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Crucial Input Needed - Please Volunteer

Dear Colleagues,

As you are all aware, there is an ongoing effort to improve the research ecosystem at GW. Volunteers are now being sought for the second phase of this faculty-driven process. I would urge you to reach out to us at ccasres@gwu.edu to volunteer for, or suggest someone for, one of the following committees:

1) Workforce Development
2) Operation and Utilization of Shared Facilities
3) Resource Allocation
4) Big Data and High Performance Computing Infrastructure

As the largest school at GW, it is vital that we have input in all of these areas, but, to date, we only have very few CCAS faculty volunteers. Please reach out to us by Friday August 30th. We really appreciate your willingness to serve in this crucial capacity.

I wish you all a productive and smooth beginning to the semester!

Best wishes,

Evie Downie

OVPR and the Division of Information Technology (DIT) announced enhancements to Principal Investigator (PI) Dashboard that will be released on September 1, 2019.

PI Dashboard is a web-based analytics tool that gives PIs quick access to the information necessary to make informed, data driven decisions about the financial aspects of their sponsored projects. PI Dashboard will have a new look and new options for drilling down into transaction details and aims to improve and streamline research administration systems and processes. Access or learn more about the tool by visiting the Office of Sponsored Projects website.

Faculty members who expect to receive summer salary from a sponsored project must complete this 2019 Summer Salary Request Form.

Please submit by May 31, 2019 in order to ensure enough time for processing.

A member of the SRA team will reach out to you from ccassra@email.gwu.edu with any questions.

Thank you!

-- The SRA Team

We understand your need to know about the outcome of your submissions so you can plan for your summer. Here are statuses for the various internal proposals.

  • UFF/CCFF:  For UFF, OVPR has notified the funding decisions for all applicants earlier and subsequently shared with us the materials for the unfunded UFF proposals on April 12.  Our Review Committee has now finished the evaluation of those proposals, and we expect to communicate with the applicants within this week.
  • Enhanced Faculty Travel:  All applicants have been informed with the funding decisions, or have been requested of for more information.
  • Dean's Research Chair:  All funding decisions have been made and communicated to the applicants.  
  • Nick-of-Time and DICE:  These are considered as they come in. As of now, PIs of all submitted applications have been informed of the funding decisions.
  • Humanities Facilitating Fund  (HFF):  The review process is managed by Professors Tyler Anbinder and Lynn Westwater.  By now, all applicants have been informed of the funding decisions.

The latest updates on this initiative can be found at Research Ecosystem Review: Progress Report.  We copy our summary for the update on April 8:

April 8,  2019 - A  message was sent all in the GW community through GW Today with the release of a 6-page Executive Summary, which contains 15 suggested improvements in the four focus areas.  It will be the responsibility of the relevant offices, including OVPR and school level research offices, to implement those recommendations.

One particular change is that OVPR will no longer require a waiver request for missing the five-day internal deadline for proposal submissions.  Our SRA team is working with OVPR to implement this change.

Phase 2 of the Research Ecosystem Review is expected to start in the fall, focusing on five areas: Research Core Facilities (e.g. Nanofabrication & Imaging Center), Big Data/High Performance Computing and IT support, Workforce Development (mainly postdoc),  Allocation (Financing & Budgeting, Intramural Funding, Space Allocation), and Entrepreneurial Activities and Commercialization.

The SEH WoWTALK (What’s Our Work) series began in 2016 in an effort to bring together researchers in or related to SEH to present their work and explore collaboration potentials. By now, 12 events have taken place featuring 41 talks by 42 speakers from CCAS, SEAS, SMHS, Public Health, and OVPR.

Here, we would like to hear from you on possible outcomes from this event series. This could be joint papers, joint proposals, or other forms of collaborations that have benefited from the WoWTALK series. You can enter your input in this brief web form:

WoW Talk Outcome

 

Models for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS)

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. Proposals in response to this DCL should be submitted to either DMS via the Mathematical Biology Program Description or the MCB solicitation, NSF 18-585, directed to the Systems and Synthetic Biology program (8011). The proposal title should be prefaced with "MODULUS:". The MCB solicitation accepts proposals to core programs or to a Rules of Life (RoL) track. Submission to either track is permissible given that the guidance as detailed in the solicitation (NSF 18-585) for each is followed. For proposals submitted to MCB and targeted for the RoL track, a second program in another BIO Division must also be identified. Neither Division puts limits on proposal budgets and expects budgets to be appropriate for the scope of the project proposed.

For more information, check the Dear Colleague Letter at:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19054/nsf19054.jsp

GW’s Procurement office put out a notice stating procurement monetary limits, or thresholds, are increasing for quotes, bids or RFPs (requests for proposals) for university funds and non-federal sponsored projects or federally-sponsored grants.

For more detailed information about these new thresholds and requirements, visit procurement.gwu.edu. The Procurement Dollar Threshold Matrix includes links to detailed information on required documentation for each funding source and threshold.