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 14, Issue 01

Publication date: September 17, 2013.

An Army of Research-Active, Globally Engaged Faculty & Students (Vol. 14, Is 01)


The ORSP Team: Carolina, Saeedah, Donnaree, Cynthia & Valerie

The ORSP Team: Carolina, Saeedah, Donnaree, Cynthia & Valerie

As Lehman ushers in another Fall semester, and new faculty and students with it, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is planting seeds that will harvest a culture of research and creative exploration!  As Lehman’s prestigious faculty members continue to examine the world around us from the laboratories of our New Science Hall to the corridors of Carman Hall; from the dungeons of Davis to the greenhouses of Gillet; from the stacks of the Leonard Lief Library to the walls of the Lehman Art Gallery; and from the highways, byways, and waterways of the Bronx to the four corners of the globe, Lehman students will find a wealth of research-rich opportunities to complement their academic life.

New internal resources like the “Research Planning Postcard” and “How to” podcasts, coupled with new funding opportunities and workshops crafted specifically for Lehman faculty and students are sure to be useful. Campus-wide events such as the Bronx/Lehman Networking Night and the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Conference are not to be missed.

As the extramural funding landscape grows ever more competitive and greater demands and accountability are placed on institutions of higher education, Lehman is prepared to meet these challenges with an army of research-active, globally engaged faculty and students.

Have a great semester!

Saeedah Hickman
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs


The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal (Vol. 14, Is 01)

by Jan Masaoka

THE FOUNDING FATHERS WRITE A GRANT PROPOSAL 1 “Just look at this second sentence!” groaned Samuel Adams. “’We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ This flies in the face of ‘evidence-based practice!’ We’ll never get funded!”
Another delegate had a different complaint: “This mission statement is way too long!” he wailed. “Mr. Jefferson, no one will ever read this ‘Declaration of Independence’ of yours.”
In the meantime, George Washington had been working up a budget for the revolutionary war (earlier called the innovative war). His initial figures were daunting: $37 million would have to be raised by the collaborative, which would need to be matched by $114 million from the states. And of course, they didn’t have a dime (or rather, a shilling).
But let’s go back to the meeting, where they had just decided to give the collaborative a name: the Continental Congress.

Donor Prospecting
The meeting chair pounded his gavel: “Next on the agenda is Fundraising Prospects. Mr. Hancock, your report?”
John Hancock looked up, startled, but recovered his poise: “We’ve developed a list of foundations to approach. Unfortunately, none of them have giving areas that include democratic revolutions, perhaps because there hasn’t been a democratic revolution before. They also want to know who else is funding it, and how we’re going to continue the funding when their grants run out. And several of them say our revolution has to wait until they’re finished doing something called ‘strategic planning.’
“And then in terms of individual donors, there are two big obstacles. First, they are all English, and our revolution’s goal is to overthrow the English. It’s just about as contradictory as poor people asking rich people to support social justice causes.
“And finally, we don’t know any wealthy donors. The way to get money from them is to be at the same theatre openings, the same dinners for Anglo-Saxon orphans, and the same royal weddings. We all live here in the colonies so we never get a chance to develop relationships.”
But the meeting really fell into an uproar when General Washington presented his budget: “Why is this line item for supplies so high? Can’t you get the muskets donated?” demanded the Vermont delegate.
The North Carolina delegate was concerned about the lack of an exit strategy. “What if we haven’t won the war in two years?” he asked. “How will we get funding for a longer war if we haven’t met the benchmarks for Phase 1?” “Hear, hear,” cried another. “Metrics! They’ll want metrics for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!”
Washington tried hard not to sound defensive. “My personal leadership style is to be conservative/ISTJ,” he said. “But Valley Forge can get very cold in the winter, and we’ll need quality tents and blankets.”
The Rhode Island delegate was dismissive: “They’re doing this for a cause, not for the blankets,” he said. “It’s okay to have cheaper blankets for the rank and file.”

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Researcher Responsibilities in International Settings (Vol. 14, Is 01)

The principal investigator is responsible for ensuring that the following information is provided to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as part of the IRB application:

  1. a. List of all research sites, including city and country information
  2. b. Provide scientific and ethical justification for conducting the research at the foreign site(s)
  3. c. Describe  the researchers’ qualifications for conducting the research at the foreign sites(s), including their knowledge of local regulations and culture
  1.        i.         When relying on local community consultations for research planning, the IRB application should include a detailed description of the community consultation and its outcomes. (A helpful site is The International Compilation of Human Research Standards provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
  2. d. Describe the informed consent process in terms of the local context, including consideration of the following, where applicable:
  3.         i.        Local legal age of consent
  4.         ii.       Local status of women’s  rights to consent for self or for their children
  5.         iii.      Literacy level of the subject population
  6.         iv.      Use of translators and translated informed consent documents. Refer to Section 3.5 of CUNY HRPP Policy: Informed Consent Process and Documentation for requirements regarding acceptable translations
  7. e. Provide information regarding local oversight required:
  8.         i.        Identify applicable local permissions or approvals that may be required
  9.         ii.       Follow CUNY HRPP Procedures for Multisite Non-Exempt Human Subjects Research

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Research Protection Program at, (718) 960-8960, Shuster 303.

Pivot: Identify & Connect to Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 01)

For years, COS (Community of Science), a ProQuest brand has been recognized as a global leader that provides unmatched tools for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field. Pivot answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. Designed for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students, it’s intuitive and easily implemented. Some of Pivot’s features include:
•    Access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally
•    Identifies researcher expertise from within or outside of your organization
•    Allows the focus to be on winning the necessary awards and grants
•    Enables you to add internal deadlines to critical funding opportunities and sends weekly updates on saved searches you organize in your own folders
•    Create groups for sharing funding opportunities on an ongoing basis
•    Enhances communication, monitoring, and tracking between individual faculty, teams, or researchers and ORSP

If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to create a profile on Pivot and become familiarized with the product. We will keep you informed of upcoming training sessions.
Log on and use Pivot today.

Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 01)

US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2) {RFA-RM-13-007}
Details:  Supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Award initiative complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. Awards are multi-year funded and will be for up to the equivalent of $300,000 in Direct Costs each year for five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. The maximum project period is 5 years. Deadline is October 25, 2013.

US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Conference Grant Program (R13) {PA-13-017}
Details: The AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The types of conferences eligible for support include: 1) Research development – conferences where issues or challenges in the practice and delivery of health care are defined and a research agenda or strategy for studying them is developed; 2) Research design and methodology – conferences where methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of health services research are addressed or new designs and methodologies are developed; 3) Dissemination and implementation conferences – conferences where research findings and evidence-based information and tools are summarized, communicated and used by organizations and individuals that have the capability to use the information to improve the outcomes, quality, access to, and cost and utilization of health care services; and/or, 4) Research training, infrastructure and career development – conferences where faculty, trainees and students are brought together with stakeholders to develop, share or disseminate research products, experiences, curricula, syllabi, training competencies.  These types of conferences are not for the training of individuals in health services research. Grant awards will not exceed $35,000 annually. Although it is anticipated that most applications will request a project period which does not exceed one year, AHRQ will accept applications that request a project period of up to three years and that support the same conference on an annual basis if proposed by a permanently sponsoring organization. The next deadline is November 1, 2013. More information.

American Chemical Society
Petroleum Research Fund Grant Programs
Details: Supports fundamental research and education in the petroleum and energy fields. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science. Multiple funding opportunities exist for experienced and new researchers from undergraduate and Ph.D.-granting institutions. ACS membership is not required. Deadline is November 1, 2013. More information.

National Science Foundation
CISE Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Details: Supports Institutional Infrastructure (awardee and collaborating institutions) awards and Community Infrastructure (broad-based communities of researchers and educators that extend well beyond the awardee institutions) awards for the creation, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery and learning in the computing disciplines. Projects should ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions have access to such infrastructure. Deadline is November 4, 2013. More information.

William T. Grant Foundation
Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
Details: Supports high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs. The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.  Awards range from $100,000 to $600,000 over two to three years. Deadline is January 8, 2014. More information.

US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25) {PAR-13-333}
Details: Supports research education programs intended to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. Application budgets are limited to $300,000 direct costs per year. Scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years. Next deadline is October 18, 2013. More information.

Fellowship Corner (Vol. 14, Is 01)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Postdoctoral Program
Details: Program consists of two components: the NASA Postdoctoral Research Program and the NASA Postdoctoral Management Program. Each provides talented new and senior Ph.D. with opportunities to participate in NASA mission-related activities as guests at NASA Centers, Headquarters, and other NASA-approved sites. Stipend rates for Postdoctoral Fellows start at $50,000 per year for up to three years. Deadline is November 1, 2013. More information.

National Research Council
Research Associateship Program
Details: Supports basic and applied research by graduate students, recent Ph.D.’s and senior researchers at federal laboratories and research facilities. Stipends support research in chemistry; earth and atmospheric sciences; engineering and applied sciences; biological, health, and behavioral sciences; neuroscience; biotechnology; math; space and planetary sciences; and physics. Not all laboratories participate in all four rounds. Deadline is November 1, 2013. More information.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being
Details: These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2013. More information.

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Undergraduate & Graduate Research Roundup (Vol. 14, Is 01)

National Physical Science Consortium
Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
Details: Supports graduate fellowships at any NPSC member institution in any field of the physical sciences. Supports the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer sponsoring the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years, for a maximum duration of six years with an annual stipend of $20,000. Special emphasis is put on underrepresented minorities and women. Deadline is November 30, 2013. More information.

Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship
Details: Based on academic excellence and need, the fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. Through the fellowship program, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, and logistical and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convening. Candidates should have an excellent academic record and a demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the social sector; excellent research and writing skills; demonstrated financial need; and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. A fellowship stipend of approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the fall and spring intern, while approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the summer intern. Deadline to apply is November 22, 2013. More information.

US Department of State, Institute of International Education
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Details: Provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Applications close October 15, 2013More information.

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Intramural Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 01)

CUNY Opportunities

  • CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program – October 23, 2013
  • CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund – October 23, 2013
  • CUNY Junior Faculty Research Award in Science – December 3, 2013
  • PSC-CUNY Round 45 – December 2013 (TBA)

Lehman Opportunities

  • Lehman Integration of Research & Teaching Program – November 8, 2013

Undergraduate Opportunities

  • Lehman Global Research in Singapore – October 4, 2013

*Dates are subject to change; please check the ORSP website for final information.

Research Seminars (Vol. 14, Is 01)

Lehman College LogoBIO 630/791 Biological Sciences Research SeminarsCUNY Logo
Seminars will be held in 1405 New Science Building, 12-1pm
Davis Hall Room 024. Phone Number: 718-960-2236

09/9/2013 Stephen Redenti, PhD., “Stem Cell Signaling in retinal development and disease”
Lehman College and The Graduate Center City University of New York, Biology and Biochemistry

09/16/2013 Marcy Balunas, Ph.D. “Santacruzamate A: a potent and selective histone deacetylase inhibitor from a marine cyanobacterium”
Biology. University of Connecticut.

09/23/2013 Haiping Cheng PhD “Molecular Mechanisms of the Bacterial Invasion Switch”
Lehman College, The Graduate Center City University of New York, Biology.

9/30/2013 Lee Reich, Ph.D., “Science in the Garden”
New Paltz, NY.

10/7/2013 Stephen Ebbs PhD, “Environmental and health impacts of engineered nanoparticles and brake pad wear debris”
Southern Illinois University, Biology,

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