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NEH Summer Stipends program (internal deadline June 17, 2019)

Once again, we are pleased to inform you an opportunity to compete for a submission to the NEH Summer Stipends program for support in Summer 2020. This NEH program supports individual researchers for scholarly work that is of value to humanities scholars and general audiences. Funded products include articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly resources. You could receive support for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

NEH Summer Stipends are awarded only to individual scholars who are nominated by the institution at which they are teaching full-time. We are limited to two nominees. We will select these two nominations based on your "pre-proposal" submitted internally to by Monday, June 17, 2019.  Each internal pre-proposal should consist of a project narrative (1 page) and a CV (no more than 2 pages).  An internal evaluation committee will be formed to evaluate those internal submissions. We will inform our decisions to the applicants by Monday, July 1, 2019. After that, the two selected applicants will submit their applications to NEH by the deadline of September 25, 2019. We will try to provide some mentoring for our selected applicants as in the past.

Further information about the NEH Summer Stipends program can be found  at You are also welcome to contact us at with any questions you may have about the process at GW for making our nominations.

RFPs: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

These two RFPs from RWJF could be relevant to many areas due to their interdisciplinary natures.

Deadlines approaching. Those interested in applying should reach out to GW's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at

PEW 2020 Biomedical Scholars

Internal Deadline: 5:00pm, Fri, May 24, 2019
Award: $300,000 in support - $75,000 per year for four years.
More Info:
If you wish to pursue, let us know at

Dept. of Defense - MURI

MURI 2020
Deadlines: White Paper - June 3, 2019;
Full Applications - September 13, 2019
Award: Typical annual funding range is $1.25M to $1.5M.
Please contact us at if you plan to apply.

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Frontiers

Letter of Intent Deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, July 5, 2019
Award: $5,000,000 - $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.
More Info


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), in collaboration with the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), seeks to promote interdisciplinary research that enables novel mathematical and computational approaches that capture and explore the full range of mechanisms and biological variability needed to better understand biological systems behavior across multiple scales. For more information, check the Dear Colleague Letter.

GW's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) shared two RFPs from RWJF. Both could be relevant to many areas due to their interdisciplinary natures. Those interested in applying should reach out to the CFR office at

Full RFPs:

Building Evidence on Income Supports for Low-Income Families with Young Children
Income supports may reduce poverty in households with young children; provide critical resources to help families support children’s development; diminish families’ stress levels; and thereby advance health equity. (RWJF plans to support research on the two other policy areas addressed in the research agenda—access to ECE and nutrition supports—through separate calls for proposals.)

Understanding and Supporting Anchor Businesses to Build a Culture of HealthThis call for proposals will focus on supporting empirical research to understand the ways that for-profit anchors advance health and well-being in the communities where they are located.

*This is a GW Priority Foundation. Please visit the Priority Foundations and Corporations page to view more information on the process for applying to GW priority corporations and foundations.

SaTC Frontiers

Letter of Intent Deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, July 5, 2019

Award: $5,000,000 - $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.

About: The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.

More Info:

GW Research Ecosystem Review

The GW Research Ecosystem Review is being launched as a major goal in the GW Research Strategic Initiative. Of course, this is part of the President LeBlanc's Strategic Initiatives. Four working groups have been formed to examine areas including pre-award processes, post-award processes, research integrity and compliance, and non-sponsored research and scholarship. Each group will collect information relevant to its focus. Therefore, you may receive multiple requests for such information (one being from me, see the end of email). Please do your best to be responsive to each request, even if it seems somewhat redundant.  This is your opportunity to raise your voice so we can work together to grow our research.
The Research Integrity and Compliance working group has asked me tfor your feedback on the issues relevant to this group, including human research, animal research, laboratory safety, responsible conduct of research/research misconduct, data use agreements, export controls, and Public Health Service financial conflicts of interest. Please feel welcome to enter your thoughts in the following webform:
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact our working group representatives or me.

We do understand it could be overwhelming with the those upcoming surveys plus the various other surveys you are already getting from the university. In case it is useful, we have created this Google Drive folder which will contain updated information as this initiative evolves.

 GW Research Ecosystem Review - 2018 Fall


Funding Opportunities

Duke Energy Renewables Innovation Fund

Optional Letter of Intent Deadline: November 5, 2018
Proposal Deadline: December 3, 2018
Description: With funds provided by Duke Energy Renewables, Inc. (DER), Sustainable GW announces the fourth annual competition for interdisciplinary teams of GW faculty to compete for research funding.The grant competition offers GW faculty and partners the opportunity to win up to $85,000 in research and/or living lab funding in areas related to energy and sustainability. Full announcement here.
More Info: Please direct any questions to Sustainable GW Research Director Robert Orttung (


Upcoming Events

Information Session on Fulbright         

Date/Time:  Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Phillips Hall, Room 411
Description: Mary-Rolfe Zeller, Outreach and Selection Coordinator at Institute of International Education (IIE) will give a presentation to CCAS faculty interested in learning more about Fulbright.
IIE has been a world leader in international education working to build more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity.
The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.

ResearchMatch Training Presented by the CTSI-CN Informatics Core

Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 - 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Science and Engineering Hall, Room 7750
Description: A FREE recruitment and feasibility tool for researchers,  ResearchMatch is an NIH-funded registry of 130,000+ potential volunteers interested in learning more about research studies. Learn how to use this tool used by 6,000+ researchers at 160 institutions. Seating is limited. RSVP early. Contact for more information.

Meet the President of William T. Grant Foundation

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Location: Multiple Locations throughout the day
Description: Dr. Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, will be on campus for a series discussions including a Breakfast for GW Faculty and Researchers and a large public event on October 11, 2018. The foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States. See the full itinerary of available events at the RSVP button below.

GWNIC Lesker University Vacuum Technology Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 - 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Science and Engineering Hall, Lehman Auditorium (SEH B1270)
Description: The GW Nanofabrication & Imaging Center (GWNIC) together with Lesker Company is organizing a training workshop for Vacuum and Thin Film Deposition. The workshop should be of benefit to you and your students/postdoc. The workshop is free but requires a registration. For further questions, please contact GWNIC staff member Dilan Ratnayake <>.


Summer 2019 Online Course Proposals

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Description: We are inviting Online Course Proposals to be considered for course development during January - May, 2019 for classes which will go live in Summer 2019. Submit your proposal, including basic information and course materials on our webform at Online Course Proposal (Deadline: October 15, 2018).
If you have any questions, please contact us at

Funding Opportunities

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Imaging Scientists Request for Applications (RFA)
Deadline for Pre-Proposal: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 by 5:00pm PT
Description: From founders Mark Zuckerberg (the founder of Facebook) and Priscilla Chan: These five-year grants will support up to 10 Imaging Scientists at imaging centers in the United States. The RFA is looking for engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, or biologists who have focused on developing technology in microscopy or data analysis fields.
More Info: To access the full RFA, including details on the project specifications, project requirements, eligibility, key dates, and contact information, click here.

Upcoming Events

GWNIC Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy Workshop
 Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 - Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 - 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Science and Engineering Hall 800 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Description: The GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) presents a five-day correlative microscopy workshop. The main theme of this workshop is correlating large-area images of the same sample created with both light and high-resolution electron microscopy. More details at the RSVP button below.

Pre-Award Grant Development Boot Camp
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Marvin Center 310
Click here for more information and to register.

Post-Award Grant Management Boot Camp
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Marvin Center 405
Click here for more information and to register.

Meet the President of William T. Grant Foundation
Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Location: Multiple Locations throughout the day
Description: Dr. Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, will be on campus for a series discussions including a Breakfast for GW Faculty and Researchers and a large public event on October 11, 2018. The foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States. See the full itinerary of available events at the RSVP button below.

Information Session on Fulbright
Date/Time:  Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Phillips Hall, Room 411
Description: Mary-Rolfe Zeller, Outreach and Selection Coordinator at Institute of International Education (IIE) will give a presentation to CCAS faculty interested in learning more about Fulbright.

Send suggested items, funding opportunities and events for our Research Update to

Funding Opportunities

African American Civil Rights Grants
Submission Window: August 7 to October 8, 2018.
Description: The opportunity to apply for a FY2018 African American Civil Rights grant is now open. $13 million is available and applications will be accepted through two separate funding opportunity announcements- one for physical preservation projects (P18AS00485) and one for history projects associated with the African American civil rights movement of the 20th century (P18AS00484). Applications will be accepted only through
More info:

Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Submissions Windows: SMALL projects: November 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018; MEDIUM projects: September 24, 2018 - October 2, 2018
Description: The FET program, a new NSF program, welcomes research in the theory, algorithms, software, hardware, and architecture of emerging computing and communication systems. A unique aspect of the FET program is that interdisciplinary collaborations between computer and information scientists and engineers as well as those in various other fields are highly encouraged, with the fundamental aim of pursuing foundational breakthroughs in computer and information science and engineering.  Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years.
More info:

Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: Supplemental funding requests may be submitted at any time, but no later than:
-- May 1, 2019 (for available FY 2019 funds)
-- May 1, 2020 (for available FY 2020 funds)
Description: The PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting. To be eligible, graduate students must have completed at least one academic year in their graduate programs and be making satisfactory progress towards the completion of their degrees.
More info:

Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology
Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
Description: The Blumberg Chair, an annually selected position, supports a senior scholar in the sciences or the humanities to take up residence in the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and conduct research on the humanistic and societal impacts of astrobiology. The Astrobiology Chair creates an opportunity to research the range and complexity of societal issues related to how life begins and evolves, and to examine philosophical, religious, literary, ethical, legal, cultural and other concerns arising from scientific research on the origin, evolution, and nature of life.
More info:

NSF 2026 Idea Machine Competion
Deadline: October 26, 2018
Description:  A prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in STEM and STEM education. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF. Contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering.
More info: NSF 2026 Idea Machine website

From the GW Politics Poll

Participate at: Submit Questions
Deadline for the third-wave survey: September 12, 2018
Description: GW faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for questions to be included on the GW Politics Poll. The poll seeks to advance our understanding of American politics and public affairs by generating timely and rigorous data and analysis. The goal is to provide a resource where GW researchers can get public opinion data. Proposed questions must be related to politics, policy or public affairs. Priority will be given to proposals related to the election and proposals will be reviewed by the faculty committee administering the poll.
In 2018, we are administering a four-wave panel focused on the 2018 election. You may submit proposals for questions to be included on an individual wave of the survey or for multiple waves. We are currently inviting proposals for questions to be included on the third-wave survey which is expected to field in early October. A fourth wave will field after the November election. More information can be found on the web at

Gentle Reminders

Per Diem requests on all sponsored project travel
As explained in our previous Research Updates, per diem requests can be made for sponsored project-funded international travel. Requests should be submitted via email to Shandra White, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, OVPR, with a copy to your School Research Administrator (SRA). Please follow the OVPR guidelines at for the detailed list of information to include. You can check the SRA Portfolio page to find the name and contact information of the SRA who provides your post-award support.

Separately, CCAS has a CCAS Per Diem Policy for non-sponsored international travel. This was announced in our Research Update on June 30, 2017, and is available on our Research Blog page at CCAS Per Diem Policy.

From Juliana Smith and Y.R.

Information for Your Graduate Students

Professional Networking Org. for Grad Students in STEM
Founded on the idea that career success is heavily dependent on networking, GW COMPASS (Career Organization for Masters and PhDs to Achieve Success in STEM) seeks to help graduate students in STEM fields to prepare for life after graduation. GW COMPASS aims to provide a community of professional support by hosting networking engagements, fostering mentee and mentor relationships, and highlighting career opportunities for post-graduate life.

To become an official member, go to the OrgSync profile and click "Join Now" on the right-hand side. Alternatively, you can fill out a Google Form to be put on their mailing listserv.

Funding Opportunities

Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i)
Letter of Intent (required) Deadline: September 17, 2018
Full Proposal Deadline: November 5, 2018
Description: Six-year awards totaling $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 for the award period are anticipated. Q-AMASE-i Foundries will be awarded as cooperative agreements with an initial commitment of six years, with the possibility of one six-year renewal, subsequent to a rigorous and favorable review by NSF.
Please see for details.

DePaul Humanities Center (DHC) Visiting Fellowship (2019-2020 academic year)
Application Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019
Description: The DHC Visiting Fellow program is generally a sabbatical/leave-based position. Visiting Fellows will be given an office in the Center, library privileges, and an honorarium of up to $3,000 ($1,000 per quarter) to support the public presentation of Fellows’ work and for participation in other DHC programming. Open to any and all individuals possessing a Ph.D., including faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students (ABD with degree in hand by start of fellowship).


GW Postdoc Appreciation Day
Date/Time: Friday, September 21st, 2018, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Description: The GW Postdoc Association is celebrating the 3rd GW Postdoc Appreciation Day on September 21st and there are research competitions, networking luncheons and awards open to all GW postdocs. Specific questions can be addressed at

Updated SRA Portfolio and other Reminders

  • SRA Portfolios  Following the addition of our new SRAs Jessica Harb and Alice Kungu, as announced in our recent Research Updates, we are pleased to share with you the updated pre- and post-award support assignments for CCAS departments, available on our CCAS Research Blog at SRA Portfolios.
  • Pre-Award Requests  If you plan to submit a proposal this summer, we would appreciate your informing us quickly so we can plan ahead. Please submit your request via our webform CCAS Intent to Submit
  • CCAS Internal Grant Reports are due August 31, 2018. Please report at CCAS Internal Grant Report

Juliana Smith, Assistant Director for Research Programs
Yongwu Rong, Associate Dean for Research


Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Enhancement New Location  
As you may be aware, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and Research Enhancement (REU) is moving to a centralized location at the Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC). Beginning August 27, 2018, all OSP and REU staff currently located at Rice Hall, 2033 K Street, Ross Hall and 950 New Hampshire Avenue will be physically located at VSTC’s Enterprise Hall (44983 Knoll Drive, Suite 260, Ashburn, VA  20147). Staff contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) will remain unchanged. The office relocation is not expected to adversely impact the university research community, specifically:

  • staff will be available during normal business hours as usual;
  • staff contact information (phone numbers/exchanges) will remain the same;
  • all OSP staff will establish regular meetings at Foggy Bottom with school and department representatives;
  • the OSP director will work out of OVPR’s Foggy Bottom office 2-3 days each week; and
  • OSP and Research Enhancement staff will continue to hold on-campus meetings, seminars and training events as they do at present.

The Division of Operations will conduct the actual move after close of business on August 23rd – August 25th and staff will begin work in the new location on Monday, August 27. I encourage faculty to submit any proposals due on August 23–28, 2018 by August 22, 2018, if possible and to let our office know of any proposals that are not currently in queue.

I appreciate your patience during this time and look forward to continuing our mission to provide operational excellence in support of GW’s research. Please contact me directly ( with any questions or concerns.

Shandra S. White,  Director, Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Enhancement