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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

RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-conversations-entrepreneurship-opportunities-at-tiqc-tickets-753867507007?aff=oddtdtcreator

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:

https://www.nycinnovationhotspot.org/

https://www.newyorkicorps.org/

https://www.qc.cuny.edu/ti/

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.

NSF Webinar on the Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) Program

The NSF Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) program is hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. In this session, program directors will provide an overview about the preliminary proposal submission process, program eligibility, and what we look for when we review proposals. We invite you to submit your questions when you register by entering them into the questions and comments field on the registration page.

REGISTER HERE

Real-time captions will be available. For other reasonable accommodations, please email rarequest@nsf.gov in advance.

About the EPIIC Program

Launched by the NSF Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP), the EPIIC program aims to provide institutions with training and networking support to develop the capacity and institutional knowledge needed to help build more inclusive ecosystems and enable participation in regional innovation ecosystems, potentially connecting to NSF Regional Innovation Engines. This solicitation aims to provide MSIs, PUIs, and two-year institutions with limited or no research capacity with the support necessary to become equitable partners with teams competing under the current and subsequent NSF Engines program funding opportunities.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter on Collaborations with Canada on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition

June 9, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering is pleased to inform the community that NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are partners on a new multilateral research initiative on climate change led by Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund. The 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition represents a collaboration among research funders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to leverage international expertise to tackle the global challenges caused by climate change. Climate change has been recognized as the single most important threat to the future well-being and prosperity of our planet and all who inhabit it.

The program aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups―those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change owing to both physical vulnerability and socioeconomic vulnerability. The program will support research that is both interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral on participatory contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to at least two vulnerabilities stemming from climate change, as identified in the Sixth Assessment Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Projects must respond to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change, such as communities in low- and middle-income countries or indigenous territories, or groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social and/or economic circumstances. All projects are required to partner with participating community(ies) in the co-creation, implementation and ownerships of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to policy implementation and knowledge mobilization.

Led by Canada, the program is supported by funding agency partners from the eight countries listed above (consortium partners). The program adopts a consortium approach to funding. Each consortium partner will fund researchers within a project team who are eligible to receive funding from them. NSF intends to fund researchers eligible to receive NSF or NEH funding. A minimum of three countries must be represented among the co-PIs on the project team, and the team must be eligible to receive funding from at least two Consortium Partners. At least one co-PI must be eligible to receive funding from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Timeline

May 2, 2023 – Notices of Intent submitted to the Convergence Portal (mandatory)
July 15, 2023 – EOI Due to NSF for projects eligible for NSF or NEH funding
September 12, 2023 – Full proposals due
February 2024 – Notice of funding decisions and submission of recommended proposals to NSF
March 2024 – Start of awards

For more information, including proposal submission guideline, continue reading on NSF.gov.

New Funding Opportunity: Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)

A new NSF solicitation (NSF 23-591) is now available:

Expanding TRIPODS through Partnerships (XTRIPODS)
The XTRIPODS program aims to support the continued growth of a broad and diverse interdisciplinary research community for the advancement of data science, providing a unique opportunity to broadly promote the NSF vision and core values, especially inclusion and collaboration. This program will broaden participation in data science research, education, and workforce development by supporting partnerships between the current TRIPODS Phase II Institutes and Institutions of Higher Education that do not traditionally receive significant amounts of NSF funding. Only institutions that are not classified as Carnegie Research 1 (R1) universities are eligible. Non-R1 Minority-Serving Institutions, women’s colleges, and institutions that primarily serve persons with disabilities, as well as Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, are especially encouraged to apply.

The first application window is August 2 to August 23, 2023.

New US-India Collaborative Funding Opportunity

A new research cooperation agreement between NSF and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India has been announced (NSF 23-114):

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India Collaborative Research Opportunities
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India have signed an Implementation Arrangement on research cooperation. The Implementation Arrangement provides a framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and Indian research communities and sets out the principles by which joint activities might be supported. Through this research agency partnership, U.S. researchers may receive funding from NSF and India researchers may receive funding from DST respectively.

This NSF-DST collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically upon discoveries and innovations in areas of mutual interest that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, advanced cyberinfrastructure, secure and trustworthy computing, and cyber-physical systems. Through a research agency partnership, NSF and DST will allow investigators from both countries to collaborate to write a single proposal that will undergo a single review process at NSF, the Coordinating Agency.

The first target date for U.S. investigators is August 15.

Please visit the the announcement webpage for more details.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Planning Proposals for Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) Program

April 3, 2023

Dear Colleague:

In line with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) efforts to increase diversity in the STEM workforce, the Division of Chemistry’s (CHE) PREC program (Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry, https://beta.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/partnerships-research-education-chemistry-prec) supports research and education partnership endeavors between minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and CHE-supported centers, institutes, and facilities. Through the PREC grants, CHE aims to increase recruitment, retention, and degree attainment of those members of groups that are most underrepresented in chemistry research, as defined in the PREC Solicitation (NSF 21-620, https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21620).

Establishing meaningful collaborations to support a competitive PREC proposal requires time and resources, which may impose unnecessary barriers to some. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), CHE seeks to catalyze collaborative partnerships with a CHE center, institute, or facility (see list below) by encouraging submission of Planning Proposals which could help to mitigate barriers for the proposing institutions and PIs.

A planning grant can be used to support initial conceptualization, planning and collaboration activities to facilitate the formulation of new and sound plans for future submission to PREC. Anticipated planning activities could include, but are not limited to: planning visits/meetings with partnering institutions to discuss potential collaborations, exchanges to launch/initiate scientific collaboration, strategic planning (including development of a collaborative research plan), and development of evaluation strategies.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION

Proposals must be prepared in accordance with the guidance for Planning Proposals specified in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.F.1. They must be submitted through Research.gov. Proposers should select the current PAPPG as the funding opportunity and direct proposals to the CHE Broadening Participation program.

Interested proposers should consider the following guidance carefully:

  1. The proposal must include a clear statement as to why this project is appropriate for a PREC planning proposal, including how the funds will be used to formulate a sound approach for future submission to the PREC program.
  2. The proposed research should be aligned with research supported by the relevant CHE center, institute, or facility. The planning proposal is encouraged to outline a vision for a partnership that simultaneously promotes inclusiveness and research excellence.
  3. The Principal Investigator (PI) must hold a faculty appointment at an eligible MSI that awards degrees in Chemistry and must be eligible to submit a future PREC proposal as defined in the recent PREC solicitation.
  4. A letter of collaboration from the prospective partner (limit of 1 page) must be included in the supplementary document section. It should include information from the Director of the partnering CHE center, institute or facility outlining their role in and commitment to the planning process.
  5. Proposals may request up to $100,000/year and up to two years in duration.

Prospective PIs must send an initial concept outline by email no later than June 1, 2023, to one of the Program Officers listed below. An approval from at least one NSF Program Officer to submit a full planning proposal must be uploaded by the PI as a document entitled “Planning – Program Officer Concurrence Email” in the Supplementary Documentation section in Research.gov. Full proposals submitted in response to this DCL for consideration in FY 2023 are welcome through July 1, 2023, but earlier submission is strongly encouraged.

Eligible partners include the following CHE-supported Phase II Centers for Chemical Innovations (CCI), institutes, or facilities, listed below with their preferred contacts for the purposes of this DCL.

Please contact the following Program Officers for concept outline submission or any question regarding this DCL:

Sincerely,

Sean L. Jones,
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

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) 

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

NEW NSF-Swiss Opportunity

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF-Swiss NSF Lead Agency Opportunity 

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides a framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and Swiss research communities and sets out the principles by which jointly supported activities might be developed. The MOU provides for an international collaboration arrangement whereby U.S. researchers may receive funding from NSF and Swiss researchers may receive funding from SNSF. .. SNSF will be the Lead Agency in the first year and will accept proposals on their deadlines of April 3rd and October 2nd, 2023. More information, including future submission windows, are available at the NSF-Swiss Opportunity 

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