Research at CCNY

QC-ALERT Programs

Since 1847, The City College of New York (CCNY) has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Being the founding institution and flagship campus of the City University of New York (CUNY), CCNY is home to eight schools and divisions, each dedicated to the advancement of research and knowledge. CCNY is the only CUNY campus with engineering and architecture schools. Both the Grove School of Engineering and the Spitzer School or Architecture are the only 4-year public schools of engineering and architecture in the City of New York. CCNY leads all CUNY campuses in funded research efforts and houses a number of research centers and institutes. Our research activities allow graduate students to be involved in advanced research, and trained by world-renowned researchers, thereby advancing state-of-the-art technologies and discovering new insights. In our science, engineering and social science programs, more than 300 undergraduates work alongside senior researchers. CCNY is designated as Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Asian American Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) by the US Department of Education, and serves as home to more than 80 language speaking students from across the world. It is a "Doctoral University with High Level of Research," as per the Carnegie Classification.  Since FY2017, CCNY's research and training expenditures have increased from $56 million in FY17-FY20, $62 million in FY21, and more than $72 million in FY22. This strong research trend demonstrates CCNY's research capability and vibrant research community

Currently, CCNY's research areas encompass a wide-spectrum of disciplines and fields, from Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences to STEM. Many major funding from the federal, state and city governments for research and workforce development support these research and workforce development activities. This is especially true in the areas of Quantum research, Cybersecurity, Artificial intelligence, Life sciences, Energy and the environment, Robotics, and Transportation (QC-ALERT). 

Quantum Research


Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Life Sciences

  • Medical/Clinical
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology

Energy and the Environment

  • Battery Technology
    • Mobile Power Storage
    • Uninterrupted Power Supply in Extreme Conditions
    • Recent NASA $3M award for development of advanced batteries targeted at robotic spacecraft that will excel under the extreme temperatures and radiation of outer space. 
    • Grid storage applications
  • Environment
    • Climate Research
    • Waste to Energy


  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • 3D Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  • Real-time and Emedded Computing
  • Assistive Technology
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Swarm Robotics


  • Transit-related Research
  • Infrastructure

Some of the major funding are highlighted below. These only represent a fraction of CCNY's active research and workforce development activities.

Sponsor Program Awarded Amount Principal investigator
NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST) $30 million Fred Moshary (ECE)
NSF Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low Dimensional Systems (CREST-IDEALS $5 million Maria Tamargo (Chemistry)
NSF RaMP: On-Ramp to the Molecular Machine Shop: Postbaccalaureate Training in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biodesign (News) $6 million

Ruth Stark (Chemistry)

ED City College initiative to Promote the Academic Success of STEM Students – Experiential Learning & Career Engagement Initiative (CiPASS-ExLCEI) $5 million Doris Cintron (Associate Provost for Academic Affair)
NYC Energy Training/ Applied Research Program $26 million (as of FY23) Michael Bobker (BPL)


Last Updated: 06/20/2023 15:45