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Update from NSF 

As explained in our CCAS Research Update (Nov. 17, 2017) and in the OVPR Research Update (Nov 2017 issue), the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the release of a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), effective January 29, 2018. Some of the most significant changes are:

  • A Standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template is now required for all proposals
  • The Budget Justification page limitation will increase from three pages to five pages
  • Project Description must now contain a separate section titled “Intellectual Merit”
  • Results from Prior NSF Support now applies to any awards PI or Co-PI has had with an end date in the past five years, including no-cost extensions. (In cases where the PI or a co-PI has received more than one award, they need only report on the award most closely related to the proposal)

More details can be found at the NSF PAPPG Update Webinar and NSF Advisories page. NSF will run Automated Compliance Checking when you update your proposal in FastLane. All of of our SRAs have been informed of the changes, and will be able to work with you to ensure compliance.  If you have any question, please check with your SRA or contact Juliana Smith at

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GW Animal Research Facility Services & Fees Update

Animal Care Per Diem Increase Effective February 1, 2018, the GW Animal Research Facility (ARF) will increase its animal care per diem rates by 5 percent. The facility has not increased its per diem rate since 2005. Going forward,
forward, each January, per diem rates will increase 5 percent for that calendar year. The establishment of per diem rates is guided by principles outlined in National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cost Analysis and Rate Setting Manual for Animal Research Facilities.

Veterinary Technician Services Available ARF is also announcing the availability of veterinary technician services. These are services not covered by the per diem and would typically be the responsibility of the principal investigator and their research team. These tech services might include weaning, administration of medicine, and off-hours monitoring and documentation, among others. When requested, veterinary tech services will be billed at a rate of $40/hour.

Questions? Questions about per diem rates, including estimates of costs for sponsored project proposals, can be directed to Dr. Catrina King, GW’s Head Veterinarian and Veterinary Services Director at

Statistics Help from CCAS Faculty

Prof. Wang from the Department of Statistics is teaching a Statistical Consulting course at GW during Spring 2018; this course is for the second year MS Statistics students. As part of that course students work in groups to provide free statistical consulting/help. The work is done mainly by the students, but under the supervision of Prof. Wang. Each group with meet with the client and report their results in class periodically throughout the semester. If you or your colleagues have any ongoing projects that may need statistical assistance, please feel free to contact Prof. Wang (

GW Research Days

A Showcase of Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavor, April 10 and April 11, 2018

Call for Abstracts Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase their work and compete for prize money at the 23rd annual GW Research Days. This event features poster presentations and keynote speakers, and is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research, scholarship and discovery being done at GW.

Abstract Deadline: February 28, 2018

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