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Updates from Our Team

Kelly Victor-French, who has been providing administrative support for Dean Evie Downie and myself (YR) since December 2016, will be interning this summer at the Naval Research Lab. This is a great opportunity that will provide valuable experience relevant to her interests in astrophysics. Congratulations Kelly!

Reminders / Tips for Summer Travel

Reminder for Fly America Act
As we are planning for summer research related travels, we would like to remind you of the “Fly America Act” which requires that U.S. flag air carriers be used to the maximum extent possible when commercial air transportation is the means of travel between the U.S. and a foreign country or between foreign countries. For more details, check OVPR website at  Additional questions can also be addressed to Travel Leaders at  855-771-9109

Tips for Two Step Authentication
Many of us will be on international or domestic travels to conduct research during the summer. In order to access your GW email, you will need to have access to a mobile device to complete your two step authentication. If you will have access to a mobile device during your time abroad, you can contact GW IT Support to assist with changing the number tied to your account, or to help you install the Microsoft Authenticator app (which doesn't require a data connection).
If you will be traveling to a remote area without access to a phone, you can ask GW IT Support to turn off your two step authentication before your travel.
GW IT Support can be reached at 202-994-4948, or Please include your GWID number, NetID, and a copy of a government-issued ID for fastest resolution.

Funding Opportunities

GW 2018-19 Call for University Faculty Seminar Proposals

The deadline for 2018-19 University Seminar Proposals is Friday, June 1, 2018. The application should be no more than 3 pages single spaced. It should include the following information:

  • A discussion of the topic to be addressed and its importance.
  • A discussion of how the Seminar will connect academic research and inquiry to the world outside the University and/or to larger cross-disciplinary issues in the areas of culture, business, policy, science, or other areas of similar dimension.
  • A discussion of anticipated outcomes, processes and/or products.
  • Names, departmental affiliations, and expertise of faculty who are committed to being a part of the Seminar.
  • Names, professional affiliations, and expertise of individuals outside the University who are committed to being a part of the Seminar.
  • A plan of action for Academic Year 2018-19, including your ideas for specific events and activities.

Proposals should be submitted to:  More information can be found in the email from GW InfoMail on May 11.


Update on the Status of Internal Proposals

All funding decisions for CCAS internal proposals, including CCFF, Enhanced Faculty Travel, Dean's Res Chair, have been made and communicated to the PIs. Funds for these awards will be available by July 1. If you have any questions, please contact us at

The funding decisions for the HFF competition are expected to be made by the end of this week and will be communicated soon thereafter to the applicants by OVPR. Questions on this program can be addressed to Professor Tyler Anbinder at


Update on our SRA Team

Juliana Smith has been promoted to Assistant Director for Research Programs. In this role, she will continue to lead the SRA team in the pre- and post- award administration of our sponsored projects. She will also work with the Associate Dean for Research to implement our research growth strategies and manage the research infrastructure of CCAS. Congratulations to Juliana!

Rebekka Egger, a member of our SRA team since 2015, will take on new responsibilities as a Sponsored Project Administrator (SPA) under OVPR. She will continue to interact with our SRA team in pre-award administration. We look forward to working closely with her in this new role.

Jessica Zamiska, who joined our SRA team last year, has accepted a position of Director of Grants at McAllister and Quinn. She will be missed by all of us, and we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

We are in the process of recruiting new SRAs and will keep the PIs of the impacted departments posted on the coverage plan during the transition.


Planning for Summer  

A few general reminders as you prepare for summer

  1. Closeout for internal grants. If you have an internal grants that ends this fiscal year, be sure you will spend all funds and submit your expense reports by early June. This includes all CCFF, DICE, Enhanced Travel grants made last academic year, and Nick-of-Time awards made this academic year.
  2. 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 webformCCAS Intent to Submit 
  3. Requests for Summer salary from grants can be made online at Faculty Summer Salary Request Form

Funding Opportunities

Limited Proposal Opportunity from the Pew Charitable Trusts 

The Pew Charitable Trusts has invited GW to nominate one candidate for the 2019 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award.

The Pew Biomedical Scholars program supports assistant professors demonstrating outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in support - $75,000 per year for four years.

Eligible, interested faculty may submit a research project summary, C/V, and letter of recommendation from their chair to OVPR as part of the internal selection competition.  OVPR will appoint an internal selection committee of 3 or more notable scientists who will select GW's candidate.

Eligible faculty must meet the following criteria:
·  Have a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field.
·  As of October 15, 2018, will hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
·  Not appointed before June 29, 2015 (time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit)
·  Must be nominated by their institution. Candidates may be nominated two times in total.
Program Summary, CV, and letter of nomination from department chair due to InfoReady by May 25, 2018. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health
Application Deadline: June 7, 2018, 3 pm ET
Policies for Action was created to help build the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. We are interested in learning how national, state or local policies can promote lifelong health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities; as well as what enabling factors promote the adoption and spread of good policies.

Update on Review Progress for Internal Proposals

We understand your need to learn about the outcome of your submissions so you can plan for your summer.  We hope to wrap up the process soon. The details are as follows.

  • Dean's Research Chair. All funding decisions have been made and communicated to the applicants. Awards are being processed.
  • UFF. OVPR should have notified all applicants by late April. There was an extra large number of submissions this year to the UFF and UFF-Expanded programs.
  • CCFF. Following OVPR's decisions on UFF, we are in the process of evaluating the unfunded UFF proposal for possible funding by CCFF.  We expect the decisions to be finalized by next week or so.
  • Enhanced Faculty Travel. Those decisions are usually made after CCFF to avoid overlap funding. We should be able to notify the PIs in the next 1-2 weeks. Those with urgent travel needs can request expedited decision in email to

Planning for Summer

This is for those expecting summer salary from your external grants and those with proposal submission in the coming months.  We appreciate your timely requests through our webforms.

1. Requests for Summer Salary from Grants. It is time to start your requests for summer salary from your grants. We have designed a new webform to facilitate this. Please submit your request ASAP and before mid-May. Faculty Summer Salary Request Form

2. Requests for pre-award support. 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 

Juliana Smith and Y.R., on behalf of the SRAs.

GW Faculty Honors Ceremony: a reminder

Don't forget the GW’s Eighth Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony! The Honors Ceremony recognizes a diverse group of talented GW faculty who have shown extraordinary dedication to teaching, scholarship, and the university. Please join us on Tuesday, April 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium, to congratulate your colleagues on receiving the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Faculty Prizes, Bender Teaching Awards, OVPR Faculty Awards, and more. To register for this event, please visit

CCAS Book Publishing Support: a reminder

As mentioned before in our Research Updates, CCAS will provide support for book publishing efforts by our faculty. This will include matching with professional editor(s) for those with the need and providing partial support financially. CCAS faculty with the need can request such support in email to More information can be found at our CCAS Research Blog

Update from NSF

Beginning on April 30, 2018, proposers will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) system. The initial release of this new capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities. As a result, proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in or in FastLane starting on April 30, 2018.  Other proposal types will be added to in the future.  More information can be found online at website 

Funding Opportunities

Humanities Facilitating Fund
This is an new opportunity from OVPR aiming at supporting scholarship in the humanities at CCAS.  Professor Tyler Anbinder of History Department has convened a group of colleagues representing different units of humanities to discuss the best ways to take advantage of this opportunity.  That has led to the Call for Proposal, which was sent to humanities faculty recently. If you wish to pursue this, please following the guideline to submit your proposal to Prof. Anbinder at by Monday, April 30, 2018.

Office of Naval Research
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Proposals due: July 6, 2018
DURIP funds will be used for the acquisition of major equipment to augment current or develop new research capabilities in support of DoD-relevant research. Proposals may request $50,000 to $1,500,000.
If any of you is interested in pursuing this, or learning more about this program, let me know at

National Science Foundation
Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce
Full Proposal Window: April 2, 2018 - January 16, 2019
The NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the sixresearch Big Ideas:  Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues.


NSF CAREER Workshop Series
Time/Location: Friday, April 20, 12-2pm, in SEH 2000, Friday, May 4, 12-2 pm, in SEH 2990.
Description Once again, we are working with SEAS and OVPR to organize an NSF CAREER workshop series aimed at junior faculty for their submissions. This will begin with two workshops 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 first workshop on April 20, or act as faculty mentor for our CAREER submission applicants.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 9,  4 - 5 pm, with refreshments after.
Location: SEH B1220.
More information will be provided later.

Reminder: CCAS Faculty Book Showcase and Book Workshop
A reminder for the CCAS Faculty Book Day on April 13, in GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101). There will be two events, the CCAS Faculty Book Showcase during 11:30 - 1 pm, and CCAS Faculty Book Publishing Workshop 1:30 - 3pm. Those with recently published academic books are welcome to bring your books for display.
Sign up is optional and encouraged.

Reminder: GW Research Days
Please join us for the GW Research Days on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Marvin Center, with 662 presenters expected across the two-day event! CCAS presentations will be on April 10. Details of the events can be found at

NSF CAREER Workshop Series 

Time/Location: Friday, April 20, 12-2pm, in SEH 2000, Friday, May 4, 12-2 pm, in SEH 2990.
Sign Up: Sign Up Webform
Description Once again, we are working with SEAS and OVPR to organize an NSF CAREER workshop series aimed at junior faculty for their submissions. This will begin with two workshops 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 first workshop on April 20, or act as faculty mentor for our CAREER submission applicants. Details of the events are below.

Materials for the NEH Workshop

The materials for the NEH Workshop on March 29 is now available at google drive
NEH Workshop

Additional resources are available at
CCAS Research Resources

You will need to login to your GW email account to access.

Update on Internal Funding Process

  • UFF / CCFF Those who submitted UFF to OVPR should have learned from OVPR that the decisions on UFF will be made this month (they will be a bit slower this year due to the extended UFF, but they expect more awards as a result). As soon as those decisions are made, OVPR will pass the unfunded UFF proposals to us so we can consider them for possible funding from CCFF.
  • Dean's Research Chair We expect to inform the applicants in the coming week.
  • Enhanced Travel Those proposals were received by March 30, and the funding decision will be notified this month.
  • Nick-of-Time These proposals are processed as they come in throughout the year.
  • CCAS DREAM Mentoring Award This is an award not internal funding. But we would like to remind you that, as announced in our Research Update on March 16, 2018, the nomination for this award is due April 13, 2018.  Detailed information can be found our DREAM Website.

Funding Opportunities 

Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes  (TRIPODS + X)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 29, 2018
Program Synopsis: Twelve NSF Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) Phase I Institutes were established in 2017 with the goal of promoting long-term, interdisciplinary research and training activities that engage theoretical computer scientists, statisticians, and mathematicians in developing the theoretical foundations of data science (see ).
This TRIPODS + X solicitation seeks to expand the scope of the TRIPODS program by engaging researchers across other NSF disciplines and the TRIPODS research teams in collaborative activities. Working in concert with a TRIPODS organization, a TRIPODS + X project would focus on data-driven research challenges motivated by applications in one or more science and engineering domains or other activities aimed at building robust data science communities.
Please let me know at if you wish to pursue.

Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
FY18 funding opportunities are anticipated for the following programs:
Autism Research Program
Neurofibromatosis Research Program
Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Prostate Cancer Research Program

Semiconductor Research Corporation
Letter of Intent due: April 16, 2018
Full proposal due: June 4, 2018
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is soliciting proposals in the area of Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICA).  The ICA program will provide supplemental funding* to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF) program offered by the National Science Foundation. 

Enhancement for the Enhanced Travel Program
In our effort to provide strong support for our scholarly related travel needs, we are pleased to increase our investment for the CCAS Enhanced Faculty Travel Awards program.  Starting this year, CCAS faculty can request up to $2500 in applying for this award.  The total number of awards will remain to be 30. The detailed description, reflecting this increased funding level, can be found online at our Research Blog. Please also keep in mind that the deadline for this year's competition is March 30, 2018.
As you know, we are constantly seeking ways to provide the best support for the scholarly activities of our faculty.  We are pleased this has led to encouraging returns, and we look forward to the continued success of your academic endeavors.
Ben Vinson III
Yongwu R.

Funding  Opportunities 

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)
Neurodegeneration Challenge Network                                                                          The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being   accepted for two funding mechanisms:   
 -CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration. Applications due by 5 pm PT, April 17, 2018. 
 -CZI Collaborative Science Awards: awards for small group interdisciplinary collaborations that include a physician with active clinical engagement. Letters of Intent due by 5 pm PT, April 3.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies, for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)                                                                                                                                                                
Proposal Submission Window:  May 7, 2018 - May 14, 2018


Funding / Prize Opportunities

National Science Foundation
Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems  (NCS)
NSF invites the submission of educational neuroscience proposals to the NCS program. It notes that advances in our understanding of neural and cognitive systems can have significant implications for research on education. Through the Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Educational Neuroscientific Research through the Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS) program it also seeks to foster the growth of a multidisciplinary community of researchers, including neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and education researchers. Deadline for Letters of Intent is February 20, 2018.

The Franklin Institute
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Deadline for completed nominations: May 31, 2018
An email of intent to nominate received by April 30, 2018 is appreciated. Description The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry- chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.
(Please let me know at if you have a suggested nominee)

Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Faculty Workload Survey

This is for the principal investigators of federally-funded projects, and was explained in a recent email to you from Shandra White, Director of Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Enhancement.  The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), a cooperative initiative hosted by the National Academies, is conducting a national survey of federally-funded principal investigators (PIs) to explore the impact of federal regulations on the time faculty spend pursuing active research. Participation in the study is voluntary, but the more researchers that participate, the stronger the data. Please be on the lookout for an email message in the first two weeks of February (Feb 5 - 16, 2018inviting you to participate in the FDP Faculty Workload Survey. (The message will come from an email address ending in

Student Opportunities

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are excited to share with you a great opportunity for your students to learn about the variety of internships and research participation programs available at ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab. ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair February 22 from noon to 3 p.m. EST. Students may register up to the day of the event at
During the virtual career fair, students will be able to chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying.
Please share this information with your students and encourage them to find out more about the science education programs at ORNL!

Upcoming Events

Faculty Book Publishing Workshop II: Crossover Books: What, How, and Why
Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.
Tentative Date /Times: Friday, April 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, with 1-1 meetings 2:30 - 4:30pm.
Description You wrote your dissertation on a topic with legs. Or maybe you’ve written one monograph—a good, old-fashioned, tenure book—and want a bigger audience for your next one. Or maybe you’ve been dabbling with op-ed pieces and short features, and you’d like to replicate the rush of connecting with actual, honest-to-God, readers in your next book-length project. Where do you begin? And more importantly, how do you convince editors and agents that you can write beyond your discipline?

This 90-minute workshop, appropriate for faculty at all levels, demystifies the process of envisioning, developing, and pitching ideas for books that can appeal to both scholarly and trade audiences—known to publishers as “crossover books.” Major topics include identifying appropriate topics, approaches, audiences, and presses; whether or not you need an agent; how to write a winning book proposal; and steps all authors can take to generate interest in their books. We’ll also talk about how crossover books differ from more traditional scholarly books and the pros and cons of each approach for authors with academic affiliations. Participants receive two one-page handouts covering various aspects of these topics. One-on-one meetings with the speakers may be requested.

Sign-up is optional but recommended. If you wish to have one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you must indicate so on the form.

Gentle Reminders

  • Effort Reports Those of you with effort on sponsored projects should be receiving reports from your department administrative staff, which need to be reviewed for accuracy and approved. If changes are required, note the detailed changes directly on your report so that a labor redistribution can be processed. Please act promptly so that those can be processed on time.
  • Pre- / Post- Award Support.  For pre-award support, please use CCAS Intent to Submit  to inform us your proposal plan well in advance. For post-award management, have you checked your PI Dashboard lately?

Update from NSF 

As explained in our CCAS Research Update (Nov. 17, 2017) and in the OVPR Research Update (Nov 2017 issue), the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the release of a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), effective January 29, 2018. Some of the most significant changes are:

  • A Standard Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) template is now required for all proposals
  • The Budget Justification page limitation will increase from three pages to five pages
  • Project Description must now contain a separate section titled “Intellectual Merit”
  • Results from Prior NSF Support now applies to any awards PI or Co-PI has had with an end date in the past five years, including no-cost extensions. (In cases where the PI or a co-PI has received more than one award, they need only report on the award most closely related to the proposal)

More details can be found at the NSF PAPPG Update Webinar and NSF Advisories page. NSF will run Automated Compliance Checking when you update your proposal in FastLane. All of of our SRAs have been informed of the changes, and will be able to work with you to ensure compliance.  If you have any question, please check with your SRA or contact Juliana Smith at

Juliana Smith and Yongwu R.

GW Animal Research Facility Services & Fees Update

Animal Care Per Diem Increase Effective February 1, 2018, the GW Animal Research Facility (ARF) will increase its animal care per diem rates by 5 percent. The facility has not increased its per diem rate since 2005. Going forward,
forward, each January, per diem rates will increase 5 percent for that calendar year. The establishment of per diem rates is guided by principles outlined in National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cost Analysis and Rate Setting Manual for Animal Research Facilities.

Veterinary Technician Services Available ARF is also announcing the availability of veterinary technician services. These are services not covered by the per diem and would typically be the responsibility of the principal investigator and their research team. These tech services might include weaning, administration of medicine, and off-hours monitoring and documentation, among others. When requested, veterinary tech services will be billed at a rate of $40/hour.

Questions? Questions about per diem rates, including estimates of costs for sponsored project proposals, can be directed to Dr. Catrina King, GW’s Head Veterinarian and Veterinary Services Director at

Statistics Help from CCAS Faculty

Prof. Wang from the Department of Statistics is teaching a Statistical Consulting course at GW during Spring 2018; this course is for the second year MS Statistics students. As part of that course students work in groups to provide free statistical consulting/help. The work is done mainly by the students, but under the supervision of Prof. Wang. Each group with meet with the client and report their results in class periodically throughout the semester. If you or your colleagues have any ongoing projects that may need statistical assistance, please feel free to contact Prof. Wang (

GW Research Days

A Showcase of Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavor, April 10 and April 11, 2018

Call for Abstracts Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase their work and compete for prize money at the 23rd annual GW Research Days. This event features poster presentations and keynote speakers, and is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research, scholarship and discovery being done at GW.

Abstract Deadline: February 28, 2018

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