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 rong@gwu.edu 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 @srsrv.com.)

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 http://orau.us/live-ornl.
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?

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 a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Wolfe, you can indicate that on the sign-up form.

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) GW Site Visit
Where: Phillips Hall 210-A
 
When: Tuesday, February 13, 1 - 2 pm
This is part of a site visit by Dr. Daniel Filer, Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Coordinator, to talk to PIs of funded projects, and to present opportunities from CESU.
Optional Sign-up, please indicate in the form if you would like to meet one-on-one with Dr. Filer.

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 juliana5@gwu.edu.

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 drcatrinaking@gwu.edu.

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 (judywang@gwu.edu).

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

 

 

 

Multiple awards up to $8K each are available for research projects that utilize CTSI-CN services and/or institutional cores that provide an invoice for services.  Projects should be innovative, high impact, and MUST be "shovel-ready" as funding expires 4 months after the start date.

Voucher awards are NOT limited to traditional bench or clinical research. Submissions relevant to ALL types of research (including community based research, public health research, or research aimed at special or underserved populations, orphan diseases, or enhancing clinical trial recruitment) are strongly encouraged.

Faculty at all levels are eligible. Faculty are eligible for 1 funded voucher every 12 months-if you received a voucher within the past year, you are NOT eligible for this round.

Funds may be used for services, supplies and participant incentives. Funds may NOT be used for consultants, salaries, student stipends, travel, publication fees, or computer hardware. If you have questions about the budget, please send it to
VYankov@childrensnational.org for review prior to the application deadline.

Applications are limited to 2 pages (Ariel, 11 point font).  If needed, IRB or IACUC approval must be present at the time of application.   Applications should include:

  1. Title
  2. Abbreviated budget
  3. Timeline
  4. Brief description of the project in NIH format (intro, significance, innovation, aim(s), research plan).

Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be reviewed.

If the project will utilize CTSI-CN services, please provide an appropriate budget, utilizing the pricing as provided by your service provider.   CTSI-CN provides a number of services for investigators:

  1. Biomedical Informatics: Strategies for research database design, data management (REDCap, OpenClinica), access to high performance computing, and access to MedDRA.
  2. Clinical Research Support: Nursing support, laboratory processing and shipping, bionutrition, neuropsychological evaluation, exam rooms, and other support for clinical and translational research projects.
  3. Community Engaged Research/Health Policy: Comparative effective research design, strategies to develop or impact related regulatory or health policies, and integrating patient and community engagement into research design process.
  4. Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design: Biostatistical support, epidemiology, and/or study design for translational projects from basic research to clinical implementation and public health.
  5. Innovation Services: Proteomics/genomics and high content data analysis (sequencing/arrays etc), device development (3D printing, design, prototyping), and imaging (MRI, CT, US, and other modalities).
  6. Regulatory Knowledge/IRB Support: Sponsor- and FDA-required regulatory submissions, preparation of IRB applications using the IRBear system, Participant Advocacy program, consultation on GCP guidelines, and Human Subject Protection training.

For more information and access to these services go to http://ctsicn.org/node/159.
To apply, go to:   https://cri-datacap.org/surveys/?s=CCMLX47NRA 

Application deadline:  January 15, 2018

Questions about this RFA may be addressed to:

Sean D. Cleary  sdcleary@gwu.edu
Susan Knoblach  sknoblach@childrensnational.org

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce an additional intramural funding competition, the University Facilitating Fund FY19 - Expanded. Eligibility requirements for the program have changed to include more faculty and researchers. This supplementary competition is now open. Review the InfoReady portal for competition details.
The deadline for submissions to the University Facilitating Fund FY 19 - Expanded is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
Please note, if you already applied to the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) FY19, do not apply again. Your application is already under consideration. View more details online.

WoWTALK  VI was held on December 5, 2017. 


Presentation and Speakers

Date /Time: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 4:00- 5:00 pm, with refreshments / lab tour after.
Location:  SEH B1220
Speakers:
Dr. Chris Cahill (Chemistry)
Finding the Names and Addresses of the Atoms in Crystalline Solids
Dr. Saniya LeBlanc (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Linking Materials, Manufacturing, & System Design for Energy Technologies
George Washington University Nanofabrication Imaging Center
(Optional but encouraged): Sign up at: Sign Up

In our continued effort to support research and scholarship, we would like to create a CCAS Proposal Sharing System to allow faculty to share grant proposals and fellowship applications with their colleagues. We hope this will help to demystify the process for certain grant applications, better enabling our faculty to be more successful in their grant proposals / fellowship applications.
Please note that sample proposals for some funding agencies are already available on their websites. We have collected some of such Sample Proposals by Funding Agencies on our new CCAS research blog. In addition, many colleagues routinely share their proposals with colleagues.  However, our new system will provide additional model proposals that may not be readily available from funding agencies or colleagues around you.
The steps for contributing / requesting proposals are as follows.
  1. The dean’s office will invite faculty volunteers to share their successful proposals.

  2. The ADR (Associate Dean for Research) will collect the proposals from ccasres@gwu.edu. Each colleague who contributes (referred to as “Contributors” here after) can redact their proposal to remove sensitive information, or have dean’s office assist with this. The redacted copy will be password protected so that it can be viewed, but no text or image can be copied electronically.

  3. Any CCAS colleague who requests (referred to as “Requester” here after) a proposal can submit their information via our CCAS Sample Proposal Requesting Form.

  4. The ADR will inform the Contributor with the name of the Requester before releasing the proposal.

  5. The Contributor may request for a copy of the final proposal from the Requester before submission.  This will help prevent plagiarism and allow the Requester to receive valuable comments from the Contributor.

  6. Other components of this system may include various pieces of the proposal, e.g. Postdoc Mentoring Plan.  Those samples can be deposited in a Google drive shared with all CCAS faculty.

To contribute your proposal(s), simply email pdf files to ccasres@gwu.edu. We will then work with you to redact your proposal and set the security protection. If we receive a request for which your proposal is a fit, we will inform you before sharing it with the Requester. You can report your contribution in your Faculty Annual Report
To request a sample proposal, please enter the webform CCAS Sample Proposal Requesting Form.  We will then communicate with the potential Contributor(s) before sending you a pdf file of the sample.

 

Research Area(s):
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, Instrumentation, Planetary Science, Space Life Sciences, Space Situational Awareness

Description:
Suborbital Flight Testing and Flight Experiments with CubeSat Payloads

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is requesting broad community input under a Request for Information (RFI) to determine interest in using high altitude aircraft as a means for flight testing and flight experiments with CubeSat science payloads. The two primary use cases of interest are flight testing CubeSat instruments intended for orbital use and airborne flight experiments that leverage CubeSat technologies for earth observing instruments.

As background for the RFI, the NASA Airborne Science Program (ASP), managed under the Earth Science Division (ESD) within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), operates a fleet of highly modified aircraft that support NASA satellite missions, technology development, and science investigations. The primary objectives of the program include supporting satellite calibration and validation, new sensor development, process studies of the Earth system, and developing the next generation of scientists and engineers. Additional information on the ASP can be found at: https://airbornescience.nasa.gov/.

With this RFI, the NASA Airborne Science Program is exploring community interest in having NASA support the use of CubeSat science payloads in the Airborne Science Program.

The RFI is for information purposes only.

The due date for responses is November 21, 2017 (3:00pm Pacific).

Please see the RFI at the following:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=bc6d32050583e2ecc5bdf4da06271c1e&tab=core&_cview=0

Point of Contact:
Mr. Jeffrey Myers
Airborne Sensor Facility Manager
jmyers@usra.edu

Dr. David Bell, Director
USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science
dbell@usra.edu

This site will serve as a resource for faculty information. Here you will find research and funding resources relevant to CCAS faculty. We will also update regularly with notices of funding opportunities and events.

Since this site is new, and we want it to suit your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us with comments and questions at ccasres@gwu.edu.