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.

CRAG Meetings - 2023-2024

Thursday, March 21st, 2024; 11:00am-12:00 noon

CRAG March 2024: Audit Information and Year-End Reminders with GCAS

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Thursday, February 15th, 2024; 11:00am-12:00 noon There will be no CRAG meeting in February. Please see the March entry for the next CRAG meeting.  
Thursday, January 18th, 2024; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG January 2024: A Discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) View Recording
Thursday, December 21st, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG December 2023: Updates on NIH Foreign Subaward Rules and GW Grad Assistant Policies View Recording
Thursday, November 16th, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG November 2023: Finance Topics with GCAS and Procure-to-Pay View Recording
Thursday, October 19th, 2023; 11:00am- 12:00 noon CRAG October 2023: Collaborative NSF Other Support and SciENcv Discussion View Recording
Thursday, September 21st, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG September 2023: Fall OSP Kickoff View Recording
July and August 2023 There will be no CRAG meeting in July or August to accommodate summer breaks and vacations. We will resume CRAG meetings in September to prepare for the fall semester-- see you there! SUMMER BREAK
Thursday, June 15th, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG June 2023: Certified Research Administrators Panel View Recording
May CRAG 2023 There will be no May 2023 CRAG meeting. CRAG meetings will resume in June.  
Thursday, April 20, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon CRAG April 2023: From Pencil to Red Pen- Increasing Your Confidence as an Editor of Faculty Work View Recording
Thursday, March 16, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon

CRAG March 2023: Is This Allowed? An In-Depth Focus on NIH Prior Approvals

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February CRAG 2023

There will be no February 2023 CRAG meeting. CRAG meetings will resume in March.


Thursday, January 19, 2023; 11:00am-12:00 noon

CRAG January 2023: Contract Review Information and Guidelines with the Procure-to-Pay Finance Division

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All recordings are available via the CRAG Teamsite and require a GW UserID and password to access.

CRAG Listserv

CRAG emails are sent to the listserv most Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The emails contain important research administration news and announcements, upcoming OSP Education and Training events, upcoming external training opportunities, and resources and recordings from past trainings. To be added to the CRAG listserv and begin receiving CRAG emails, please email your request to O[email protected].

Did you miss the latest CRAG Listserv email? Click here to access it on the CRAG Teamsite (GW UserID and password required).

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 UserID and password.

Previous CRAG Meeting Topics - 2022

Collaborative Research Administrators Discussion (02/17/2022)

This month, the Office of Sponsored Projects invites members of the Collaborative Research Administrators Group to join an open and robust discussion of the topics that matter most to the Research Administrator community. Come prepared to discuss any top-of-mind issues, ask questions of your fellow RAs and leave the session with important shared information. OSP staff will be on hand to help facilitate the discussion.

GCAS FY21 and FY22 Audit Information and Year-End Reminders (03/17/2022)

What do you need to know about the recent FY21 audit results and the upcoming FY22 audit and fiscal year-end? Join Leah Kaba, Compliance and Audit Manager with Grants and Contracts Accounting Services to learn everything you need to know about the fiscal cycle, and take the opportunity to get an expert response to your financial questions.

Institutional Review Board and Human Subjects Payments (04/21/2022)

Join us for the April 2022 CRAG meeting, featuring Rebecca Eberle, Interim Director of the Office of Human Research, as we discuss the institutional review board (IRB) process and human subject payments.

Corporate and Foundation Relations (05/19/2022)

Join us for the May 2022 CRAG meeting, featuring Susan Boerstling, Executive Director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, as we discuss proposals and communications with non-federal sponsors.

Export Controls and Research (06/16/2022)

Did you know that certain regulations administered by United States federal agencies set restrictions on the types of information and technology that can be shared with (i.e., "exported" to) foreign nationals and shipment of controlled physical items such as scientific equipment? These exports are regulated for reasons of national security, foreign policy, and competitive trade interests, among others.

Join the Office of Research Integrity's Cledwyn Jones, Senior Research Compliance Associate, to learn how these rules and regulations affect PIs, project leaders, administration staff, and other university stakeholders.

Academic Year Kickoff with OSP (09/15/2022)

Welcome to the 2023-2024 GW School Year! This month's CRAG meeting will focus on disseminating useful information from the Office of Sponsored Projects that may impact the upcoming academic year. This information will cover pre-award, post-award, subawards and contracts. OSP staff will also take questions. Don't miss it!


Staff Members from the GW Office of Sponsored Projects

NIH and NSF: What's New in January 2023? (10/20/22)

New year, new requirements....will you be ready? The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health both have requirements changes that will come into effect in January 2023. In this informational session, Monique Foxx, OSP Assistant Director of Pre-Award Management, will walk through changes coming from both agencies, including:

• NSF requirements
• NSF SciENcv requirements
• NIH Proposal Budgeting for Data Management and Sharing

Our expert speaker will also take your questions on the new requirements. Join us!

Federal Grant Law and Public Policy Based Requirements (11/17/22)

The research administration lifecycle is subject to many laws and regulations. Both new and seasoned research administrators should know about the laws that they may face in the course of their work, and be able to recognize legal issues before they surface. Join Kristen Schwendinger, Compliance Officer in the Office of Research Integrity, as she reviews federal grant law and public policy-based requirements related to research administration, and answers your questions about federal grant laws.

NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Open House (12/15/22)

OSP is excited to welcome our colleagues from GW Libraries and the Office of Research Integrity to our CRAG NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan Open House! Hear about updates to the upcoming NIH DMS Plan regulations, and ask questions of our experts. This will be an open house format, so we encourage your participation throughout!

Topics to be covered include:

1. New DMSP template
2. Templates for adding data management and sharing costs to your budgets
3. Information on repositories

Sponsored Projects Handbook

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