Research Updates - 2019

OVPR Research Updates

Late November 2019

Deadline Extended: OVPR Faculty Awards & Trachtenberg (Research) Award
The deadline has been extended for OVPR Faculty Award and Trachtenberg (Research) Award nominations. Nominations are now due by Thursday, December 19, 2019.
Faculty are encouraged to nominate a colleague for one of the following awards:
  • OVPR Distinguished Scholar Award
  • OVPR Distinguished Researcher Award
  • OVPR Early Career Scholar Award
  • OVPR Early Career Researcher Award
  • Trachtenberg (Research) Award
Additionally, students and trainees are encouraged to nominate a mentor for the following award:
  • OVPR Research Mentorship Award
All nominations must be submitted via OVPR's InfoReady portal. Choose "2020 OVPR Faculty Awards - Nomination Form" or "2020 Trachtenberg (Research) Award - Nomination Form" from the list of opportunities.
Completed nomination packages are still due on Friday, January 24, 2020.
The OVPR Faculty Awards will be presented at the annual Faculty Honors Ceremony held in the spring of 2020. More details are available on the OVPR Faculty Awards webpage.
 
Reminder: Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund
The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within centers and institutes or between researchers from two or more diverse departments that encourage applications to external funding opportunities. CDRF awards provide up to $50,000 in funds for one year with the opportunity to apply for a second year of funding.
Office of Human Research Webinar Screening: "Soldiers as Subjects: What IRBs and DOD-Funded Investigators Need to Know"
Thursday, December 5, 2019  |  2:30 - 3:45 pm  |  1922 F Street NW, Conference Room 201
The imperative to advance the health and performance of service members must be fulfilled through ethical and compliant human subjects research. During this webinar, speakers from the Department of Defense (DOD) will introduce key regulatory requirements, specific population considerations, and best practices for including service members in research. Investigators will learn how to plan for successful research in this domain, and IRBs will gain an understanding of how to assess service member-centric protocols. RSVP to attend by emailing [email protected].
 
RCR Session: Collaborative Science
Tuesday, December 17, 2019  |  2:00 - 3:30 pm  |  Marvin Center 311
Increasingly, successful research projects require collaboration across disciplines and between institutions. These collaborations benefit from diverse expertise and perspectives and ensure the efficient use of time and other resources. This session will cover key points in establishing collaborative relationships, the nature and advantages of successful collaborations, dealing with challenges, and the role of institutions in collaborative science. The discussion will be led by Dr. Kathleen Griffith, associate professor of medicine and member of the GW Cancer Center, and Dr. Keith Crandall, director of the Computational Biology Institute. RSVP to attend by emailing [email protected].
 
RCR @ GW and Beyond: A Weekly Seminar Course Launching January 16, 2020
The Office of Research Integrity announces a new weekly seminar course designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills and foster sensitivity to ethical issues in the conduct of research. Participants will engage in discussions and active learning mechanisms facilitated by active researchers and administrators at the university. Registration is open to the entire campus community including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, researchers, staff and research administrators. Registration will be capped at twenty participants. View the course description, course dates, and register online.
 
GW New Venture Competition Application is Now Open
The 2020 GW New Venture Competition (GW NVC) is currently accepting applications. Whether you're a GW entrepreneur or a dreamer with a startup, business, or social purpose idea, GW NVC has a route for you. Refine your innovative idea, learn how to pitch to real investors, and compete for over $500,000 in total prizes to help get your idea off the ground. Applications are due by February 5, 2020 at 1PM ET. Contact Jasmine Bautista at [email protected] for more information. Start your GW NVC application.
 
Grantwriting for the Individual Investigator (CTS 6266)
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences are co-sponsoring a 15-week online course during which participants will draft an R01 or similar application. Covered topics will include: biosketches, specific aims, approach and budget. Feedback on each section will be given by experienced grant writers and study section members. The course will be held January 13 through April 27, 2020 and is limited to 10 participants. The course number is CTS 6266 and the Course Registration Number (CRN) is 76751. GW tuition remission can be applied. View the course flyer for more details

November 2019

Reminder: High-Impact Research Strategic Planning Committee to Host Second Public Forum

Thursday, November 14, 2019; 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

Milken Institute School of Public Health (950 New Hampshire Avenue NW)

7th Floor (Executive Case Room)

View WebEx Details

The High-Impact Research Strategic Planning Committee continues to seek community input to inform priorities and goals under its charge to "develop a strategy for improving research productivity across the university that addresses all disciplines and leverages the unique opportunities available at GW." During this second public forum, the committee invites feedback on the following:

  1. Propose 1-3 innovative, large-scale “big ideas” to increase high-impact research and improve research productivity across the university.
  2. List 1-3 strategic focus areas for high-impact research that GW should develop.
  3. How can GW stimulate and facilitate interdisciplinary "team" research
  4. What new facilities might be needed to enhance the research enterprise and how might these promote high-impact interdisciplinary research?
  5. How can GW further engage with the surrounding community (including federal government, industry and technology sectors)?
  6. How can GW promote research on data analytics?

For those who cannot attend in person, answers to these questions can be submitted through the strategic plan website. Additional information regarding the strategic planning process is available at strategicplan.gwu.edu.

Intramural Funding Opportunities Enhance Research Growth

Funding for new and collaborative projects provides faculty with a stepping stone to scholarly and research success. Intramural funding has more than doubled since FY 2016. Read the GW Today article.

OVPR Faculty Awards

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

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 22, 2019. Nominations must be submitted via OVPR's InfoReady portal. Choose "2020 OVPR Faculty Awards - Nomination Form" from the list of opportunities.

Completed nomination packages will be due on Friday, January 24, 2020. The awards will be presented at the annual Faculty Honors Ceremony held in the spring of 2020. More details are available on the OVPR Faculty Awards webpage.

Reminder: Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund

The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within Centers and Institutes or between researchers from two or more diverse departments that encourage applications to external funding opportunities.

Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab Opens in 2000 Penn

The new Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab (I+E Lab) is a partnership between GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MakeOffices. The I+E Lab is a hub for innovation, imagination and collaboration located within the MakeOffices space at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. The I+E Lab is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday and its programs are available to all current students, faculty and alumni from any GW school. Learn more about the I+E Lab

GW's New Venture Competition is a Top-Ten Entrepreneurship Competition
What are the best schools for student innovators and entrepreneurs to raise seed money? GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship researched and ranked the top 20 U.S. university business plan competitions in terms of annual non-dilutive cash prizes awarded. The GW New Venture Competition makes the top ten at number eight. Read the full article and ranking.
 
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are accepting applications for the 2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships are available. Application deadlines are December 10-17, 2019, depending on the program. Visit the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website for more details.
 
National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes
The National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes program funds institutes that can serve as national nexus points for collaborative efforts spanning institutions of higher education, federal agencies, industry, and nonprofits/foundations in such areas. The program is a joint effort of multiple federal agencies. Full proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 or Thursday, January 30, 2020, depending on the selected funding track. View the funding opportunity for more details.
 
Fall 2019 NSF Grants Conference Webcast
Experience the Fall 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference virtually! The plenary sessions of the upcoming conference in Boston, MA on November 18-19, 2019 will be webcast live to the research community. View the plenary sessions to gain key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF including: the state of current funding, proposal preparation and merit review policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues. Read more information and register.
 
Reminder: xTRACT Use on NIH RPPRs Required in FY 2020
Beginning with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients must use the xTRACT system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports. While it is not mandatory to use xTRACT for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants, it may be required in future years. Check out NIH resources on xTRACT such as the user guide, instructional videos, and FAQs available on the eRA website. For more details on xTRACT's required use and implementation, see the full Guide Notice.
 

September 2019

University Facilitating Fund

The goal of the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) is to foster the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities that encourage application to externally funded opportunities or bring external recognition to the PI and university.

Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund

The goal of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) is to establish collaborative research partnerships within Centers and Institutes or between researchers from two or more diverse departments that encourage applications to external funding opportunities.

Shandra White to Step Down as Director of Sponsored Projects

Shandra White, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and the Research Enhancement Unit, will step down from her role at the university. She has been named the executive director of Sponsored Research at Northwestern University. Her last day at GW will be September 18, 2019. Shandra has been a tremendous asset to our research community and an integral part of OVPR's leadership team. Please join us in thanking Shandra for her important contributions and congratulating her on this new role.

Sylvia Ezekilova, OSP's associate director, will serve as interim director while a search for a permanent director is underway. Beginning September 19, 2019, please direct all director-level questions about sponsored projects to Sylvia and all other operational inquiries to Gina Lohr, senior associate vice provost for research.

PI Dashboard Enhancements

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Business Intelligence Services are pleased to announce a number of enhancements to Principal Investigator’s (PI) Dashboard that were released to the GW research community on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

PI Dashboard is a web-based analytics tool that gives PIs quick access to the information necessary to make informed, data driven decisions about the financial aspects of their sponsored projects. Access or learn more about the tool by visiting the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

The PI Dashboard enhancements are part of ongoing efforts to improve and streamline research administration systems and processes. PI Dashboard has a new look and new options for drilling down into transaction details. Additionally, all PI Dashboard capabilities are available via a single logon.

Please email [email protected]gwu.edu with questions or feedback.

Virtual Office Hours

Office of Sponsored Projects staff will be available via WebEx to answer questions about PI Dashboard. See the list of "Research Trainings and Events" below or the Training page on the OSP website for a listing of virtual office hours in September. RSVP for a 15-minute session.

New Proposal Review Guide Clarifies Responsibilities

In response to the faculty-led Research Ecosystem Review, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) has published a new guide that clarifies the responsibilities for reviewing aspects and components of a proposal prior to submission to the sponsor. The document aims to make the pre-submission review process more transparent by outlining the non-technical compliance and complex issues that OSP is responsible for reviewing and the technical/scientific content that is to be reviewed and certified by the principal investigator. The guide is linked from OSP's "Develop a Proposal" webpage. View the OSP Proposal Review Guide (GW login required).

New Website Connects Students with Research Opportunities

GW Student Research Commons provides students with a one-stop resource to help them build valuable skills and foster cross-disciplinary collaboration. Students and trainees can use the website to find paid research positions, fellowships, databases of scholarships and funding opportunities, research internships and other for-credit or experiential opportunities. GW faculty are able to post for-credit and other experiential opportunities directly to the site. Read more in GW Today.

GW Postdoc Appreciation Day

The university community is invited to celebrate the important contributions that postdocs make to research at GW by attending Postdoc Appreciation Day on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 10:30am-5:00pm in Science and Engineering Hall (B1167). The day's agenda includes poster presentations, a career panel, and an "elevator pitch" workshop. Visit the GWPA website for more details. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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 November 2-16, 2019. A list of topics covered on the CRA exam is available online. The application deadline for the November exam is October 1, 2019.

Virginia Tech hosts the CRA Study Team, an online guided self-study program designed for all research administrators (regardless of institution) that are interested in taking the CRA exam. View the CRA Study Team website for more details.

International Travel Guidelines from GW Information Technology

International travel increases the likelihood that personal and university-owned devices and data will be compromised. As a result, GW Information Technology (IT) has prepared security guidelines and tips for mobile devices to support GW community members traveling abroad on university business. View the Guide to Mobile Device Security Abroad (PDF).

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) repay up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the LRPs, and awardees may apply for subsequent, competitive renewal awards as long as they meet program eligibility. NIH LRPs report a 50% application success rate overall. Visit the NIH Division of Loan Repayment website for general eligibility requirements and program details. Applications are due November 15, 2019.

GW Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab

The new Innovation + Entrepreneurship Lab (I+E Lab) is a partnership between GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MakeOffices. The I+E Lab is a hub for innovation, imagination and collaboration located within the MakeOffices space at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. The I+E Lab is open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and its programs are available to all current students, faculty and alumni from any GW school. Learn more about the I+E Lab. 

Compete in the 2019 Pitch George Competition

The annual Pitch George Competition, organized by the GW Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE), allows young entrepreneurs to present their business ideas, get valuable feedback on the viability of their business concepts and win startup capital. The final registration deadline is Sunday, September 29, 2019 at midnight. The competition will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00am-5:00pm in Duquès Hall. View more details.

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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

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. 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.