Research Initiative Hero with George Washington statue and GW Researcher Cynthia Dowd

Research Initiative



GW's mission is to improve the world with the discoveries and creative expressions of its faculty and students. This requires the university to invest in the areas of scholarship and research where it can have the greatest success and to ensure that its research ecosystem matches the aspirations of the university community. And it requires that the university facilitate research that crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries. GW will build on the progress it has made, exploring ways to support research that continues to generate groundbreaking discoveries and innovative ideas.





  • Goal 1: Ensure that principal investigators have the support and flexibility they need to focus on their research.
  • Goal 2: Enhance the research and scholarly reputation of GW. 
  • Goal 3: Align the research and academic enterprises.
  • Goal 4: Enhance the opportunities for GW students to expand their education opportunities by working and publishing with faculty.



Initiative Accomplishments


  • New Electronic Research Compliance System Implementation Underway
    The Office of the Vice President for Research has identified and is currently implementing a new electronic research compliance system that will streamline existing operations. The human subjects module went live June 1, 2018.


  • Research Ecosystem Review Phase I Report Released
    The executive summary (PDF) outlines high-priority themes for additional focus and prioritization. The body of the full report is available to the GW community by emailing [email protected].


  • A new electronic system for submission and review of research integrity and compliance processes has been implemented.
  • University Increases Intramural Funding
    In late 2017, the university increased funding for internal research grants. This funding—for individual and multi-disciplinary projects—is especially important for faculty in fields in which research funding is scarce, such as the humanities. These increased levels of intramural funding will continue into the next fiscal year and beyond.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research has instituted panel reviews for University Facilitating Fund applications, at the request of faculty, to support enhanced equity in awarding internal funding.
  • Vice President for Research Moved Under the Provost
    Beginning July 1, 2018, the vice president for research now reports to the provost, in support of the initiative goal to better align the research and academic enterprises.



Research Ecosystem Review Working Groups

GW faculty, staff and leadership continue to review the university’s research ecosystem. The review is a major goal of the research strategic initiative and aims to identify successes and areas for investment and to outline action plans for improvement.

The second phase of working groups will examine: workforce development, big data and high-performance computing infrastructure, resource allocation and the operation and utilization of shared facilities..

  • Daisy Le (SON)

  • Alison Hall (SMHS)

  • Shaon Lahiri (GWSPH)

  • Trudy Mallinson (SMHS)

  • Evie Downey (CCAS)

  • Kate Applebaum (GWSPH)

  • Rohan Fernandes (SMHS)

  • Frank Baginski (CCAS)

  • Emilia Entcheva (SEAS)

  • Elizabeth Vaquera (CCAS)

  • Gina Lohr (OVPR)

  • Don Reagan (BMAG)

  • Leslie Roe (BMAG)

  • Tarek El-Ghazawi (SEAS)

  • Ryan Watkins (GSEHD)

  • Bill Briscoe (CCAS)

  • Tony Yang (SON)

  • Maliha Aziz (GWSPH)

  • Maritza Dowling (SON/GWSPH)

  • Maroun Medlej (GWSB)

  • Raja Mazumder (SMHS)

  • William Borden (SMHS)

  • Andrei Alexandru (CCAS)

  • Chris Warshaw (CCAS)

  • Brian Ensor (GWIT)

  • Raoul Gabiam (SEAS IT)

  • Hiromi Sanders (OVPR)

  • Geneva Henry (LAI)

  • Megan Potterbusch (LAI)

  • Megan Dieleman (OVPR)

  • Don Reagan (BMAG)

  • Leslie Roe (BMAG)

  • Maxine Freund (GSEHD)

  • Pearl Zhou (SON)

  • Jeanne Geiger-Brown (SON)

  • Matt Kay (SEAS)

  • Nicholas Vonortas (ESIA)

  • Tara Behrend (CCAS)

  • Rebecca Lynch (SMHS)

  • Nicole Ivy (CCAS)

  • Samer Hamdar (SEAS)

  • Bernard Wood (CCAS)

  • Brandon Bartels (CCAS)

  • Kate Brannon (GSEHD)

  • Megan Dieleman (OVPR)

  • Don Reagan (BMAG)

  • Leslie Roe (BMAG)

  • Shaista Khilji (GSEHD)

  • Vesna Zderic (SEAS)

  • Keith Crandall (GWSPH)

  • Nirbhay Kumar (GWSPH)

  • Linda Kusner (SMHS)

  • Victoria Shanmugam (SMHS)

  • Dale Lupu (SON)

  • Megan Leftwich (SEAS)

  • Mary Coughlin (CCAS)

  • Stephen Boyes (CCAS)

  • Hui Lu (SMHS)

  • Bob Miller (OVPR)

  • Gina Lohr (OVPR)

  • Sharon Heinle (Controller)

  • Sonia Singh (Controller)

  • Geneva Henry (LAI)

  • Brian Ensor (GWIT)

  • Megan Dieleman (OVPR)

  • Don Reagan (BMAG)

  • Leslie Roe (BMAG)



Robert Miller



Initiative Sponsor

Robert H. Miller
Vice President for Research




Initiative Leadership

  • Sheila Garrity, Associate Vice President, Research Integrity
  • Gina Lohr, Associate Vice President for Research



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