Upcoming Webinars/Trainings


GrantForward Training for CUNY Faculty

September 13, 2023 (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)

Overview: GrantForward is a service that is available to all CUNY faculty and students. It provides users with access to a rich collection of funding information, including but not limited to aggregation of opportunities like research grants, fellowships, awards, internships, etc., from multiple types of sponsors such as Federal, State, Foundation, University, Private Firms, International entities, etc. This webinar will cover the basics of using GrantForward as a researcher. General areas to be discussed include-- how to create accounts, search for grants, view grant, and sponsor pages, use filters, manipulate results, create profiles, and grant recommendations.

Target Audience: All CUNY Faculty.
John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and GrantForward President, Kevin Chang
Registration and Zoom Link: https://forms.gle/bZZak8Qk6XWGW93Z6 

Pivot-RP Training for CUNY Faculty

September 27, 2023 (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)

Overview: Pivot-RP is an online tool that helps end users connect with global and local research opportunities. Learn how researchers can leverage the site to discover new funding opportunities. This webinar suits those seeking a Pivot-RP refresher and new faculty interested in learning about Pivot-RP. Access and functionality in primary areas of Pivot-RP will be reviewed.

Target Audience: All CUNY Faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and Pivot-RP Customer Education Trainer, Mary Kay McDonald
WebEx Registration: https://clarivatesupport.webex.com/weblink/register/rd28b97bd1beee0b60152b542a24b3ac1

GrantForward Training for CUNY Grants Officers and their Designated Administrators

October 4, 2023 (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)

Overview: As CUNY Grants Officers and GrantForward Designated Administrators on your campus, you have access to basic features, specific administrative functions, and privileges. Learn how to utilize these additional features to leverage the funding opportunities on your campuses. This webinar will focus on those features available to you under the Administrator Console tab, such as managing users, generating usage reports, disseminating funding opportunities via newsletters/curated searches/curated grant lists, and recommendations on how to promote GrantForward on your campus, etc.

Targeted Audience: CUNY Grants Officers and their Designated Administrators
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and GrantForward President, Kevin Chang
Registration and Zoom Link: https://forms.gle/8kkSkzy2ZTrJdf2u6

Pivot-RP Training for CUNY Grants Officers and their Designated Administrators

October 18, 2023 (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)

Overview: Pivot-RP is an online tool that helps users connect with global and local research opportunities. As Administrators on your campus, not only do you have access to basic features but also specific administrative functions and privileges as well. Learn how to utilize these additional features to leverage the funding opportunities on your campuses.

Target Audience: CUNY Grants Officers and their Designated Administrators.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and Pivot-RP Customer Education Trainer Mary Kay McDonald
WebEx Registration: https://clarivatesupport.webex.com/weblink/register/r8e35bf457db117103d0ee7f7c38726f0

National Science Foundation S-STEM Program

October 25, 2023 (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)

Overview: The main goal of the NSF S-STEM program is to enable low-income students with academic ability, talent, or potential to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. The S-STEM program seeks to increase the number of academically promising low-income students who graduate with an S-STEM eligible degree and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to institutions of higher education not only to fund scholarships but also to adapt, implement, and study evidence-based curricular activities that have been shown to be effective in supporting recruitment, retention, transfer, student success, academic/career pathways, and STEM graduation.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY STEM (including the social sciences) faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS, and Thitima Srivatanakul, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, York College
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5026524492167480671
Webinar ID: 359-729-459

Writing Competitive Grant Applications Focusing on Project Summaries and Project Descriptions

November 8, 2023  (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: Project descriptions and summaries are essential sections in grant proposals that must be carefully presented, focusing on the needs of the Principal Investigator project and the sponsor program goals. While preparing the document, emphasis should be given to the quality of information and how the information is organized, structured, and presented. Faculty often write these documents in a fast-paced manner to meet sponsor deadline requirements. This webinar will provide faculty with guidance and training on presenting the important sections of these documents to make them competitive. The webinar will include the following topics: Effective proposal titles; Setting a realistic scope for the project; Outlining the scientific problems/challenges that the project will solve; Describing the hypotheses of the research; Setting project goals, objectives, and outcomes; Identifying project benefits to your field of study, your institution, your students, and society, Employing and presenting the correct methods; Employing the right team (researchers, faculty, students). Designing an effective management plan (advisory committees); Establishing stages, timelines, deadlines, and milestones.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty.
Presenter: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6391458226888959061
Webinar ID: 362-461-211

How to Develop an Evaluation Plan for Your Grant Application

November 29, 2023 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: Not all grant proposals require an evaluation plan; however, in recent years, most program announcements and funding opportunities stipulate an evaluation strategy or plan with specific milestones. If an evaluation plan is required, it will be listed in the program announcement. Most often, more significant, more involved grant proposals will always require an evaluation plan. An outcomes evaluation is an integral part of a grant proposal that informs investigators and sponsors on improving a project during its development and implementation. A final summative evaluation provides a post-project analysis of the extent to which the project met its goals after it has been completed. This webinar will cover the following topics: What is a project evaluation? Why is it needed? Should you include an evaluation plan in your proposal if it is not required? What kinds of evaluations exist, and how do you choose the right evaluator for your project? Should you always employ an outside independent evaluator in your project? Should you always include a logic model? How can a logic model be helpful in the implementation of an evaluation plan?

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8669217510106078557Registration
Webinar ID: 456-078-891

The Spencer Foundation

December 13, 2023 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: The Spencer Foundation works to investigate ways in which education can be improved around the world. There is a great dedication to research, as it is necessary to improve education. The Spencer Foundation supports research programs in high-quality investigations of education. By awarding research grants and fellowships, the foundation strengthens the connections in education research, policy, and practice through communications and networking. The foundation awards a series of prestigious fellowships to early career education researchers, typically pre-tenured professors at research institutions. Each fellowship is for a total of $55,000 for one or two years, depending on the recipient's preference. The fellowship relieves the researcher from a year's teaching responsibilities to pursue an innovative and important education research project. The foundation also awards a series of prestigious fellowships to doctoral students completing dissertation research in any area of education research. Each fellowship is for $25,000 and supports individuals in the final year of their doctoral training.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty and Doctoral students engaged in research and training on educational research and research on quality learning, racial and justice equity, human work and learning, and state and federal policy.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS, and Xia Li, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Brooklyn College
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3335420633067124315
Webinar ID: 182-830-531

U.S. Department of Education – The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

January 3, 2024 (12 Noon – 1:30 PM)

Overview: FIPSE is a unit of the Higher Education Programs within the Office of Postsecondary Education. FIPSE aims to "improve postsecondary educational opportunities" across various concerns. Through its various grant competitions, FIPSE seeks to support the implementation of innovative educational reform ideas, to evaluate how well they work, and to share the findings with the larger education community. The following FIPSE programs will be highlighted in this webinar:

  • Augustus F. Hawkins Center of Educational Excellence Program: Competitive grant program to support all aspects of the teacher preparation pipeline at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to help increase the number of well-prepared teachers of color, resulting in a more diverse teacher workforce to teach in our Nation's elementary and secondary schools. This program focuses on various aspects of the teacher preparation pipeline, including recruiting, preparing, supporting, and placing teachers of color in underserved communities.
  • Center of Excellence in Spatial Computing Program is a grant program designed to help increase the number of highly qualified Americans available for hire within the high-tech labor pool.
  • Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges: supports technology upgrades for community colleges to support cybersecurity programs.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty engaged in postsecondary education training and research.
Presenter: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5060206931373430615
Webinar ID: 788-710-611

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP)

January 24, 2024 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: MRGP provides funding opportunities to support health equity research conducted by minority-serving institutions. The purpose of the MRGP is to support researchers at minority-serving institutions exploring how HHS can better meet the healthcare needs of CMS beneficiaries. The MRGP supports research on discovering and characterizing health processes, practices, behaviors, and burdens or issues related to CMS programs, policies, and operations, which influence health equity. Research may comprehensively address the social determinants of health that drive or influence the barriers and opportunities of populations supported by CMS benefits, services, and coverage. Research should focus on understanding how inequities in communities impact health. It may also employ participatory methods that foster equitable engagement of affected communities in research, such as convening community members/groups, community-based organizations, advisory groups, and service providers. MRGP goals are to 1) Develop capacity at minority-serving institutions to research health disparities and social determinants of health; 2) Understand the root cause of issues – processes, practices, behaviors, and burdens – that lead to health disparities and identify replicable interventions; and 3) Strengthen CMS programs by disseminating best practices uncovered through funded research.

Targeted Audience: CUNY Social Sciences and Health Equity Research faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and Josh Brumberg, Dean for the Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3446045796472859998
Webinar ID: 508-352-179

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants Programs

February 14, 2024 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, radio stations, and individual scholars. The grants cover the following areas: strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges; facilitate research and original scholarship; provide opportunities for lifelong learning; preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources; and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities. The following grant programs will be highlighted in the webinar: Cultural and Community Resilience; Climate Smart Humanities Organizations; Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities; and Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Humanities Faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS Office and Thomas Cleary, Assistant Professor Archivist/Librarian, LaGuardia Community College
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1460567490260362078
Webinar ID: 356-918-963

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

February 28, 2024 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any research areas funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) The REU Sites program is based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage many students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with coherent intellectual themes. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) The REU Supplements program may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. Undergraduate student participants in REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or NSF-funded investigators receiving REU Supplements.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY STEM (including social science) Faculty.
Presenter: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS Office
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6825954435877092950
Webinar ID: 296-052-851


March 13, 2024 (12 Noon – 1:30 PM)

Overview: The goal of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE encourages higher education institutions and the broader science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may affect women faculty and academic administrators differently. As such, ADVANCE is an integral part of the NSF's multifaceted strategy to broaden participation in the STEM workforce and supports the critical role of the Foundation in advancing the status of women in academic science and engineering. Since 2001, the NSF has invested over $270M to support ADVANCE projects at more than one hundred higher education institutions and STEM-related not-for-profit organizations in forty-one states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This webinar will guide CUNY faculty on applying to this program.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY faculty interested in advancing women's representation in science and engineering.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and Rosemarie Wesson, Associate Provost for Research, CCNY
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8080447725146329691
Webinar ID: 507-698-627

How to Develop Budgets and Budget Narratives for Federal Grants

March 27, 2024 (12 Noon – 1:00 PM)

Overview of Webinar: Two critical components of a federal award application are the budget and the budget narrative. This webinar provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop a federal award budget. Some federal agencies or subagencies offer guidelines on preparing an application budget. The budget details the total cost for each budget category, while the budget narrative requires a breakdown and a justification for every item in the budget. The first step in creating a budget is determining what template to use. If there is a required template for the budget and budget narrative, the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) or solicitation will usually provide it in the details of the NOFO. If a federal awarding agency does not require a specific template, a suggested template will be provided during the webinar that faculty can use to prepare and submit budgets. A well-prepared budget should be reasonable and demonstrate that the requested funding will be used wisely. The budget should be as concrete and specific as possible in its estimates. Make every effort to be realistic and to estimate costs as accurately as possible based on the activities and scope of the project. This webinar will show you how to Create a budget, Discuss the difference between direct vs. indirect costs, calculate indirect rates & costs, elucidate allowable and unallowable costs, Calculate the fringe rate, and Create a budget narrative.

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty.
Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS and Poline Papoulis, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Queens College
Registration and Zoom Link: TBA


Research and Training Grant Opportunities for Community College Faculty

April 24, 2024 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: Community colleges are vital to our nation’s higher education framework. For more than a century, community colleges, once called “junior colleges,” have served the following essential missions with remarkable success. Community colleges offer training for specific skills and jobs. Most often, these technical and vocational programs are two years or less in length and typically result in the awarding of a certificate. This credential attests to the satisfactory completion of the program. Vocational education is an important opportunity for individuals and constitutes a significant form of economic development and community revitalization. Major Federal funding agencies often overlook community colleges when they distribute their research and training funding. However, Federal agencies are an essential source of funding for Community Colleges. This webinar will discuss opportunities available to CUNY community college in three Federal agencies: The National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Department of Labor. The National Science Foundation programs that will be discussed include Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) and the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program. The NASA programs that will be discussed will be the D.4 University Leadership Initiative (ULI) and the F.23 Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Bridge Program. The U.S. Department of Labor programs in the Employment and Training Administration that will be discussed will be the Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants Program and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program.

Presenters: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS, and Judith Eisenberg, Dean for Sponsored Research and Grants, BMCC.
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7256229619710007382
Webinar ID: 462-596-091

NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) Grant Programs

May 8, 2024 (12 Noon – 1 PM)

Overview: OISE promotes an integrated, Foundation-wide international engagement strategy and manages internationally focused, innovative, catalytic programs. OISE focuses on international activities to promote innovation among the U.S. research community through access to international knowledge, infrastructure, and capabilities. OISE focuses on three activities: (1) promoting the development of a globally competent U.S. workforce, (2) facilitating and supporting international partnerships and networks to leverage NSF and foreign resources, and (3) providing opportunities for U.S. leadership to shape the global science and engineering agenda. The webinar will focus on three OISE programs: Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet), Global Centers (GC), and Crosscutting, International Research Experiences for Students (IRES).

Targeted Audience: All CUNY Faculty interested in engaging in international research and education in STEM (including the social sciences).
Presenter: John Tsapogas, Director, RFCUNY APPS, and Seta Bogosyan, Principal Investigator of CCNY MSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grant.
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1507842092208838485
Webinar ID: 206-650-115


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Pivot-RP is a web-based discovery and workflow tool that combines a comprehensive source of global funding opportunities with the most extensive collection of scholar profiles into one intuitive solution. Opportunities are indexed by keywords for applicants to find and eligibility to make sure essential requirements are met.

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