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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 ccasres@gwu.edu

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  go.gwu.edu/facultyhonors.

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 ccasres@gwu.edu. 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)Research.gov system. The initial release of this new Research.gov 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 Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30, 2018.  Other proposal types will be added to Research.gov in the future.  More information can be found online at research.gov 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 anbinder@gwu.edu 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 ccasres@gwu.edu.

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.

Events

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.

WoWTALK
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 https://researchdays.gwu.edu/schedule/.

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 https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242888 ).
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 ccasres@gwu.edu 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. 

Speaker: Dr. Audra Wolfe, editor, publishing consultant, and independent scholar.
Date/Times: Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, with 1-1 meetings after.
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
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.

Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: GW National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC - Gelman 101)
Description: The CCAS Faculty Book Showcase is a celebration to recognize the achievements in publishing professional books by our faculty. It will feature recent faculty books in display, presence and brief remarks by GW leadership, including President LeBlanc, Provost Maltzmann, Vice President in Research Chalupa, and Dean Vinson. Refreshments will be provided during event.
Sign up is optional and encouraged.

This year, the Foundation is presenting a James P. McGovern Award to Dr. Albert-László Barabási for his distinguished work in the field of network science.
Date /Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 pm
Description: On Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Barabási will deliver a lecture at the Cosmos Club that is free and open to the public.  If you would like to attend, the Foundation would be honored to host you.  Simply send your name, preferred address, and email to me at gkauvar@gwu.edu asap, the Foundation will gladly mail you an invitation and make the necessary arrangements for you to attend.
The Cosmos Club has a dress code: jacket and collared shirt for men, no jeans or gym shoes; com-parable attire for women.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 29,  2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Gelman B02
Two Agenda Items:

Research, Curriculum Development, Summer Programs, Digital Humanities
Dr. Deborah Hurtt, Senior Program Officer at the NEH, will outline key programs for higher ed faculty including Summer Stipends, Fellowships (deadline April 11), and Collaborative Research Grants.

How do I Write an Effective Proposal?
Dr. Deborah Hurtt will share tips for preparing successful NEH proposals.

Sign Up is optional and encouraged.  Sign up is required for 1-1 meetings.

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

 

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