College-wide Research Vision

College-wide Research Vision Initiative

The Office of Research of the City College of New York announces a competition for seed funding and invites the CCNY community to harness paradigm shifting fundamental research to address challenging real-world problems by connecting diverse disciplines, techniques, and ways of thinking.  To achieve these objectives, faculty from different disciplines must share knowledge, ask questions from multiple angles, collaborate on research, and tear down academic barriers. The College-wide Research Vision (CRV) aims to remove academic silos and foster research that addresses the toughest questions facing humanity and that has practical implications for New York City, the nation and the world.  CRV will support researchers as they form inter-divisional teams tasked with investigating urgent issues, the results of which will have direct impact.  We are looking for work that may portend solutions attainable in less than a decade.  These projects must be rooted in collaboration to produce practical solutions to social, environmental, economic, cultural, political and humanitarian challenges. The collaborative team must commit to seek funding to grow and sustain the effort during and after an initial three-year period of internal funding.


The Office of Research requests Concept Papers that embrace the above goals. The concept papers should provide forward-looking views and identify new opportunities at the forefront of research and innovation. Concept Papers should not simply represent the PIs’ ongoing or planned research activities. Researchers should identify challenges or opportunities, potential solutions and outline the collaborative team necessary to address the challenge. In order to facilitate broader discussions of the submitted ideas, topic suggestions will not be kept confidential. The College Research Council (CRC) will review submitted Concept Papers and invite up to five submitters to engage with the CRC in further discussions of their proposed topic. Concept Papers should consider the following:

  • Does the proposed topic represent an opportunity for a significant leap or paradigm shift in a research area, or have the potential to create a new research area, generally and on our campus?
  • What are the underpinning breakthroughs? Why is now the right time?
  • Is there potential for making significant progress on a current national or societal need, or “grand challenge”?
  • Does the topic require inter/multi-disciplinary expertise? Is the research scope beyond the capabilities of one school/division?
  • How will the project be managed and what role will the non-lead personnel play in the research?

This will be a multi-stage discussion and selection process to determine a collaborative college-wide effort.  The process may include discussions among proposers whereby ideas / teams could merge into a single funded project.

  • The goal is to support one project beginning 07/01/2022.  The Office of Research will provide seed funding of up to $200,000 annually for up to three years. 
  • The CRV team is required to report out by way of semi-annual presentations to the CRC and annual reports to the Office of Research. 
CRV Timeline
  • CRV Announcement – October 1, 2021
  • College-wide CRV Town Hall – October 21, 2021 (view Town Hall Recording)
  • Deadline for submission of Concept papers – December 1, 2021 (See below table for submitted concept papers)
  • An overview of the teams and Concept Papers - December 9, 2021. (View Recording) (PowerPoint Presentation File
  • CRC Review of Concept Papers and potential teams – December 2021 - January 2022
  • Coordination/Facilitation of potential CRV Teams – January – March 2022
  • Presentation to CRC of the Select Concept Papers/teams – April 2022
  • College Coordination – May 2022
  • Final Selection of CRV Team – June 2022
  • Commencement of the CRV Project – July 2022
Concept Paper Template
  • Click on this LINK to download the template
Concept Papers (Submitted by 12/1/2021)
Proposer Department Title Whitepaper
Ahmed Mohamed Electrical Engineering CRV: Community Energy Cells: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Climate Change, City Resiliency, and
Energy Justice


Akira Kawaguchi Computer Science Research Establishment for Game Advancement and Industry Networking (REGAIN) PDF
Ana Carnaval Biology The Sugar Maple Project: Integrating Science, Society, and Stakeholders to Advance Climate Resilience PDF
Ashiwel Undieh


Artificial Intelligence for Health Equity and Diversity (AIHED) PDF
Bruce Cronin Political Science Mitigating the Effects of War on Vulnerable Populations PDF
Dorthe Eisele Chemistry A PARADIGM SHIFT INSPIRED BY NATURE: New Design Principles for Solar-Energy Harvesting Architectures PDF
Hansong Tang Civil Engineering A Next-generation Modeling-Monitoring System to Study Offshore Wind Energy Problems PDF
John Fillos Civil Engineering Interdisciplinary approach to critical environmental and municipal infrastructure challenges: application to biosolids management PDF
MIchal Dekel English Contested Histories: How to Negotiate Competing Historical Narratives Toward a Safer
and More Inclusive Future
Nicholas Madamopoulos Electrical Engineering AI and Machine Learning Enabled Miniaturized Multimodal Medical Sensing PDF
Robert Alfano Physics Tabletop Ultra-supercontinuum and Higher Harmonic Generation Source for UV and Xray Microscopy (UXM) in Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine PDF
Terri N. Watson Learning, Leadership and Culture The “Beloved Community” Project PDF
Xi Chen Chemical Engineering “Hygroscience” for Evaporation Energy Harvesting PDF
Yana Kucheva Sociology Climate Change, Urban Inequality, and Housing Justice PDF
Zihao Zhang Architecture Convergence Research for an Inclusive City PDF























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