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CCAS Research Updates: June 1, 2018

Funding Opportunities

The NEH Summer Stipends Program
In order to help you to plan ahead for this competition, we would like to give you this heads up for the the NEH Summer Stipends which provides support for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Applicants with college or university affiliations must be nominated by their institutions and GW is limited to two nominees. Full information for this year's competition is not yet available but will be posted at https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends.  Please note that the full proposals must be received by NEH by September 26, 2018.  Once NEH posts full information, we will provide a guideline for the internal competition based on that information, including a deadline for the pre-proposals. In previous years, each internal pre-proposal consisted of a project narrative (1 page) and a CV (up to 2 pages).  Once we identify the selected nominees, we will match them with an experienced colleague who will act as a mentor.  Special thanks to Dr. Denver Brunsman who has served in this role recently.

In the last five competitions the Summer Stipends program received an average of 860 applications per year. The program made an average of 78 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent. I am pleased to tell you that our last year's nominee, Dr. Phillip Troutman, has now received this award.

Events

Getting Started with SoTL: How to Build Research on Teaching 

Date/Time: June 4, 12-1:30 pm (feel free to bring your lunch!)
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Website: https://library.gwu.edu/news-events/events/getting-started-sotl-how-build-research-teaching

Description This session will focus on how to conduct your first SoTL project: how to try something new in the classroom and collect information to determine if it improved students' learning. We will briefly review the five steps of a SoTL project--generating a research question, designing a study, collecting data, analyzing data and presenting your project--hear tips from faculty who have done SoTL projects, and receive feedback on ideas for our own SoTL research. For more information, contact Katherine Miscavige at kmiscavige@gwu.edu or Maria de la Fuente at mjfuente@gwu.edu.

Reminders for Summer Travel

Fly America Act
This is a follow up for our Research Update last week to include more explanation. Please note that it only applies to travels funded by the US government, exceptions are possible, and such requests must be submitted prior to travel being ticketed.
The “Fly America Act,” which applies to all GW employees traveling on federal funds, requires that U.S. flag air carriers be used to the maximum extent possible when commercial air transportation is the means of travel between the U.S. and a foreign country or between foreign countries.
For more details, check OVPR website at https://research.gwu.edu/travel or GW Procurement website https://ibuy.gwu.edu/international-travel Additional questions can also be addressed to Travel Leaders at 855-771-9109.
Exceptions: There are a number of exceptions to the Fly America Act that are outlined in the Fly America Act Exception (pdf). Included in these exceptions are the four bilateral/multilateral “Open Skies Agreements” established by the federal government. In order to be granted an exception, this document must be completed, signed by the traveler and sent to the GW Travel Office at travel@gwu.edu prior to travel being ticketed.  Be sure to include all supporting documentation that justifies the exception request.  Once approved, the form should be submitted with the traveler’s expense reconciliation receipts in iBuy+ Expense Reporting.

Feedback on Research Support

Summer is a busy time for your grant related activities.  As so we would like to hear your comments and thoughts on the research support from CCAS SRA team or from other GW offices.  Please feel free to share your thoughts by emailing us, or talking to us directly, or entering your comments on our webform. Comments on issues related to expense reports are particularly appreciated at this time.

Feedback on Research Support

- Juliana Smith and Yongwu R.

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