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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

GrantForward Training Webinar for CUNY Faculty

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and GrantForward President, Kevin Chang
Target Audience:
All CUNY Faculty
Wednesday, September 13 at 12:00 PM ET
Registration and Zoom Link:  https://forms.gle/bZZak8Qk6XWGW93Z6

This webinar is organized by RFCUNY’s Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support (APPS) as part of the RFCUNY Wednesday Brown Bag Research Webinars, Academic Year 2023/2024.
GrantForward is a service that is available to all CUNY faculty and students, and it provides users with access to a rich collection of funding information, including but not limited to aggregation of opportunities like research grants, fellowships, awards, internships, etc., from multiple types of sponsors such as Federal, State, Foundation, University, Private Firms, International entities, etc. This webinar will cover the basics of using GrantForward as a researcher. General areas to be discussed include– how to create accounts, search for grants, view grant, and sponsor pages, use filters, manipulate results, create profiles, and grant recommendations.

NIH SuRE R16 Bootcamp Training by iMERS

March Bootcamp Training
• Monday, March 6th & Tuesday, March 7th, 1:00-4:00 PM EST each day
• Two 3-hour sessions plus live Q&A
Learn More

Register Here

A free two-day event for committed faculty and research administrative staff leading up to the SuRE application deadline of May 26, 2023. Our presenters will focus on key elements of R-series applications and discuss strategies to help you prepare a competitive application.

NIH SuRE-First R16 Workshop by iMERS

NIH SuRE R16 Grants: Details, Eligibility, and Support

• Thursday, January 19th, 3:00 PM EST. Registration at JOIN US JANUARY 19
• Wednesday, January 25th, 4:00 PM EST. Registration at JOIN US JANUARY 25
• 60-min, including Live Q&A
• presented by Melissa Nickell, Administrator, SuRE Resource Center

Each presentation will cover the following:
• NIH SuRE and SuRE-First grants
• Eligibility requirements to apply for a SuRE grant
• Grant submission timelines
• Seed grant for the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
• Support services through the SuRE Resource Center

Description. Want to learn more about NIH SuRE R16 grants and the support available to faculty and institutions to pursue these funding mechanisms?

Our team at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce that the SuRE Resource Center is underway. We invite you to attend one of our introductory presentations on Jan 19 or Jan 25 to help answer your questions. 

NIH SuRE grants support eligible institutions in their effort to build a research culture, increase funding success, and provide research opportunities for students. Institutions with limited NIH funding, teaching underserved student populations, may qualify for assistance from the SuRE Resource Center in applying for these funding opportunities.  

RF Webinar on NSF CAREER Program

Overview of Webinar: The Faculty Early Career Development (Career) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. The Career Program proposal should contain a well-argued set of activities that will, over a 5-year period, build a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research and education in the context of the Principal Investigator’s organization. The proposed project should aim to advance the employee’s career goals and job responsibilities as well as the mission of the department or organization.

Targeted Audience: CUNY faculty who holda doctoral degree and conduct research in a field supported by NSF. Eligible applicants include untenured faculty members who hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) who have not previously received a Career award.

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY-APPS and Megan Owen, Professor of Mathematics, Lehman College

Join us on December 14, 2022 at 12 Noon  – 1pm

Registration URL https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3243392600996652557

Webinar ID 244-923-467

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

iMERS: Spring ’23 NIH Grant Workshop


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.  


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

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

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.

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


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