Core Facility Use and Affiliation

The following policy identifies access opportunities that go beyond day-to-day use of the core facilities of the building in the hopes of encouraging ongoing, specialized use of all ASRC resources.

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CUNY or external student, staff, or faculty, government and/or industrial users

Core Facility User is a researcher interested in utilizing shared instrumentation available within the ASRC. These researchers can be employed by a wide range of entities, including academic institutions (inside or outside of CUNY), governmental/non-governmental research institutes, and the private sector. All applicants must agree to adhere to the usage policies specific to each core facility, which will include:

  1. equipment scheduling, usage, and safety procedures;
  2. mechanisms of payment; and
  3. acknowledgement of use of ASRC resources in presentations and publications.

Specific information, including rate schedules and sample acknowledgment text, is available to prospective users on each core facility website.

Access for student/staff academic participants requires signatures and formal approval by both the applicants and their affiliated principal investigators.

Learn more about becoming a user of an ASRC core facility.

Both CUNY and non-CUNY faculty

The objective of the ASRC affiliate faculty program is to provide productive, research-active faculty and ASRC faculty and staff opportunities to collaborate. Outside faculty applying for ASRC affiliate status should have active research and a corresponding track records of external research proposal submissions, external funding, publications, and trainee supervision appropriate to their career stage. Affiliate faculty positions are offered for one-year renewable terms. There is no set limit on the number of ASRC affiliate faculty selected each year. Positions are approved according to space availability. Applications are committee reviewed.

Program Rules and Requirements:

  • Time spent at the ASRC: While each ASRC affiliate faculty member will remain predominantly based at their home institution, it is expected that the affiliate will spend up to two days per week at the ASRC.
  • Equipment: User fees will be charged at the agreed-upon rates for academic researchers.
  • Space: During their time at the ASRC, affiliates have access to laboratory space, shared desk space (used by other affiliates on other days), and meeting space.
  • Ph.D. students of the affiliate(s): Administrative, teaching, and course work for Ph.D. students take place as normal and at the usual locations (e.g., their home campus or The Graduate Center). When students are at the ASRC, they have access to laboratory and computing facilities as well as desk space. Ph.D. students may take advantage of special rates at The City College of New York’s student accommodations (“The Towers”) next door to the ASRC, as available.
  • Direct and indirect costs: A grant led by an ASRC affiliate will continue to be submitted through the faculty member’s home college. Direct costs should be budgeted to pay for equipment and consumable usage at the ASRC by the affiliate and/or their students and staff. When grants require direct effort by ASRC faculty, the indirect costs associated with a grant will be apportioned to the home campus and the ASRC commensurate with the level of effort contributed by each ASRC and non-ASRC faculty.

CUNY and external faculty, government, and industrial collaborators

Scientists wanting to spend prolonged periods of time (e.g., a month or longer) at the ASRC, including visitors on sabbatical or similar non-teaching periods, should apply for ASRC visiting faculty status. Such stays are intended to support dedicated efforts to a focused project that takes advantage of the ASRC environment, such as conducting scientific research projects, developing major collaborative proposals, etc. ASRC visiting faculty will be granted additional benefits and access to center facilities, including longer-term hoteling space and resources, as jointly agreed upon by the relevant ASRC initiative director and visiting faculty.

Visiting faculty are subject to the same rules and requirements as affiliate faculty. Visiting faculty will also follow the same application process, but must also include a description of project(s) to be conducted.

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and provide documentation that details significant, recent success (within the last five years) in the following categories:

  • Submitting extramural funding by listing grants and their role(s) on each;
  • Publishing papers with impact in their field of study by highlighting three peer-reviewed journal articles and providing short justifications indicating why they have been impactful in their area of science and beyond;
  • Participating in scientific conferences, workshops, seminars and other activities, describing roles in attending, speaking at, and/or organizing such national and international events.

All applicants must submit a brief statement (one page) on their collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to research as well as their vision of how they will contribute to the spirit and vision of ASRC.

In addition, ASRC visiting faculty applicants are required to provide a two-page description of the research, collaborations, or other projects they intend to pursue during their stay.

The ASRC executive director, initiative directors, and at least two faculty members of the ASRC Advisory Committee will serve as the review committee for all applications. Metrics of past success will be considered in the context of the applicant’s career stage.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Exceptional applications will also be considered during the year in an ad hoc manner; for more information, contact:

An annual review process of all affiliated faculty will occur to assess progress and success working in and with the ASRC. Re-appointments will be on an annual basis.