Collaborative Research Administrators Group

The Collaborative Research Administrators Group (CRAG) was organized to promote and encourage collaboration between Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) staff and departmental research administrators with the ultimate goal of providing a forum for staff involved in research administration to share information and ideas.

CRAG endeavors to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information on best practices
  • Provide research training and information on consistent operational processes
  • Develop innovative and efficient administrative practices

Everyone involved in research administration is welcome to attend.

Upcoming CRAG Meeting - 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021; 11:00 am-12:00 noon

CRAG - myResearch Updates and Discussion on Foreign Engagements

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Thursday, December 16, 2021; 11:00 am-12:00 noon

CRAG - OVPR Updates on myResearch

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Thursday, February 17, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 noon

CRAG - myResearch Deployment Updates

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Thursday, March 17, 2022; 11:00 am-12:00 noon

CRAG - GCAS FY21 and FY22 Audit Information and Year-End Reminders

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CRAG Listserv

To be added to the CRAG listserv, please email your request to [email protected].

CRAG Teamsite

To access important information and presentations and recordings from previous CRAG meetings listed below, please login to the CRAG Teamsite using your GW Net ID and password.

Previous CRAG Meeting Topics - 2021

During this session, presenters cover the following topics.

 

Section 889

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) discusses Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which prohibits recipients of federal funding awards from using or procuring certain covered telecommunications equipment or services, and its application to grants, contracts and cooperative agreements, including outgoing subcontracts and subawards.

  • Ted McKoy, Assistant Director, Award Set-up and Subaward Management, OSP

  • Anjali Satija, Sponsored Projects Sub-Award Analyst, OSP

  • Nasrin Khoshand, Sponsored Projects Sub-Award Analyst, OSP

 

Salary Cap

Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) discusses how GW will be managing Salary Cap on applicable awards going forward to alleviate administrative burden from the departments and PODs and as part of the myResearch Project.

  • Teresa Taube, Director, Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS)

  • Tania Wadhawan, Associate Director, Strategy& Implement, Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS)

During this session, presenters from the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) cover updates on the myResearch Project and Sponsor updates from NIH and NSF:

myResearch project

  • The myResearch project will have a significant impact on research administration at GW ... in a good way! We provide a status update on the project while also highlighting some of the features, benefits and major changes you can expect.

 

Sponsor Updates from NIH and NSF

  • New NIH Biosketch format effective for proposals submitted on/after May 25, 2021
  • New NSF proposal types and functionality within Research.gov effective March 22, 2021

During this session, representatives from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and GW Libraries cover Data Use Agreements (DUA).  Hiromi Sanders, Director, Research Integrity and Compliance, and Megan Potterbusch, Data Services Librarian, offer an overview of the different documents involved in Data Use Agreement review at GW as well as the different stages and offices involved in the review process.

During this session, representatives from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) and the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) cover recent updates from GW and FDP. 

Gina Lohr, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, presents two new initiatives (a proposed trainee category for postdoctoral appointees and a transcript notation for extracurricular undergraduate research experiences) and provides a brief update on the Research Ecosystem Review.

Edward (Ted) McKoy, Assistant Director, Award Set-up and Subaward Management, provides updates coming out of the May 2021 meeting of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP).

The Fall 2021 Kickoff of the Collaborative Research Administrators Group (CRAG) series features general updates from OSP and GCAS.

NIH Updates

Monique Foxx, Associate Director, Pre-Award Management, Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) shares updates on the newly released guidance related to the NIH biosketch FAQs.

Salary Cap

Sandra Neil, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance, Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS) will be discussing how GW will be managing Salary Cap on applicable awards going forward to alleviate administrative burden from the departments and Pods and as part of the myResearch Project.

Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director talks about his work with the Program on Extremism and Megan Dielman, Director of Operations and Projects from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research provides updates on myResearch. 

Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, which provides analysis on issues related to violent and non-violent extremism. The Program aims to develop pragmatic policy solutions that resonate with policymakers, civic leaders, and the general public while spearheading innovative and thoughtful academic inquiry. Prior to joining the faculty at GW, Mr. Hughes served as a lead staffer on U.S. government efforts to implement a national countering violent extremism strategy at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He also served as the Senior Counterterrorism Advisor for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and as a reporter for The New York Times. Mr. Hughes has authored numerous papers and books, including Homegrown: ISIS in America, and is a regular commentator for a variety of media outlets.  

Punitha Kelly and Lori TaitContracts Analysts, and Ayesha WaqasContracts Associate, from the Procure-to-Pay Finance Division discuss the contract review process for purchases involving data and systems housing data. 

Representatives from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Sponsored Projects provide updates from the recent Federal Demonstration Partnership September 2021 Virtual Meeting, including important information from multiple federal agencies.