University & Columbian College Facilitating Funds

September 2017

Following the announcement for the University Facilitating Fund (UFF) competition by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), we are pleased to inform you that CCAS will continue to provide the Columbian College Facilitating Fund (CCFF) for which our full time faculty may apply. Together the UFF and the CCFF provide any full time regular active status faculty member up to $25,000 (most CCFF awards are expected to be in the $5,000-10,000 range) in support of their research and scholarly activities for the summer and the following academic year. The funding can be used for such things as modest summer salary, so that the awardee can focus on establishing a new line of research; collecting preliminary data; traveling to an archive or to collect data; funding a student to assist you (including work-study student); purchasing materials needed for your research, etc. Details on submission, review and notification procedures are as follows.


Eligibility conditions for UFF can be found on the Office of the Vice President for Research website. Please note a change started last year which we copy below.

Faculty members must be an Assistant, Associate, Research Professor or a Research Scientist and have less than $100,000 in total active funding as of submission date (unless submitting for a new field of research. If this is a field of research for which the PI has not received external funding, it may be considered new).

The eligibility for CCFF remains the same as before. Eligible faculty include regular full-time CCAS faculty who are continuing in service at GW the following academic year. This include Assistant, Associate, Full Professors and Research Professors. For applicants not eligible for UFF (i.e. full professors and faculty with substantial external grants), the application must provide compelling reason why the CCFF support is necessary and what return it would lead to.

The Submission Process

For those eligible for UFF, please follow the guideline from OVPR to submit your UFF proposals. They will automatically be considered for the CCFF competition unless funded by UFF. You do NOT need to submit a separate proposal to CCAS. Please keep in mind of the following deadlines.

  • Letters of intent (LOI) due: Friday, October 20, 2017, at 5:00 PM (Submit LOI using InfoReady)
    • NOTE: Log In -> "Login for George Washington University Users" -> Login with GW email and password
  • Invitation to Submit from OVPR: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Full Proposal Due: Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 5:00PM

Please understand these are firm deadlines by OVPR.

For those not eligible for UFF, please prepare your CCFF in the same format as UFF and submit your LOI and proposal to CCAS directly with the same deadlines.

  • Letters of intent (LOI) due: Friday, October 20, 2017, at 5:00 PM (Submit LOI using InfoReady)
    • NOTE: Log In -> "Login for George Washington University Users" -> Login with GW email and password
  • Full Proposal Due: Wednesday December 6, 2017, at 5:00PM

For all CCFF submissions, please read the OVRP's Call For Proposals for UFF carefully and make sure you understand the required components and scoring system, which we copy below. Please also note the two categories of support: research and scholarly. For your convenience, we copy the relevant part from the UFF Call for Proposals.

Research: Proposals that require seed funding for activities that will increase competitiveness for external funding. These proposals will likely include new projects for the investigator(s) involved or be for new investigators. If what is proposed is related to existing projects, proposals can focus on new ideas or direction. It is expected that a Research award will result in submission to an externally funded opportunity.

Scholarly: Proposals to enhance scholarly and creative activities. The proposals are typically made in the arts, humanities, or other related fields. Activities include but are not limited to, research to complete a full-length work or production, travel to collections or libraries or other similar activities. The expected finished product should bring external recognition to the PI and university.

The Review Process

The CCAS Research Advisory Council will work with the Research Dean to form a CCFF Review Committee, which will manage the review process within CCAS. Proposals submitted for UFF consideration will be evaluated by OVPR first. Unless funded by UFF, they will be further evaluated by the CCFF Review Committee which will obtain the proposals and reviews from OVPR. Proposals submitted to CCAS directly will be reviewed by the CCFF Review Committee. PIs may be asked for additional information such as CV and results from prior internal supports if the committee sees a need. After discussing and ranking all proposals considered for CCFF in a review panel, the committee will make funding recommendations to the Research Dean.

Please keep in mind that the reviewers for your proposal may not be experts in your exact area of research/scholarship. Therefore you should write your application so that these reviewers will understand what you propose to accomplish and how you will accomplish your goals.

Notification of Decisions

Decisions on UFF proposals will be made and communicated to the PIs by the OVPR.

Decisions on the CCFF awards will be made by CCAS and will be notified to the PIs as soon as decisions are made.

Any questions concerning CCFF can be addressed to us at