Upcoming Events

Reminder: CCAS Faculty Book Showcase and Book Workshop
A reminder for the CCAS Faculty Book Day on April 13, in GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101). There will be two events, the CCAS Faculty Book Showcase during 11:30 - 1 pm, and CCAS Faculty Book Publishing Workshop 1:30 - 3pm. Those with recently published academic books are welcome to bring your books for display.
Sign up is optional and encouraged.

Reminder: GW Research Days
Please join us for the GW Research Days on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Marvin Center, with 662 presenters expected across the two-day event! CCAS presentations will be on April 10. Details of the events can be found at https://researchdays.gwu.edu/schedule/.

NSF CAREER Workshop Series 

Time/Location: Friday, April 20, 12-2pm, in SEH 2000, Friday, May 4, 12-2 pm, in SEH 2990.
Sign Up: Sign Up Webform
Description Once again, we are working with SEAS and OVPR to organize an NSF CAREER workshop series aimed at junior faculty for their submissions. This will begin with two workshops by Dr. Ken Chong, followed by 1-1 meetings with Dr. Carl Batt (some of you are already in touch with Dr. Batt). Past CAREER recipients are welcome to join to share your expertise, especially in the first workshop on April 20, or act as faculty mentor for our CAREER submission applicants. Details of the events are below.

Materials for the NEH Workshop

The materials for the NEH Workshop on March 29 is now available at google drive
NEH Workshop

Additional resources are available at
CCAS Research Resources

You will need to login to your GW email account to access.

Update on Internal Funding Process

  • UFF / CCFF Those who submitted UFF to OVPR should have learned from OVPR that the decisions on UFF will be made this month (they will be a bit slower this year due to the extended UFF, but they expect more awards as a result). As soon as those decisions are made, OVPR will pass the unfunded UFF proposals to us so we can consider them for possible funding from CCFF.
  • Dean's Research Chair We expect to inform the applicants in the coming week.
  • Enhanced Travel Those proposals were received by March 30, and the funding decision will be notified this month.
  • Nick-of-Time These proposals are processed as they come in throughout the year.
  • CCAS DREAM Mentoring Award This is an award not internal funding. But we would like to remind you that, as announced in our Research Update on March 16, 2018, the nomination for this award is due April 13, 2018.  Detailed information can be found our DREAM Website.

Funding Opportunities 

Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes  (TRIPODS + X)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 29, 2018
Program Synopsis: Twelve NSF Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Phase I Institutes were established in 2017 with the goal of promoting long-term, interdisciplinary research and training activities that engage theoretical computer scientists, statisticians, and mathematicians in developing the theoretical foundations of data science (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242888 ).
This TRIPODS + X solicitation seeks to expand the scope of the TRIPODS program by engaging researchers across other NSF disciplines and the TRIPODS research teams in collaborative activities. Working in concert with a TRIPODS organization, a TRIPODS + X project would focus on data-driven research challenges motivated by applications in one or more science and engineering domains or other activities aimed at building robust data science communities.
Please let me know at ccasres@gwu.edu if you wish to pursue.

Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
FY18 funding opportunities are anticipated for the following programs:
Autism Research Program
Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Prostate Cancer Research Program

Semiconductor Research Corporation
Letter of Intent due: April 16, 2018
Full proposal due: June 4, 2018
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting proposals in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICA).  The ICA program will provide supplemental funding* to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF) program offered by the National Science Foundation. 

Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
Description The CCAS Faculty Book Showcase is a celebration to recognize the achievements in publishing professional books by our faculty. It will feature recent faculty books in display, presence and brief remarks by GW leadership, including President LeBlanc, Provost Maltzmann, Vice President in Research Chalupa, and Dean Vinson. Refreshments will be provided during event.
Sign up is optional and encouraged.

Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.
Date/Times: Friday, April 13, 1:30 - 3 pm, with 1-1 meetings after.
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
Description: You wrote your dissertation on a topic with legs. Or maybe you’ve written one monograph—a good, old-fashioned, tenure book—and want a bigger audience for your next one. Or maybe you’ve been dabbling with op-ed pieces and short features, and you’d like to replicate the rush of connecting with actual, honest-to-God, readers in your next book-length project. Where do you begin? And more importantly, how do you convince editors and agents that you can write beyond your discipline?This 90-minute workshop, appropriate for faculty at all levels, demystifies the process of envisioning, developing, and pitching ideas for books that can appeal to both scholarly and trade audiences—known to publishers as “crossover books.” Major topics include identifying appropriate topics, approaches, audiences, and presses; whether or not you need an agent; how to write a winning book proposal; and steps all authors can take to generate interest in their books. We’ll also talk about how crossover books differ from more traditional scholarly books and the pros and cons of each approach for authors with academic affiliations. Participants receive two one-page handouts covering various aspects of these topics. One-on-one meetings with the speakers may be requested.
Sign-up is optional but recommended. If you wish to have one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you must indicate so on the form.

This year, the Foundation is presenting a James P. McGovern Award to Dr. Albert-László Barabási for his distinguished work in the field of network science.
Date /Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 pm
Description: On Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Barabási will deliver a lecture at the Cosmos Club that is free and open to the public.  If you would like to attend, the Foundation would be honored to host you.  Simply send your name, preferred address, and email to me at gkauvar@gwu.edu asap, the Foundation will gladly mail you an invitation and make the necessary arrangements for you to attend.
The Cosmos Club has a dress code: jacket and collared shirt for men, no jeans or gym shoes; com-parable attire for women.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 1- 3 pm
Location: Gelman B02
Two Agenda Items:

Research, Curriculum Development, Summer Programs, Digital Humanities
Dr. Deborah Hurtt, Senior Program Officer at the NEH, will outline key programs for higher ed faculty including Summer Stipends, Fellowships (deadline April 11), and Collaborative Research Grants.

How do I Write an Effective Proposal?
Dr. Deborah Hurtt will share tips for preparing successful NEH proposals.

Sign Up is optional and encouraged.  Sign up is required for 1-1 meetings.

Enhancement for the Enhanced Travel Program
In our effort to provide strong support for our scholarly related travel needs, we are pleased to increase our investment for the CCAS Enhanced Faculty Travel Awards program.  Starting this year, CCAS faculty can request up to $2500 in applying for this award.  The total number of awards will remain to be 30. The detailed description, reflecting this increased funding level, can be found online at our Research Blog. Please also keep in mind that the deadline for this year's competition is March 30, 2018.
As you know, we are constantly seeking ways to provide the best support for the scholarly activities of our faculty.  We are pleased this has led to encouraging returns, and we look forward to the continued success of your academic endeavors.
Ben Vinson III
Yongwu R.

Funding  Opportunities 

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)
Neurodegeneration Challenge Network                                                                          The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being   accepted for two funding mechanisms:   
 -CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration. Applications due by 5 pm PT, April 17, 2018. 
 -CZI Collaborative Science Awards: awards for small group interdisciplinary collaborations that include a physician with active clinical engagement. Letters of Intent due by 5 pm PT, April 3.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies, for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)                                                                                                                                                                
Proposal Submission Window:  May 7, 2018 - May 14, 2018

 

Funding / Prize Opportunities

National Science Foundation
Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NCS)
NSF invites the submission of educational neuroscience proposals to the NCS program. It notes that advances in our understanding of neural and cognitive systems can have significant implications for research on education. Through the Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Educational Neuroscientific Research through the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS) program it also seeks to foster the growth of a multidisciplinary community of researchers, including neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and education researchers. Deadline for Letters of Intent is February 20, 2018.

The Franklin Institute
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Deadline for completed nominations: May 31, 2018
An email of intent to nominate received by April 30, 2018 is appreciated. Description The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry- chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.
(Please let me know at rong@gwu.edu if you have a suggested nominee)

Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Faculty Workload Survey

This is for the principal investigators of federally-funded projects, and was explained in a recent email to you from Shandra White, Director of Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Enhancement.  The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), a cooperative initiative hosted by the National Academies, is conducting a national survey of federally-funded principal investigators (PIs) to explore the impact of federal regulations on the time faculty spend pursuing active research. Participation in the study is voluntary, but the more researchers that participate, the stronger the data. Please be on the lookout for an email message in the first two weeks of February (Feb 5 - 16, 2018inviting you to participate in the FDP Faculty Workload Survey. (The message will come from an email address ending in @srsrv.com.)

Student Opportunities

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are excited to share with you a great opportunity for your students to learn about the variety of internships and research participation programs available at ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab. ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair February 22 from noon to 3 p.m. EST. Students may register up to the day of the event at http://orau.us/live-ornl.
During the virtual career fair, students will be able to chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying.
Please share this information with your students and encourage them to find out more about the science education programs at ORNL!

Upcoming Events

Faculty Book Publishing Workshop II: Crossover Books: What, How, and Why
Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.
Tentative Date /Times: Friday, April 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, with 1-1 meetings 2:30 - 4:30pm.
Description You wrote your dissertation on a topic with legs. Or maybe you’ve written one monograph—a good, old-fashioned, tenure book—and want a bigger audience for your next one. Or maybe you’ve been dabbling with op-ed pieces and short features, and you’d like to replicate the rush of connecting with actual, honest-to-God, readers in your next book-length project. Where do you begin? And more importantly, how do you convince editors and agents that you can write beyond your discipline?

This 90-minute workshop, appropriate for faculty at all levels, demystifies the process of envisioning, developing, and pitching ideas for books that can appeal to both scholarly and trade audiences—known to publishers as “crossover books.” Major topics include identifying appropriate topics, approaches, audiences, and presses; whether or not you need an agent; how to write a winning book proposal; and steps all authors can take to generate interest in their books. We’ll also talk about how crossover books differ from more traditional scholarly books and the pros and cons of each approach for authors with academic affiliations. Participants receive two one-page handouts covering various aspects of these topics. One-on-one meetings with the speakers may be requested.

Sign-up is optional but recommended. If you wish to have one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you must indicate so on the form.

Gentle Reminders

  • Effort Reports Those of you with effort on sponsored projects should be receiving reports from your department administrative staff, which need to be reviewed for accuracy and approved. If changes are required, note the detailed changes directly on your report so that a labor redistribution can be processed. Please act promptly so that those can be processed on time.
  • Pre- / Post- Award Support.  For pre-award support, please use CCAS Intent to Submit  to inform us your proposal plan well in advance. For post-award management, have you checked your PI Dashboard lately?

Faculty Book Publishing Workshop II: Crossover Books: What, How, and Why

Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.

Tentative Date /Times: Friday, April 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, with 1-1 meetings 2:30 - 4:30pm.

Description You wrote your dissertation on a topic with legs. Or maybe you’ve written one monograph—a good, old-fashioned, tenure book—and want a bigger audience for your next one. Or maybe you’ve been dabbling with op-ed pieces and short features, and you’d like to replicate the rush of connecting with actual, honest-to-God, readers in your next book-length project. Where do you begin? And more importantly, how do you convince editors and agents that you can write beyond your discipline?

This 90-minute workshop, appropriate for faculty at all levels, demystifies the process of envisioning, developing, and pitching ideas for books that can appeal to both scholarly and trade audiences—known to publishers as “crossover books.” Major topics include identifying appropriate topics, approaches, audiences, and presses; whether or not you need an agent; how to write a winning book proposal; and steps all authors can take to generate interest in their books. We’ll also talk about how crossover books differ from more traditional scholarly books and the pros and cons of each approach for authors with academic affiliations. Participants receive two one-page handouts covering various aspects of these topics. One-on-one meetings with the speakers may be requested.

Sign-up is optional but recommended. If you wish to have a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you can indicate that on the sign-up form.

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) GW Site Visit
Where: Phillips Hall 210-A
 
When: Tuesday, February 13, 1 - 2 pm
This is part of a site visit by Dr. Daniel Filer, Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Coordinator, to talk to PIs of funded projects, and to present opportunities from CESU.
Optional Sign-up, please indicate in the form if you would like to meet one-on-one with Dr. Filer.