days 2017 Abstract Submission Form is Now Open
Research Days, the annual showcase of undergraduate, graduate and postdoc research and scholarship, will be held on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. April 4th will focus on arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. April 5th will focus on health and medicine topics. Visit the new Research Days website for more information and announcements. The abstract submission forms for both days are now open. Please encourage your students to participate.
 
Cortni Romaine Named Acting Director of the Office of Human Research
As you may know, Carley Emerson left the university and her role as director of the Office of Human Research (OHR) in September. While we continue our recruitment efforts for a new permanent director, Cortni Romaine will serve as OHR's acting director. Questions about research involving human subjects can be sent to Cortni at [email protected] or to Sheila Garrity, associate vice president for research integrity, at [email protected].
 
OVPR Customer Service Survey
OVPR values your feedback and utilizes comments to improve our level of service. We have updated our customer service survey to collect feedback for all of OVPR's offices and functions. The responses are anonymous unless you wish to provide your name or contact information, and the feedback is reviewed by all levels of OVPR staff and leadership. We encourage anyone who works with OVPR to share experiences via the OVPR Customer Service Survey.
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & COMPETITIONS

Katzen Cancer Research Center 2017 Pilot Grant Program
The GW Cancer Center invites faculty from all departments and schools of GW and the Medical Faculty Associates to submit applications for one-year cancer-focused research awards. Funded by the GW Cancer Center through the Katzen Cancer Research Center, grants are intended to support MFA/GW investigators with novel ideas and promising initiatives in translational or clinical cancer research. Funding will support two (2) Disease Targeted Collaboration Awards for up to $75,000 each for one year and two (2) Link to Cancer Awards for up to $75,000 each for one year. $300,000 in total funding is available. Proposals are due by 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 29, 2016. More information is available online.
 
Deadline Extended: Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund
With funds provided by Duke Energy Renewables, Inc., the GW Sustainability Collaborative announces the second annual competition for interdisciplinary teams of GW faculty to compete for research funding. The total funds available are $90,000 and the number of awards will depend on the quality of the applications. The projects should focus on energy research. Proposals are now due by Thursday, January 5, 2017. More information can be found in the updated Request for Proposals (PDF).
 
Student Internship Opportunity: Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is accepting applications for internships in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Valparaiso, Florida; and Maui, Hawaii. These internships for high school or undergraduate/graduate students provide degree-relevant, real-world experience while contributing to the operation of an AFRL site and supporting the advancement of DoD missions. Internship opportunities are primarily in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Interns are paid a competitive stipend award amount based on their academic level at the beginning of the internship opportunity. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 17, 2017. More information is available online.
 

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          November, 2016

NEWS
 
New NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply. NSF will host a webinar to brief the research community on the new PAPPG on January 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm. View the updated PAPPG and register for the webinar.
 
NSF Fall Grants Conference
 
The Fall 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will take place on November 14-15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. NSF recently announced that the plenary (general) sessions will be streamed live via webcast. Click here for more details about the conference. Click here to register for the webcast.
 
OVPR Customer Service Survey
 
OVPR values your feedback and utilizes comments to improve our level of service. We have updated our customer service survey to collect feedback for all of OVPR's offices and functions. The responses are anonymous unless you wish to provide your name or contact information, and the feedback is reviewed by all levels of OVPR staff and leadership. We encourage anyone who works with OVPR to share experiences via the OVPR Customer Service Survey.
 
Video: GWI/ICF Research Forum on Childhood Immunization
 
Video of the recent GW/ICF Research and Evaluation Forum on Childhood Immunization is now available online. At the forum, a panel of experts examined the underlying motivations behind immunizing children, challenges that contribute to vaccination rate disparities, national surveillance activities to track progress and novel approaches to gather immunization data. The event was organized by OVPR's Office of Industry and Corporate Research and its corporate partner ICF. Watch the video and read the GW Today article.
 
Online Course: What It Takes to Write a Great NSF Grant Proposal
 
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is offering a one-hour online course on how to create an effective and persuasive proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF). This course is appropriate for anyone interested in creating proposals that are responsive to NSF Review Criteria; understanding NSF's structure and governance; maintaining awareness of new NSF funding opportunities; interacting with various NSF offices and staff; and understanding NSF review processes and criteria. Click here for more information.
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & COMPETITIONS

Last Call: Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund
 
With funds provided by Duke Energy Renewables, Inc., the GW Sustainability Collaborative announces the second annual competition for interdisciplinary teams of GW faculty to compete for research funding. The total funds available are $90,000 and the number of awards will depend on the quality of the applications. The projects should focus on energy research. Letters of intent are due Friday, November 11, 2016 with full proposals due Friday, December 9, 2016. More information can be found in the Request for Proposals (PDF).
 
Southwest National Primate Research Center Pilot Research Program
 
The Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) Pilot Research Program provides opportunities and support for investigators to use SNPRC nonhuman primate resources in highly focused, short-term studies with a high likelihood of enhancing the value, utility, feasibility, and attractiveness of nonhuman primates for biomedical research. Applicants must be a SNPRC Core Scientist or sponsored by a SNPRC Core Scientist. View the call for applications. Letters of intent are due Monday, November 28, 2016.
 
ORAU: Collaborative Research and Funding Opportunities
 
GW recently hosted a representative of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to discuss collaborative and funding opportunities available to faculty, postdocs and students. As an ORAU member institution, GW has access to exclusive scholarships, research grants and event sponsorship funding. Opportunities are centered around ORAU's core capabilities -- national security, emergency preparedness, environmental assessment, and worker and public health. OVPR will distribute and highlight specific opportunities as they become available. In the meantime, visit the ORAU website to learn more about this consortium.
 
 

 

          October, 2016

NEWS

F & A Rates Update

GW's cognizant agency for indirect costs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has reissued the university's negotiated Fringe and Administrative (F&A) cost rate agreement. The agreement has been updated to include a negotiated rate for Other Sponsored Activities (OSA) which include, but are not limited to, travel grants, conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia, public events, community service activities or acquisition of library and museum collections. The on-campus rate for Other Sponsored Activities is 38.4% and the off-campus rate for Other Sponsored Activities is 26%. Click here to view the rate agreement which includes all negotiated F&A cost rates, and click here for more information about categorization of sponsored projects. Questions can be directed to your school-based research administrator or your pre-award sponsored projects administrator.
 
University Facilitating Fund: Letters of Intent Due Friday, October 28
 
OVPR's University Facilitating Fund (UFF) intramural competition supports the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities that will lead to applications for external funding and/or bring external recognition to GW. Eligible faculty include: all active-status university faculty who are assistant professors, associate professors, assistant research professors, associate research professors or research scientists, who are continuing service at the university the following academic year and have less than $100,000 of total active funding, unless submitting for a new field of research. (If this is a field of research for which the principal investigator (PI) has not received external funding, it may be considered new.) Faculty in SMHS, Milken Institute SPH, and Law may participate, but not serve as the PI of a UFF proposal. A letter of intent is required no later than Friday, October 28, 2016 and can be completed here. The full proposal is due Wednesday, December 7, 2016. More details about the UFF are available online.
 
Research Centers and Institutes: Chartering and Re-Chartering
 
OVPR has updated its website, forms and documentation regarding the chartering, re-chartering, modification and closing of GW research centers and institutes. If you are interested in chartering a research center or institute, or if your charter is up for renewal, please review the new site and the application process and forms. For more information, please contact [email protected].
 

iBuy+ Changes Coming October 14

At the close of business on Friday, October 14, 2016, iBuy+ Goods and Services will change its process for order placement. As part of this change, P-Cards will be required to place orders. Please visit the iBuy+ website for more details. Any questions can be directed to [email protected] or by calling the iBuy+ Help Desk at 571-553-4477.
 
Call for Nominations: OVPR Faculty Awards
 
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual OVPR Faculty Awards (Distinguished Researcher Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Early Career Researcher Award and Early Career Scholar Award). Nominations are due by Friday, October 14, 2016 and completed nomination packages are due by Monday, November 21, 2016. For more details, please visit the OVPR Faculty Awards website.
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & COMPETITIONS

Digital Humanities Jump-Start Grants
 
The recently-awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, "Resilient Networks to Support Inclusive Digital Humanities," provides competitive jump-start funding of $5,000 to member-institution faculty pursuing digital humanities projects. These grants are awarded as stipends or research accounts (depending on stipulations of the member institutions) to faculty developing projects that would benefit from the expertise of a network of digital humanities faculty, librarians and students. Click here for more information and to apply. The submission deadline is Friday, October 14, 2016.
 
Improving and Expanding Health Care Services
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is currently offering funding opportunities on topics including autism, health workforce development, HIV/AIDS, maternal & child health, and rural health. View the list of current HRSA funding opportunities. Various deadlines.
 
Fast-Track for Drug Discovery
 
GlaxoSmithKline's Discovery Fast Track Challenge is open to investigators with a drug discovery concept who are interested in partnering with the pharmaceutical company to accelerate advancement of their research. Up to three winning researchers will gain access to GSK's world-leading high throughput screening platforms. Interested GW investigators are encouraged to contact the Office of Industry and Corporate Research at [email protected]. More information about the challenge is available at GSK's website. Submissions are accepted through November 18, 2016.
 
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
 
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) supports research directed at improving our understanding of the effects of oil on the environment and people of the Gulf of Mexico region. Awards in this round of funding will total ~$32.5 million per year for the next two years. Approximately 20 individual investigator/collaborations and 10 research consortium awards will be made. Letters of intent are due by November 14, 2016. Further guidance about this opportunity is available online.
 
Technology Commercialization to Drive Economic Growth in Virginia
 
The Center for Innovative Technology has announced $2.8 million in funding to advance science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector. Award caps range from $50,000 to $250,000. More information about this opportunity is available online. Letters of intent are due Thursday, November 10, 2016.
 
Early Career Fellowships and Young Faculty Awards
 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA): Aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. More information about this opportunity is available in the DARPA Research Announcement. Executive summaries are due by November 1, 2016.
 
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program: Seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruiting and retaining individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Up to 15 fellows will receive up to four years of postdoctoral training support followed by a non-renewable grant for up to four years of the faculty phase, if program criteria are met. Applications are due by February 15, 2017. More information about this opportunity is available online.

UPCOMING RESEARCH TRAININGS & EVENTS

 
DIT Business Intelligence and Data Governance Showcase
 
The GW Division of Information Technology will host the third annual Business Intelligence (BI) & Data Governance Showcase, featuring analytics and data governance capabilities that can help enhance and improve your work. Check out interactive dashboards that streamline business processes and give insight into meaningful data. In addition, network with the BI and Data Governance teams to learn how Tableau and Cognos can be used to build an analytic application to fit your needs.The showcase will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in Marvin Center 309. Click here for more information.
 
Open Access Month
 
The GW Libraries are celebrating Open Access during the month of October. Open Access makes journal articles and scholarly works free and available for the public to access, increases the visibility of scholarly research and removes paywall barriers from article access. You can learn more about Open Access at GW, including GW ScholarSpace, by visiting go.gwu.edu/openaccess. Please join the library on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in Gelman Library Room 219 for an information session on the use of Open Educational Resources in higher education.
 
Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
 
This in-depth course prepares you for effective, accurate management of sponsored projects/awards. The course covers all post-award stages from receiving and accepting an 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. OVPR's Office of Sponsored Projects will present this Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm in Marvin Center 310. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
 
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
 
In observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Division of IT will host a series of events this month to educate the GW community on the importance of cyber security. Click here for a schedule of events.
 

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          September, 2016

NEWS

Call for Nominations: OVPR Faculty Awards

OVPR is pleased to announce the nomination process for the second annual OVPR Faculty Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Early Career Researcher Award and the Early Career Scholar Award. The researcher awards are for those who conduct scientific research (e.g., in engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, nursing, among other fields and disciplines). The scholar awards are geared toward faculty who work in social sciences, the arts and humanities. The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty Honors Ceremony held in the spring. Nominations are due by Friday, October 14, 2016 and completed nomination packages are due by Monday, November 21, 2016. For more details on criteria and the nomination and selection processes, visit the OVPR Faculty Awards website.

OSP Automates Process for Requesting Grantee-Approved No-Cost Extensions

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) has introduced a new automated process for submitting requests for Grantee-Approved No-Cost Extensions (NCE). The new process, initiated by submitting an online form that is routed for approval, replaces the requirements for a memo and updated budget. The new process can be used for NCE requests to sponsors who have given GW expanded authority to execute a one-year NCE, including NIH and NSF. Click here for more details on the new process.

UHR Launches Research Hiring Optimization

As previously announced, University Human Resources (UHR) has implemented a new hiring process for research staff. The process improvements will:
  • Empower school personnel responsible for research hires to initiate the process autonomously;
  • Allow for an appointment or a non-competitive recruitment process for defined research classifications including postdoctoral scientists and higher;
  • Streamline the hiring process by eliminating extraneous steps; and
  • Leverage technology to allow for a paperless process and automated routing within the workflow.
The goals of this optimization are a speedier hiring process and an improved ability to track the research staff recruitment process. OVPR wishes to thank and congratulate UHR on leading this important improvement for GW's research community. Questions about the new system, training or documentation can be addressed to UHR at [email protected].
 
Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Exam Study Group
 
The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) is organizing a study group in preparation for the May 2017 Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam offered by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). OVPR encourages research administrators across the university to take advantage of CRA certification as a unique opportunity for professional development and recognition. Milken Institute SPH is also partnering with Georgetown University to register for an RACC review session to be tentatively held at Georgetown in late October. The fee to participate in the review session is $225/person. If you are interested in actively participating in the study group and/or would like to attend the review session, please email Moira Muccio Secrest at [email protected]. More information about the CRA exam and RACC can be found here.
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & COMPETITIONS

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors Grand Challenges Explorations to foster early-stage discovery research and expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. The foundation is accepting applications on 1) research to inform contraceptive technologies, 2) platforms to accelerate contraceptive drug discovery, 3) new solutions for data integration for malaria elimination and 4) development of new therapies for childhood Cryptosporidium infection. The application deadline for these opportunities is November 9, 2016. Click here for more information.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Securing Water for Food Initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also accepting applications for its Securing Water for Food initiative, a collaboration of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of South Africa. The goal of this initiative is to improve water and food security, gender equality and reduce poverty. The application deadline for this opportunity is October 10, 2016. Click here for more information.
 

FEATURED EVENTS

GW Postdoctoral Association Kickoff Event

Supported by OVPR, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, a new GW Postdoctoral Association is officially launching with an event during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Postdocs and their faculty mentors are invited to a kickoff event on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 5:00-6:30 pm in Science and Engineering Hall room B1167. Click here to RSVP. Read more about the association in GW Today.

Second Annual Fall IRB Days
 
The Office of Human Research invites the GW research community to attend its second annual Fall IRB Days. This series of presentations is a great opportunity to learn more about federal regulations, issues related to social behavior research, e-consent, deception in research and more! Fall IRB Days will be held on Tuesday, September 20th through Thursday, September 22nd. The first day focuses on topics relevant to biomedical investigators, day two focuses on topics relevant to social/behavioral investigators and the third day is relevant to all investigators. Space is limited, so please review the full schedule and RSVP to [email protected] with the sessions you plan to attend. Additionally, Responsible Conduct of Research certificates and training credits will be provided for all attendees!

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
 
OVPR's Office of Sponsored Projects will present another Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp to describe the many phases of the sponsored project lifecycle - from defining a funding opportunity and planning and developing a proposal through submitting your research proposal to the sponsor. This is a comprehensive course designed to prepare you for the grant proposal process and is open to all students, postdocs, administrators and researchers. The workshop provides information on the process, regardless of whether you are targeting federal, local or foundation sponsors. The course will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 pm in Marvin Center 311. RSVP to [email protected].

Workshop for Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research
 
Join GW Libraries and OVPR for a hands-on workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. Attendees will also learn about the Open Science Framework, a scholarly commons that connects the entire research cycle, giving researchers the ability to store, manage and collaborate on their data and documentation. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to participate fully. The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 pm in Gelman Library room 301-302. Click here for more information. Please RSVP here, as space is limited.
 

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          August, 2016

NEWS

Organizational Changes within the Office of Sponsored Projects

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) will implement a new organizational structure in order to make the university's research support infrastructure more effective, efficient, transparent and responsive to institutional priorities and regulatory requirements. Beginning August 1st:
  • Pre-Award Administrator portfolios will be realigned based on volume and complexity of university schools and/or departments.
  • Roles with award setup and analysis responsibilities will be separate from roles with subaward administration responsibilities. This change addresses the increased federal regulations for subrecipient monitoring. A new unit that includes both roles, Award Setup and Subaward Management, will be created.
  • School Research Administrator roles created as part of the Realignment of Research Operations Support Services initiative will be physically located within, and managed by, their respective schools.
Portfolio assignments will be posted online by August 1, 2016.
The Office of Sponsored Projects is making every effort to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Please direct any questions about the realignment to Shandra White, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, at [email protected].
 
Watch the 2016 New Venture Competition Finals Online
 
Did you miss the 2016 New Venture Competition Finals? The top 10 final presentations, the keynote address and the Distinguished Entrepreneurship Achievement Award acceptance speech have all been posted online. Watch the videos and learn more about the ten finalist teams.

LIMITED PROPOSAL SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

MacArthur Foundation "100&Change" Grant Competition

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition will award a $100 million grant to fund a single, bold proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. The Office of the Vice President for Research, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, will conduct a limited submission competition to choose GW's submission for this funding opportunity. Proposals from any discipline are encouraged. Interested applicants should review the competition website and submit a one-page statement describing the problem they plan to solve and their solution as well as lead team member CV(s) by August 5, 2016. Applicants should upload all required documents as a single pdf via the Research Enhancement Limited Proposal Opportunities link. For technical questions regarding the limited submission competition or opportunity, please contact the OVPR Research Enhancement Unit at [email protected]. More information about GW's internal review process can be found online.
 

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting preliminary proposals for its Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. NSF expects each PIRE award to be approximately $4,000,000 over five years. As an eligible institution, GW may submit one (1) preliminary proposal in response to this solicitation. Proposers are also encouraged to contact OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit for assistance with identifying collaborators (internal and external) for this opportunity. Interested applicants should submit a project summary (one page) and project description (up to six pages maximum) using the NSF PIRE preliminary proposal guidelines to [email protected] by August 15, 2016. Applications should include "PIRE" in the subject line.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & COMPETITIONS

NSF Announces 15th Annual "Vizzies" Competition

The Vizzies competition, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, aims to recognize some of the most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering. Vizzies participants can submit their entries in one or more of five categories: photography (including from sensors, microscopes, telescopes or similar instruments), video, illustration, posters and interactive. The deadline for all entries is September 15, 2016. For more information, and to enter, visit the competition's website.
 

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          July, 2016

NEWS

New Issue of GW Research Magazine Available

The newest issue of GW Research Magazine is available online. The magazine showcases the breadth of research, scholarship, innovation and entrepreneurship at GW including research highlights, Q&As with GW investigators and feature-length articles on using robots to help children with autism navigate social ituations, the recovery of artifacts from a 200-year old slave ship, a newly-established collection of mammal brain tissue and the state-of-the-art microscopy instrumentation in the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center. If you would like to receive a print copy (or copies) of the magazine, please let us know by emailing [email protected].
Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund Awardees Announced

OVPR is pleased to announce the 15 projects that will receive support from the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) in Fiscal Year 2017. CDRF is an expansion of the Centers & Institutes Facilitating Fund (CIFF) and has the goals of establishing collaborative research partnerships within Centers and Institutes or between researchers from two or more schools and facilitating externally-funded sponsored projects. Given the quality and quantity of submissions this cycle, OVPR nearly doubled the total amount of funds available for CDRF awards. OVPR would like to thank the GW Advisory Council for Research for reviewing and scoring the more than 80 applications. View the FY17 CDRF Recipients.

Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) competition. The goal of the competition is to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from NIFA-supported academic research. NIFA will partner with I-Corps to provide entrepreneurship training to grantees. The deadline to apply is July 22. More information can be found online.
 
PCORI Approves $20 Million Funding in New Awards and Topics

The PCORI Board of Governors has approved $20 million in funding for four new patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies. These funds will support projects on a range of conditions including hepatitis C treatment, breast cancer screening methods, optimal timing and frequency of physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy, and a PCORnet project on stress relief strategies. PCORI's Board also approved development of three new funding announcements -- up to $30 million for projects investigating the effectiveness of strategies to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing in primary care, up to $48 million for CER studies on community-based palliative care delivery for adult patients with advanced illnesses and their caregivers, and up to $25 million for research on the management of sickle cell disease. Learn more about PCORI funding opportunities. Various deadlines.

DOD/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
 
The Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has funding opportunities available in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, and Defense Medical Research and Development programs. The deadline for each funding opportunity is different, so please click here for more information.

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Featured Event

Workshop: NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education

OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit will host a workshop for GW investigators interested in being selected to submit a proposal to the NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. PIRE supports high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. GW may submit one proposal for this program. This workshop will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the conference room of suite 601 in Rice Hall. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] with "PIRE" in the subject line. Click here for more information on the PIRE workshop.

 


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          June, 2016

News

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years. Program participants receive funds (up to $40,000 for two-years of service) to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. The qualifying educational loans must be obtained prior to the application deadline of June 30, 2016. More information, including the application and fact sheet can be found online.
 
Transferring Awards: New NIH Guidance
 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research has issued new guidance (PA-16-285) that Change of Grantee Organization requests, i.e. award transfers, must be initiated before the anticipated start date at the new organization and preferably several months in advance. Faculty and research administrators should mind this guidance as investigators with NIH-sponsored awards join the GW community.
 
New GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) Website
 
OVPR is pleased to announce that the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center's website has launched. The new site, which highlights the center's state-of-the-art equipment and includes important information about how to access the facilities, can be viewed by visiting https://nic.gwu.edu. For additional information about GWNIC, email [email protected].
 
Submit Ideas for "National Cancer Moonshot" Research Priorities
 
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Ideas for advancing progress against cancer may be submitted at CancerResearchIdeas.cancer.gov. Submissions will be discussed and considered by working groups and the Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts and patient advocates as they deliberate about cancer research priorities and opportunities over the next few months.
 
GW Alumnus Named "Best Entrepreneurial Lead" in NSF I-Corps Program
 
GW alumnus Dr. Ben Holmes (SEAS, MS, PhD, '16) has been awarded the Best Entrepreneurial Lead among all 20 teams within the Arlington cohort of the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. The goal of the NSF I-Corps program is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology that has been supported previously by NSF-funded research. Ben serves as one of the Entrepreneurial Leads for Team Nanochon along with Principal Investigator Dr. Lijie Grace Zhang, Entrepreneurial Lead Nathan Castro, and Mentor Dick Fogel. Read more about DC I-Corps. Sign-up for the GW Entrepreneurship e-newsletter by visiting the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship website.
 
GW Health Benefits Survey
 
You may have recently received an email from GW Benefits Administration with the subject line "Feedback Needed on Your United Healthcare Experience." The email was sent to a large number of GW employees who participate in GW medical insurance plans. If you received the message, you should have received a follow-up invitation from UnitedHealthcare to participate in a confidential survey to evaluate your experience with the health insurance company. OVPR encourages you to complete the survey when it arrives. The survey is an important part of the university's assessment process and it will give you an opportunity to provide crucial feedback about a key employee benefit. If you should have any questions about the survey or any other benefits related issue, please contact the GW Benefits Administration Department at 571-553-8382 or [email protected].
 

Funding Opportunities and Competitions

PCORI Approves $20 Million Funding in New Awards and Topics

The PCORI Board of Governors has approved $20 million in funding for four new patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies. These funds will support projects on a range of conditions including hepatitis C treatment, breast cancer screening methods, optimal timing and frequency of physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy, and a PCORnet project on stress relief strategies. PCORI's Board also approved development of three new funding announcements -- up to $30 million for projects investigating the effectiveness of strategies to prevent unsafe opioid prescribing in primary care, up to $48 million for CER studies on community-based palliative care delivery for adult patients with advanced illnesses and their caregivers, and up to $25 million for research on the management of sickle cell disease. Learn more about PCORI funding opportunities. Various deadlines.

Call for Proposals: US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund

The United States - India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) promotes bi-national activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The fund's activities are implemented and administered through the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). Bi-national teams are invited to submit proposals (up to ~$400,000) in two program areas: Healthy Individual (biomedical devices and diagnostics; food and nutrition products; preventive and curative measures to improve health) and Empowering Citizens (agriculture; education; financial inclusion; information and communication technology; water). Executive summaries are due June 15, 2016. For more details, please visit the fund's website.
 
Funding Available to Provide Support for Innovators and Entrepreneurs
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced a funding opportunity for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. To learn more about this opportunity, EDA encourages potential applicants to watch the Prospective Applicant Webinar and view the funding opportunity details. The application period is open for 60 days and will close at 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, June 24, 2016.
 
DOD/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
 
The Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has funding opportunities available in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, and Defense Medical Research and Development programs. The deadline for each funding opportunity is different, so please click here for more information.
 

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          Mid-May, 2016

News

Reminder: 2016 NIH Policy & Guidance Changes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced changes to grant application policies and instructions for due dates on or after May 25, 2016. The changes focus on the following areas:

  • Rigor and transparency in research grant applications (including small business and complex research grant applications)-NOT-OD-16-011 and NOT-OD-16-012
  • Applicants must use the new "Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources" attachment to briefly describe methods used to ensure the identity and validity of key biological and/or chemical resources.
  • Similar changes for institutional training and individual fellowship applications will be implemented as early as FY2017 (NOT-OD-16-034). Until that time, applicants must not use the "Plan for Instruction in Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility" attachment or the "Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources" attachment unless specifically requested in a funding opportunity announcement. 
  • Applicants must answer new euthanasia questions on the PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement and PHS Fellowship Supplemental forms when vertebrate animals are involved, instead of addressing the method of euthanasia in the Vertebrate Animals attachment.
  • Inclusion
  • Applicants must provide inclusion data on a new, consolidated PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report form.
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plans
  • Applicants must provide a new "Data Safety Monitoring Plan" attachment when their project includes a clinical trial.
  • Applicants must use a new PHS Assignment Request Form to communicate requests pertinent to the assignment and initial peer review of applications.
  • New Font Guidelines-NOT-OD-16-009
  • Biosketch Clarifications-NOT-OD-16-080

For more information or assistance, please contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator.

Automated Graduate Awards Application Launched

The GW Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) recently announced an automation of the process for making graduate student awards that are funded by sponsored projects including for Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs), Graduate Research Fellows (GRFs) and Graduate Fellows (GFs). Going forward, the automated Graduate Awards Application (GAA) should be used to make all graduate student awards funded by sponsored projects. For more information, or to initiate an award, please contact your school- or department-based research administrator. More information will be posted online soon.

VIDEO: GW/ICF Research Forum on Improving Children's Health

The webcast of the recent GW/ICF forum, "Advancing Novel Research Methods to Improve Children's Health," is now available online. The forum explored how public health research and novel technologies are shedding light on the link between early-life environmental exposures and health outcomes for children. The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, and a panel of experts moderated by Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health. Watch the video and read the GW Today article.

New Web Portals for STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Two new websites designed to connect undergraduate and graduate students with education and training opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have been launched on Science.gov. The two sites, STEMUndergrads.science.gov and STEMGradStudents.science.gov, were created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science in collaboration with participating agencies in the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on STEM Education and the Science.gov Alliance. Read more (PDF).


Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invites global problem solvers to answer the call for groundbreaking ideas to enhance our ability to prevent and respond to the current Zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow. The Challenge will invest up to $30 million in solutions that can (1) help mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus by filling critical gaps in the pipeline and (2) improve our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks. Applicants are advised to review the Combating Zika and Future Threats BAA and Addendum (PDF) for additional details on the call for ideas and submission guidelines. The expression of interest (up to three pages) for the Zika portion of the Challenge is due Friday, May 20 by 5:00 pm EDT.

Call for Proposals: US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund

The United States - India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) promotes bi-national activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The fund's activities are implemented and administered through the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). Bi-national teams are invited to submit proposals (up to ~$400,000) in two program areas: Healthy Individual (biomedical devices and diagnostics; food and nutrition products; preventive and curative measures to improve health) and Empowering Citizens (agriculture; education; financial inclusion; information and communication technology; water). Executive summaries are due June 15, 2016. For more details, please visit the fund's website.

Funding Available to Provide Support for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced a funding opportunity for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. To learn more about this opportunity, EDA encourages potential applicants to watch the Prospective Applicant Webinar and view the funding opportunity details. The application period is open for 60 days and will close at 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, June 24, 2016.

DOD/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

The Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has funding opportunities available in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, and Defense Medical Research and Development programs. The deadline for each funding opportunity is different, so please click here for more information.
 

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           May, 2016

News

OVPR Presents First Faculty Research Awards

GW held its sixth annual Faculty Honors Ceremony on Wednesday, April 20th. For the first time, the university and OVPR recognized faculty for research and scholarly endeavors. Pictured above, from left to right, are President Steven Knapp; Dr. Oleg Kargaltsev, assistant professor of physics and recipient of an Early Career Researcher Award; Dr. Akos Vertes, professor and deputy chair of chemistry, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award; Dr. Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and professor of international affairs, and recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award; Dr. Maria Pia Gualdani, assistant professor of mathematics and recipient of an Early Career Researcher Award; Interim Provost Forrest Maltzman; and Vice President for Research Leo M. Chalupa. Not pictured is Dr. Charalampos (Harris) Mylonas, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, who received the Early Career Scholar Award. Read more about the recipients.

New Venture Competition Celebrates Innovation and Entrepreneurship at GW

The GW New Venture Competition, now in its eighth year, is organized by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Office of the Vice President for Research and is the fifth largest collegiate entrepreneurship competition in the United States. This year, awardees took home $130,000 in cash and $140,000 in in-kind prizes. Read more about the competition and the winning teams.

New Lecture Series Showcases Innovative Research at GW

GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has launched the WoW (What's our Work) TALK series which brings together colleagues from disciplines associated with GW's Science and Engineering Hall - and related fields - to present new research and share ideas. The April 6 kickoff event featured Dr. Emilia Entcheva (biomedical engineering); Dr. Alex Jeremic (biology); Dr. Megan Leftwich (biomedical engineering and mechanical and aeronautical engineering); and Dr. Houston Miller (chemistry). The next WoW TALK will be scheduled in the Fall 2016 semester. For more information, visit the WoW TALK website or watch video of the kickoff event.

Making Payments to Human Subjects: Procedures and Related Forms

GW Accounts Payable has issued a new document outlining the procedures and forms required when making payments to human subjects. The new document provides guidance for adequately and accurately reporting payments made over the duration of a study or research project, in order to satisfy certain IRS reporting requirements and reduce the risk to university cash and cash equivalent assets. Compliance with these procedures is required for any new project beginning after May 1 that compensates human subjects. All currently active studies or awards will have until December 31 to transition to this procedure. The document, "Human Subjects Procedures and Forms" is available online. A decision tree that summarizes the process and requirements is provided in Appendix A. Questions can be directed to AP Customer Service at [email protected].

Additionally, GW's Finance Division and Research Leadership Council will organize a working group with members from the research community to review these procedures and to improve upon them as deemed appropriate. Your input and collaboration is appreciated.

OVPR Celebrates Career Milestones

Please help us congratulate members of the OVPR team who are celebrating career milestones at GW:

5 Years: James Chung (Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship); and Megan Dieleman (OVPR)
10 Years: Sharon Cardash (Center for Cyber & Homeland Security)
15 Years: Tracy Clark (OVPR); and Anastas Popratiloff (OVPR)
20 Years: Robert Pitysingh (OVPR)
25 Years: Sherrida Taylor (OVPR)

 


Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Limited Proposal Opportunity: NIH Science Education Partnership Award

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in NIH mission areas. The goal of the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program is to invest in educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To this end, this funding opportunity  encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), teachers and students from underserved communities. View more details online. As an institution, GW may only submit one application. Interested faculty should submit a 1-page concept paper to  [email protected] that includes: 1) PI name and school/department; 2) Co-PI(s) and other partners if applicable; 3) Project title and proposed duration; 4) Outline/abstract of proposed program and aims; and 5) a CV for the principal investigator. The concept paper is due to the Office of Sponsored Projects by Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Please email [email protected] with any questions or for further information.
 
Funding Available to Provide Support for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced a funding opportunity for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. To learn more about this opportunity, EDA encourages potential applicants to register for and attend the post-launch webinar on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 2:00 pm. View the funding opportunity details. The application period is open for 60 days and will close at 11:59 pm Eastern on Friday, June 24, 2016.

DOD/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
 
The Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has funding opportunities available in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, and Defense Medical Research and Development programs. The deadline for each funding opportunity is different, so please click here for more information.
 

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           April, 2016

News

Dr. Jennifer Wisdom, Associate VP for Research, to Step Down

The Office of the Vice President for Research announces that Dr. Jennifer Wisdom, Associate Vice President for Research, will step down from her role at the university in mid-April. Since joining GW in 2012, Dr. Wisdom has led key operational initiatives to support GW faculty and investigators in all aspects of research, including implementing the PI Dashboard with the Division of Information Technology, expanding the Research Enhancement Unit to provide consultation and editing services for faculty who are applying for grants, facilitating international research partnerships, co-implementing GW's Expert Finder, and streamlining sponsored projects administration services. As of April 15th, questions about sponsored projects can be directed to Shandra White, Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, and all other operational inquiries can be directed to Gina Lohr, Assistant Vice President for Research. Please join us in thanking Dr. Wisdom for her strategic leadership.

Research Days Poster Winners Announced

Research Days, the annual two-day celebration of student research at GW, received more than 550 poster submissions this year -- a record in the event's history. More than 60 posters received prizes, including the inaugural community-based research award sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and the first Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) People's Choice Award, where attendees could vote online for their favorite SPH-affiliated poster. Abstract books and the lists of winners are available on OVPR's website. Read more about Research Days in GWToday.

DHHS Issues New Fringe Benefit Rates

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a revised agreement with the university which establishes the following fringe rates for sponsored projects effective July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 -- Regular Employees: 25.70%; Temporary & Student Employees: 6.50%. These rates should be used in any new proposals. The agreement can be read here. More institutional information for sponsored projects proposals can be found here.

First Annual Faculty Research Awards

The first annual Faculty Research Awards will be presented at the Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm in Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st St NW). We hope to see many of you there to celebrate the talented GW faculty who have shown extraordinary dedication to teaching, research and scholarship.

What You are Certifying When you Approve a Proposal

Sponsored project proposals require a number of approvals and each approval signals specific commitments to the university and to the sponsor. Whether you are a principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a dean or department chair, please take a moment to review what you are certifying when you sign-off on a sponsored project proposal.

New GW Faculty Representative to Federal Demonstration Partnership

Dr. Raja Mazumder, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been selected as GW's Faculty Representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), an organization of the National Academies that is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 155 institutional recipients of federal funds focused on reducing administrative burden and increasing research accountability to the public. He will serve along with GW's FDP Administrative and Technology Representatives, other universities' representatives, and the federal research funding agencies (NIH, NSF, ONR, etc.). Dr. Mazumder's research program focuses on applied bioinformatics and computational biochemistry strongly rooted in evolutionary biology and biocuration.

New Postdoc Resources Website Launched

Postdoctoral fellows are an integral part of the GW community and play a significant role in fulfilling the university's education and research missions. OVPR has created a new section of its website that provides resources for postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors and staff. The webpages were established to support the professional development of postdoctoral fellows, by serving as a repository of available GW resources. A special "Thank you!" to contributors Peter Konwerski, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs; Andrew Sonn, Assistant Vice President in the Division of Student Affairs; Brandon Rhodes, Senior Advisor to the Provost; and Angela Sako, Presidential Administrative Fellow in OVPR. View the site here. We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions at [email protected].

Road Map for Early-Career Scientists

A book based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design. These chapters form an excellent guide for transitioning from a postdoc to your first academic job.

Programming and Software Development Consultation at GW Libraries

The GW Libraries have announced a new service to support digital scholarship at GW. Assistance is available from professional software developers to GW students, faculty and staff who are working on scholarly inquiry which requires coding. Get help with coding, software development, scripting, programming, code review, tools selection, working with data markup and encoding, retrieving data from websites or APIs, data cleansing and manipulation, databases (e.g., table design, querying, optimizing, loading), debugging, full-text searching, online exhibits and data visualization. Learn more or make an appointment at go.gwu.edu/coding.

UHR Enhances Research Staff Hiring Process

Beginning with a pilot phase this winter, research staff at GW are being hired using the university's applicant-tracking system, a web-based, sequential platform already used to hire all other staff employees. The change will streamline and automate the hiring of research staff who had previously been hired through a non-standardized process unique to each school or college. OVPR wishes to thank and congratulate University Human Resources (UHR) on leading this important improvement for GW investigators.
 


Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Call for Proposals: [email protected] University Faculty Seminars

The goal of [email protected] University Faculty Seminars is to encourage dialogue on cross-disciplinary issues of importance in such a way that there are demonstrable outcomes such as publications, white papers, grant proposals, curriculum reforms, scholarly websites, conference proceedings or contributions to public policy. Each seminar receives funding up to $2,500 annually. Proposals are due by Monday, May 2, 2016. More information and instructions are available online.

Call for Proposals: NSF INCLUDES Initiative

NSF has released its first INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative solicitation, which aims to fund approximately 40 design and development launch pilots that create a sustainable collaborative process for the inclusion in STEM of women, members of racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in STEM, persons with low socio-economic status and people with disabilities. NSF INCLUDES will fund new research, models, networks and partnerships that lead to measurable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM, and have the ability to scale to the national level. The deadline for proposals is June 24, 2016. View the solicitation.


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           March, 2016

News

Five Day Proposal Submission Deadline & Waiver Request Process

As you know, final proposals must be routed in the Cayuse 424 electronic system and reach the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) for review and submission approval five business days prior to the sponsor's deadline. In the rare event that a proposal cannot be submitted at least five business days prior to the sponsor's deadline, a waiver request is needed to proceed with OVPR's review for submission approval. A new electronic form for requesting five-day waivers is available now and will be required beginning April 1, 2016. Once completed, the form will route the waiver request to the PI's Associate Dean for Research or equivalent and the Director of Sponsored Projects.

Upcoming Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Exam

OVPR encourages research administrators across the university to take advantage of a unique opportunity for professional development and recognition by taking the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam offered by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). Depending on your testing location of choice, the exams will be given between May 7 - 21, 2016. A list of topics covered on the CRA exam is available online. The application deadline for the May exam is March 31, 2016.


Seeking GW Faculty Representative for Federal Demonstration Partnership

The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), an organization of the National Academies, is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 155 institutional recipients of federal funds focused on reducing administrative burden and increasing research accountability to the public. OVPR is looking for a faculty member to serve as GW's Faculty Representative to FDP, along with GW's FDP Administrative and Technology Representatives, other universities' representatives, and the federal research funding agencies (NIH, NSF, ONR, etc.). Please contact Jennifer Wisdom, current faculty representative, by Friday, March 18, 2016 if you are interested. Meetings are held in January, May, and September in DC, and the next meeting will be held from May 4-6, 2016. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard directly to federal funders!

GW's CAAREN Featured in ACUTA Journal

The Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN), a high-capacity communications network that connects GW and member institutions to each other and to Internet2, has been featured in the Spring 2016 issue of ACUTA Journal, a publication of the Association for College and University Technology Advancement (ACUTA). The article highlights the development of CAAREN, its current initiatives and future goals. You can read the article on page 35 of the publication's digital edition.

Funding Opportunity for Cross-Disciplinary Working Groups

Are you or your research team interested in exploring a theme that crosses disciplinary boundaries? Start-up funding and info sessions for the [email protected] University Seminars program will be announced in mid-March. The nucleus of each seminar should be a group of highly qualified faculty from a few appropriate departments and schools, along with distinguished individuals from outside the GW academic community. The funding enables and encourages dialogue on cross-disciplinary issues of importance that should lead to demonstrable outcomes such as grant proposals, publications, white papers, curriculum reforms, website communities, conference proceedings or contributions to public policy. Start forming your faculty team around a theme now, and check out the [email protected] website for more information, including descriptions of previous seminars.
 


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           February, 2016

News

GW Rises in National Science Foundation List of Top Research Institutions

GW's standing among premiere research institutions is on the rise, according to an annual survey by the National Science Foundation. The data show that GW's federal and overall research expenditures have increased by more than 15 percent since 2010. While the average standing of comparable institutions decreased between 2010 and 2014, GW jumped from 92nd place to 83rd place in total federal expenditures over the same period. 2014 marks GW's highest position in the survey to date. Read more at GW Today.

Inaugural Director of GW Autism Institute Announced

GW has announced the selection of Dr. Kevin Pelphrey as the inaugural director of the university's Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. Dr. Pelphrey brings more than 15 years of experience in autism and neuroscience research, most recently as director of the Yale Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience. He will begin his new role April 1. Read more at GW Today.

Reminder: Per Diem Requests for International Travel

The university does not use per diem except in exceptional cases (i.e., international travel, extended stays, etc.) in which approval by an appropriate Vice President or designee has been received prior to travel. Per diem requests on all sponsored project-funded international travel must be submitted to the Director of Sponsored Projects prior to travel. The per diem request must include the following: 1) GWU Sponsored Project Number (PTA); 2) Traveler's name and role on project (i.e., PI, Co-PI, student, etc.); 3) Inclusive dates of travel; 4) Travel destination(s); and 5) Requested per diem rate(s). The documented approval must be attached to the traveler's expense report in the GW i Buy + Expense Reporting system at the time of submission. In all other cases, expenses are reimbursed on a cost-reimbursable basis and must be accompanied by a receipt. Click here for more information.

Research Data Compliance and Security Considerations

The GW Division of Information Technology (DIT) has posted materials to assist PIs in managing research data security, including preparing data use agreements, data transfer agreements, and data management plans; managing HIPAA and PHI data; and identifying other kinds of data security issues. PIs are recommended to start early on data issues to ensure they're managed. Brian Markham, Director of Compliance and Risk Services and George Guzman, Director of Compliance and Data Privacy are available to meet with schools, centers, and faculty to discuss and answer questions. Please find additional resources here: Data Management Research Guide and Data & Statistics Research Guide. Mandy Gooch, Data Services Librarian, can also assist in preparing DMPs & DMPTool training.

Federal Demonstration Partnership - Seeking GW Faculty Representative

The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), an organization of the National Academies, is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 155 institutional recipients of federal funds focused on reducing administrative burden and increasing research accountability to the public. More information about FDP can be found here. OVPR is looking for a faculty member to serve as GW's Faculty Representative to FDP, along with GW's FDP Administrative and Technology Representatives, other universities' representatives, and the federal research funding agencies (NIH, NSF, ONR, etc.). Please contact Jennifer Wisdom, current faculty representative, if you are interested. Meetings are held in January, May, and September in DC, and the next meeting will be held from May 4-6, 2016. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard directly to federal funders!

[email protected]: GW's Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative

If your work or teaching is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary, then you are already part of the GW Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative. [email protected] is a faculty-led initiative that supports and facilitates the "Innovation through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration" pillar of GW's strategic plan. Take the next step and join the 230+ Fellows of the [email protected] Cooperative by contacting [email protected]. When considering grant opportunities geared towards teams from many disciplines, OVPR's Research Enhancement Unit and the [email protected] Cooperative can help you build a team.

Expert Finder Launched

GW Expert Finder, a new university-wide searchable index of faculty and researchers, will officially launch to the general public later this month. The tool will enable colleagues here and at institutions around the world to locate and identify GW investigators who share similar research interests. (Until the public launch, the search tool is behind the GW security firewall and only accessible on the GW network.) Specialized faculty (research, clinical, fellow, etc.) and researchers who do not find themselves in Expert Finder after conducting a search are encouraged to build a profile at: https://my.gwu.edu/mod/expertfinder. More detailed instructions on building your Expert Finder profile can be accessed online. If your question is not answered by reviewing the FAQ document, please email [email protected].

CAAREN & Colonial One HPC Use Acknowledgement

Have you used the Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN) or the Colonial One High Performance Computing (HPC) for an award, publication or project? If so, let us know! Please fill out this form to help us document and credit the use of these systems.

Funding Opportunities and Competitions


Reissuance of NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

NIH has reissued the K99/R00 funding opportunity announcement to provide additional information for physician-scientists who may wish to apply. The announcement stems from recommendations of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Directory Working Group on the Physician Scientist Workforce. This NIH Pathway to Independence Award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases - an initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position. The award is limited to postdoctoral trainees who propose research relevant to the mission of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The next deadline for this funding opportunity is June 12, 2016. Please contact your research dean or the Research Enhancement Office ([email protected]) if you would like assistance with your application.

Research Days 2016: Call for Abstracts

On March 29th and 30th, students and faculty will 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. If you are a faculty mentor, please encourage your students to participate. Visit the Research Days website for more information. Student and faculty abstract submissions are due February 28, 2016.


 

 

           January, 2016

News

New F&A Rate Agreement

The university's new Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rates have been approved. The rates, also known as indirect costs or overhead, support claims for indirect costs on sponsored projects. Effective 7/1/2016 the university will have one inclusive on-campus rate of 59.5% (regardless of school or division). The off-campus and special programs (Biostatistics Center) rates will remain 26%. Foundations and other non-Federal organizations with published policies stating other rates will continue to be honored. Please view the Comptroller's website for the full rate agreement or contact your Sponsored Projects Administrator for more details.

PI Eligibility Determination - Effective January 1, 2016

The updated faculty handbook removes the section on Principal Investigator (PI) eligibility criteria; therefore, the Office of Sponsored Projects will no longer require an exemption request and will not apply limitations or requirements for who can be a PI as part of its processes. As of January 1, 2016, PI eligibility will be determined by the schools. This update does not change the role and responsibility of the PI and the requirement that all proposals be routed for approval through a Chair and Research Dean. Also note that the IRB will continue to have its own criteria that are similar to (but not identical to) the previous faculty handbook criteria in accordance with their accrediting body's guidelines. For more information, please contact your Research Dean or Sponsored Projects Administrator.

NIH Salary Cap Update

The Federal NIH salary cap at Executive Level II, currently at $183,300, is scheduled to increase to $185,100 effective January 10, 2016. This was announced in NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-16-045. Salary cap history (FY 1990 to present) can be found here.

Nanofabrication and Imaging Center: An Update on Equipment and Training

The GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (NIC) is very close to completing the first phase of its facilities which includes the installation of three electron microscopes and an integrated 2-photon confocal microscope in the NIC Imaging Suite. The installation of equipment in the Nanofabrication Facility is also on schedule, with an anticipated completion date in April 2016. To request instrument training or to receive more detailed descriptions of available equipment please contact Dr. Popratiloff at [email protected] or Dr. Brantner at [email protected].

Expert Finder to Launch: Researchers and PIs Invited to Participate

GW Expert Finder, a new university-wide searchable index of faculty and researchers, will officially launch to the general public later this month. The tool will enable colleagues here and at institutions around the world to locate and identify GW investigators who share similar research interests. (Until the public launch, the search tool is behind the GW security firewall and only accessible on the GW network.) Specialized faculty (research, clinical, fellow, etc.) and researchers who do not find themselves in Expert Finder after conducting a search are encouraged to build a profile at: https://my.gwu.edu/mod/expertfinder. More detailed instructions on building your Expert Finder profile can be accessed online. If your question is not answered by reviewing the FAQ document, please email [email protected].
 


Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Commercializing Technologies Developed at GW

OVPR's Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) helps GW researchers assess inventions for commercialization potential, protect original ideas, and identify industry partners for licensing or collaboration. In one recent example, TCO produced a brief video to explain the technology behind a non-invasive ultrasound device used to treat type 2 diabetes. The video is based on a team's 2015 Innovation Competition entry. Visit the TCO Website for more information about TCO's services, events, and the TCO Innovation Competition.

Funding Opportunities Related to the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

The GW Sustainability Collaborative will host a workshop on research funding opportunities related to the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The workshop features Dr. JoAnn Lighty, Division Director for one of the two NSF Directorates that will lead the Food-Energy-Water Nexus program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm in the GW Law School Conference Center (2nd Floor of Lisner Hall). For more information, contact Dr. Bob Orttung at [email protected].

January 19th is Deadline for GW New Venture Competition Submissions

The GW New Venture Competition is accepting submissions until 12:00 noon on January 19, 2016. This year the Competition will award $125,000 in cash prizes and another $125,000+ in in-kind prizes to GW startup teams. The competition is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni from all GW schools and offers tracks for social entrepreneurship ventures as well as commercial entrepreneurship ventures. Visit the GW New Venture Competition website and check out their 1-minute video.

National Cancer Institute Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

On December 21, NCI announced a new predoctoral to postdoctoral fellow transition award (F99/K00) "to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers." The F99/K00 award provides up to 6 years of support in two phases. The initial (F99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). The transition (K00) phase will provide up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research career development support. Letters of Intent are due January 19, 2016, and applications are due February 19, 2016.

Research Days 2016: Call for Abstracts

On March 29th and 30th, students and faculty will 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. Student and faculty abstracts are due February 28, 2016.

Coming Soon! Cross-Disciplinary Intramural Funding Program

The Centers and Institutes Facilitating Fund is being converted into a cross-disciplinary intramural program for collaborative projects between two or more investigators from different schools. The purpose of the program is to provide funding for cross-disciplinary projects to define and implement an external funding plan. When the competition information is finalized, it will be posted to the OVPR website and will be announced university-wide. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


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