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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants $1 Million to CUNY

September 14, 2011

The City University of New York has received a three-year, $1,075,968 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to encourage and support promising early-career scientists. Promoting Scientific Success at CUNY will fund two initiatives: the CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (C-SURP) and the CUNY Junior Faculty Research Award in Science and Engineering.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said the grant, awarded during CUNY’s ongoing Decade of Science, reflects the University’s priority on research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“We’re pleased that the Sloan Foundation has recognized CUNY’s role in promoting scientific research,” he said. “This is an exciting opportunity because the grants will enhance the stature of the University by giving our students and faculty a competitive advantage in these vital fields.”

Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small, who is the Principal Investigator on the grant application, said, “We’re delighted to partner with the Sloan Foundation to spearhead a cohort of new scientists. This will provide CUNY’s researchers with a means to excel and will accelerate their road to success.”

Alfred P. Sloan program director Paula Olsiewski said, “CUNY’s innovative program is taking a leadership role in advancing science at the highest levels by encouraging young people, particularly women and minorities, to study in these disciplines.”

The junior faculty fellowship program for young science and engineering scholars will provided each awardee with a $50,000 research fellowship.

Dr. Small said the goals of these programs are clear. “We hope to train a new generation of researcher-entrepreneurs to create a pipeline of students interested in emerging science disciplines, and provide early-career STEM scholars with the means to create new knowledge and succeed at a level that might otherwise have been unobtainable.”