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Coffee & Conversations on NSF I-Corp

Join us for an upcoming in-person presentation overview of the NSF I-Corps regional and national program for university researchers and innovators interested in bringing technological innovations to market!

In-Person ONLY,  jointly hosted with the New York I-Corp and the Tech Incubator at Queens College, on Monday, December 11, 2023, from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm, at the Tech Incubator at Queens College, CEP Hall #2, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing NY 11367



This event will only be in-person. You must register to be allowed int the building. You must also bring an ID to be allowed on campus.

12:15 PM – 12:20 PM: Introductions & Welcome

12:20 PM – 12:40 PM: Presentation #1 NSF I-Corps National Teams Program, CUNY I-Corps Winter Lean Bootcamp Course, New York Regional I-Corps Hub Opportunities

12:40 PM – 12:50 PM: Presentation #2 Queens College Tech Incubator, Queens Startup Competitions

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM: Presentation #3 New York City Innovation Hotspot / CUNY iHub Incubator

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Questions, Comments, Open-Discussion, Open Networking

Presenters will be represented from:




For more information, contact Ying Zhou, Executive Director of QC Tech Incubator, at ying.zhou@qc.cuny.edu

Featured Funding Opportunities: B2 and LEAPS-MPS

As a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Queens College researchers can access various funding programs specially tailored for such institutions. Here, we would like to feature two such programs from NSF, one focused on Social Sciences and the other on Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

I. Build and Broaden: Enhancing Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions (B2)

“Build and Broaden (B2) supports fundamental research and research capacity across disciplines at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and encourages research collaborations with scholars at MSIs… Proposals are invited from single principal investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from groups of MSIs. Principal investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or senior personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any scientific and cross-disciplinary areas supported by SBE. These areas include anthropology, archaeology, cognitive neuroscience, decision science, ecological research, economics, geography, linguistics, law and science, organizational behavior, political science, public policy, security and preparedness, psychology, and sociology. To find research areas supported by SBE please visit the SBE programs page or visit the NSF funding and awards page.”

This program is ideal for colleagues in Social Sciences whose research aligns with the NSF SBE programs. The next submission target date is January 18, 2024.

Dr. Enrique S. Pumar, Program Director for this program will be visiting CUNY on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 and will host a forum from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the ASRC Auditorium at CUNY. More information for this event, including the agenda and the registration link can be found at

NSF B2 PD Visit    

II. Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS)

“Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) call has an emphasis 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-MPS funding, such as some minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and Carnegie Research 2 (R2) universities. LEAPS-MPS has the additional goal of achieving excellence through diversity and aims to broaden participation to include members from groups historically excluded and currently underrepresented in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders… These grants are intended to support MPS principal investigators, particularly at the aforementioned institutions, for whom LEAPS funding would enable the PI to submit a subsequent successful proposal to a traditional, already-existing NSF funding opportunity, such as individual investigator programs, CAREER competitions, etc… Awards are for 24 months and are up to $250,000 total costs (direct plus indirect).”

This program serves as a gateway to an NSF CAREER award and is especially beneficial for pre-tenure faculty in mathematical and physical sciences.  

Should you have specific interests or questions for any of these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us at yrong@qc.cuny.edu or reach out to an NSF program officer.

RF Webinar on Writing Competitive Grant Applications

November 8 (12 Noon – 1PM)

Writing Competitive Grant Applications: Focusing on Project Summaries and Descriptions

Overview of Webinar: Project descriptions and summaries are important sections in grant proposals that need to be carefully presented with a focus on the needs of the Principal Investigator project and the sponsor program goals. While preparing the document, emphasis should be given to the quality of information and how the information is organized, structured, and presented. These documents are often written by faculty in a fast-paced manner to meet sponsor deadline requirements. This webinar will provide faculty with guidance and training on how to present the important sections of these documents to make them competitive. The webinar will include the following topics: Effective proposal titles; Setting a realistic scope for the project; Outlining the scientific problems/challenges that the project will solve; Describing the hypotheses of the research; Setting project goals, objectives, and outcomes; Identifying project benefits to your field of study, your institution, your students, and society, Employing and presenting the right methods; Employing the right team (researchers, faculty, students). Designing an effective management plan (advisory committees); Establishing stages, timelines, deadlines, and milestones.

Join us on Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6391458226888959061

Webinar ID: 362-461-211

Grant Announcement Letter from ORSP

The October issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is available at

GAL Oct 23.pdf

NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter

Here is the latest issue of the NASA NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter, a service of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) in the Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) of NASA. It includes information on NASA funding, faculty, student, training and event opportunities that are especially appropriate for Minority Serving Institutions.

NASA MSI Engagement Newsletter (Oct 2023)