Seed Grant Program

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The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 cycle is
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00 a.m.

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The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Program provides funding to enhance scientific research opportunities that can be advanced by taking advantage of the analytical and human resources available through the ASRC. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach that leverages the ASRC’s five Initiatives (Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences) and 13 core facilities. Grants will fund collaborative research projects between tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at CUNY colleges and faculty at the ASRC.

We will award eight $15,000 grants in Research Foundation funds for a nine-month period (November 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020).

The primary goal is to seed research that will become the basis of new external funding. As such, submissions that have a clearly defined research question and a goal to collect critical preliminary data for a future grant proposal will be prioritized. In addition, awardees will participate in a symposium at the end of the funding period to present their findings to researchers from across CUNY, with the opportunity to discuss ways to secure additional funding. Peer-reviewed publications may also arise from this work, and we encourage all such efforts.

It is strongly encouraged that you discuss your proposal, prior to submission, with an ASRC Investigator or Core Facility Director to ensure feasibility.  However, it is expected that the PI take full responsibility for writing the proposal.

Complete proposals must be submitted via the online proposal submission form. Please download and carefully review all program guidelines and complete all proposal forms* prior to submitting a proposal. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted by the online process.

*All required documents are available for download as Microsoft Word documents, but must be converted to PDF format after completion and before submission. The online submission form will only accept PDF documents.

Please direct program inquiries to:

Nina Gray, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Advanced Science Research Center
Associate Dean for the Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY
agray@gc.cuny.edu