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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.

Date/Time: Monday, June 3, 2019, 4:00pm - 7:00pmLocation: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St, NW

In March 2018, President Trump imposed a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum. Most countries are covered by these tariffs but some have negotiated quotas with the United States. National security tariffs are now looming for automobiles and auto parts, and section 232 investigations are underway for uranium and titanium sponge.
Two expert panels will examine: 
  • The arcane law and its limits as tested by litigation.
  • Proposed legislation to restrict the President’s authority.
  • The steel and aluminum tariffs and the product exclusion process, and how these have impacted US manufacturers and global supply chains.
  • The effect of such tariffs on the auto industry.
  • The impact on the negotiation of free trade agreements.

The Coalition for National Research (CNSR) STIon the Hill is a Congressional Briefing on Science, Technology, & Information Exchange (STIX). This is a great showcase of innovative DOD-fundedresearch for Members of Congress and their staff.  For more information, check our previous post on our Research Blog or contact Shane Seger in OVPR if you are interested in presenting a poster or being connected with the event's organizer.  

Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 - 1:00pm

Location: Rayburn 2325, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

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 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.

Speaker: Dr. Ken Chong, Research Professor in SEAS, former Division Director and program director at NSF.

Date/Time: Friday, May 3, 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Dean's Conference room, Phillips Hall 411

Sign Up: Sign Up Webform

Description: Once again, we are organizing an NSF CAREER workshop aimed at junior faculty for their submissions. This will begin with a presentation by Dr. Ken Chong, followed by 1-1 meetings with Dr. Carl Batt (some of you are already in touch with Dr. Batt). Past CAREER recipients are welcome to join to share your expertise, especially in the presentation on May 3, or act as faculty mentor for our CAREER submission applicants. Lunch will be provided.

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