Research Matters

The news publication of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of Herbert H. Lehman College, The City University of New York.

Volume 13, Issue 01

Publication date: April 01, 2013.

New Awards


Physics and Astronomy
National Science Foundation
“Spin Tunneling, Decoherence, and Collective Effects in Nanomagnetic Systems”

Early Childhood and Childhood Education
New York State Education Department
“Race to the Top”

Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences
National Science Foundation
“Project SEED (STEM Educators Expansion Directive) for Candidates in Chemistry and Environmental Science”

Social Work
“Meeting the Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Underserved Populations in Bronx, New York”
Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS

Research Awareness Month

research awareness monthResearch Awareness Month is Lehman College’s inaugural event to showcase and celebrate faculty and student research. From April 15th to May 9th, Lehman College will host research-related lectures, fairs, and presentations that bring together diverse disciplines. We invite faculty, students, community partners, alumni, and friends to take part in activities that highlight Lehman’s contributions to science, education, community engagement, and global collaboration. This occasion is committed to cultivating research and creative exploration that continues to transform and inspire both the Bronx community and global community at large.

Please check the Lehman event calendar and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs’ website for times and locations of events.

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Undergraduate Research Roundup: Funding Opportunities

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) 2013
Details: The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing this Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Educational Flight Opportunity (EFO) to solicit U.S. university proposals to develop an Earth or space science payload that will fly on a NASA suborbital vehicle, such as a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, or commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle. SMD designed USIP to promote interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to develop careers in the STEM related fields through offering NASA’s unique suborbital research platforms for student educational flight opportunities. A university faculty member is required to serve as the project Principal Investigator (PI) and student team mentor. The faculty member serves as the PI of record for the university and has the primary responsibility for providing oversight and guidance to the undergraduate project team. The maximum funding available including the design, development, and testing of the science payload, is $50,000. The selected projects must be launched or flight-ready within 13-16 months from the project initiation date. Proposal submission deadline is April 5, 2013.  More Information

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Congressional Internship Program (CIP)
Details: The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies. The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program. Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students. This unmatched experience allows students to learn first-hand about our nation’s legislative process. Internship dates for Fall are August 24 – November 16, 2013. Deadline to apply is April 16, 2013. More Information


Fellowship Corner: Funding Opportunities

Library of Congress, The

Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies, The
Details: The Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the Alan Lomax Collection. The Lomax Collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials that represent Lomax’s lifetime of work to document and analyze traditional music, dance, storytelling and other expressive genres that arise from cultural groups in many parts of the world, particularly the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean. The Program supports scholarly research for a period of up to 8 months, for concentrated use of materials from the Lomax Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of anthropology, ethnomusicology, ethnography, ethno-history, dance, folklore and folklife, history, literature, linguistics, and movement analysis, with particular emphasis on the traditional music, dance, and narrative of the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean, as well as methodologies for their documentation and analysis. We encourage interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways. The stipend is $4,200 per month. Deadline is March 31, 2013. More Information

William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Distinguished Fellows Program
Details: This program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings and conversely gives influential practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to work in research settings. The program supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25. Specifically the study funds research that enhances the understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development and how they can be improved; and, when, how and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved. Each fellow will receive up to $175,000 (including direct and indirect costs) for the total duration of the Fellowship which range from six months to two years. Deadline is April 16, 2013. More Information

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Kress Interpretive Fellowships
Details: Kress Interpretive Fellowships are awarded each year to American art museums for 9-12 month professional development opportunities. Typically, Interpretive Fellowships begin in late summer or early fall. The Fellowship award is $30,000, with a minimum of $25,000 reserved for the Fellow’s stipend and up to $5,000 available to support health, travel and other benefits for the Fellow and/or to defray the direct costs of hosting the Fellow. Deadline is April 1, 2013. More Information

Funding Opportunities for April & May 2013

Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs

Research Grants
Details: Research Grants intended to enable graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and other researchers to come to the Harry S. Truman Library for one to three weeks to use its collections. Awards ($2,500) are to offset expenses incurred for this purpose only. Preference will be given to projects that have application to enduring public policy and foreign policy issues and that have a high probability of being published or publicly disseminated in some other way. Deadline is April 1, 2013. More Information

William T. Grant Foundation, The

Research Grants – Social Settings
Details: The Foundation supports high-quality research that enhances our understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. Proposed studies should build theory about policymakers and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The working framework is that these are social processes influenced by relationships, organizational settings, and broader political and policy contexts. Sponsor is interested in projects that elucidate how these and other factors influence the acquisition of research evidence; the interpretation of its relevance, meaning, and quality; and, ultimately, its use. Research grants typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. The application process for all research grants begins with a letter of inquiry (LOI). The LOI functions as a mini-proposal and should meet funding criteria. Deadline is April 16, 2013. More Information

William T. Grant Foundation, The

Research Grants – Use of Research Evidence
Details: The Foundation has a longstanding interest in supporting research that can inform policy and practice that affect youth ages 8 to 25. The Foundation will fund studies that support empirical, theory-building studies of what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs. Research grants typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. The application process for all research grants begins with a letter of inquiry (LOI). The LOI functions as a mini-proposal and should meet funding criteria. Deadline is April 16, 2013. More Information

National Institutes of Health, The (DHHS)

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity [PAR-12-103; R36]
Details: The goal is to increase the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing awards to support the completion of the doctoral research project and dissertation for individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in mental health research. The grant allows for budget requests to cover full-time salary support and modest research funds for up to two years, but no less than 12 months, for eligible students to facilitate completion of their doctoral research project and dissertation in a research area relevant to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) mission and strategic research priorities. Deadline is April 22, 2013. More Information

National Institutes of Health, The (DHHS)

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program (SC1, SC2, SC3)
Details: SCORE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions that have a historical mission focused on serving students from underrepresented groups (i.e., minority-serving institutions) and/or institutions with historical missions to serve students with disabilities. The SCORE Program offers separate funding opportunities for individual investigator-initiated research awards. The mechanisms are the SC1 (PAR-13-069) which provides research support to faculty who are at the most advanced formative stages of their research career and are seeking to transition to non-SCORE support. These individuals are engaged in state-of-the-art biomedical or behavioral research and are productive as evidenced by a steady track record of peer-reviewed publications. Application budgets may not exceed $250,000 direct costs/year for a maximum of four years. The SC2 (PAR-13-070) allows investigators, in their earlier stages of development, to test a new idea or gather preliminary data to establish a new line of research. It is a mentored award and applicants must be able to commit a minimum of 50 percent of full time-effort during the academic year and summer to conduct the proposed research. Application budgets may not exceed $100,000 direct costs/year for a maximum of three years. The SC3 (PAR-13-071) allows investigators, who are at intermediate stages of development, to continue to engage in meritorious research projects of limited scope in a given biomedical/behavioral area within the NIH mission awards. Application budgets may not exceed $75,000 direct costs/year for a maximum of four years. Research proposed under any of the investigator-initiated SCORE award mechanisms must fall within the scope of the NIH mission. Next deadline is May 25, 2013.
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Spencer Foundation

Small Grant, Major Grant Programs
Details: The Spencer Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The foundation has identified the following five areas of inquiry (Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning; Purposes and Values of Education; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources and Field-Initiated Proposals and three strategic initiatives (The New Civics Initiative, Data Use and Educational Improvement, and Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice). Small Grant Program. Small Grant budgets may not exceed $40,000 and may not include indirect cost charges. Major Grant Program. Preliminary proposals are required and full proposals are by invitation only. Major Grant budget must range from $40,001 to $500,000. Next Deadline is May 14, 2013.
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Marketing Science Institute

Research Support Grants
Details: MSI supports research with the potential for application by managers as well as more basic or exploratory work. No one approach or methodology is favored over another as long as the form is appropriate to the objectives of the research. Studies may be conceptual or empirical and may involve literature reviews, comparative studies, field or laboratory experiments, model building, or theory development. We encourage cross-disciplinary work building on theories, research results, and methods from disciplines of relevance to marketing. Generally, these grants are in the $3,000 to $20,000 range. Proposals may be submitted at anytime.
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Institute for Humane Studies

Friedman Faculty Fund
Details: The Friedman Faculty Fund awards grants of up to $5,000 to full-time faculty and teaching fellows for education-enhancement activities designed to engage undergraduate and master’s students with the ideas of liberty, beyond the classroom. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to: reading groups, guest lectures, seminars/colloquia, debates, movie viewings and discussions, and developing a new course. The goal of this program is to foster creativity and action among professors. Applications are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis.
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Grad Students and Faculty, Partners in Research Compliance

When proposed activities constitute research with human subjects, it is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to assist students in preparing and reviewing materials to be submitted to the CUNY Institutional Review Board (IRB). Only faculty members may serve as faculty advisors. Adjunct professors and graduate teaching assistants are ineligible. Faculty advisors should familiarize themselves with institutional requirements for the conduct of human subjects research. While faculty advisors are responsible for reviewing the scientific integrity of student research, including evaluating the scientific rigor and merit of the study; students should be educated on the role of the IRB and the importance of research review. Students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training modules for Human Subjects Research and the Responsible Conduct of Research before submitting an application to the IRB. Please make sure your CITI training is up to date. An updated certificate is expected to be attached to all student work. Of course, contact the Office of Responsible Research Practices (x8960, Shuster 303, with any questions or concerns.

Lehman’s Chinese Connection

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Huang Wen, (third from left) a Minzu University student who studied at Lehman on a 3-month exchange, said her overseas experience helped her conduct research more independently. Also pictured are Adam Negrin (CUNY), another Chinese student Wurihan Fnu (MUC) and Dr. Edward Kennelly

Dr. Edward Kennelly, Professor of Biological Sciences is working with his Chinese counterpart, Dr. Long Chunlin, Professor of Ethnobotany (the study of how plants and humans interact) at Minzu University of China. They are studying the chemical properties and active substances found in a group of herbs known as astragalus, which are said to be able to boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, improve cardiac function and increase energy levels. The herbs have been used in Chinese medicines for centuries, but they have never been fully examined in the laboratory to find out how they work at the molecular level and if they truly have health benefits.

The collaboration is a direct result of the 111 Foreign Intellects Creativity Program, which is funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. The program is designed to boost China’s innovations by tapping the reservoir of top academic talent around the world. The program aims to attract 1,000 professors and scientists from 100 world-leading universities and institutes in 100 key disciplines. Read More

Proposal 5-Day Internal Deadline

proposalEffective January 1, 2012

Please be mindful to submit all completed proposals to ORSP at least five working days before the sponsor’s official published deadline. If Lehman is the subawardee, then allow additional time to account for the lead/prime institution’s internal deadline.

A complete submission is a proposal that is entered into Cayuse, contains all finalized budgetary information, finalized administrative components (biosketch, resources, etc.), a finalized technical section (research plan), all compliance forms (COI and RCR, etc.), and has routed through the department chair’s and dean’s office for approval. Thank you for your cooperation.