From Spark to Impact: Supporting GW Researchers and Scholars



Many GW offices support faculty, staff, postdocs and students on their journeys to contribute new knowledge and new ways of understanding the world. Their services are intended to increase a scholar’s capacity or boost the impact of outcomes.

Whether you recently joined GW or have been here for decades, this series will introduce the people and offices that assist our scholarly community from the time they conceptualize a new project until they publish or present their findings.

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Past Sessions


What is an ORCiD ID and How Can it Help You Streamline Your Research Processes?

A digital persistent identifier (DPI), such as an ORCiD, grants scholars control of their publication and profile data throughout their career, even if they change their name or institutional affiliation. DPIs also ensure reliable citation, attribution, and linking of research outputs. Additionally, recent federal guidance outlines the use of DPIs as a way to enhance research security. 

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023; 11:00am-12:00p

Research Enhancement: Funding Opportunities and Tools

You may already be aware of the wonderful tools offered to researchers with our licenses for PIVOT and InfoReady, but did you know that the integration of the two allows you to drastically shorten the time from identification of a funding opportunity to action? Understanding how both systems are used in sponsored projects and how they are linked will enable you to use them to your benefit.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

Transferring Awards and Submitting New Proposals

Are you planning to go through the proposal process soon, or transfer a funded award to GW? The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) will lead a discussion around the ins-and-outs of the proposal process and the award transfer process.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

From Proposal to Award Closeout: The Sponsored Projects Lifecycle at GW

External funding is critical for conducting cutting-edge research and publishing innovative papers. The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) serves as a central resource for investigators and research administrators throughout the sponsored projects lifecycle. This session outlines the workflow of proposals and awards at GW, including roles and responsibilities, agreements and contracts, awards and subawards and much more.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023; 1:00pm-2:00pm

Promoting and Enabling Research with the Libraries and Academic Innovation Team

The library system at GW boasts a robust collection of research tools, materials and institutional knowledge. In what ways can the library staff and collections help you reach your research goals? Join the Libraries and Academic Innovation team as they discuss the many ways that the library system can enhance and promote university research and scholarship.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

Software Systems for Researchers with Proposals and Awards

There are many different systems used throughout the proposal and award process. This session will demonstrate two of the most important—myResearch and PI Dashboard. myResearch is GW’s enhanced electronic research administration tool that manages proposal creation, reviews, SF-424 submissions and more. PI Dashboard is a powerful tool used in the financial management of awards.  

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023; 1:00pm-2:00pm

Introduction to LabArchives: A Digital Lab Notebook for Better Data Management

LabArchives is a secure, cloud-based platform for creating and collaborating within digital lab notebooks and for the storage, organization and sharing of scientific research and data. Digital lab notebook platforms like LabArchives are designed to help scholars from a variety of disciplines record and document research data, processes, and procedures and manage research data in a way that increases reproducibility, efficiency, collaboration, searchability, and security.

GW offers three tools within LabArchives: the electronic lab notebook, inventory, and scheduler. The lab notebook tool provides a digital notebook and workspace for better data management, connectivity, and collaboration. This session will focus on the lab notebook tool within LabArchives.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023; 10:00am-11:00am

LabArchives Inventory and Scheduler Tools- Streamlining Organization in Your Lab

LabArchives is a secure, cloud-based platform for creating and collaborating within digital lab notebooks and for the storage, organization and sharing of scientific research and data. Digital lab notebook platforms like LabArchives are designed to help scholars from a variety of disciplines record and document research data, processes, and procedures and manage research data in a way that increases reproducibility, efficiency, collaboration, searchability, and security.

GW has three tools within LabArchives--the electronic lab notebook, inventory, and scheduler. The Inventory tool streamlines the organization, usage, tracking, and ordering of inventory items. The Scheduler tool is easy-to-use calendar and scheduling software for the management and scheduling of laboratory equipment and resources. The three tools can be used independently or together for increased efficiency and streamlined research tracking. This session will focus on the inventory and scheduler tools within LabArchives. 

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

Spending Research Funds: Procurement Policies for Responsible Fiscal Management

Your award money is here and you’re ready to spend it, but do you understand the procurement process? At GW, the procurement process varies based on the source of the funds. For travel, conference registrations, supplies, and other goods and services, guidance from the Procurement Office can ensure that using your award money is a smooth process.

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023; 2:00pm-3:00pm

Introduction to Lean Innovation

Innovators - whether directing groundbreaking research, designing new products, or empowering communities - must all take similar first steps in order to be successful. They must know who they're helping, how and why help is needed, and how a proposed solution might benefit intended recipients. GW's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers this short introductory workshop to learn how savvy innovators take this first step.

  • Friday, October 20, 2023; 12:00pm-1:00pm

Best Practices in Getting Your Article or Book Published

The publishing process may seem confusing or overwhelming at first. How do you identify potential publications for your article, or write a book proposal that will catch the attention of a busy editor? In this session, John W. Warren, Director of the MPS in Publishing program at GW, discusses how to find publishing opportunities, steps for preparing academic papers for publication, and the elements of an effective proposal. Examine the process of getting your scholarly article published, elements of nonfiction book proposals, how to write query letters, tips on working effectively with editors, and benefits to participating in the broader academic community.

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

Research Technology Services

The Research Technology Services team provides research computing services to the GW community to enhance GW’s research faculty competitiveness and success. From supporting analytical efforts to working on machine learning, this team has expertise that can advance your research! Join this session to meet the Research Technology Services team and hear how their advanced information technology knowledge can help give you an edge.

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023; 2:30pm-3:30pm

#GettingTheWordOut: How to Use #SocialMedia to Communicate Your Science to the Public

The depth and breadth of the research being done at GW is astounding! But how do researchers make sure that their hard work reaches the largest audience possible? In this innovative session, researchers can learn about the power and nature of social media, and how they can use it to amplify their professional careers. Attendees will learn strategies for using social media to increase their research impact, and ways to expand influence through professional development planning.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm

Amazon Web Services Research Day

Research Technology Services (RTS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) invites you to learn how to accelerate your research with cloud computing, backup and store your most important data, meet compliance requirements, and leverage the power of advanced technologies for reproducibility and scale. Attendees can join for the entire day or for any of the individual sessions to hear from experts on how to advance your research.

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023; 9:00am-4:00pm

Communicating GW Research

Communicating broadly about your research and original scholarship can help boost its impact, reach potential funders or collaborators, make it easier for others to find and cite your work, and inform the public debate on societal issues. Attend this session to learn more about the ways GW's Office of Communications and Marketing has helped GW scholars share their discoveries and work with various audiences, including press releases, web stories, video, Op-Eds, graphics or illustration support, engaging policymakers, events, and more.

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023; 2:00pm-3:00pm

The Contracting Process: Personnel, Agreements, and Systems

Join the Contracts Team in the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) to discuss the contracts process from start to finish. This session is a perfect primer or refresher on the sponsored research contracting process, covering how the contract negotiation process with sponsors generally works, where and how to submit different types of agreements, and the role and varying responsibilities of the OSP Contracts Team throughout the entire process.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023; 9:30am-10:30am

Sponsored Research Compliance Tips

Ensuring compliance while submitting proposals and receiving awards from research sponsors is a massive undertaking. GW's Office of Sponsored Projects can help! This session will review key compliance issues that are affecting PIs today, including information on biosketches, SciENcv, ORCHiD accounts, and much more.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023; 2:00pm-3:00pm

Friday, November 17, 2023

Human Subjects Research and the IRB Review Process

Conducting research involving human subjects requires careful review and adherence to GW guidance and federal rules and regulations. The Office of Human Research helps investigators navigate the regulatory hurdles. Attend this session to learn about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, how to submit and track human subjects research protocols in GW's Integrated Research Information Software (iRIS), and much more.

  • Friday, November 17, 2023; 11:00am-12:00pm