Research Updates - 2019

OVPR Research Updates

July 2019

NEW! Intent to Submit a Proposal Webform

As previously announced in GW Today, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) has changed the way it administers the requirement that investigators route proposals to OSP at least five days prior to a sponsor’s deadline. Specifically, investigators are no longer required to seek a wavier and approval for missing the five-day deadline. However, OSP requests that investigators provide advance notice of their intent to submit a proposal so that OSP can ensure the appropriate staffing and time for its pre-submission review. OSP reviews every proposal for compliance with relevant federal, sponsor and university guidelines prior to its submission to the sponsor. The new Intent to Submit a Proposal webform can be completed at any point in the proposal development process.

Federal Security Protocol May Block Delivery of Auto-Forwarded Emails

Federal agencies including NIH, NSF and NASA have implemented an email security protocol (mandated by the Department of Homeland Security) that can interfere with the delivery of emails that are auto-forwarded from GW email accounts to non-GW email accounts. Under the protocol, a mismatch between email address and email server can cause emails to be flagged as potentially fraudulent and blocked from delivery. Important email communications from federal sponsors may be blocked if auto-forwarding is enabled. These delivery failures happen automatically and cannot be corrected by GW. It is recommended that researchers do not auto-forward their emails to non-GW email accounts. Read more about the email configuration and its impact on email delivery.

NSF-approved Biographical Sketch Format

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF. Use of an NSF-approved format reduces administrative burden and improves efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition. Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website.

CTSI-CN Research Support Services Survey

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National, a partnership with the George Washington University, offers research services and resources designed to support clinical, translational and public health research—ranging from protocol design and recruitment, to data analysis and outcome dissemination, as well as ancillary lab and informatics services. As a member of the GW research community, your response to this survey will give CTSI-CN insight into how it can better facilitate and accelerate your research. Please take the five-minute survey by clicking here.

 


May 2019

NEWS

GW Faculty Awards for Research and Scholarship

A number of faculty awards for research and scholarship were presented at GW's annual Faculty Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23rd:

  • Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship (Research): Hugh Gusterson, Anthropology and International Affairs, CCAS
  • OVPR Distinguished Researcher Award: Stuart Licht, Chemistry, CCAS
  • OVPR Distinguished Scholar Award: Charles Glaser, Political Science and International Affairs, ESIA
  • OVPR Early Career Researcher Award: Megan Leftwich, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SEAS
  • OVPR Early Career Scholar Award: Christopher Warshaw, Political Science, CCAS
  • OVPR Research Mentorship Award: Cynthia McClintock, Political Science and International Affairs, ESIA

Please help us congratulate these faculty on their contributions to the university and to their respective fields. Read more about the recipients of the 2019 OVPR Faculty Awards.

Student Innovation Shines at GW Research Days 2019

More than 600 students and trainees presented their projects at GW Research Days 2019. Tuesday, April 9th focused on undergraduate and graduate presentations in the arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, international affairs, law, mathematics, sciences and other topics. On Wednesday, April 10th, students and trainees presented posters focused on health and medicine. OVPR would like to thank the presenters, mentors, judges, organizers and volunteers that made this event possible. A full list of poster winners is available on the GW Research Days website. Read the GW Today article.

GW Research Ecosystem Review: Phase I Report

Faculty-led working groups have identified themes and areas for investment to strengthen GW’s research ecosystem including clear communication; training and education; greater flexibility, timeliness and efficiency and a more customer service-oriented research administration culture. These recommendations will serve as guideposts for improving the experience of our investigators and the research ecosystem more broadly. Read the GW Today article. View the report's executive summary (PDF).

A second phase of the research ecosystem review will begin in the coming months. Phase II working groups will examine shared research facilities, high-performance computing infrastructure, resource allocation, and workforce development with a focus on postdoctoral support.

NIH Issues Updated Salary Cap Guidance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued new guidance on salary limitations for grants and cooperative agreements. Effective January 6, 2019, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $192,300 (formerly $189,600). For awards issued in that period that were restricted to Executive Level II, including competing awards already issued in FY19, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, grantees may rebudget funds to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level. However, NIH will not provide additional funds to these awards. View the NIH salary cap history and policy summary.

New DUA Intake Form

Data Use Agreements (DUAs) are legally binding contracts between GW and another organization that provide the terms for transferring data. There are multiple offices involved in helping investigators develop, review and finalize DUAs and the plans for managing shared data. New guidance and a streamlined DUA Intake Form can be accessed via the OVPR Research Integrity website. Questions about DUAs can be sent to [email protected].

FY20 Fringe Rates Announced

The U.S. 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, 2019 - June 30, 2020:

  • Regular Employees: 23.80%;
  • Temporary & Student Employees: 6.50%.

These rates should be used in any new proposals. View the agreement (PDF). View GW's institutional information for sponsored projects proposals.

NIH Updates Policy on Extension for Early Stage Investigator Status

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) considers requests for extension of the Early Status Investigator (ESI) period for various reasons, including medical concerns, disability, extended periods of clinical training, natural disasters, or active duty military service. Each of these requests is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Because close to 50% of the ESI extension requests are related to childbirth, effective immediately, NIH will approve an ESI extension of one year for childbirth within the ESI period. PDs/PIs must provide the child’s date of birth in the extension request justification on the NIH Extension portal. Read the full notice from NIH.

Changes to GW Procurement Thresholds for Goods and Services

Procurement and Travel Services has announced increased thresholds for purchases requiring quotes, bids or RFPs for university funds and non-federal sponsored projects or federally-sponsored grants:

  • You will only need one quote for federally-sponsored grants under $10,000. This is an increase from $3,500.* However, seeking competition for quotes is still strongly encouraged.
  • You will only need to conduct a formal bid or RFP process for university funds, non-federal sponsored and federally-sponsored grants if the contract value** is $250,000 or more. This is an increase from the previous threshold of $150,000.

For more detailed information about these new thresholds and requirements, visit procurement.gwu.edu. The Procurement Dollar Threshold Matrix includes links to detailed information on required documentation for each funding source and threshold.

* NOTE: Federal contracts that follow the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) remain at a competitive threshold of $3,500, and a formal bid or RFP threshold of $150,000.

** Contract value is defined as the base year inclusive of all option years.

CTSI-CN's Community Advisory Board is Available for Consultations

Does your research require community input? Through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN), a partnership with the George Washington University (GW), GW researchers can consult with the CTSI-CN's Community Advisory Board (CAB), a diverse group of individuals who represent various stakeholders, communities and populations in the Washington, D.C. region. The CAB facilitates linkages between communities and researchers at all stages of the investigative process. Researchers must be CTSI-CN members to have free access to this program. To become a member and learn more, visit the CTSI-CN website. Questions about this service can be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Andrade at [email protected].

GW University Seminars Funding Program (Academic Year 2019-2020)

The University Seminars Funding Program was established to foster sustained discussion of issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries among members of the GW faculty, possibly including their distinguished counterparts in universities, research centers, federal agencies, international organizations and private industry throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The goal is to connect the traditional research and scholarly endeavors of the academy across disciplines, thereby ensuring an exchange of perspectives and information. Each seminar receives funding up to $4,000 annually, and maybe renewed for up to two additional years. Regular active-status faculty are invited to submit proposals by Friday, June 14, 2019 at 12:00 noon for a 2019-2020 University Seminar. View more details and download the call for proposals. Submit your application via OVPR's InfoReady Portal (choose "University Seminars Funding Program 2019-20" from the list of opportunities).

 


Mid-February 2019

NEWS

Undergraduate Research Essay Contest

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) invites current GW undergraduates to submit an essay that reflects on a research experience during their time as a student. The goal is to for students to describe how participating in research and/or working with a research mentor contributed to their GW experience. OVPR will award up to five cash prizes in the amount of $500 each. The number of prizes will depend on the number and quality of entries received. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Please encourage your students to participate! Read more details on the OVPR website. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Professional Development Opportunity: NIH Early Career Reviewer Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Early Career Reviewer Program develops qualified scientists without prior review experience into well trained reviewers to advance their careers and enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers. A primary aim of the program is to help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to experience in peer review that may make them more competitive as applicants. Visit the Early Career Reviewer Program website for application details and resources.

Submissions to GW Research Days Due February 28th

GW Research Days, the annual showcase of student research, scholarship and creativity, will be held Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

  • April 9th will focus on undergraduate and graduate student 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.

Visit the GW Research Days website or follow @GWResearchDays on Twitter for the latest updates. Abstract submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Please encourage your students to participate!

GW faculty and postdocs who are interested in serving as a poster presentation judge can email [email protected].

 


February 2019

NEWS

Reminder: Guidance for Researchers During a Government Shutdown

A continuing resolution has been passed and signed that re-opened affected government agencies until February 15, 2019. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will continue to monitor the situation and any impacts on sponsored research activities in case the February 15th deadline passes without a funding agreement. Please see the Office of Sponsored Projects website for guidance during a government shutdown.

2018 Common Rule: Revised Regulations for Human Subjects Research

The revised regulations governing human subjects research, otherwise known as the 2018 Common Rule, went into effect on January 21, 2019. The Office of Human Research has posted guidance about the transition to the 2018 Common Rule. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Streamlining the Graduate Awards Application (GAA)

Sponsored projects administrators (SPAs) have been removed from the approval queue in the Graduate Awards Application (GAA). After careful consideration and consultation, it was determined that the approval of the principal investigator (PI) on the grant, the department chair and academic oversight from the respective schools’ fellowship coordinator is sufficient. Reducing the number of approvals should speed the processing of graduate student awards related to sponsored projects. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at [email protected].

Submissions to GW Research Days Due February 28th

GW Research Days, the annual showcase of student research, scholarship and creativity, will be held Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

  • April 9th will focus on undergraduate and graduate student 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.

Visit the GW Research Days website or follow @GWResearchDays on Twitter for the latest information and announcements. Abstract submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Please encourage your students to participate!

GW faculty who are interested in serving as a poster presentation judge should email [email protected].

Call for Technologies: 2019 TCO Innovation Competition

The annual TCO Innovation Competition, sponsored by GW’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), showcases promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential. The event provides a forum for idea sharing between GW researchers, entrepreneurs and members of the venture community, as well as the opportunity to present technologies to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and industry professionals. In addition to winning cash prizes, many finalists go on to license and commercialize their technologies. Participants must have an unlicensed invention disclosed to TCO, and each team must include a GW inventor. Email [email protected] by March 4, 2019 to disclose your invention and participate in the competition.

The TCO Innovation Competition will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1:00 – 5:30 pm in Science and Engineering Hall.

Last Call: GW New Venture Competition Applications Due February 6th 

The GW New Venture Competition (NVC) was created to give GW students, faculty, and alumni a real-world, experiential learning opportunity in entrepreneurship. Whether you’re a GW entrepreneur or a dreamer with a startup, business, or social purpose idea, the GW NVC has a route for you. More than $300,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. GW NVC applications are due Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 1:00 PM EST. For more information, visit the GW NVC website or contact Jasmine Bautista at [email protected].

I-Corps Short Course Application Now Open

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for the 2-week I-Corps Short Course that begins on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. This course is FREE, with $3k support funding available to eligible GW-affiliated teams and $50k for those that qualify for the NSF I-Corps National program. Innovation Corps is a Lean Startup boot-camp, sponsored by the NSF and designed to foster an innovative ecosystem in the nation's capital. The program provides real-world, hands-on training on how to incorporate innovations into successful products. Learn more about I-Corps at GW. Contact [email protected] with questions or for more information.