Research Updates

Research Updates May 20, 2021

Funding Information from Grant Announcement Letter (GAL)

The May 2021 edition of the Grant Announcement Letter from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is now available at GAL-MAY 21.pdf

The 2021 ASRC Seed Grant Program

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Grant Program provides funding to CUNY researchers pursuing interdisciplinary STEM projects that strive to inform and potentially lead to improved human, societal, and environmental well-being in the years to come. We seek to support creative, collaborative, and convergent research that addresses complex questions relevant to the most pressing challenges in STEM. A primary goal is also to seed research that will become the basis for new external funding.

The program encourages proposals that leverage the ASRC’s five Initiatives (Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences), 15 core facilities, and their analytical and human resources through collaboration.

The 2021 Seed Program will award six 12-month, $20,000 grants (in Research Foundation funds) to CUNY tenured, tenure-track, or research-track faculty who are pursuing collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects that are well-defined, compelling, innovative, and have a potential to yield meaningful advances. Researchers in any STEM field may apply, but those that take advantage of the ASRC’s facilities and resources will be prioritized. It is strongly encouraged that you discuss your proposal, prior to submission, with the ASRC Investigator(s) and/or Core Facility Director(s) that you propose to work with to ensure feasibility.

Complete submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 using the online proposal submission form. Funding decisions will be announced in July 2021. The earliest available start date will be August 1, 2021 and the latest available start date will be October 1, 2021.

Please read the complete program guidelines before beginning your submission.

Please direct program inquiries to:

Nina Gray, PhD

Executive Director, ASRC

Associate Dean for the Sciences

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Date: May 21, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Topic: Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge Grant

Register at:

Description We have organized a special Bonus Funding Fridays webinar to discuss the Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge grant competition.

Two former CUNY winners, Katie Cumiskey (CSI) and Susan Imberman (CSI) will discuss their PIT projects and special guest speaker Andreen Soley, Director of the Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network at New America will answer your questions about the national PIT initiative.

More information about the event series, including materials from past events, are available at

QC (Virtual) Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021

Earlier, the following message was sent to QC undergraduates from Matthew Civiletti, Director of Undergraduate Research. Here we want to keep you informed of this event, so you can encourage participation from undergraduates who have done good research.

From Matthew Civiletti, Director of Undergraduate Research

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Undergraduate Research at Queens College will be hosting the (Virtual) Research Symposium 2021 from now through August 15, 2021. Submissions of research posters and videos will be accepted from undergraduate students as entrants into this asynchronous research symposium. The research must have been completed, or be in the process of completion, with a faculty advisor. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm on August 15, 2021.

Submitting a video is optional for participation in the symposium but is necessary if you would like to be entered into the Symposium 2021 Competition. Candidates' posters and videos will be judged by a panel of faculty after August 15, and the first, second, and third place winners will be awarded $500, $300, and $100, respectively.

If you are interested in participating, please fill in the following form (at the top of the form, there is a list of important symposium facts):

The posters and videos will be showcased as they are submitted; please go to to find the link to the posters and videos.

From the Office of Research Compliance: Independent Researcher Agreements

The Office of Research Compliance would like to remind the Queens College research community that Independent Research Agreements (IRAs) need to be executed for any individual who is a) not affiliated with CUNY nor; b) is acting as an employee or agent of another institution. IRAs must be executed before these individuals (independent researchers) can be involved in research activities conducted by CUNY.

To execute an IRA please follow the following steps:

  1. Please review the Standard Operating Procedures for IRAs at

  2. Please complete the IRA application at

  3. Please email the completed application to Michael Brown, Director of Research Compliance, at

  4. Once review is completed by the Director of Research Compliance, they will notify you of any changes that are required and request that you obtain signature from your Department Chair.

  5. Once your Department Chair has signed your application, you must email the signed copy to The Director of Research Compliance will then work to execute the agreement with the Queens College signatory authority for IRAs and return a final copy to you upon execution.

Reminders for Previously Posted Events

CUNY COVID-19 Global Forum

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021, 10:00am - 4:00pm EST

Register at

Program Flyer: CUNY.COVID.Global.Forum.Flyer.pdf

Description As rich countries vaccinate their population and prepare to reopen, many poorer countries and vulnerable population in the US are struggling for vaccine access. On Friday, May 28th, the CUNY Research Scholars Program will host a global forum to discuss vaccine access and global equity issues. We will have three panels with speakers from Brazil, Egypt, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa and the United States. The US speakers will address vaccine access issues among migrants at the US borders, people in US prisons and jails, and vulnerable population in US cities.

As Anthony Fauci had said: “The only way you’re going to adequately respond to a global pandemic is by having a global response, and a global response means equity throughout the world.” Please join us for a conversation about these vital equity issues.

Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference! This virtual conference will be broadcast live on Zoom during the week of June 7-11, 2021.

Registration is open! To register for this free event, visit our conference website. Note: You will need to register for each Zoom session. Also, please only register for one concurrent session per time block.

Please feel free to check for the most up-to-date conference information and to view the conference agenda. You can view session recordings of the Fall 2020 Virtual Grants Conference on our website or on our YouTube page.

For those who cannot attend the live conference, all conference sessions will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the event and posted on our website and our YouTube page.

If you have any logistical questions about this virtual conference, please contact us at:

NASA Proposal Development Webinar Series for Minority Serving Institutions

Organizer: Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network

Contact: Afzal Hassan by email at

Registration at

The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network invites STEM faculty, and sponsored program directors to register for the NASA Proposal Development Webinar Series. The 7-part webinar series is designed to assist faculty and administrators at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in increasing their understanding of, and competitiveness in, NASA’s various funding opportunities.

The webinar series will provide guidance and information to enable participants to prepare and submit competitive proposals. Individuals can register to attend all the proposal development webinars, or whichever is suitable to their needs. A list of the events can be found at the registration website

On May 14, 2021, QEM will host a Q&A session with NASA program managers. During the Q&A session STEM faculty members from MSIs will have the opportunity to ask program managers about funding and collaborative opportunities within NASA for specific STEM disciplines.