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CCAS Research Updates: November 5, 2018

Upcoming Events

WoWTALK VIII – Nov. 6, 2018

Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 - 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall, B1220


Opening remarks by CCAS Interim Dean Paul Wahlbeck

Video of presentations

(For Dr. Rodriguez's presentation, please contact him directly.)

Funding Opportunities

GWSPH Genomics Core Mini Grant Program- Cosponsored by Illumina

Deadline: December 3, 2018

Description: GW’s Genomics Core is offering a unique opportunity for innovative investigators to support pilot research projects using Next-Generation Sequencing technology on the Illumina NextSeq platform. We are pleased to announce a pilot award in collaboration with Illumina to provide sequencing for multiple applications. The support covers sample library preparation and sequencing on a NextSeq flow cell (up to 400 million reads) for 1 winner.

Objective: The goal of this program is to support GW researchers as they seek to generate pilot data to submit in support of future grant applications, and to promote the utilization of cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technology for genomic and translational research.

Example Runs on NextSeq 550 System*

• Whole Genome Sequencing        • Small RNA-Seq
• Whole Exome Sequencing           • Shotgun Metagenomics
• Methylation Sequencing               • Single Cell Sequencing
• RNA-Sequencing                             • Targeted Enrichment and Amplicon Panels
• ChIP-Seq

* Sample number will vary depending on desired coverage and number of reads


  • Applicants must hold primary research positions and must be planning to submit a grant application to support a broader research aim for which they need pilot data.
  • Applicants may not hold current awards directly related to the proposed research.

Apply: Please submit abstracts of one page or less to Castle Raley at by December 3rd, 2018 to be considered for this grant program. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps

Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019

Description: In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical data science frameworks, and apply them to practical problems in science and engineering, and in society more generally. The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem, focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, national, and international levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society.

As a first step in establishing the Data Science Corps, this solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the Data Science Corps, by supporting student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.

If interested, please let us know at

More Info: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps

UFF Submission Reminder

UFF Letter of Intent is due this Wednesday. Below are the relevant details from the UFF Website at OVPR.Deadlines for the upcoming competition have been scheduled:

Letter of intent (LOI) due: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM ET (Submit LOI using InfoReady)

  • NOTE: Log In -> "Login for George Washington University Users" -> Login with GW email and password

Full Proposal Due: Thursday, December 13, 2018 by 5:00 PM via InfoReady
Please email with any questions and include "UFF" in the e-mail's subject line.


Updates from NIH 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a new Grant Policy Statement, effective October 2018. This applies to awards with budget periods beginning in FY 2019, including all future proposals as well new awards with start dates after 10/1/18). Details can be found at:

Significant Changes since October 2017:

Full NIH FY 2019 Grants Policy Statement:

For the National Science Foundation (NSF), the current NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) is expected to be updated in January 2019, and we will keep you posted on that.

- From the SRA Team

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