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RF Webinar on NSF PIRE Program

November 30 (12 noon – 1pm), NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Grants

Overview of Webinar: International engagement is increasingly critical to keeping the U.S. globally competitive at the frontiers of knowledge. The PIRE program supports a set of cutting-edge interdisciplinary projects focused on use-inspired research on climate change and/or clean energy in which advances require international collaboration. PIRE projects support team readiness to grow into prominent enduring international hubs of research excellence that advance knowledge, empower communities, and generate discovery and innovative technological solutions at a global scale. PIRE support is intended to scale up and expand research in all science and engineering disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas by enhancing and building partnerships beyond the PIRE funding period and catalyzing readiness to grow to center level activity. PIRE promotes cooperation among scientists and engineers from all nations and enables research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. The PIRE projects should enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in science and engineering in both research and education.

Targeted Audience: CUNY Science and Engineering faculty

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS and Masahiro Kawaji, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, CCNY

Join us on November 30, 2022 at 12 Noon  – 1pm

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4551759761003538445

    Webinar ID 928-854-515

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

Grant Announcement Letter from ORSP

The October 2022 issue of the Grant Announcement Letter (GAL) from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is now available at GAL-NOV-22.pdf

iMERS: Spring ’23 NIH Grant Workshop

SPRING 2023 NIH GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 

We’re accepting applications through Tuesday, January 3rd, 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 or below.

Applicants: Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions
Location: University of Kentucky Campus, Lexington, KY
Workshop Date: Mon-Wed, March 27-29, 2023
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 3, 2023, 5:00 PM EDT
Applicants Notified: Early January 2023
Download application instructions

If 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.

We encourage applicants to consider their possible workshop participation when scheduling courses and teaching activities for the new semester.  

APPLY HERE

ASRC Communicating Your Science Event Series

Applied Science: A Conversation about STEM Higher Education & Science Communication With Malcolm Gladwell 


Join us on December 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. for a special Communicating Your Science event with Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times best-selling author, social commentator and host of the podcast Revisionist History, where he’ll discuss the role that public higher education institutions can play in communicating science and ensuring that STEM education and research data are available and accessible to all. 
 
Malcolm Gladwell’s recently released audio book, I Hate the Ivy League: Riffs and Rants on Elite Education, is a collection of the writer’s podcast episodes on higher education. 
 
During this insightful conversation Gladwell and CUNY Graduate Center Dean for the Sciences Josh Brumberg will discuss: 

  • The role public higher education institutions have in making science more accessible and valuable to the public 
  • How we can make STEM education and careers more accessible to underrepresented communities 
  • How students and faculty at public higher education institutions should be thinking about their roles as science communicators and facilitators of STEM education access 
  • What being a reporter revealed about communicating with the public 

Please register to attend. There will be time for Q&A. 

Panel Discussion on the NSF LEAPS-MPS Program

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 – 4pm.
Topic: NSF LEAPS-MPS Program
Panelists: Diana Hubbard (Brooklyn College), Vincent Martinez (Hunter College), Nicholas Vlamis (Queens College), all recipients of the LEAPS-MPS awards

Register at: RSVP for the LEAPS-MPS Discussion (encouraged but not required)
Zoom Info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89690957244 Meeting ID: 896 9095 7244
Event Flyer: Flyer

Description The NSF LEAPS-MPS Program was recently launched (in 2021) with the goal to support Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) principal investigators in launching their research careers such that LEAPS-MPS awards are followed by competitive CAREER or individual-investigator grant submissions. It is particularly suitable for our junior faculty at CUNY because of its emphasis in 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.

In this panel discussion, our CUNY colleagues who have just received the LEAPS-MPS awards will share their experience in the application process. This will be a virtual event through a zoom meeting. Questions can be asked through the registration form, or during the panel.

In addition to this panel, NSF will have a Webinar on Nov. 30, 2022. Information available at MPS LEAPS Webinar. We expect the NSF webinar to be more on the regulations and advice from NSF’s viewpoint, while our panel is more of a conversation with the award winners of the program. Both events are worthwhile for those interested in the program.

Reminder for the NSF LEAPS-MPS program

Previously, we posted information about the NSF LEAPS-MPS Program. Here, we would like to remind you about this program and deadline. The goal of this program 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. The deadline for full proposal submission is January 26, 2023. This program is a great fit for our junior colleagues in mathematical and physical sciences.

For those interested in this program, consider attending the NSF Webinar on Nov. 30, 2022. Information available at MPS LEAPS Webinar (11/30/2022) – November 30, 2022

At Home with Queens College Event Series

This is an event series hosted by the QC Office of Alumni Relations. Information for the next talk are

Title: Detection and Characterization of Magma Accumulation Zone at Orca Submarine Volcano (Bransfield Strait, Antarctica)

Speaker: Dax Soule, Assistant Professor, QC School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and CUNY Graduate Center

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 4 – 5pm, virtual meeting via zoom.

Registration: bit.ly/DaxSoule

More information about this lecture series, including abstracts and future talks, are available at https://qccommunity.qc.cuny.edu/pages/alumni-pages/alumni-upcoming-events

Recording for Workshop on Federally Funded Res Guidelines

Previously, we posted the event Workshop on New Guidelines for Federally Funded Research, which was held on Oct, 26, 2022. Now the video recording of this event is available at

Opportunities from NASA

  1. 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. 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. 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 more information. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities:     
  • F.14 Transform to OPen Science Training (TOPST) solicits proposals to advance open science literacy for all who do research on topics relevant to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) through training and workshops targeting audiences from undergraduate students to established scientists and managers. Optional notice of intent to propose are requested by November 10, 2022, and proposals are due December 8, 2022. Register here and sign up to the TOPS email list for additional information.  
  • B.9 Heliophysics Low Cost Access to Space (H-LCAS) supports investigations addressing NASA Heliophysics Science Goals using investigator-developed instrumentation that must be completed through suborbital flights. Suborbital launch vehicle services include those provided by the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office, the NASA Balloon Program Office, and NASA Airborne Science Program, as well as services provided by the Space Technology Mission Directorate commercial sub-orbital Flight Opportunities Program. The mandatory NOI and proposal must include a Payload Requirements Document. The due date for mandatory NOIs is November 17, 2022, and the due date for proposals is January 12, 2023. Questions may be directed to Dan Moses at dan.moses@nasa.gov.  
  • F.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects and to expand the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Four Divisions of the SMD are participating in the CSSFP: the Astrophysics Division, the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the Heliophysics Division, and the Planetary Science Division. All proposals must address one or more goal(s) or objective(s) relevant to at least one of these participating SMD divisions. Optional Notices of Intent are requested by November 22, 2022. Proposals are due January 24, 2023. For more information, visit NSPIRES. Questions may be directed to Marc Kuchner at marc.kuchner@nasa.gov.  
  • D.9 The NuSTAR General Observer (GO) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Small Explorer mission. NuSTAR Cycle 9 will commence on or about June 1, 2023, and last for a nominal period of 12 months. Phase-1 proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time January 26, 2023, via ARK/RPS. Further details on the Cycle 9 program may be found on the NuSTAR GO Program website. Programmatic information may be obtained from the NuSTAR Program Scientist Hashima Hasan at hhasan@nasa.gov and technical questions may be directed to Tod Strohmayer, NuSTAR Mission Scientist, at tod.e.strohmayer@nasa.gov.  
  • A.51 Applications-Oriented Augmentation for Research and Analysis The Earth Science Research and Analysis (R&A) and Applied Sciences programs are collaborating to support current R&A investigators in enabling them to work across the traditional boundaries between research and applications by adding end-user and stakeholder engagement to existing work to support “research to applications” and/or “applications to research” activities. This effort is intended to develop the capacity of investigators to work with end users. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.     
  • B.20 Heliophysics Tools and Methods (HTM) program solicits proposals to advance the goal of a robust, vital, and cohesive Python environment for Heliophysics through Solar, Heliospheric, Magnetosphere, and Ionosphere/Thermosphere/Mesosphere. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.   
  • F.2 Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences (TWSC F.12 of ROSES) solicitation. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals for events, including asynchronous and virtual workshops, Open-Source Initiatives, etc., that contribute to SMD’s equity, science, technology and exploration goals. As a no due date or rolling submissions competition, TWSC proposals may be submitted at any time through May 12, 2023. General questions may be sent to mary.f.sladek@nasa.gov.     
  1. Apply for the NASA Innovation Corps Pilot! 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 by supporting 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 and the full solicitation to submit a proposal on NSPIRES.  View the recording and slides from the informational webinar here. Application deadlines:  
  • Due November 17th for award start date February 2023   
  • Due January 20th for award start date April 2023 
  1. Call for Members to the Science Definition Team for the Arctic-COLORS Field Campaign. NASA is soliciting applications for members of the Arctic-COastal Land Ocean inteRactionS (Arctic-COLORS) field campaign Science Definition Team (SDT). Arctic-COLORS is a proposed NASA-funded field campaign designed primarily to quantify the biogeochemical response of the Arctic coastal environment to global change and anthropogenic disturbances. Interested applicants should respond to this call by sending a Letter of Application to the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program Manager at NASA Headquarters no later than 5:00 PM Eastern time on December 2, 2022. For more information on Arctic-COLORS and how to apply, refer to the full text of the call.  
  1. TRISH Fellowship Seeks to Train Space Health Scientists. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) postdoctoral fellowship program supports early career scientists pursuing research with the potential to reduce the health risks associated with spaceflight and improve performance. Selected fellows will participate in TRISH’s Academy of Bioastronautics, a mentorship community for space health professionals, and receive a two-year salary stipend. The Institute views its postdoctoral fellowship as a tool to develop the next generation of space biomedical researchers. TRISH encourages diverse candidates and underrepresented groups to participate in this research solicitation. HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and small businesses and organizations owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or women are particularly encouraged to participate in proposals as lead institution or co-institutions. The solicitation is available online here. Full proposals submitted through NSPIRES will be due on January 26, 2023. Sign up for the TRISH newsletter here.   
  1. CONNECT with NASA’s Community of Practice for Educators! Are you interested in connecting with other higher education faculty and NASA team members? The NASA CONNECTS community of practice will host a monthly virtual CONNECT-ing Informal Networking Group. During this time, we want to hear from YOU. Engage with members by joining the CONNECT-ing group. Not a member of NASA’s online community of practice for educators? Click here to join CONNECTS and stay up to date on the latest NASA resources, collaborate with educators, and gain access to exclusive events.  

Extended deadline for Con Edison Social and Behavioral Research Award

Con Edison Social and Behavioral Research Award 
Extended Deadline Sunday, November 20, 2022, 11:59PM 

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: 
  • Enabling utility companies to learn from other public health messaging  
  • Demonstrating how public awareness programs have guided and influenced human behavior  

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 especially invite applicants from the following: Hunter College Urban Planning Department, the Silberman School of Social Work, the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and other departments of urban studies. 

We anticipate awarding 5-8 projects with funding levels of $25,000-$35,000 in 2022. Please see the <a href="http://<!– wp:paragraph –> <p>https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/media-assets/Con-Edison-Social-and-Behavioral-Research-Award_Guidelines-2.pdf</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p></p> RFP website. Applications must be submitted via the online application portal. Awardees will be notified by December 19, 2022.  

Please direct any inquiries to: 

Sarah McConnell 

Deputy Director, K-16 Initiatives 

sarah.mcconnell@cuny.edu  

NSF-Supported Innovation Workshop hosted by Union College

The NSF just awarded Union College a conference grant focused on Supporting Undergraduate Institutions in Technology and Entrepreneurship Development (SUITED).  One of the goals is to introduce our researchers to all of the expanded opportunities that now exist within the new NSF TIP (Technology, Innovation and Partnerships) Directorate.

Please go to https://www.union.edu/suited and register by December 12, 2022.  Part 1 is free and open to all, but space is limited.  Teams for the in person part 2 and part 3 sessions will be selected from the part 1 participants.

Moving Research from Lab to Marketplace

What: A gathering at which science and engineering faculty and administrators from primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) engage with representatives from funding agencies and entrepreneurs, with the aim of identifying and surmounting barriers to broader participation in Deep Tech Development, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship at PUIs.

Why: Technology Innovation and Partnership (TIP) activities can support your core academic research, education, and broader societal missions.  Learn, from those who have done it, how to overcome institutional challenges to participating in and obtaining support for TIP activities. Share your successes, receive feedback on plans, and build a like-minded community of interest around supporting TIP at undergraduate institutions.  Provide feedback to NSF to help shape their policies and programs to better address the particular needs of and barriers faced by PUI’s in participating in and obtaining support for TIP activities.

Who: Individuals or teams of science and engineering faculty, academic deans, grants and tech transfer office administrators, and other research leaders at PUIs who are interested in any or all of the above.

When: Part 1, January 12 and 13 (via Zoom, 12 to 5 PM Eastern US).  Parts 2 & 3 mid- to late 2023.

Where: Part 1, Online, hosted by Union College.  Part 2 in person at Union College, and Part 3 in person at Union College

How: Go to https://www.union.edu/suited and register by December 12. Part 1 is free and open to all, but space is limited. Teams for part 2 and part 3 will be selected from part 1 participants.

For more information, check the website or contact John Blaho, Director, CUNY Industrial-Academic Research at John.Blaho@cuny.edu.

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