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RF Research Webinars (Nov 2 and Nov 9)

November 2 (12 Noon – 1PM) – Seminar for CUNY Graduate Students Seeking Grants
Overview of Webinar:
This webinar will provide CUNY graduate students with information on funding opportunities that are available for them from Federal agencies and philanthropic nonprofit organizations. Students will be exposed to databases with information on funding opportunities where they can search for announcements in their specific area of research. The webinar will also address key questions that need to be answered in developing a competitive proposal. Strategies will be discussed on how and what should be included in a proposal to make it an effective and persuasive write-up for submission to external funding organizations. Tips and advice will be provided on how to maximize a student’s chance for receiving an award and avoiding a declination. Most funding organizations use a merit review process which plays an important role in deciding how awards are made. This process will be defined and discussed during the webinar presentation so that students are familiar with how their proposals will be evaluated after they are submitted to the external sponsor.
Targeted Audience: CUNY Graduate Students
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS and Josh Brumberg, Dean for the Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
Registration URL https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2021971522179526672 Webinar ID 901-676-283

November 9 (12 Noon – 1PM) – NSF Mid-Career Advancement Program (MCA)
Overview of Webinar:
Through MCA, the NSF is seeking to fund mid-career scientists who wish to substantively advance their research program and career trajectory. A primary objective of this program is to ensure that scientists and engineers remain engaged and active in cutting-edge research at a critical career stage replete with constraints on time that can impinge on research productivity, retention, and career advancement. Thus, by (re)-investing in mid-career researchers, NSF hopes to enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic rank. The MCA provides protected time and resources to overcome existing constraints and enable advancements in creativity and productivity. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new problems made accessible with cutting-edge methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. MCA also seeks to fosters innovation by supporting synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships to catalyze convergence across different disciplines. Scientists at the mid-career stage, post tenure, are freer than their more junior colleagues to pursue bold and innovative research ideas, but at the same time are often more constrained due to increased service and teaching responsibilities that can hamper scientific productivity. Support from this program is expected to help lift these constraints and reduce workload inequities.
Targeted Audience: CUNY Science and Engineering faculty
Presenter: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS
Registration URL https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/566374257606125070 Webinar ID 956-064-139

NSF Listening Sessions on Supporting Low-Income STEM Students

The NSF Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) program is convening two listening sessions focused on the strengths, challenges and needs of low-income students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM areas and how they can be better supported.  Stakeholders from higher education, industry, government, non-profits and other sectors are invited to share their insights on topics including academic and co-curricular supports, food and housing insecurity, family responsibilities, and any other issues related to the realities of this critical student population.

WHEN:

Friday November 4 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Registration link: https://ida-org.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsceCrrj0rEwJdy5H9zkdTZ-D6kg6Ov3w

November 7 2022, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

Registration link: https://ida-org.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6grzkqG8XpXYpW0UqU2ngVVjSFrGg

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: These sessions are open to any members of the public who engage with low-income students in STEM, including: faculty; higher education administrators; college and university financial aid, student services, and admissions staff; students; NSF staff and other government personnel; members of the nonprofit community; industry representatives; and researchers.

WHERE: The listening session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

RSVP: Pre-registration is required for this event. Please pre-register here for the 11/4 session and here for the 11/7 session. A Zoom meeting link and password will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed.

GUIDING QUESTIONS:  As part of the listening session, NSF is seeking to foster discussion of the following points:

1. What strategies are institutions using to support low-income students?  What strategies are the students themselves employing? What is working?  What isn’t? 

2. What factors are critical to building an effective academic and co-curricular support structure for low-income STEM students? What gaps do you see that need to be addressed?

3. What are your experiences with peer or faculty mentoring for low-income students?  Are there any particularly effective or promising formats or practices? What are areas of challenge?

4. The NSF Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) program funds projects that provide financial, academic, and co-curricular supports for low-income students in STEM.  What is your awareness of, and/or experience with, the program (e.g. requirements, accessibility, outcomes, or other factors?)

AGENDA: After introductory remarks, there will be an open forum for participants followed by a breakout session.

LOGISTICS: The IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute will be facilitating the meeting on NSF’s behalf. The meeting will be recorded. Participation in this session implies consent for NSF to capture your name, voice, and likeness, and anything you say may be recorded and transcribed for NSF use. Moderators will manage participation and remove disruptive participants if necessary. For questions about session logistics, contact Dr. Brian Zuckerman (bzuckerm@ida.org) at IDA.

For other questions regarding the listening session, please contact Michael Ferrara (mferrara@nsf.gov) at NSF.

RF Webinar on Russell Sage Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation

October 26 (12 Noon – 1PM) – Russell Sage Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation

Overview of Webinar: This webinar will provide researchers with information on funding opportunities in two philanthropic nonprofit organizations. The Russell Sage Foundation was established for the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States. It dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences to better understand societal problems and develop informed responses. The Russell Sage Foundation supports visiting scholars in residence, funds researchers in academic institutions, and supports programs intended to develop a new generation of social scientists. The William T. Grant Foundation focuses its support on projects that use research evidence that contribute to our understanding and improvement of society. Currently, the Foundation funds research that increases our understanding of: (1) the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and (2) how policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence.

Targeted Audience: CUNY Education and Social Science faculty

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS and Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Professor of Economics, Queens College

Join us on October 26, 2022 at 12 Noon  – 1pm

Registration URL https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5801327238180149518    Webinar ID 499-341-499

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

ASRC Communicating Your Science Event Series

CUNY Academic Works: A Tool for Sharing Your Research With the General Public

Public access to current scientific research is becoming more critical every day. Learn how to use CUNY Academic Works to further distribute your work and help the general public understand your research better.

Join us on November 4, 2022, at 2 p.m. for a session with Megan Wacha, CUNY University Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Jill Cirasella, the GC’s Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication. They will discuss different ways of making your work open access and demonstrate CUNY Academic Works, CUNY’s public access repository for connecting the world to CUNY-authored research. 

Attendees to this session will:

  • Gain a fuller understanding of the growing role of open access in the scientific literature, especially as it relates to federally funded research
  • Learn what CUNY Academic Works is and how it can increase the reach of their research
  • Learn what can be shared via CUNY Academic Works, and how to do so.

There will be opportunity for Q&A.

You can sign-up here for this month’s Communicating Your Science event.

Workshop on New Guidelines for Federally Funded Research

Update on Nov. 7, 2022. The video and slides for this event are now available at

The Queens College Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week with a workshop on the new guidelines for federally funded research. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2:00-3:00 PM, and will be online.  Please register to receive the URL information.

In August 2022, the White House released new guidelines for sharing federally funded research. These guidelines aim to ensure public access to research, and if your research is federally funded, they will probably affect your work! 

The new memo goes much further than previous open access requirements by federal agencies. These new guidelines, which will be implemented by 2025, will require that:

  • Federally funded research is made available without embargo
  • Research results be made available in repositories as identified by the agencies
  • Publications be made available in machine-readable forms according to NISO standards to improve accessibility
  • Research data be made available along with the publication (except in cases where this isn’t appropriate)

These guidelines will apply to many more agencies than the previous policies did – so a lot more research is going to be made publicly available when these are enacted.

Ultimately, these guidelines mean your work will be available in new ways and to new audiences.
This workshop will cover what we know about these requirements so far, how they might affect your research and publication processes, and where and how readers might encounter your work. We hope you’ll join us for the workshop!

Workshop Details:

NASA Newsletter

Upcoming Events     

  1. SMD Community Town Hall October 6, 2022. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas H. Zurbuchen and his leadership team on Thursday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss updates to NASA’s science program and share the current status of NASA activities. Members of SMD, the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by joining at this link. If prompted, please use event number 2764 141 1204, followed by event password PNpncwFe834 (76762933 from phones). Participants are invited to submit questions and/or vote up questions already posted here. Users must provide their first and last name and organization and can submit their own questions or vote up questions submitted by others. The meeting leaders will try to answer as many of the submitted questions as possible. Presentation materials will be available here for download and a recording available later that day.  
  1. Bridge Program Workshop October 17-21, 2022! NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is committed to a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility where all employees feel welcome, valued, respected, and engaged. The SMD Bridge Program is a new initiative that aims to increase engagement and partnering between NASA centers and MSIs, with a focus on paid research and engineering student positions at participating institutions. One goal of the SMD Bridge Program is to increase opportunities for student participants to transition from undergraduate studies into graduate schools and/or employment at NASA. The purpose of the workshop is to bring all stakeholders in the NASA SMD Bridge Program together to build on the framework established by the Bridge Program Workshop Organizing Committee (BPWOC) and collaboratively co-create a program that increases the diversity of the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. More details on the workshop goals can be found here. For questions, contact Padi.Boyd@nasa.gov.  

Funding Opportunities   

  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. The basic goal of the TEAM II solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 4.3: “Build the next generation of explorers” by engaging students to build a diverse future STEM workforce. Selected parties will offer NASA education directly aligned with space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity. Eligible proposers include U.S. non-profit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations, and libraries. Proposals due October 18, 2022. Full information here.  
  1. Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Cooperative Agreement invites the submission of multi-institutional team-based proposals for research as participating members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Proposals must clearly articulate an innovative research program addressing basic and/or applied research fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon and its near space environment to enable future human and/or robotic exploration of the Moon with Artemis and CLPS. In addition, proposals that focus on developing the sample science community, especially studying lunar samples, are of particular interest. “Mars forward” proposals that use lunar focused research to develop approaches to Mars exploration also are welcome. Step-1 proposals are due October 18, 2022, and Step-2 proposals are due December 15, 2022. Clarification questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted via email no later than 14 calendar days prior to the Step-2 proposal due date to HQ-SSERVI@mail.nasa.gov.  
  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:     
  • C.26 Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) Program The goal of this program is to maximize the science derived from samples returned by the Apollo Program in preparation for future lunar missions anticipated in the 2020s and beyond. To achieve this goal this 2nd ANGSA call will focus on small, high-value samples that are nearing their pristinity limit. Step-1 proposals are due October 17, 2022, and Step-2 proposals are due January 19, 2023. Questions and comments may be directed to HQ-ANGSA@mail.nasa.gov.  
  • D.7 Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT). The focus of this program is maturation of key technologies for incorporation into future strategic astrophysics flight missions. The SAT program is designed to support the maturation of technologies whose feasibility has already been demonstrated to the point where they can be incorporated into NASA flight missions. The search for and study of planets outside the Solar System, the origin and evolution of the Universe, and the birth of stars and galaxies are all represented within the SAT program. Mandatory Notices of Intent are due October 21, 2022, and proposals are due December 15, 2022. Direct questions to mario.perez@nasa.gov, or to any of the points of contact for the three science themes: Exoplanet Exploration: douglas.m.hudgins@nasa.gov, Physics of the Cosmos: valerie.connaughton@nasa.gov, Cosmic Origins: eric.v.tollestrup@nasa.gov  
  • F.10 Payload and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) solicits proposals for an investigation that include development and flight of science-driven suites of instruments that will be delivered to the lunar surface by the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). This PRISM call is for science investigations that will be delivered to the lunar surface in mid-Calendar Year CY27. Program elements are detailed in the FAQ document available on the NSPIRES page. Step-1 proposals are due October 24, 2022, and Step-2 proposals are due December 20, 2022. Questions and comments may be directed to Debra Needham and Ryan Watkins at HQ-PRISM@mail.nasa.gov.  
  • E.8 Physical Sciences Informatics solicits proposals that utilize data from the Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system, an online database of completed physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, X-37B, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and completed physical science ground-based experiments. Notices of intent are requested by October 31, 2022, and the due date for proposals is January 10, 2023. Questions may be directed to Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov. Proposal submission questions may be directed to: BPS-PhysicalSciences@nasaprs.com.  
  • C.27 Precursor Science Investigations for Europa (PSI-E). The goal of this program is to further the understanding of critical topics in Europa exploration in advance of the Europa Clipper mission. This precursor work will provide critical context to enable more efficient analysis of Clipper data by the science community and will help generate discoveries and new questions that will feed into mission planning for the latter half of the prime mission and for any potential extended mission. This will maximize the science return from the radiation-limited lifetime of the Europa Clipper. Step-1 proposals are due November 1, 2022, and Step-2 proposals are due December 16, 2022. Questions may be directed to Curt Niebur at curt.niebur@nasa.gov.  
  • A.32 Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics solicits research using NASA data to advance our understanding of processes relevant to The Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Focus Area. Proposals are due November 2, 2022.   
  • 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. NASA TOPS staff will host an informational session during their regular monthly Community Forum on October 13, 2022, at 1 PM ET / 10AM PT. 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.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.     
  • 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.    
  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. 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. Then you’ll be ready to apply when new funding opportunities become available. Need assistance setting up your account? Contact nspires-help@nasaprs.com. Be sure to register for their newsletter to get announcements when new solicitations are posted.   

Faculty Opportunities   

  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.  
  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. Whether you’re new to the federal awards process, or a seasoned veteran in applying for NASA solicitations, share your time, expertise and perspective while getting a feel for what makes a good proposal to inform your future submissions. First create an NSPIRES account then sign up to be a reviewer as opportunities arise!  
  1. DEADLINE ALERT: 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.   
  1. DEADLINE ALERT: NASA Releases RFI for Technology Development Priorities! NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate has released the third and final Request for Information (RFI), this time for the EXPLORE and LAND thrusts, in the series of STAR RFI’s that are intended to help NASA learn from the space community what they think of their technology development priorities. This RFI seeks to obtain information and feedback from commercial industry, other government agencies and academia. This RFI will not result in any direct follow-on acquisitions, however responses may be used to shape future technology investment strategies. Responses are due October 6, 2022.  
  1. DEADLINE ALERT: Request for Information: NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and aura Drifting Orbits Workshop. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) seeks input from the science community that will be considered in the development and implementation of a Terra, Aqua, and Aura Drifting Orbits workshop planned for later this calendar year. NASA Headquarters Earth Science Division (ESD) requests input from the science community addressing 1) science that is uniquely enabled by observations during the period of orbital drift and 2) the benefits to and impact on current societal applications. The RFI seeks information for planning purposes only. NASA does not intend to award a contract or assistance, i.e., grant or cooperative agreement, funding at this time. RFI responses should address the potential for new, unique science made possible with the observations provided by the orbital drift of the platforms. All responses to this RFI must be submitted in an electronic format only via NSPIRES. Questions and comments concerning this RFI to Lucia.S.Tsaoussi@nasa.gov and use in the subject line: “NASA’s T, A & A Drifting Orbits Workshop RFI Question/Clarification.” Responses are due October 11, 2022.  
  1. Space Health Impacts for the NASA Experience (SHINE) Training Program invites applications for a training course focused on the scientific aspects of space radiation but also agency risk management strategies. This course is designed as a virtual training program targeted to graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, early career investigators and potential new investigators to learn about the relevant scientific elements of the Human Research Program (HRP). The 6-month course will include formal didactic lectures covering essential learning material along with more informal interactive coffee hours to facilitate networking with space radiation thought leaders. The course will take place virtually from February 2023-August 2023. Questions regarding SHINE will be accepted by email only and must be addressed to jsc-hrp-space-radiation-element@mail.nasa.gov using a subject line that states “SHINE 2022 Application”. Responses are due October 31, 2022.  
  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. Check out NASA TechPort! If you are looking for information about NASA-developed technologies that can be utilized or built-upon, or to see where there may be gaps to fill, check out NASA TechPort. Showcasing NASA’s portfolio of active and completed technology projects, TechPort contains information for over 15,000 NASA-developed technologies, representing over $12 billion in applied research and experimental development investments. TechPort allows technologists and researchers to find technologies by organization, maturity, technology area/discipline, and work location. Each record has detailed information about the development including the benefits provided, research findings, partners/collaborators, points of contact, and more. Take a tour of the website and see how your research and expertise may be able to connect to NASA technologies.     

MSIs in the News – This could be you!  

NASA Announces Teams for the 2023 Student Launch Challenge  

Human Exploration Rover Challenge Propels Students Toward NASA Careers  

NASA Awards $3.8 Million to Recruit Students into STEM  

Winners of First NASA TechLeap Challenge Take Flight  

NASA Awards Help Universities Advance Next-Generation Space Tech  

NASA Awards $500,000 in Break the Ice Lunar Challenge  

GrantForward Webinar 

Join the GrantForward Webinar for Researchers on 

Thursday, September 15 at 11:00 am (Central Time).

In this webinar, we will cover the following items:

  • Getting Pre-award Information
  • Finding Grants
  • Receiving Grant Recommendations

REGISTER HERE

Researcher CaseStudy: How Can I Search for Grants Using Advanced Search Filters?

You can also download the PDF of this CaseStudy.

RF Grant Development Training

The Research Foundation of the City Universoty of New York (RFCUNY) Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support (APPS) is pleased to announce academic year 2022 – 2023 research training webinars for faculty. 

There will be 14, one-hour RFCUNY Wednesday Brown Bag Research Webinars that will be held between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 14th and 21st
  • October 19th and 26th
  • November 2nd, 9th, and 30th
  • December 14th
  • January 11th and 25th
  • February 8th
  • March 15th
  • April 12th and 26th

Details related to each opportunity can be found here: Upcoming Workshops, Forums, and Training on Grant Development

Further questions can be directed to APPS@RFCUNY.ORG

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

PRESENTERS

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

FALL 2022 NIH GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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.
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