The George Washington University is a global, comprehensive research institution and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). At the Elliott School, sponsored research funding has dramatically increased over the past several years. The Elliott School’s Research Team serves to support and enhance this trend. We are proud of our faculty’s entrepreneurial spirit and encourage you to think of us as partners in the process of:
- identifying funding,
- developing competitive proposals,
- promoting your work, and
- answering your questions.
The University offers no-cost funding databases and search tools to help faculty and research staff find funding opportunities.
Pivot is a searchable database of funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources including foundations and commercial sponsors. The university's subscription to this service allows GW users to create customized searches and have matching opportunities e-mailed as they are posted.
Hanover Research produces specialized grant calendars twice each month, mapping out grant opportunities of interest to faculty in different focus areas.
Sign up for targeted grant calendars, projections, webinars, toolkits and more provided by Hanover Research.
Search thousands of grant opportunities by category by using GW’s subscription to Foundation Center’s online database. For log-in access:
- Make sure you are accessing GW's internet network either by utilizing GW's Wifi/Ethernet when on-campus or through GW's VPN connection when off-campus.
- Visit the GW Libraries A-Z database.
- Scroll down the list of resources to "Foundation Directory Online" and click on that link for access*.
*Please note, you must maintain connection to GW's internet servers in order to have full access to Foundation Directory Online resources.
Administered by Foundation Center, RFP Bulletin at Philanthropy News Digest displays current Request For Proposals (RFPs) and allows users to sign up for email and news alerts.
Companies support academic research that aligns with their R&D objectives or philanthropic priorities. You can begin exploring corporate research grant opportunities by reviewing the corporate grants in GW’s Funding Opportunities Database. If there are no Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that match your area of work, you may also visit prospective corporate funders’ websites to see if the company funds research in your topic area and accepts proposals.
Questions to consider when identifying a potential funder include:
- Who are industry leaders in this area?
- Can a company find business value in my research project?
- Do I have any corporate connections?
- Who in my network might have connections to corporate representatives?
Elliott's Corporations Officer Joe Metope [email protected] can help you identify companies that may be a good match for your research project, as well as work with you to develop an outreach strategy and a plan for solicitation, if you haven’t yet identified a specific RFP.
Priority Corporations and Foundations
GW has longstanding relationships with foundation and corporate partners across the world.
Because the university has pending or current funding with many key constituents, we ask that faculty and staff contact Susan Boerstling, Assistant Vice President, Corporate & Foundation Relations, [email protected], before contacting the foundations and companies on the priority corporations and foundations list.
For more, please visit GW Corporate & Foundation Relations.
The goal of the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) is to foster the creation of new research projects and scholarly activities that encourage application to externally funded opportunities, bring external recognition to the PI and university and/or demonstrate significant impact to the field of which it belongs. Awards range from $5,000-25,000 and the award period is a year starting in July.
The Cross-Disciplinary Research Fund (CDRF) supports the establishment of collaborative partnerships within centers and institutes or between investigators from two or more diverse departments with the expectation that they apply for external funding. CDRF awards provide up to $50,000 for one year with the opportunity for a second year of funding.
The goal of the University Seminars Funding Program is to foster sustained discussion of issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Each seminar receives funding up to $4000 annually, and may be renewed for up to two additional years.
The goal of the Humanities Facilitating Fund (HFF) is to provide funding for the promotion of scholarship of humanities faculty at GW. This opportunity is open to all regular-status faculty conducting research in the humanities, regardless of home department or unit. Awards will be limited to $5,000.
Elliott School Supplemental Research Awards
Elliott School Supplemental Research Awards support Elliott School faculty research and associated activities that might otherwise go unfunded.
Award funds may be used to supplement new or ongoing research and research-related activities to include travel, travel for collaborators, event and/or honorarium expenditures, survey expenses, printing costs, translation expenditures, or other demonstrable research needs.
Awards are open to all active-status, full-time (primary or secondary) Elliott School faculty who are continuing in service at the Elliott School for the duration of the award period. All qualifying proposals, from $100 up to $3,000, will be considered.
The next competition will be held in early 2024, stay tuned for more info!
Applying for grants and other sponsored projects can sometimes seem daunting. Check out some resources that can help:
The Research Enhancement Unit (REU) provides investigators at the George Washington University (GW) with services and guidance to successfully apply for federally-sponsored research funding.
REU helps GW investigators by:
- identifying targeted funding opportunities to expand and diversify research portfolios;
- providing consultative and scientific editing services;
- delivering professional development workshops, trainings and seminars; and
- facilitating collaboration for large, complex, international and multi-/cross-disciplinary proposals.
Supporting GW Research and Scholars Series
From Spark to Impact introduces the many GW teams that support faculty, staff, postdocs and students on their scholarly journeys. The sessions are open and relevant to the entire scholarly community. You will find this content useful whether you are new to GW or have been here for decades.
The George Washington University is an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. By becoming an Institutional Member, all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at The George Washington University have access to the following member resources at no additional cost:
- Weekly Monday Motivator
- Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
- Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
- Access to Multi-Week Courses
- Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
- Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
- Monthly accountability buddy matches
- Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
- Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations facilitates GW’s relationships with foundations, corporations, institutions, associations, trusts, and other non-governmental funding entities across the globe. CFR officers are pleased to partner with faculty members from all schools and colleges at GW to engage institutional support for projects, research, and programs. They are available to assist throughout all the stages of the funding process. Elliott is fortunate to have Joe Metope and Susan Boerstling as it's CFR officers:
Submitting a Proposal
If you have plans to submit a proposal, please fill out the Intent to Submit form through Research Pod 1.
Need more info? Check out:
- The GW Sponsored Projects Handbook
- Information on IDCs, Fringe Rates, and Other Institutional Information
- Elliott's Pre- and Post-award Specialists in Research Pod 1
OVPR's Communications' team can help promote scholarly findings, offer individualized op-ed assistance, create visuals to explain your work, provide media training and more.
At Elliott, help us ensure your research and publications get the attention they deserve. When you have an article, book, op-ed, or other publication, please email Robin Khan [email protected] and this will trigger alerts for the research and communications teams.
- The Elliott School is supported by GW's Research Pod 1. The Pod provides support for proposal submission and most post award transactions. Directions for submitting a proposal to an external entity that requests any kind of budgetary or indirect cost information are outlined in greater detail on the Pod website.
- To recognize research achievements, GW provides Research Enhancement Incentive Awards (REIA) for Principal Investigators. The amount of REIA provided to PIs and academic units is determined annually through a formula based on the next expenditures incurred by faculty as well as consultation between the Vice Provost for Research and Deans. OVPR will supplement the REIA award to principal investigators by an amount equal to the F&A associated with the salary and fringe benefit costs of a graduate research assistant (GRA) on awards with the full negotiated F&A rate. Yet another reason to consider including GRAs in your proposals.
- Joining one of Elliott's 13 research Centers and Institutes can boost your research. Not only does membership in a Center/Institute offer the opportunity to more easily collaborate with colleagues but it also offers you additional staff support and can ease the administrative burden associated with finding, applying for, and managing sponsored projects.