Research Updates - 2023

OVPR Research Updates

December 2023


GW Research Year in Review

In 2023, the GW community reached new heights of research excellence and impact. In this GW Research Year in Review, we celebrate a number of highlights, from some of our top research stories to new initiatives tackling the STEM workforce, sustainability and more.

Three-Day Faculty Writing Retreat

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the University Writing Program invite GW faculty to kick off 2024 with three days of structured writing and research activities. Faculty are invited to bring writing projects of any genre and at any stage. The retreat provides time to work on writing projects that are in progress, time to plan or begin new projects, and opportunities to share your writing and research with colleagues from across the university. The retreat will be held Monday, January 8 – Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily. Coffee, a continental breakfast, and lunch will be provided. Read testimonials from past attendees and register to join us.

Science Friday is Coming to GW!

This popular science radio program will stage a remote live broadcast at GW’s Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, March 23, 2024. This is your chance to peek behind-the-curtain of a national radio show and participate in a special live performance. More details on the program content will be coming in the months ahead. Meanwhile, a limited-run sale of discounted tickets for the GW community (faculty, students, postdocs and staff) are on sale now through January 19, 2024. The performance is being sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and presented in partnership with local public radio station WAMU. Read more and purchase discounted tickets.

Engage Lewis-Burke to Boost Your Research Funding

GW has partnered with Lewis-Burke Associates to help prepare faculty to pursue federal grants and continue to grow the university’s funding portfolio. Leveraging the firm’s deep understanding of federal agencies, Lewis-Burke provides advanced information and actionable intelligence on federal funding opportunities. Learn how your research program could benefit from a consultation with Lewis-Burke and about other resources the firm provides by visiting the new Engaging Lewis-Burke Associates web page.

New! GW Public Interest Technology Scholars Program

GW's new Public Interest Technology Scholars program will identify, highlight, and honor select GW faculty who are engaging in interdisciplinary research and making contributions to the field of public interest technology. Two GW faculty members will be named as GW Public Interest Technology Scholars for one year (February 2024 – December 2024) with the possibility of a one-year renewal for a maximum of two (2) years. Scholars will receive a $2,000 annual stipend. Applications will be accepted via OVPR’s InfoReady portal. Choose “GW Public Interest Technology Scholars Program - 2024” from the list of funding opportunities. Applications are due by 1:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

GW Launches University-Wide Alliance for a Sustainable Future

The Alliance for a Sustainable Future is a university-wide initiative that will form a powerful strategic alliance of research institutes, academic programs, offices, organizations and individuals dedicated to the shared mission of combating climate change and promoting healthy and thriving resource systems for all. Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the alliance will enhance GW’s many existing strong examples of climate and sustainability work by identifying and amplifying areas of collaboration. Read more in GW Today.

Undergraduate Journal Seeks Submissions

The GW Undergraduate Review, a student-led journal, publishes original articles authored by GW undergraduates from any discipline. GWUR is currently accepting submissions for its seventh volume. Please encourage your undergraduate mentees to submit their work by Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

International Research / Sponsor Update

New NIH Guidance on Foreign Subrecipients

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updated Policy Guidance (NIH NOT-OD-23-182), effective January 1, 2024, requires foreign subrecipients to provide access to copies of all lab notebooks, all data, and all documentation that supports the research outcomes as described in the progress report, to the primary recipient with a frequency of no less than once per year. For additional information about implementation and training for principal investigators and research administrators, please visit the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

Coming Soon!

FY25 Intramural Funding Opportunities

Each year the Office of the Vice Provost for Research sponsors intramural funding programs that support new scholarly projects. The next round of the University Facilitating Fund, the Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund and the Humanities Facilitating Fund are expected to go live this week with formal announcements going out in early January. Eligibility requirements will remain the same as prior years, so we encourage scholars to start thinking about fundable projects over winter break.

New Center-Scale Seed Fund Will Launch in Early 2024

OVPR will launch a new Center-Scale (Multi-Investigator) Seed Fund (CSSF) in early 2024 that will invest in research directions where an internal up-front investment can lead to externally funded “center-scale” research programs. CSSF recognizes that the preparation of winning center-scale grant proposals requires significant investments of time, networking and new partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines within GW, other universities, national laboratories or industry. These funds will be used to nucleate and grow collaborations and partnerships and provide teams with the resources needed to successfully compete for specific call(s) from external funding agencies/organizations. Once the program has launched, CSSF applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

2024 TCO Innovation Competition: Call for Submissions

The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) hosts an Innovation Competition to showcase impactful GW research with strong commercial potential. At the event, GW inventors present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. Finalists win prize money, and many participants go on to license and commercialize their technologies. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 2, 2024. Email [email protected] or visit the TCO website to learn more about the competition and eligibility.



May 2023


Celebrating Faculty Research, Scholarship and Innovation

Faculty awards for research, scholarship and innovation were presented at GW's 13th Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony:

  • Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research): David DeGrazia, Elton Professor of Philosophy
  • OVPR Distinguished Career Award: Adnan Hyder, Professor of Global Health
  • OVPR Distinguished Career Award: Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs
  • OVPR Early Career Award: Janet Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
  • OVPR Research Mentorship Award: Trudy Mallinson, Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
  • Inventor of the Year Award: Michael Keidar, A. James Clark Professor of Engineering (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)

Please help us congratulate these faculty on their contributions to the university and to their respective fields. Read more about the 2023 Faculty Honors Ceremony.

Benefits of Using a Digital Persistent Identifier

A digital persistent identifier (DPI), such as an ORCiD, provides scholars with control of their publication and profile data throughout their careers, even if they change their name or institutional affiliation. DPIs also ensure reliable citation, attribution, and linking of research outputs. ORCiD can also be linked to SciENcv, which saves time when building proposal documents for submission to funding agencies like NSF and NIH. Schedule a consultation with a GW librarian for assistance! (Gelman Library  /  Himmelfarb Library)

LabArchives Now Available for the GW Research Community

OVPR has secured an institutional license to LabArchives, an electronic laboratory notebook, data management, and collaboration platform. More details will be coming soon, but the tool is available to the GW community now. Investigators that are interested in utilizing the tool or getting a demonstration of its features may contact [email protected].

New Website for Technology Commercialization Office

The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) has launched a new website with updated content for both researchers and industry partners. Visit the TCO website.

Postdocs, Students & Trainees

Support Undergraduates Pursuing Fellowships and Scholarships

Are you a GW faculty or staff that would like to support and mentor undergraduates as they pursue fellowship and scholarship opportunities? The GW Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research is seeking members for new National Awards Endorsement Committees. The primary role of endorsement committee members will be determining which candidates represent GW in national award competitions. However, service as a member of the endorsement committee is an opportunity to build a sense of belonging and develop scholars. The expected time commitment is 8-12 hours throughout a review period.

Updated Fringe Rate for Postdoc Associates

GW has negotiated an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which approves the fringe benefit rate for postdoctoral associates. Beginning FY24 (i.e., July 1, 2023), the postdoc associate fringe rate will be 24.81%.

PIs budgeting for postdoc scholars should work with the postdoc support team ([email protected]) and their research administration pod to determine the appropriate monthly fee and the portion of that fee that is an allowable expense on sponsored projects.

New Postdoc Minimum Compensation

Effective July 1, 2023, the minimum annualized compensation for newly appointed postdocs will be $56,484. The university aligns minimum compensation for new postdoctoral appointees with the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) scale, which is a national standard. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Find Funding

Reminder: Curated Lists of Funding Opportunities in Pivot

GW investigators have access to Pivot, a robust and searchable database of funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources. Users can search by keyword or navigate to one of 72 curated lists by discipline, career status, or funding type. For an orientation to Pivot and its features, including personalized searches and alerts, please contact the Research Enhancement Unit at [email protected].

Subscribe to Targeted Grant Calendars

Hanover Research produces specialized grant calendars twice each month, mapping out grant opportunities of interest to faculty in different focus areas. Sign-up for targeted grant calendars and alerts.

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two program areas: 1) medical research and 2) science and engineering. Projects should be novel and distinctive in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Grants range from $1 million - $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. GW is eligible to submit one application for each program area. If interested in being one of GW’s applicants, please submit a single-page concept paper and a five-page NIH biosketch via OVPR's InfoReady portal by 1:00 pm on Friday, June 23, 2023. View full limited submission details.