Research Updates - 2018

OVPR Research Updates

November 2018


Deadline Extended: OVPR Faculty Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual OVPR Faculty Awards (Distinguished Scholar Award, Distinguished Researcher Award, Early Career Scholar Award, Early Career Researcher Award and a new Research Mentorship Award).

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Nominations must be submitted via OVPR's InfoReady portal. Choose "2019 OVPR Faculty Awards - Nomination Form" from the list of opportunities.

Full nomination packages are still due on Thursday, January 3, 2019. The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty Honors Ceremony held in the spring of 2019. More details are available on the OVPR Faculty Awards webpage.

Reminder: Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund Deadlines

Statements of Intent for the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) are due this Friday, November 30, 2018 by 5:00 pm. Full proposals are due Thursday, January 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm. All SOIs and proposals must be submitted via OVPR's InfoReady portal. Choose "CDRF FY20 SOI - Cross Disciplinary Research Fund" from the list of opportunities.

CDRF supports the establishment of collaborative research partnerships within centers and institutes or between researchers from two or more diverse departments. Read more on the OVPR website.

NSF Announces New Measures to Protect Research Community From Harassment

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has taken steps to ensure the research and learning environments it supports are free from harassment, by publishing a term and condition that requires awardee organizations to report findings and determinations of sexual harassment, as well as establishing a secure online portal for submitting harassment notifications. The new term and condition requires GW to notify NSF of any findings or determinations that an NSF-funded principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) committed harassment, including sexual harassment or sexual assault; and/or the placement of the PI or co-PI on administrative leave or any administrative action relating to a harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation. University leadership is currently working together to ensure GW's compliance with this new term and condition. Read the NSF news release for more information

GW Researchers Have Free Access to ResearchMatch Through CTSI-CN

ResearchMatch is an NIH-funded registry that brings together 130,000+ volunteers and 6,000+ researchers in a secure, web-based platform for human subjects related research. GW researchers can use ResearchMatch to assess recruitment feasibility and, for GW IRB-approved studies, recruit volunteers. Please visit the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) website to learn more or request a consultation.

NSF Issues Revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the release of a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1). We encourage you to review the summary of changes provided in the introduction section of the PAPPG. This version of the PAPPG becomes effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2019. In the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 18-1) continue to apply.

September 2018


Research Ecosystem Review Launches

GW faculty, staff and leadership convened on Friday, September 14, 2018 to begin a review of the university’s “research ecosystem”— the entirety of GW’s research efforts, including priorities, programs, policies, infrastructure and facilities. The review is a major goal of the university’s research strategic initiative and aims to identify successes and areas for investment and to outline action plans for improvement. Four working groups will meet throughout the fall to examine:

  • pre-award processes;
  • post-award processes;
  • research integrity and compliance; and
  • non-sponsored research and scholarship.

Members of the GW community who would like to provide feedback to any of the working groups are encouraged to contact working group leaders directly or send a message via the research strategic initiative website. Read more about the review in GW Today.

Relocation of Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Enhancement Unit

OVPR's Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and Research Enhancement Unit (REU) have moved to a centralized location in Enterprise Hall (Suite 260) on the Virginia Science & Technology Campus. The office relocation is not expected to adversely impact the university research community.

  • Staff phone numbers and email addresses are unchanged.
  • OSP staff will establish regular meetings in Foggy Bottom with school and department representatives.
  • The OSP director will work out of OVPR’s Foggy Bottom office 2-3 days each week.
  • OSP staff will continue to hold meetings, seminars and trainings in Foggy Bottom.

All other OVPR staff and offices remain on the Foggy Bottom Campus.

GW Research Days 2019

GW Research Days, the annual showcase of student research and scholarship, will be held on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10, 2019. April 9th will focus on undergraduate and graduate presentations in the arts, business, education, engineering (including biomedical engineering), humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. April 10th will focus on participants from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. Abstract submission will begin in November. Please help us spread the word by encouraging your undergraduate and graduate student mentees to participate and by working the dates into your spring syllabi. Bookmark the GW Research Days website and follow @GWResearchDays on Twitter for updates.

Campus-wide Research Administration Groups

A number of groups provide oversight and/or guidance for the research ecosystem. To learn more about these research administration groups, their membership and their purviews, vist the OVPR website. Email [email protected] to propose an agenda item for any of the groups.

NSF Video: "The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals"

NSF has developed a short reviewer orientation video that provides helpful tips for writing high quality reviews. NSF encourages all reviewers to watch “The Art and Science of Reviewing Proposals,” which can be accessed in FastLane. You can also view the video directly at There is a list of additional resources and helpful hints at the end of the video.

July 2018


Robert H. Miller Named Vice President for Research

Robert H. Miller, PhD, a neuroscientist, researcher and administrator in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been named the university’s new vice president for research. Dr. Miller currently serves as the senior associate dean for research at SMHS. In that position, he has overseen an unprecedented increase in the school’s research profile, growth facilitated by outstanding faculty hires whom Dr. Miller helped to recruit and by ensuring that the school’s faculty have the support to focus on their research. As vice president for research, Dr. Miller will oversee a research ecosystem that includes more than 65 centers and institutes and research in cutting-edge projects in science and technology, health, public policy, global security and the arts and humanities. Read the full announcement.

Online Submission and Tracking of Human Subjects Studies

The human subjects research module of GW iRIS, the university’s new online research compliance system, has been launched. As of June 1, 2018, all IRB submissions can be initiated and tracked via GW iRIS. The system automatically routes applications for approval and streamlines the review process.

The Office of Human Research is no longer accepting paper forms or email submissions. For information about logging into the system, training and support, please view the GW iRIS webpage. Contact [email protected] with any questions or feedback.

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, 2018 - June 30, 2019 -- Regular Employees: 23.00%; Temporary & Student Employees: 6.20%. These rates should be used in any new proposals. Visit the Office of Sponsored Projects for more information on project proposals

New Issue of GW Research Magazine

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. If you would like to receive a print copy (or copies) of the magazine, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

May 2018


Faculty Awards for Research and Scholarship

A number of faculty awards for research and scholarship were presented at GW's Eighth Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

  • Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship (Research): Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Chair of Economics and Accountancy
  • OVPR Distinguished Researcher Award: Chet C. Sherwood, Professor of Anthropology
  • OVPR Distinguished Scholar Award: David DeGrazia, Professor of Philosophy
  • OVPR Early Career Researcher Award: Lijie Grace Zhang, Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
  • OVPR Early Career Scholar Award: Yonatan Lupu, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Please help us congratulate these faculty on their contributions to the university and their respective fields. Read more about the 2017 OVPR Faculty Award recipients.

Coming Soon! Integrated Research Information Software (iRIS)

OVPR has led a process to identify and acquire an electronic system with the goal of streamlining research compliance operations. The Integrated Research Information Software (iRIS) will automate processes that currently require printed forms, manage workflows, and allow investigators to track the status of their applications and training requirements. The web-based modules will support human subjects research, animal research, research with biological agents, and conflict of interest disclosure and management. For more information about the software and target launch dates, please visit the GW iRIS project website. The project website will be updated with important news and updates.

European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which strengthens data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, will go into effect May 25, 2018. This regulation is relevant for GW because we have many community members conducting research with EU collaborators or residing in the EU for study abroad, fellowships, or other education-related matters.

GW is developing a GDPR compliance plan. In the coming weeks, you may be asked to participate in a survey. The survey will ask a series of questions about the type of data that your organization stores, accesses, maintains, and processes. Answers to this survey are vital to assist in GW's compliance strategy.

If you have questions or would like more information, please visit GW's General Data Protection Regulation page or email [email protected].

International Research Toolkit

The Office of Sponsored Projects has prepared an International Research Toolkit that includes key considerations related to international research. Covered topics include: proposals and budgets for international projects, agreements with international sponsors and subrecipients, data sharing, engaging foreign personnel, export controls, legal payments and fees, purchasing, taxes, and travel. View the International Research page of the Office of Sponsored Projects website or download the International Research toolkit (PDF).

NSF Proposal Preparation and Submission Site

The National Science Foundation has recently announced that beginning on April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) system. GW investigators will continue to use FastLane to submit proposals, but the system is available to us in the rare case that FastLane is down and we have a collaborative proposal deadline. Read more about the proposal preparation and submission site launch.

March 2018


Reminder: Changes in FastLane and

Effective January 29, 2018, National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented changes in FastLane and to support the following policy updates in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1) and to run updated Budget Justification page limit automated compliance checks in FastLane:

  • standard collaborators and other affiliations template implementation;
  • budget justification page limitation increase;
  • new "substitute negotiator" associated document for change of principal investigator (PI) requests;
  • new "other request" type; and
  • new award abstract text.

Submit a Proposal to Present at AAAS Annual Meeting

The 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting will be held in Washington, DC on February 14-18, 2019. The meeting's theme is "Science Transcending Boundaries." OVPR encourages researchers to consider submitting proposals for scientific symposia or career development workshops at this meeting. More information about submitting proposals is available on the AAAS proposal submission website. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 19, 2018.

OVPR and External Relations can provide communications, presentation and organizational support to researchers that have proposals accepted, in addition to editorial assistance during the proposal submission process. If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal to AAAS, please send an email to [email protected].

Volunteer to Share Your Research Expertise with Undergraduates

The GW Undergraduate Review (GWUR), GW's undergraduate research journal, and the GW Classics and Archaeology (C&A) Club have partnered to host a seminar series on research skills for undergraduate students. Organizers are seeking faculty and research staff that could lead one of the sessions to be scheduled between March 20th - April 20th, 2018. Proposed topics could include abstract writing, research methods, making and presenting a poster, writing a personal statement for graduate school applications, grant writing, paper editing or data analysis, among others. Interested individuals should submit their availability and topic of interest via this online form. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

GW Postdoc Survey

The GW Postdoc Association, in partnership with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Research Workforce Development, has launched its first postdoctoral survey. The goal of the survey is to understand the needs and interests of postdocs across GW. Responses are anonymous to encourage candid participation. The survey should take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Friday, March 30, 2018. Please encourage your postdocs to participate! Click here to complete the survey.

New Summer Course on Technology Commercialization

A new course, "Seminar in Technology Commercialization (ISTM 6239)", will be offered during the 2018 Summer Session on Mondays between May 21st and June 25th. The course will focus on the Lean Startup approach to tech commercialization. Enrolled students can bring their own technology to the class or work on a technology from the GW Technology Commercialization Office. Students will also be eligible for AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program grants of up to $3,000 to cover expenses for customer discovery interviews. Visit the GW Summer and Non-Degreee Programs website for more information on registering and the full course catalog.

OVPR Customer Service Survey

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) utilizes a customer service survey to collect comments from the GW research community. The survey results are used to improve our level of service and provide feedback to staff. Your responses are anonymous unless you provide an email address or other identifying information in the form. The survey is linked in the signature block of emails from OVPR staff and from the "Customer Service Survey" button on the OVPR homepage. If you have an urgent concern related to a sponsored project, please contact your school-based research administrator or a sponsored project administrator directly. Click here to provide feedback using the OVPR customer service survey webform.


New Intramural Funding Opportunity: UFF FY19 - Expanded

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce an additional intramural funding competition, the University Facilitating Fund FY19 - Expanded. Eligibility requirements for the program have changed to include more faculty and researchers. This supplementary competition is now open. Review the InfoReady portal for competition details.

The deadline for submissions to the University Facilitating Fund FY19 - Expanded is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Please note, if you already applied to the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) FY19, do not apply again. Your application is already under consideration.

GW Undergraduate Journal Seeks Submissions and Faculty Mentors

The GW Undergraduate Review, a new undergraduate-led journal, aims to publish original research and scholarship from GW undergraduate students and to promote undergraduate research on GW's campus through events and workshops. The journal is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue and there are currently opportunities for students to join as either a social science and humanities editor or a layout manager. Faculty are also needed to serve as mentors. Interested students and faculty should email [email protected] for more information.

New Venture Competition Submission Deadline is January 31st

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the GW New Venture Competition (NVC), one of the largest collegiate entrepreneurship competitions in the nation. Participating teams will compete for more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to further their startup idea. First round submissions for the 2018 GW New Venture Competition are due by 12:00 noon ET on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

For the first time, applicants can nominate a GW faculty member who has provided guidance and inspiration to them on their entrepreneurial journey. The winning faculty mentor will be presented with an award at the NVC finals on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Visit the NVC website for more information and to apply.

Research Days 2018: Now Accepting Submissions

GW Research Days, the annual showcase of student research and scholarship, will be held on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11, 2018. April 10th will focus on undergraduate and graduate presentations in the arts, business, education, engineering (including biomedical engineering), humanities, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. April 11th will focus on participants from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. The submission form is now open and abstracts are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Please help us spread the word by encouraging your undergraduate and graduate student mentees to participate. Visit the GW Research Days website for more information.

Tips for Describing Human Subjects Studies in Multi-project Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research has issued some tips for completing the new PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form. The form will be used for all due dates on or after January 25, 2018. A primary component of NIH's initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials, the form consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. Read more tips and guidance from NIH.

Extension of Cost Share Pilot for NSF Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides the opportunity for scientists, engineers and educators to rotate into NSF on a temporary basis. Many of these rotators come to the agency through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) program. As part of the continuing effort to enhance the administration of temporary personnel at NSF under the IPA program, in FY17, NSF piloted a required 10% cost share of the IPA's base salary and fringe benefits for all new IPA agreements. NSF has decided to extend the pilot through FY18, to ensure a full evaluation can be conducted. For more information about NSF IPAs, please visit the NSF Careers website