Undergraduate research is a cornerstone for experiential learning in the sciences. This ‘high-impact’ practice leads to improved student, faculty and institutional outcomes and the CUNY Office of Research is dedicated to promoting its practice.

Most student research takes place in the form of a faculty-mentored experiences where students learn experimental techniques and skills for data analysis.  While many students engage in research for credit, many are also paid a stipend.  Such stipends can come from faculty research grants (often from NSF or NIH) but many also come from institutional grant mechanisms dedicated to funding students to engage in research experiences.

The goal of the CUNY Workshop, Grants that Fund Undergraduate Research, is to inform faculty about the different mechanisms that fund undergraduate research from national agencies.  The workshop sessions will be led by successful PIs of these grants so that faculty can get a real sense of how to write a successful application from their college.

The Workshop will take place on Thursday, March 1 at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, located on the South Campus of CCNY at 85 St. Nicholas Terrace.  Please register for the workshop below. The grant mechanisms to be covered are as follows:

Bridges to Baccalaureate

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The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program provides support to institutions to help students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from 2-year junior or community colleges to full 4-year baccalaureate programs. Read More

The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of community college students who go on to research careers in the biomedical sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program promotes institutional partnerships between community colleges or other 2-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree and colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. The partnership/consortium must involve at least two colleges or universities including the applicant institution. The bachelor’s degree-granting institution(s) in the consortium must have a strong science curricula and a track record of enrolling, retaining and graduating students who pursue advanced degrees in biomedical research fields. Community colleges and other 2-year post-secondary educational institutions in the consortium must offer associate degree programs with an emphasis on the biomedical sciences.

Bridges to the Baccalaureate provides support for student, faculty and institutional development activities. Awards are made to domestic, private and public, educational institutions. State and local systems of higher education may also apply. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The size of award will vary with the scope of the research education program proposed and the availability of funds.

For additional information about these awards, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, March 9, 2017 (PAR-17-210), or contact Dr. Mercedes Rubio at 301-594-3900 or Dr. Patrick Brown at 301-594-3900.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers

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Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) U-STAR awards provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. Institutions with significant enrollments Read More

of college students from underrepresented groups may be eligible to apply.

Awards are made to colleges and universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. Only one grant per eligible institution is awarded. MARC institutions select the trainees to be supported. Trainees must be honors students majoring in the biomedical sciences who have expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in these fields upon completing their baccalaureate degree. The period of appointment to the MARC U-STAR program is a consecutive 24-month period at the final 2 years of undergraduate training, typically called the junior and senior years. To enhance the MARC trainee pool, MARC institutions should provide various training opportunities (academic and skills development) to motivate and interest pre-trainees to build the entire science student capacity.

Each institution is encouraged to design a program that emphasizes its environment, mission and strengths, and to set measurable goals and specific objectives against which the program will use for self-assessment and evaluation for continual institutional improvement and continued funding. Although variation among programs is expected, all programs must provide trainees with a summer research experience at a research-intensive institution outside the home institution with which the MARC U-STAR program has established either formal or informal linkages. In addition, during the academic year the home institution may either offer research training opportunities such as appropriate infrastructure, research active faculty, etc., that will allow or provide research training courses in the classroom setting (for more details see “Moving Research Into the Classroom“). In addition to annual student stipends, funds may be requested for tuition, fees, health insurance and research supplies for MARC trainees, limited travel for MARC trainees and faculty, and program evaluation. Certain other training-related costs, such as support for pre-MARC student development activities, may be requested.

For more information, see NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, December 6, 2016 (PAR-17-068), or contact Dr. Sailaja Koduri at 301-594-3900 or Dr. Luis Cubano at 301-594-3900.

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program

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This program assists predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education programs and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers. Read More

The program funds are generally used to implement design projects, institutional projects, and cooperative projects. The program also supports special projects designed to provide or improve support to accredited nonprofit colleges, universities, and professional scientific organizations for a broad range of activities that address specific barriers that eliminate or reduce the entry of minorities into science and technology fields.

Program map of participating institutions – This map shows the eligible institutions that have applied for and been awarded grants under this program by the Institutional Service (IS), U.S. Department of Education. Grants were awarded in each of the FYs 2007-2010 for a period of four years.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

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The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Read More

This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

RISE (R25) is a developmental program that seeks to increase the number of students underrepresented in the biomedical sciences that complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program provides grants to institutions with a commitment and history of developing students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences as defined by the National Science Foundation. Read More

By supporting institutions with well-integrated developmental activities designed to strengthen students’ academic preparation, research training and professional skills, the RISE Program aims to help reduce the existing gap in completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students. Applicant institutions must award the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in biomedical science fields.

Institutions that have received less than $6 million per year from R01 and equivalent grant support (total costs) in each of the last two fiscal years are eligible to apply. An institution may apply for and hold only one RISE grant. Institutions eligible for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program are not eligible to apply for or receive RISE grants. Similarly, IRACDA lead institutions are not eligible to apply for or receive RISE grants. The total requested project period for these awards may not exceed 5 years. Awards are renewable. While there are no budgetary caps for this award, all requested costs must be reasonable, well documented, and fully justified and commensurate with the scope of the proposed program.

For additional information about RISE awards, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, July 8, 2016 (PAR-16-361), visit the Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Web site or call Dr. Luis Cubano at 301-594-3900 or Dr. Anissa J. Brown at 301-594-3900.