Intercampus Grants and Funding

The Academic Integration initiative aims to advance the research and discovery efforts across the Cornell community by promoting and enhancing collaborations between the Ithaca and New York City campuses: Cornell University (Ithaca), Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), and Cornell Tech. By drawing on the outstanding and diverse work of Cornell colleagues based in Ithaca and New York City, the strength and impact of research across Cornell will be elevated to the next level of eminence. Creating synergies among Cornell investigators aligns the scientific and educational activities of the greater Cornell community, resulting in improved research and educational opportunities while enabling individual projects to transform into larger programs with increased impact and visibility.

To foster collaborative interactions between research units, the Office for Academic Integration funds two grants aimed at promoting and enhancing research collaborations between investigators. Both the Intercampus Research Symposia Grant and the Multi-Investigator Seed Grant are open to investigators from any field of study and are funded on an annual basis with the RFA announced at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

The Intercampus Travel Grant for Trainees is available to doctoral students who wish to travel between NYC and Ithaca to advance their research efforts. This grant is offered year-round and provides complimentary roundtrip travel on the Campus-to-Campus bus.


Intercampus Research Symposia Grant

The Office for Academic Integration has provided support for 10 symposia during the first two years of the Intercampus Research Symposia Grant. Hosted in both Ithaca and NYC, the symposia have been hugely successful and have tackled topics ranging from Machine Learning in Medicine to Health Equities to the Fundamental Biology of RNA. The goals for these symposia are to acquaint faculty, students, and postdocs from our Ithaca and New York City campuses with each other around a scientific theme, share recent findings, and brainstorm ways to use what is learned at the symposia to jumpstart collaborative projects across our campuses.

Through the Intercampus Research Symposia Grant, the Office for Academic Integration aims to:

  • Better inform the Cornell research community (both faculty and students) about the diverse ongoing research efforts on the Ithaca and NYC campuses.
  • Stimulate discussions about potential novel intercampus collaborations by enabling face-to-face interactions.
  • Kindle new and expanded research collaborations among the campuses.
  • Identify tangible next steps towards building integrated research programs.
  • Help faculty prepare to respond to future internal and extramural RFAs for collaborative research grants.

Funding Award

Up to $25,000

RFA Timeline

RFA opens in late Summer and proposals will be due late Fall 2020.

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Multi-Investigator Seed Grant

Overall Objective

The purpose of this request for applications is to catalyze collaborative interactions among Cornell faculty based in Ithaca and New York City, with a particular eye towards building trans-disciplinary, multi-investigator programs that will be competitive for external support from any funding agency, but with particular emphasis on the NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE, other federal funders, and major foundations. Applications are being solicited for:

  • Track 1: groups of at least four investigators aiming to submit large proposals, for example Center Grants or Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) within 2 years.
  • Track 2: groups of at least two investigators aiming to submit collaborative grants (for example standard NSF, NIH multi-PI R01, DOD CDMRP, or similar) within one year of receiving pilot grant funding.

Background

The recently established Academic Integration Initiative aims to advance the research and discovery efforts across the Cornell community by promoting and enhancing collaborations between the Cornell Ithaca campus, and the Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and Cornell Tech campuses in New York City. By drawing on the outstanding and diverse work of Cornell colleagues based in Ithaca and New York City, the strength and impact of research across Cornell will be elevated to the next level of eminence. Fostering such collaborative interactions between research units will leverage expertise across the three campuses to align the scientific and educational activities of the greater Cornell community, resulting in improved research and training opportunities. Creating synergies among Cornell investigators will also enable laboratories to transform individual projects to larger programs with increased impact and visibility.  This program will support faculty interested in building intercampus programs aimed, in particular at achieving extramural support from foundations or federal granting agencies.

Research funding agencies support a range of mechanisms for programmatic science.  For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports life-science oriented multi-investigator projects known as multi-PI RO1s as well as larger center grants designated as P30s, P50s, or P60s, and U19s and U54s. The National Science Foundation awards centers in areas such as Engineering Research, Physics, Science & Technology, Computing, many of which with a focus on convergent research. The Department of Energy funds Energy Frontier Research Centers, centers focused on quantum science, computational materials, solar fuels, bioenergy, and cybersecurity and the Department of Defense funds MURIs with their own specific requirements. Beyond these agencies, the Multi Investigator Seed Grant program will consider support aimed at submission of proposals for other large grants, for example from the Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Education, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

In general, these award programs require applicants to present a combination of basic, applied, translational, and, in some cases clinical, research programs for review, emphasizing the importance of leveraging strengths across our campuses to make Cornell even more competitive for these funding mechanisms. Importantly, beyond additional funding sources, large program grants provide recipients with flexible resources for research cores/shared facilities and administrative costs—critical research components that are difficult to fund through other mechanisms. Center grants also provide an outstanding mechanism to build synergies among investigators, bring scientists together from different disciplines centered around a common theme, and attract the best trainees. When these programs work optimally, the result is truly a sum that is greater than the component parts.

Securing additional large grants in the disciplines covered at our three campuses would not only provide our faculty with important sources of funding and opportunities to build synergies but will also add stature to our institution. This is especially important for the translational centers at WCM, as each focuses on a domain important to the NIH and the mission of each fits well into a Center of Excellence. In addition, programs that incorporate proposals from innovative investigators from Cornell Tech and the Ithaca campus in underrepresented areas at WCM will enrich the environment for discovery on all three campuses and provide a competitive edge to proposals submitted to funding agencies.

Based on our positive experience from the last two years, we are reissuing a call for intercampus collaborative awards.  Applicants are able to choose from one of two tracks:

  • Track 1: Proposals describing synergistic programs involving at least four PIs/co-PIs, each with individual projects, coalescing for submission of a NIH program project grant, NSF center grant, or a similar type of center grant within a two-year period.
  • Track 2: Proposals involving at least two PIs/co-PIs aiming to submit a collaborative grant (such as a multi-investigator R01, NSF standard grant or similar) within a year of receiving pilot grant support.

We believe that success on the multi-PI track will position investigators to develop the interactions and collaborations to make a future full-scale program grant submission more competitive in years to come.

Funding Award

Track 1: $100,000

Track 2: $75,000

RFA Timeline

RFA opens in late Summer and proposals will be due late Fall 2020.

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Intercampus Travel Grants for Trainees

Doctoral Students who plan to travel between Ithaca and NYC campuses to conduct research, including dissertation research, may apply for a Campus-to-Campus travel grants worth $150, the cost of a round trip C2C bus ticket.  Applicants must complete the application form and include a 1-page summary of the relevant research activity to apply.  Recipients will receive an award code that can be used to purchase tickets on the Campus-to-Campus bus. See the application form for more information about eligibility requirements and instructions. This is a pilot program and funding is limited so don’t wait to apply! 

This program is sponsored by the Office of Academic Integration and administered by both the Cornell Graduate School and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC.