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ASRC Communicating Your Science Event Series

Meet the Reporter:
Shaping STEM Research for the General Media

Join us on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. for a media-skills building session that includes an opportunity to talk about your research with working science reporters from Scientific American, Science Friday, PBS and more.

Now more than ever it’s critical for science to be accessible and understandable to the public. In this Communicating Your Science Workshop, hosted in partnership with CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, we will cover how to distill your complex science into compelling talking points for the public and communicate your work to science reporters. 

All are welcome, but you must reserve an interview slot and complete a short talking points worksheet as part of your registration if you want to meet with a reporter. One-on-one interviews are available to 21 registrants on a first come, first serve basis. Activities include:

  • A briefing from science journalist (New York Times, Newsweek and Scientific American) and Craig Newmark School of Journalism Director of Health and Science Reporting Emily Laber-Warren
  • Help perfecting your elevator pitch for different audiences
  • A one-on-one interview with a working journalist
  • A feedback and wrap-up session

Registration for this event is now open. Once registered, you will receive a link that will allow you to sign up for a one-on-one reporter interview.

For more information, contact Josephine Peterson at jpeterson@gc.cuny.edu.

FAQ for NSF ExpanAI Program

The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program is a multi-year program that aims to significantly diversify participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development and partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem. Proposals may be submitted only by a minority-serving college or university meeting the criteria listed under ‘Eligible Institutions of Higher Education’ in this program solicitation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) Program (NSF 23-506) 


FAQ for NSF ART (Accelerating Research Translation) Program

The Accelerating Research Translation (ART) program is a new NSF-wide endeavor that welcomes proposals from all scientific, technological, and engineering fields. It supports institutions of higher education that seek to build capacity and infrastructure for translation of fundamental academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for ART – Accelerating Research Translation (NSF 23-558) 

Funding from ASRC Sensor CAT

The CUNY-ASRC Sensor Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) is one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) designated by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR). Sensor CAT provides matching funds for collaborative research partnerships between New York State companies and the City University of New York (CUNY). The program supports early-stage technology development on the pathway from the lab to the marketplace. Details can be found in their recent newsletter at


Earth Week Event at ASRC

The 2023 Earth Week event at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) will feature three symposiums.


Tuesday April 18th: CUNY’s NanoBioNYC Launch

We are excited to formally launch CUNY Graduate Center’s new NanoBioNYC, a Ph.D. traineeship program funded by the National Science Foundation and housed within the ASRC. All CUNY STEM graduate students and faculty interested in Bio-inspired Nanoscience are invited to attend and hear talks from current NanoBioNYC mentors and fellows, and learn how to participate in future programmings such as industry internship opportunities, technical training certificates, science outreach, and more. 

NanoBioNYC Event website


Call for student abstracts: an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs to give a 10-min in-person talk or to present a visual presentation for a chance to win a prize!

Wednesday April 19th: 2nd Annual Sensor CAT Symposium

The 2nd annual symposium will feature CUNY entrepreneurs and start-up founders in conversation with industry leaders to discuss the present and future of hard technology development and applications to advance human and planetary health. This event is for students, researchers, and faculty who are interested in applied research and entrepreneurship, as well as for industry partners who want to explore the expansive resources available and the innovation ecosystem network here at CUNY and in New York City.

Sensor CAT Symposium Event website


Thursday & Friday April 20-21st: 2nd Annual Bio-inspired Green (BIG) Science & Technology Symposium

Join us for the 2nd BIG symposium co-hosted by Environmental Science Initiative, NYU, and FIT to bring together renowned speakers who will highlight advances in science, engineering, and policy that push us closer to sustainable living and focuses on 4 major themes around Bio-Inspired Green in: Healthcare, Sustainable and smart fashion, Renewable energy, and Structural materials and smart buildings.

BIG Science & Tech Symposium Event website


Call for abstracts: an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs to give a 10-min in-person talk or to present a visual presentation


RF Webinar on NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programs

April 12 (12 noon – 1pm) NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programs

Overview of Webinar: The National Science Foundation offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to provide opportunities for recent doctoral graduates to obtain additional training, to gain research experience under the sponsorship of established scientists, and to broaden their scientific horizons beyond their undergraduate and graduate training. Postdoctoral Fellowships are further designed to assist new scientists to direct their research efforts across traditional disciplinary lines and to avail themselves of unique research resources, sites, and facilities, including at foreign locations. NSF seeks to promote the participation of scientists from all segments of the scientific community, including those from underrepresented groups, in its research programs and activities; the postdoctoral period is an important level of professional development in attaining this goal. NSF offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Polar Programs, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospatial Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The NSF Engineering Directorate offer an engineering postdoctoral program (eFellows) for early-career PhDs in engineering fields. The eFellows program is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The webinar with provide program descriptions and eligibility requirements for NSF postdoctoral research programs.
Targeted Audience: CUNY PhD Students

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS and Josh Brumberg, Dean for the Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center

Join us on April 12, 2023 at 12 Noon  – 1pm

Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6236316028361449230

Webinar ID 481-758-883

In connection with the RFCUNY Wednesday Brown Bag Research Webinar – Academic Year 2022/2023

Training on NIH Proposal Submission by iMERS

iMERS is providing two training opportunities for MSI researchers interested in NIH submission.
NIH Pre-Award Process

Date: Thursday, Apr 27th, 3:00-4:30 PM EST, 90-min, including live Q&ARegister here This webinar training includes guidance on preparing for an NIH application submission following a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) selection. Our presenter will highlight elements of the FOA, paying particular attention to the following:

  • Formatting guidelines critical to the proposal package
  • Standard R-series proposal content
  • NIH Assist, a free online submission tool
  • Helpful tips and tricks

Budget and Justification Development Date: Mon, Apr 17th, 3:00-4:30 PM EST, 90-min, including live Q&ARegister here This webinar training will cover key concepts for developing an NIH research grant budget and the associated budget justification attachment.

  • Overview of cost elements
  • Uniform guidance in relation to budgets
  • R&R vs. Modular Budgets
  • Budget Justification overview
  • Helpful tips and tricks


Presenter: Tyler Justice, MPA, CRASuRE ConsultantFounder, Six Zero Six Development Group, LLC

Co-Founder and Principal Consultant for Six Zero Six Development Group, specializing in higher education research administration and non-profit management. Working as a Certified Research Administrator with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Tyler’s experience includes research administration for higher education institutions on awards involving the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and various other federal and foundation sponsors.


Fulbright Mentorship Initiative

The Fulbright Scholar Program is launching a Mentorship Initiative for the 2024-25 application cycle. The Mentorship Initiative aims to

 – Establish an applicant pipeline to among like-minded colleges and universities who share Fulbright’s mission 

 – Increase our award numbers among underrepresented and diverse faculty, staff and administrator scholars.

 – Create opportunities for support and guidance for diverse applicants to be successful within Fulbright

Our first session on March 3rd was geared toward those interested in learning more about Fulbright and who will ultimately apply for a Fulbright program and/or grant during the 2024-2025 cycle. Session participants learned more about the portfolio of Fulbright programs, best practices for preparing an application. Those who join the Mentorship Initiative will receive a mentor and personalized guidance toward a successful application submission. The recording can be viewed here.

Please join us on Monday, April 3rd at 3:00 PM ET for a second session.

Participants will receive an in depth review of the fulbrightscholars.org website and Catalog of Awards. Register Here: https://apply.iie.org/register/FindYourFulbright

The deadline to commit to this initiative is May 5, 2023.

NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter

Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team.

  1. Check out Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS)! EONS is an omnibus announcement that includes a range of NASA STEM Engagement opportunities for science and technology research and education. Specific opportunities with individual requirements will be added periodically throughout the year as appendices to this solicitation as funds are made available for new awards. Bookmark the EONS Grant Forecasting page to view opportunities throughout the year. Current appendices include:  
  • NASA MUREP Curriculum Awards (MCA) is open! NASA MUREP solicits proposals from 2-year and 4-year MSIs for the MUREP Curriculum Awards (MCA). The purpose of the new MCA activity is to strengthen the research capacity of MSIs and enable students’ capacity for research in areas of priority to NASA Mission Directorates, while engaging diverse students in authentic learning experiences through curriculum improvement and development, and culturally relevant and responsive teaching, learning and support. For general inquiries, please contact: MCA@nasaprs.com
  • Proposals are due on May 1 at 5:00 pm ET  
  • Award amount: Maximum of $400k/year for 3 years, with possible 4th year of funding 
  • Visit the MCA website for recordings, FAQs, and to register for the next preproposal webinar scheduled for April 6 at 4:00 pm ET 
  1. Find Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2023! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due date(s) and topic(s). From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by research) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Visit the SARA ROSES blog for updates, clarifications and amendments. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities that are open and forthcoming:      
  1. Calling MSI teams for the Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation (M2M X-Hab) Challenge! NASA, in collaboration with the National Space Grant Foundation, is challenging university teams to develop innovative design ideas related to space habitats and deep space exploration missions. Challenge teams take part in real world, hands-on design, research and development opportunities. Select teams will receive $20,000 to $50,000 awards to design and produce studies or functional products that bridge strategic knowledge gaps, increase capabilities and lower technology risks related to NASA’s Moon to Mars space exploration missions. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects to be completed in the May 2024 time frame. Proposals are due on April 28Click here for full challenge details.  
  1. Interested in developing your first flight mission proposal but have no idea where to start? The 2023 PI Launchpad Workshop will show you how! NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and a team of mission experts have teamed up to make the mission development process more transparent and accessible. The PI Launchpad Workshop will be hosted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on July 24-27. This workshop will be in-person, with all costs covered for participants, and will cover a range of topics relevant to mission development including networking events. Click here to access the pre-recorded information session. The application in the form of a Notice of Intent is due on April 14 in NSPIRES
  1. Space Station Research Announcement Open Now through June 19! The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is soliciting flight projects for in-space production applications focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Flight investigations should demonstrate space-based manufacturing and production activities that enable new business growth and capital investment, represent scalable and sustainable market opportunities, and produce recurring value with the potential to generate demand for and revenue from access to space. Please visit the website to learn more.  

Grant Announcement Letter

The March 2023 issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), , as well as the recent issues, are available below


For other recent editions, check Grant Announcement Letter under Categories.