Research Updates - 2020

OVPR Research Updates

January 2020

Using SciENcv to prepare NSF Biographical Sketches

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now encouraging researchers to begin using SciENcv for preparation of the PDF Biographical Sketch. The SciENcv-PDF will be the NSF-approved format required upon implementation of the revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), anticipated for release in the coming months. Once effective, NSF will only accept the SciENcv-PDF for all biographical sketches within an NSF proposal submitted via FastLane/

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) recommends that GW researchers use ORCID for listing NSF publications to simplify entering and updating publications in one place, and then import the publication records into other systems, including SciENcv. University Librarians will be assisting GW researchers, faculty and staff with setting-up and working within ORCID. Read more and view resources available to support GW researchers.

New Tool to Manage Payments to Human Subjects Research Participants

Effective February 17, 2020 the university will make available a new tool to the research community that will streamline the payment of participants in human subjects research and reduce the administrative burden associated with these transactions. The tool, Forte Participant Payment, must be approved on any IRB protocol before an investigator can start using it to manage payments.

The Finance Division and the Office of Human Research will co-host two orientation sessions to provide an overview of Forte and the process for seeking IRB approval to use the system:

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 11:00 am - 12:30 pm; Marvin Center 307 
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020; 1:00 - 2:30 pm; Marvin Center 404 

RSVP to attend either training by emailing [email protected]. Visit the Finance Department's website to read more about Forte and related documentation.

In response to feedback from faculty and the Research Ecosystem Review, systems like Forte Participant Payment have been implemented to reduce administrative burden for GW researchers and administrative partners. Read more about the research initiative and its accomplishments.

RCR Session: Student-Initiated Human Subjects Research

Thursday, January 16, 2020  | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | Marvin Center 310

Graduate and undergraduate student researchers are an integral part of GW's research ecosystem. Student-initiated research involving human subjects must follow the same guidelines as research conducted by faculty and staff. However, research conducted by students has additional considerations such as time frame, experience and faculty input/responsibility.

Facilitators from GW’s Office of Human Research will discuss ethical and practical considerations for human subjects protections in student-initiated research and engage the attendees in case study discussions. This session is targeted towards undergraduate and graduate student researchers and their mentors.

View more details  | RSVP to attend by emailing [email protected].

Enhancements to University-Wide Research Event in 2020

We are excited to announce enhancements to this year’s university-wide research event. GW Research Showcase (formerly GW Research Days) will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The event will be held on one day instead of two and is moving to the Charles E. Smith Center. We hope to announce new types of programming and more affiliated events in the coming months. Please spread the word and encourage your undergraduate and graduate student mentees to present their work. All disciplines are eligible to participate! Abstract submissions are due by Monday, March 2, 2020. Visit the GW Research Showcase website for more details and future announcements.

Applications for GW New Venture Competition Due February 5th

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.

PCORI Launches 2020 Cycle of Funding Opportunities

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced a number of new research funding opportunities across a spectrum of healthcare issues, with special emphasis on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and maternal mortality. The Broad PCORI Funding Announcement will also prioritize genetic sequencing to guide cancer treatment, peripheral artery disease, and suicide prevention. Letters of Intent are due Tuesday, February 4, 2020. View a list of PCORI's current funding opportunities.

NAM Health Longevity Catalyst Awards

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is accepting applications for NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards through February 24, 2020. A two-page application is all it takes to be considered for one of up to 24 awards worth $50,000 each plus travel to the 2021 Innovator Summit in Washington, DC. Individuals and teams residing in the United States are invited to submit applications detailing bold, innovative, and potentially transformative ideas to improve the mental, physical, and social well-being of people as they age. View more details and apply online.

Agilent Early Career Professor Award

The nomination process for the 2020 Agilent Early Career Professor Award is now open. The topic of the 2020 award is “Contributions to the development of breakthrough live cell analysis technologies for measuring cellular responses to chemical/pharmaceutical treatments and genetic manipulations, including those that could advance cell-based therapies”. The winner will receive an unrestricted research award of $100,000 to the university in the professor's name paid over 2 years. Nominations are due by February 28, 2020. View the eligibility requirements and application process.

CTSI-CN Winter 2019 Voucher Awards

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) is now accepting applications for Voucher Awards that may be used for CTSI-CN services, or for specific community outreach activities intended to initiate groundwork for future applications for community engagement awards offered by CTSI-CN. Multiple awards up to $3,000 each are available. All GW faculty are eligible. Proposed research must be high impact, innovative and scientifically rigorous. Support is not limited to pediatric research--any project relevant to health and well-being throughout the lifespan is eligible. Proposals are due January 21, 2020. View the Request for Applications for more details and to apply (PDF).

NIH Regional Grant Administration Seminar

Learn about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants process directly from NIH experts. The upcoming NIH Regional Seminar will be held April 20-22, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. Over 100 experts will provide the latest policy and process information on program funding and grants administration. Pre-docs, post-docs, or grad students qualify for discounted registration. Visit the NIH Regional Seminar website to learn more and register to attend.