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Con Edison Social and Behavioral Research Award

Con Edison Social and Behavioral Research Award

Deadline Monday, October 31, 2022, 11:59PM

(Updated Nov. 2, 2022. Deadline extended to Nov. 20, 2022. See Update)

Submit your Application!

The CUNY Office of K-16 Initiatives is requesting proposals from social and behavioral research projects in support of Con Edison’s goal of increasing public awareness of gas safety and of the importance of reporting natural gas odors. Eligible projects are those that aim to better understand factors that may or may not prompt community members to contact Con Edison or call 911 when they detect a gas leak or gas odor.

Research areas may include but are not limited to:

  • Exploring the question that has troubled the utility industry for decades: what does and does not prompt the public to notify a utility or 911 of a detected gas leak?
  • Determining the efficacy of odor alarms vs. nuisance alarms
  • Measuring the effectiveness of Con Edison’s current education campaign: Smell Gas, Act Fast
  • Assessing the effectiveness of public health messaging:
    • In terms of language (i.e., conventional description of a “rotten egg odor” is not widely recognized)
    • In terms of tone (i.e., how to balance a message of urgency without being alarmist)
    • In terms of cultural competence (i.e., how to be inclusive of and relevant to all communities, especially in New York City and surrounding areas)
  • Enabling utility companies to learn from other public health messaging
  • Demonstrating how public awareness programs have guided and influenced human behavior

Full-time faculty researchers in the areas of public health, human and social behavior, and public affairs or any other relevant fields are encouraged to apply. We anticipate awarding 5-8 projects with funding levels of $25,000-$35,000. Awardees will be notified by December 1, 2022.

Program Guidelines

Program Template

Please direct any inquiries to:

Sarah McConnell

Deputy Director, K-16 Initiatives

sarah.mcconnell@cuny.edu https://k16.cuny.edu/

NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Monkeypox Virus

NSF 22-115

Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Monkeypox Virus

August 18, 2022

Dear Colleague:

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to enhance and accelerate research intended to better understand the spread of monkeypox virus; to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention; and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.

Through this DCL, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is promoting the availability of advanced research computing resources, networks, data resources, and research user support services of the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem of Services and Support (ACCESS) program.

Monkeypox researchers nationwide are invited to make urgent requests for use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources via the ACCESS allocations process. Researchers developing proposals are also invited to engage ACCESS support services, which match researchers with cyberinfrastructure experts from the national Computational Science and Support Network to support the use of these computational resources.

NSF solicitations can be identified through searches of existing funding opportunities.

Questions about this DCL should be addressed to Tom Gulbransen, CISE/OAC, ACCESS Program Officer, 703-292-4211, TGulbran@NSF.gov.

FAQ for the NSF HSI Program

The goals of the NSF Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program (NSF 22-611) are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associate’s or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Achieving these, given the diverse nature and context of the HSIs, requires additional strategies that support building capacity at HSIs through innovative approaches: to incentivize institutional and community transformation; and to promote fundamental research (i) on engaged student learning, (ii) about what it takes to diversify and increase participation in STEM effectively, and (iii) that improves our understanding of how to build institutional capacity at HSIs. Intended outcomes of the HSI Program include broadening participation of students that are historically underrepresented in STEM and expanding students’ pathways to continued STEM education and integration into the STEM workforce. The solicitation for this program can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22611/nsf22611.htm

This FAQ was posted by NSF on August 18, 2022. Full details can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program (NSF 22-611

Updates on NSF LEAPS-MPS

The NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) has issued an updated program solicitation (NSF 22-604) for the Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) program, whose main goal is to help launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty in Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) fields at institutions that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF funding, such as some minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and Carnegie Research 2 (R2) universities. LEAPS-MPS awards are for beginning investigators to undertake research activities that will improve the competitiveness of their future grant applications to NSF programs. These research activities might include the acquisition of preliminary data or other research results, or the development of collaborations for research. LEAPS-MPS has the additional goal of achieving excellence through diversity and aims to broaden participation to include members from groups underrepresented in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Proposals to this program must demonstrate the context of the work within or across disciplines supported by MPS, including Mathematical Sciences (DMS). Awards are for 24 months and are up to $250,000 total costs (direct plus indirect). MPS expects to invest up to $12,000,000 in FY 2023.

There are a few changes in the new solicitation with respect to the previous one. For example, PI eligibility is no longer restricted by US immigration status. Also, the LEAPS-MPS Impact Statement has been moved from the project description to supplementary documents to avoid confusion with Broader Impacts section of the project description.

Please see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=50589 (this page has now been moved to https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/launching-early-career-academic-pathways, updated Nov. 11, 2022) for more details, including the full program description, eligibility, program specific solicitation requirements, and others.

The deadline for full proposal submission is January 26, 2023 (5 p.m. submitter’s local time).

Estimated Number of Awards: 32 to 48

Anticipated Funding Amount: $8,000,000 to $12,000,000

(Estimated program budget and number of awards are subject to the availability of funds and receipt of competitive proposals.)

It is planned to post FAQs over the next few weeks, and MPS is planning to run a LEAPS webinar later in Fall 2022. Please check the NSF Events website for updates on that.

New Awards from Fulbright

We would like to introduce you to 3 new Fulbright opportunities in Canada that may interest scholars at your institution.

Fulbright Canada offers more than 50 Research Chairs at top Canadian Institutions. Our grants support research with colleagues across Canada for a 4-to-9-month period.

US Scholars can do several activities during their Fulbright: conduct research; deliver lectures; network and promote their work; formal teaching (if the awards allow it). 

These opportunities are for a start date of September 2023 or January 2024

Applications are accepted through September 15th, 2022.



Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Healthy Planet and People, University of Victoria
  • Specializations: Climate; environment; clean tech; energy; sustainability; security; social justice; equity; Indigenous-led scholarship; technology; health; wellbeing; aging; innovation; applied science; impact; public policy; knowledge mobilization; UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Northern Policy, Yukon University

  • Specializations: Indigenous self-governance/self-determination; land claims, modern treaties, and ancestral lifeways; entrepreneurship in remote/rural communities; community economic development, northern decolonization, and decolonial business development northern public policy in the context of climate change; arctic sovereignty

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, Université du Québec en Outaouais

  • Specializations: Cybersecurity; Cognitive Sciences; Forest Sciences; Environmental Sustainability; Autism; Family Sciences; Finance and Accounting; Nursing; Regional and International Development; Museology; Design; Policy and Governance; Industrial Relations and Labour Studies.



Other awards include the Research Chair awards (click here for more details), the Distinguished Chairs awards (click here for more details), and the Postdoctoral research awards (click here for more details) support promising new scholars and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

Eligibility requirements  

·  Be a US citizen (Permanent residence is not sufficient)

·  Hold a Ph.D., MFA, MPH, LLM or equivalent terminal degree

·  Scholars at all levels are welcome to apply (tenure not required)

·  NOT have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six years preceding the application deadline are ineligible.

·  Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the previous award’s completion date.

Application Components

No project budget is required. The main pieces of your application are described below: See the detailed application requirements page

·  Project Statement: Up to five pages

·  CV/Resume: Up to six pages; up to eight pages for Distinguished Chair

·  Letters of Recommendation: Two letters

·  Bibliography: Up to three pages

·  Syllabi/course outlines: Only for Teaching & Teaching/Research awards, up to ten pages

·  Letter of Invitation: Only for the Traditional All Disciplines Awards


NASA Newsletter

Here are selected highlights from the latest NASA Newsletter on opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team, including upcoming events, funding opportunities, and other opportunities for faculty and students.

Upcoming Events  

  1. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: NASA MUREP’s HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour hybrid event at Texas Southern University in Houston! Is your Minority Serving Institution interested in applying for NASA funding or partnering with large and small businesses on NASA contracts? Then join us in person or online at our next Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour hybrid event September 13-15, 2022! Register now to hold your spot!Email NASA-MSIExchange@mail.nasa.gov for more information.   

Funding Opportunities 

  1. Now Open: Applications for NASA Innovation Corps Pilot. In an exciting, expanded partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, for up to $10,000, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40,000. Read the full NASA announcement. Eligible teams must include at least three members from higher education (two- to four-year institutions) or non-profit institutions with a NASA-relevant research focus. Proposing teams need not have received a previous NASA award to apply. Read the full solicitation and submit a proposal on NSPIRES. The recording from the June 29th webinar is here and the slides are posted under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES page. Applications will be reviewed throughout the year with the following deadlines and targeted award start dates:   
  • Due September 16th for award start date December 2022 
  • Due November 17th for award start date February 2023 
  • Due January 20th for award start date April 2023 
  1. NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Funding Opportunity! Team II is now accepting proposals for the new Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (ANCHR), designed to support institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), in strengthening themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource. Proposals due October 18, 2022. Full information here.
  2. Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022 Released! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics.
  3. From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by subject matter) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here.
  4. Get ready to apply for future funding opportunities! Start by visiting the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and creating an account.

Faculty Opportunities 

  1. Sign up to be a proposal reviewer! A great way to learn the NASA solicitation proposal process, contribute to your professional development, and support the mission of NASA is to sign up to be a proposal reviewer through NSPIRES. Create an NSPIRES account and sign up to be a reviewer as opportunities arise! 
  2. NASA Opens Second Phase of $3.5 Million Lunar Excavation Competition. NASA launched the second phase of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge to advance technology that is – quite literally – groundbreaking. Phase 2 contains three levels, will last for 23 months, and offers a total prize purse of $3 million. Phase 1 teams, as well as new competitors, are encouraged to register for Phase 2 on the challenge site by 11:59 p.m. CT on September 30, 2022. For more information about the challenge, visit https://breaktheicechallenge.com/ 
  3. Apply to DEVELOP for cultivation of the next generation of leaders and Earth observation users! DEVELOP provides 10-week research opportunities for participants to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth science information and geospatial data. Working in interdisciplinary teams and with the support of science advisors and mentors, DEVELOP participants build research and science communication skills that help them succeed in the workforce. The Spring 2023 Deadline is October 7, 2022. Click here for full project details and application information.      

iMERS: Workshop NIH SuRE-First R16

Wed, August 17, 2022, 1:00-3:00 PM EST
Two 60-min virtual sessions with breaks, plus live Q&A
Register here

Interested in pursuing a SuRE-First grant? The NIH SuRE program supports research at institutions with a significant number of students who are underrepresented in the biomedical workforce and have limited NIH research support. Join our presentation to learn about SuRE-First awards supporting investigators who have not had prior independent external research grants.

Session One: Programmatic Evaluating Scientific Merit: Specific Aims page and components of the Research StrategyCollaborating with Others: Strategic use of co-investigators and required student researchHighlighting Your Role and Qualifications: Biosketch guidelines and structure

Session Two: Administrative Understanding Specifics: A SuRE-First R16 funding opportunity overviewJustifying Costs: Concepts for appropriate budgetsManaging the Package: Administrative pieces of the proposal package explained


Brett Spear, PhD
iMERS Co-Director
University of Kentyucky Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, ad Molecular Genetics
Member, Hepatobiliary Pathophysiology Study Section (HBPP), NIDDK

Sean Scott, CRA
iMERS Research Administration Lead
Founder of Coalition for the Advancement of Research at Minority Serving Institutions
Society of Research Administrators International Distinguished Faculty

iMERS: NIH Grant Workshop

We’re accepting applications through Monday, August 15th, for our expenses-paid grant writing workshop on the University of Kentucky campus. View our event flyer and workshop ebook for more information. Apply here  
Applicants: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Location: University of Kentucky Campus, Lexington, KY
Workshop Date: Oct. 12-14, 2022
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT
Applicants Notified: Monday, August 29, 2022If you’re a faculty member at a Minority Serving Institution with promising research, consider applying for our immersive three-day workshop. Successful applicants will have an expense-paid opportunity to attend didactic lectures, participate in interactive exercises, and work with a faculty mentor for personalized post-workshop support. A Specific Aims draft is optional to apply, but providing one will be weighed heavily in the decision-making process.