Internal Funding

We are pleased to announce the continuation of CCAS internal funding programs, including Dean's ResearchChair, Enhanced Faculty Travel, Nick-of-Time, and DICE. Please click each of the following links to obtain full information.

Please also notice that: 

  • Information on UFF / CCFF is not available yet. We are in touch with OVPR on their updated UFF announcement. As soon as they finalize that, we will update our CCFF guideline accordingly. After that, we will share with you through our CCAS Research Update and CCFF website on the CCAS ResearchBlog page
  • Decisions for Enhanced Travel and Dean's Res Chair awards are moved earlier to April 2019.  This is to help you to plan ahead and is based on the recommendation of our CCAS Research Advisory Council. Please submit your proposals by the deadline so we can move things as planned.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ccasres@gwu.edu.


GW Research Ecosystem Review

We are pleased to provide an update on the GW Research Ecosystem Review, which is included in this google doc shared with you:

Research Ecosystem Review: Progress Report

It includes a link to the Research Ecosystem Review webform. Please feel welcome to enter your input, which we will share with the working groups.

Earlier this week, you should have received a message from the Res Integrity and Compliance working group, along with a Review of Research Integrity / Compliance processes in CCAS  by me. This review is based on your input as of Oct 15. If you have additional comments on Res Integrity and Compliance, please email to the committee chair Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva at  acqua@gwu.edu. or enter on our webform (which we will then forward).

As of today, we have received 46 responses on our webform. Some of you decided to email me or talk to me in person, and that is perfectly fine as well. In a separate effort, our SRA team also designed a CCAS Pre-Award Survey which we sent to those who submitted proposals recently. We have received 37 responses for that. We are very much encouraged by your engagements on this university wide effort. We see this as a great opportunity to further enhance our research support infrastructure at CCAS and GW. It there is an interest, CCAS could consider a roundtable event to discuss the feedback and hear your thoughts directly.


Upcoming Events

Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities


Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 - 1:00pm-2:30pm, with refreshments after.

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. This presentation will give an overview of the history of the Fulbright Scholar Program, take a deep dive into the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program opportunities (including learning how to navigate the Catalog of Awards and how to apply), and conclude with a brief overview of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar opportunities.

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.

GW Research Ecosystem Review

We continue to invite your feedback on the survey

Research Ecosystem Review (CCAS)

(note that new button for Post-Award has been added, because the Post-Award working committee has requested for your input now).

Based on the responses so far, we have started to summarize the responses at:
Draft Review of Research Integrity and Compliance processes in CCAS
The Research Integrity and Compliance working group has requested for our summary by next Monday, October 15.  After that, they will share that with you on October 16, so you can continue to provide feedback after.

We will continue to provide update on our shared google folder at
 GW Research Ecosystem Review - 2018 Fall


Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities

Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 - 1:00pm-2:30pm, with refreshments after.

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. This presentation will give an overview of the history of the Fulbright Scholar Program, take a deep dive into the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program opportunities (including learning how to navigate the Catalog of Awards and how to apply), and conclude with a brief overview of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar opportunities.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.

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 (rorttung@gwu.edu).

 


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 ssalazar@gwu.edu 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 <dilan@email.gwu.edu>.


Reminders

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 ccasres@gwu.edu.

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
Date/Time:
 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 ccasres@gwu.edu.


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 grants.gov.
More info: https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/civil-rights/application.html

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: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18568/nsf18568.htm

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: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18102/nsf18102.jsp

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:  www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/NASA-astrobiology.html

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
Website: http://smpa.gwu.edu/submit-gw-politics-poll
Contact: politicspoll@gwu.edu
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 http://smpa.gwu.edu/submit-gw-politics-poll.


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 shandra@gwu.edu, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, OVPR, with a copy to your School Research Administrator (SRA). Please follow the OVPR guidelines at https://sponsoredprojects.gwu.edu/meals-and-incidentals 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 https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505504 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).

Events

GW Postdoc Appreciation Day
Date/Time: Friday, September 21st, 2018, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Website:  https://postdocs.gwu.edu/appreciation-week/
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 gwpostdoc@gmail.com.


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


From OVPR

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 (shandra@gwu.edu) with any questions or concerns.

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

Funding Opportunities

CCAS Internal Grant Report
Link:  CCAS Internal Grant Report
Submission Window: August 1, 2018 - August, 31, 2018
Description: If you received internal funding from CCAS during last year (July 2017- June 2018), including CCFF, DICE, and Dean's Research Chair, please submit your report on this webform.  Please submit your report. Notice that the reports for enhanced travel and Nick-of-Time awards are not required.  Also, if you choose to include a file, you may upload to the webform. If you have any question, please contact us at ccasres@gwu.edu.

2019 Sloan Research Fellowships
Link: https://sloan.org/fellowships
Application Deadline: September 17, 2018
Description: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is now accepting applications for its Sloan Research Fellowships, which seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The $70,000 fellowship is awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.  Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position, which must include a yearly teaching requirement. Candidates must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Candidates' most recent PhD must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2012. GW is able to put forward no more than three candidates per department for this submission. More details can be found at https://sloan.org/fellowships 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Systems for Action program RFP
Proposal Deadline: October 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
Description: RWJF is accepting applications that will focus on solutions to high-priority systems alignment problems that involve medical, social, and public health services; test the effectiveness of these solutions using rigorous scientific methods; and engage stakeholders from medical, social, and public health systems in the design and conduct of the research, so that findings can be readily used in practice. Up to six successful grantees will be awarded $250,000 each.
https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2018/systems-for-action--systems-and-services-research-to-build-a-cul.html

Events

DARPA DSO Proposers Day
Date/Time: July 31, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Executive Conference Center (4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, VA 22203)
Description: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Space Environment Exploitation (SEE) program. The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely. Advance registration is required both for attending the Proposers Day in person and for viewing the webcast. Additional information regarding this SN can be found at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-SN-18-67/listing.htmlFor specific questions regarding this SN, please send email to SEE@darpa.mil

Event Reminder:
Imaging Initiative Workshop - Full details in our July 3 Research Update
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 25, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location:  Science and Engineering Hall, Room 2000B
Contact: Professors Can Korman (korman@gwu.edu Opens in a new window) and Murray Loew (loew@gwu.edu Opens in a new window)

Welcome New Staff

Alice Kungu is joining our research team as our newest School Research Administrator. Alice  has over six years of academic research grants management experience. She started her career in research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Division of Women’s Health helping investigate gender and race based differences in health outcomes. She went on to administer an NIH P20 Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities, with the aims of increasing minority representation throughout the research pipeline from investigators to human subjects. She studied political science at Seattle University and strongly believes in using research based science to make public policy. On a personal note, Alice is deeply idealistic and looks forward to supporting research that makes the world a better place! She loves all New England teams and winners in general. Alice can be reached at alice@gwu.edu Please join us in welcoming Alice!

Funding Opportunities

RFP for Cures Within Reach - CureAccelerator Live! Mid-Atlantic Repurposing Research Event
Application Deadline Extended:  July 23, 2018
Cures Within Reach is excited to be bringing our CureAccelerator Live! event to the Mid-Atlantic region, and we hope to see some submissions from George Washington University in response to the Request for Proposals.

Highlights from the RFP include:

  • Up to $50,000 for Mid Atlantic-based repurposing research in any unsolved disease.
  • Selected finalists will pitch their projects in front of an audience of repurposing stakeholders on Oct. 16, 2018 in the Washington, DC area; CureAccelerator Live! is held in conjunction with ExL Events at the Collaborations Addressing Vulnerable Populations Forum
  • CureAccelerator Live! finalists are eligible for a 20% discount.
  • Proposal submissions are due July 23, 2018 (previously July 9, 2018) on CureAccelerator

See attached:  RFP, additional application instructions and some background information about the CureAccelerator Live! event.

IRIS 2019 Researcher Awards Call for Proposals
Application Deadline:  October 1, 2018
Website:  http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/grants/
Description: This is the second round of awards to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research. Up to $15,000 for dissertation awards and up to $30,000 for early career and established researcher awards are available. Proposals submitted must emphasize the use of IRIS data in projects that address open issues in the study of science and technology and in science policy. Awarded researchers will receive access to the current IRIS research data release files, which are further described here: http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/  Our colleague Dr. Jonathon Mote has just received such an award.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 2018-19 research grants programs
Two grant mechanisms: Innovation Grants, and Focus Grants. (Recently awarded $5.3 million in grants for the 2017-18 grants cycle.)

More information can be found at https://afsp.org/our-work/research/grant-information. Should you have any questions, please contact AFSP Research Grants Manager Carl Niedzielski phone: 212.363.3500 ext. 2015; email: cniedzielski@afsp.org

Events

Imaging Initiative Workshop
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 25, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location:  Science and Engineering Hall, Room 2000B
Description: This is a workshop on imaging organized by our colleagues in SEAS. It will be held in SEH and will be moderated by Dr. Joseph Mait, recently retired Chief Scientist of the US Army Research Laboratory.  Dr. Mait is proposing to organize a strategic effort for George Washington University in imaging.  The goal of this workshop is to identify fundamental research issues in imaging within the University community which, if approached multi-disciplinarily, will have broad application.  Dr. Mait is exceptionally qualified to lead the discussion, given his experience in strategic research planning and his expertise in imaging. One simple goal of the workshop is to initiate a dialogue among University researchers working in the imaging arena.  A broader goal is to identify and address fundamental barriers to imaging capabilities that can have application across disciplines.  Such applications include materials metrology, biology, medicine, astronomy, autonomous navigation, remote sensing, and the interface between human and autonomous machines.
Contact: Professors Can Korman (korman@gwu.edu) and Murray Loew (loew@gwu.edu)

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions (2 hours)
    • Dr. Mait
    • Faculty:
      • Who
      • Short description of research
      • Single most significant research result
      • Single most significant unsolved problem
  • Presentation on imaging and its potential (Dr. Mait, 1 hour includes Q&A)
  • Lunch (1 hour)
  • Identify Applications Clusters (1 hour)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Identify Fundamental Research Questions (1 hour)

Welcome New Staff

Jessica Harb is joining the CCAS research administration team after working in OVPR for 2 1/2 years, specializing in pre-award guidance and support.  Her start date is next Monday, July 9. Prior to coming to GW, Jessica was at the California State University at Monterey Bay and the University of Tennessee, bringing an additional 4 years of experience in research and sponsored project administration.  When not providing guidance for proposal development, Jessica enjoys a motley of outdoor activities as well as spending time with her husband and 2 cats.  She is very excited to bring her experience and background to the CCAS team.

Kristin Furio has just joined the CCAS team on June 25 as the new senior administrative assistant for CCAS; her duties will include department operations at the front desk of Phillips 212 (Tyler's job) in addition to support Dean Evie Downie and me (YR).  Kristin has studied and worked in leadership development and education for over a decade. As a Community Connections member during college at Sacred Heart University, Kristin furthered the service-learning experience she had in a high school Community Relations course focusing on social justice issues. She has taken courses in Event Management at The George Washington University and previously worked in GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development managing graduate programs, supporting faculty and recruiting for degrees focusing on Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development. Kristin's involvement in the GW community has included being a member of the GW sustainability outreach group, Green Leaders; a member of the GW human resources outreach group, Colonial Community Ambassadors; and a Safety Warden for GSEHD, leading colleagues in navigating through emergency situations. Prior to coming to GW, Kristin served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Ashoka's Youth Venture in the roll of Fellowship Associate connecting young leaders and changemakers from around the world. In her free time, she enjoys building community among DC residents by connecting   young professionals through DC Fray's intramural sports, charity fundraisers, and lifestyle events.

RFP Attachments:

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Imaging Initiative Workshop

Location: SEH, Room TBD

Date/Time:  To be selected from July 23, 24, or 25, 10am - 4pm.

Doodle Poll: https://doodle.com/poll/u2sn9ybuvmxt724w (please enter your availability, if you wish to attend)

Description: This is a workshop on imaging organized by our colleagues in SEAS. It will be held in SEH and will be moderated by Dr. Joseph Mait, recently retired Chief Scientist of the US Army Research Laboratory.  Dr. Mait is proposing to organize a strategic effort for George Washington University in imaging.  The goal of this workshop is to identify fundamental research issues in imaging within the University community which, if approached multi-disciplinarily, will have broad application.  Dr. Mait is exceptionally qualified to lead the discussion, given his experience in strategic research planning and his expertise in imaging. One simple goal of the workshop is to initiate a dialogue among University researchers working in the imaging arena.  A broader goal is to identify and address fundamental barriers to imaging capabilities that can have application across disciplines.  Such applications include materials metrology, biology, medicine, astronomy, autonomous navigation, remote sensing, and the interface between human and autonomous machines.

Contact: Professors Can Korman (korman@gwu.edu) and Murray Loew (loew@gwu.edu)

Tentative Agenda

  • Introductions (2 hours)
    • Dr. Mait
    • Faculty:
      - Who
      - Short description of research
      - Single most significant research result
      - Single most significant unsolved problem
  • Presentation on imaging and its potential (Dr. Mait, 1 hour includes Q&A)
  • Lunch (1 hour)
  • Identify Applications Clusters (1 hour)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Identify Fundamental Research Questions (1 hour)

Reminder: Limited Proposal Opportunities (for Humanities Faculty)

NEH Summer Stipends program (internal deadline July 2, 2018)
As indicated in our Research Update on June 4, 2018, we are accepting pre-proposals to be considered for the NEH Summer Stipends competition. Each internal pre-proposal should consist of a project narrative (1 page) and a CV (no more than 2 pages). Please combine these two documents in one pdf file and then submit in email to ccasres@gwu.edu by Monday, July 2, 2018.

Expense Report Related Issues

Over the last several weeks, a number of our colleagues have seen their expense reports returned, often along with a request for more information.  After communicating with the relevant offices, including OVPR and Central Finance Office, we would like to provide the following clarification on the expectations on those reports. We should make it clear that this is not meant to be a comprehensive guideline. Rather, it is a just-in-time response to some of the concerns from our colleagues.

Q: Is there a new policy on the required documents for expense reports?

A: The GWTravel, Entertainment and Business Expense Manual  (updated May 2018), is the official guideline for reimbursement policy for travel and other business expenses. Expenses to be charged to a sponsored research project are subject to additional requirements including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance (2 CFR §200)Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), GW policies and sponsor-specific terms and conditions.

In order to keep up with the latest regulations from the government and sponsors, GW updates its policies regularly as needed. When that occurs, we will inform you promptly.

Q: What are the common issues that have come up recently?

A:
The most common issue is the lack of information in the "Business Purpose" field.  As we explained in ourResearch Update on 8/25/2017 (see below for full details), a well-written business purpose should provide information on who, what, when, where, and why.

Q: The "Business Purpose" field in Concur only allows 64 characters; how can I fit all the information as needed?

A: If your description is too long to fit in the Business Purpose field, you can use the Comment section to enter more info, but please include a brief description in the Business Purpose field.  This field is included when the expense is recorded in EAS for both General Ledger and Grants Module reporting so it is more helpful to have the brief description than a generic statement such as “see comments”.

Q: My expense report for my recent conference travel was returned to me along with a request for conference agenda.  Is that a new requirement?

A: There is no such specific requirement. However, a conference agenda can be a way to provide appropriate documentation to justify the travel and its relevance to the project.  Other alternatives, such as a conference weblink or email invitation from the conference organizers, may be acceptable as well.

Q: Are there particular requirements for expense reports charged to a sponsored project?

A: When submitting an expense report for a sponsored project, the PI needs to provide sufficient documentation that can show the allowability of the cost on the project and how the specific cost benefits the overall projects objectives. This can be explained in the "Business Purpose" / "Comments" fields (it is advised to also include a conference agenda to the conference fee or the largest expense on the expense report).

Q: If I do include my conference agenda, where in Concur should I upload to? Do I need to upload it to each item of the same expense report?  What if my conference agenda is very long with over 100 pages?

A: If you include a conference agenda or other documentation such as pdf file of an invitation, or a contract, or a list of attendees, you can upload those under "Receipt" as a single grouping of documents.  Once one item is attached, any other documents can be attached to the same expense by either choosing replace or append the new document to a receipt.

You do not need to upload the same document multiple times.  In most cases, it shouldn't be difficult for an approver to locate the document. If you have such a concern because your expense report is exceedingly long, you can add a comment such as "conference agenda is with the receipt for dinner on May 30."

For a 100+ page agenda, you can select the 1-2 pages with the most relevant information, e.g. name/place/dates of conference, or your talk if applicable.

Q: Whom should I select as the approver(s) for my expense report? 

A: For sponsored project related expense reports, you should select the first two levels of approvals (no need for SRA for other reports)

  1. Your supervisor (usually your department chair)
  2. Your SRA (Add SRAs by going to Details->Approval Flow, then clicking on the plus sign to the right of the Manager Approval box to add a User-Added Approver).

After those two approvals, the report will either go to OVPR, followed by the central finance approval, or it will go to the central finance approval directly, depending on the specific expenditure items in your report.

Q: GW policy requires a 60 day deadline for expense report submission.When does the clock begin and end?

A: The start date is the transaction date, or completion of travel. The end date is the date when the expense report is submitted by the employee. In particular, you should not be penalized for the additional days taken by the approvals, as long as you submitted the report within 60 days.  Transactions sent back to the employee for additional information may also trigger email alerts, and you should resubmit those expenses with the appropriate additional information as soon as possible, but your PCard will not be suspended for delinquent reporting if the expenses were originally submitted in a timely manner.

Q: Is anything else being planned to ensure everyone is on the same page for expense report expectations?

A: Our SRA team and the CCAS Finance Team (led by Cindy Allen) are working with OVPR and GW Procurement to arrange a training session for expense report approvals (SRAs, CCAS Finance team, and Department administrative staff) so we are fully aware of the expectation from the central offices.

In addition, if there is enough interest from our faculty, we can consider a roundtable conversation with faculty and the relevant offices (OVPR, Procurement, etc.) so that our faculty can hear directly from those offices and vice versa. If you have such an interest, please let us know via our webform  Feedback on Advancing Research 

======  From CCAS Research Update 8/25/2017 ========

It has come to our attention that there is a need for more information regarding the business purpose(s) for expenses on sponsored projects. Please remember that, according to federal regulations, a well-written business purpose should provide information on whowhatwhenwhere, and why, unless already provided through other supporting documentation. Some examples of insufficient and sufficient business purpose descriptions are below. For more information, check the GW Travel, Entertainment and Business Expense Manual  (updated 8/22/2017), and refer to Appendix C.

Also, if your description is too long to fit the Business Purpose field in Concur (which is character-limited), you can use the Comment section to enter more info.

Note added 6/15/2018, the Travel, Entertainment and Business Expense Manual (updated May 2018) now contains a new list of Business Purpose with shorter descriptions with less than 64 characters ]

Expense Type Insufficient Business Purpose Description Sufficient Business Purpose Description
Meals Business meal Personal meal for Raleigh trip to attend student demonstration of research findings and visit collaborators 8/16-19/16
Conference Registration Fee 5/25/16 International Chinese Statistical Association conference registration fee for award PI, Dr. Smith
Travel Baggage Fee Baggage fees for Dr. Smith’s travel to and from Boston, MA for the PPTOX conference 12/10/16
Supplies Research Supplies Clay for Ranhom project to mold body parts for research5/5/16

- From Juliana Smith and Yongwu Rong, with input from the SRAs