Urban societies across the globe are confronting numerous challenges related to the environment, human health, technology, infrastructure, and the ever-changing modes of social organization. Addressing these complex scientific and societal challenges requires problem-solving approaches that transcend individual disciplines and integrate a diverse range of skill sets and expertise. As the largest urban public university in the United States, CUNY boasts a highly diverse faculty with the requisite knowledge and competencies to address these urban challenges.

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant 2017/2018 program seeks to support and encourage faculty researchers who will tackle challenges or problems that affect the needs of urban populations and the urban environment. We encourage applications that address specific challenges in ways that can be approached by combining expertise across disciplines (such as the health/social sciences, natural sciences and humanities).

The goal of this program is to provide seed funding for projects that will become eligible and competitive for external funding.

We anticipate that there will be approximately 5 – 8 one-year awards of $40,000 made in 2017.

Stay tuned for more information on how to submit an application for 2018.