Office of Research

Office of Research Staff

Holly Park

Holly Park

Interim Assistant Dean for Research; Assistant Director, Post Award Services cpark8@gmu.edu

Joshua Fleck

Joshua Fleck

Sr. Grants Administrator jfleck2@gmu.edu

Image of Rebecca Warden, Senior Grants Administrator

Rebecca Warden 

Sr. Grants Administrator rsutter@gmu.edu

The College's Office of Research and the university's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provide assistance with understanding sponsor or grant guidelines/requirements, budget preparation,  arranging subcontracts and other collaborative agreements, and navigating internal processes. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Park at 3-9872 or cpark8@gmu.edu.

Please follow the guidelines described in the document College Grant Submission Timeline and Checklist when submitting a CHHS grant proposal.

For post-award assistance, including reconciliation, please contact Joshua Fleck at jfleck2@gmu.edu.

Foreign Support and Outside Professional Activities.
Several federal agencies have emphasized that failing to disclose foreign relationships and activities could restrict eligibility for future research funding.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), and the Department of Defense (DoD) have issued notices and directives reminding researchers who have federally-funded projects of their obligation to disclose relationships with and support from foreign entities. Each has different requirements and standards. Although the government has indicated it is in the process of harmonizing federal disclosure requirements and related restrictions, such efforts have not yet borne fruit. Congress is keenly interested in “improper foreign influence” issues as well.

Key information: Increasing Federal attention to lack of transparency in foreign support for academic research as well as economic espionage linked to academic activities, for example:

  • Foreign talent programs
  • “Gifts”
  • Data transfer and data ownership
  • Peer review confidentiality violations
  • Theft of research support dollars

Know your sponsors’ requirements for conflict of interest and commitment disclosures, and their prohibitions:

  • Consider non-traditional forms of support, such as living expenses, gifts
  • Travel paid by foreign persons/entities. (Required for PHS funding recipients)
  • Be prepared to document all support for research – both foreign and domestic (see, e.g., NSF requirements) (Future proposals may require documentation of current and past support)
  • Prohibitions on foreign talent program participation

Disclose potential conflicts on the Conflict of Interest website. Remember that disclosing a potential conflict is not a statement that you have done anything improper.

Ask questions concerning your specific situation. Remember that the Research Office is here to support you and your research.

  • For assistance with the issue of foreign influence in general, or to discuss specific foreign affiliations and activities, including foreign talent programs, contact Rebecca Hartley, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at rhartle1@gmu.edu.
  • For assistance with reporting potential financial conflicts of interest, contact Christopher DiTeresi, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at cditeres@gmu.edu.
  • For assistance in reporting international relationships or activities to your sponsors, contact Michael Laskofski, Office of Sponsored Programs at mlaskofs@gmu.edu.

There is a plethora of resources on the CHHS Research Resources Blackboard site that may be helpful to you when developing a grant proposal. If you are CHHS faculty and do not have access to this site, please contact Dr. Rose Higgins, rhiggin@gmu.edu.